SHOSHONE — The Shoshone High School girls basketball team’s defense can cause a lot of frustration, as was evidenced against the Valley Vikings in Wednesday’s Snake River Conference matchup. Shoshone won 35-28.
“We are very proud of our defense and work very hard on it,” said Shoshone senior Monce Rivas. “It sets up our game. We push each other and we look to see each other succeed. Our record is important, but our team chemistry is more important. We work well as a team and are always looking for the open person.”
It helps the Indians when the opposition is nullified on the offensive end as Valley was. It wasn’t that the Vikings didn’t work for open shots, and they did manage to win the battle of the boards. But that in-your-face defense on every shot is a tough nut to crack. Shoshone didn’t do anything to make it easy.
“We wanted to put pressure on them and speed up the game,” said Shoshone coach Tim Chapman.
Chapman doesn’t necessarily think his team is improving.
“It is more game to game,” he said. “We could have rebounded better tonight and we are still trying to be more consistent. The girls are patient on offense and play well together. But sometimes they even overpass.”
Valley coach Jamie Kohtz was happy that her team played better than the last time the two teams faced off. Shoshone beat the Vikings 38-19 on Nov. 28.
“We are getting better every game,” said Kohtz. “We tried some new things tonight, and some worked and some didn’t. Shoshone is a great team with a very tough defense.”
Shoshone’s Cierra Hennings led all scorers with 16 points, followed by junior teammate Bailee Owens with 10. No Vikings were in double figures, with Broganne Mangum scoring a team-high nine points.
Valley (8-9, 4-5) is at Richfield on Thursday, and Shoshone (14-2, 6-2) hosts Glenns Ferry the same day.
Shoshone 35, Valley 28
Valley 5 5 10 8 — 28
Shoshone 10 11 9 5 — 35
VALLEY (28) — Katie Johnson 4, Broganne Mangum 9, Jacqueline Hernandez 1, Makenna Kohtz 4, Bailey Stephens 4,Tory Lewis 6.
Shoshone (35) — Patti Fitzgerald 1, Bailee Owens 10, Megan Koonce 2, Cierra Hennings 16, Rionna Kerner 2, Monce Rivas 4.