JEROME—In the first round of the Magic Valley Holiday Classic Monday, Jerome lost to defending state runner-up Bishop Kelly by a score of 77-64.

The Tigers struggled against Bishop Kelly’s full-court press, and the Knights’ strong athletes turned Jerome’s mistakes into easy baskets at the other end.

“We’re really disappointed in the way we played tonight. We did a lot of uncharacteristic things. The most turnovers we had in a game to this point was 11, and we had 12 tonight at halftime. There’s a reason Bishop Kelly is one of the top teams in the state, and we made poor decisions against them,” said Jerome head coach Joe Messick.

After Jerome jumped out to a 10-4 lead to start the game in front of its home crowd, it was all Knights for the next three and a half quarters. Bishop Kelly led by four at the end of the first quarter, nine at halftime, and 18 after three.

“We’ve played fast all year long. We want to play at that pace. But we have to show better composure and poise, and be tighter with the basketball,” said Messick.

Jerome cut the lead to 11 early in the fourth quarter after a four-point play by senior Logan Geist, but Bishop Kelly responded with a three-pointer at the other end to quiet the potential rally.

Logan Geist scored at will for Jerome, finishing with 32 points—exactly half of the Tigers’ point total— including seven three-pointers.

“Logan’s been fantastic all year long, and he was great tonight. We just had to get him some help tonight,” said Messick.

Just three players for Jerome scored six or more points, and Geist made seven of the team’s eight threes. Bishop Kelly, meanwhile, had six players score six or more points, and four players made multiple threes.

Jerome (4-3) takes on Filer tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Jerome High School in the consolation bracket of the Magic Valley Holiday Classic.

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Bishop Kelly 77, Jerome 64

Bishop Kelly 20 19 23 15—77

Jerome 16 14 14 20—64

JEROME (64)

Geist 32, Cook 10, Ploss 6, Baker 5, Lloyd 4, Clegg 3, Miller 2, Myers 2 Totals: 21 15-18 64

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