FILER — The sound of the final buzzer had to sound sweet to the Kimberly and Filer high school girls basketball teams.
The Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference game was won by Kimberly 38-25.
With no numbers available, the total number of turnovers for the two teams seemed close to the combined final scores. Filer’s turnover problems were caused in part by Kimberly’s press. Kimberly held a 22-15 lead at the half, and neither team lit up the scoreboard with points in third quarter, with four being scored by the Bulldogs and three by the Wildcats.
“It was a kind of tale of two halves for us,” said Filer coach Mike Amaya. “In the first half, their press caused us to make too many unforced errors. We seemed to adjust better to the half-court trap in the second half. But we still missed some free throws and didn’t get some rebounds. We were happy that we fought back and held them to only three points in the third quarter. We know there is lots to work and room for improvement, but the girls didn’t quit. I just didn’t prepare them for some things.”
Freshman Ella Fischer led the Wildcats with eight points and Fallon Stoddard followed with seven.
“It was just an ugly fistfight,” said Kimberly coach Stanley Watts. “But it was good for our younger girls to have to work and get stronger physically.”
Kimberly sophomore Meg Walker finished with a game-high 11 points, and junior Demee Rosenkrance scored a hard-fought eight points.
Kimberly (6-2, 1-1) hosts Jerome and Filer (1-5, 0-2) hosts Snake River on Saturday.
Kimberly 38, Filer 25
Kimberly; 6; 16; 4; 12; —38
Filer; 7; 8; 3; 7; — 25
KIMBERLY (38) — Brinley Humphreys 4, Annie Walker 2, Meg Walker 11, Jill Russell 1, Josie Schmitz 7, Demee Rosenkrance 8, Ellery Johnson 2, Jesse Wadsworth 3.
FILER (25 ) — Kelsie Snyder 3, Jailyn Gartner 4, Colbie Kliegl 1, Fallon Stoddard 7, Jerragan Thornton 2, Ella Fischer 8.