TWIN FALLS — It was a 108-58 win for the College of Southern Idaho women’s basketball team over Treasure Valley Community College, but it was also a homecoming for three local graduates.
Shaylee Gilchrist of Minico, Haddee Reynolds of Castleford and Lupita Vargas of Wendell all split minutes for the Chukars against the Golden Eagles on Tuesday, as they’ve done all season long.
However, it was a tough night for the trio, who averaged more than 10 points as a unit entering the game.
None of the local Chukars scored through the third quarter, but in the fourth, Vargas sank two free throws after a hard drive to the basket, and Reynolds drained a three, much to her cheering section’s delight. Gilchrist was strong in defensive paint, adding five rebounds and two blocks.
Meanwhile, CSI went 12-for-24 from 3-point range and had six players in double figures. Head coach Randy Rogers said offensively, it was a night that clicked for the Golden Eagles.
“Our defense got some easy buckets on transitions with steals,” he said. “That kind of fed everybody to play a little harder. Any time you’re shooting 50 percent from the field, that’s good. Plus, we made our free throws tonight.”
Despite the outcome, all three locals playing for Treasure Valley CC said they were happy to be back.
Reynolds had the strongest connection with CSI, having played for Rogers on his AAU team, travelling from Las Vegas to Portland and Seattle in the process.
“We know each other pretty well, so it was definitely good to see him,” she said. “I haven’t seen him in a while.”
“Haddee’s an unbelievable kid,” Rogers said. “Nobody has worked harder than her. You wouldn’t know she’s as tall as she is because she plays bigger than she is.”
Reynolds is listed at 5-foot-8, but Rogers said, “I don’t know if I buy that.”
In high school, Vargas played against CSI guard Meghan Hughes of Filer, who finished the game with a balanced stat line of eight points, six assists and five rebounds.
“It was great watching her improve and playing with a different college team,” Vargas said. “She did really well. I kind of expected that.”
And Gilchrist, who lived the furthest from CSI during her childhood, said she made the effort to watch the Golden Eagles growing up.
“It was a 45-minute drive, a little bit of a trek,” she said. “But I was still about to come out to a few games.”
All three had family in attendance, though Vargas arguably one-upped her teammates.
“I actually had my high school basketball team come watch,” she said.
Being a Tuesday night in-season, it wasn’t a great time for the three to spend much time at home, reuniting with family and friends. They had a chance to spend a little while with their loved ones over burgers and shakes.
“We’re all going to Culver’s afterwards,” Reynolds said with a laugh. “At least there’s that.”