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Shelley 66, Buhl 49

AMERICAN FALLS – Shelley outscored Buhl 22-8 in the fourth quarter to eliminate the Indians in a 3A State Tournament play-in game.

Senior Jim Elkin had a monster first half for Buhl, scoring 22 points in the first, including 17 in the second quarter. In the second half, the Indians were out-rebounded by 10 and had three players, including Elkin, foul out in the final quarter.

Elkin finished with 26 points and fellow senior Zyon Cleverley added 15.

“I wish I could have done more for this group of seniors. These guys were in the shadow of our really successful teams the past few years, and they deserved to get there too. We just ran out of gas at the end,” said Buhl head coach Dan Winn.

Buhl’s season ends with a record of 13-11.

Shelley 66, Buhl 49

Shelley 16 15 13 22 - 66

Buhl 7 23 11 8 - 49

BUHL (49)

Elkin 26, Cleverley 15, Bowman 3, Lauda 5 Totals: 14 14-21 49

3-point goals: Buhl 7 (Elkin 5, Bowman, Cleverley) Team Fouls: Buhl 30 Fouled Out: Buhl (Lauda, Elkin, Loveless) Technicals: None.

Grace 55, Raft River 53

AMERICAN FALLS – Murphy’s Law was in full effect Saturday afternoon as Raft River took on Grace in a 1A-DI State Tournament play-in game.

The Trojans were whistled for 30 fouls on the game and were hampered with foul trouble throughout. Rotation player Riley Spencer injured his nose and missed the entire second half. Leading scorer Kolten Hitt sat for the first half of the fourth quarter with foul trouble before fouling out with two minutes to play.

Still, Raft River had one final shot to tie or take the lead, but it stepped out of bounds before getting off a shot.

“We had opportunities. We had free throws and shots to take the lead. Grace made their free throws at the end,” said Raft River head coach Brian Poole.

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Grace had plenty of opportunities to convert free throws too the Grizzlies shot 42 free throws on the night.

Despite the foul trouble, Kolten Hitt still finished with 19 points, including four three-pointers. Twin Kayden Hitt shared high-scoring honors with 19 of his own.

“Kolten and Kayden have played a huge role in the development of our program. We won 16 games their sophomore year, then topped 20 wins last year. This year, we had a few players get injured or decide not to play, so they took on an even bigger role for us. They handled it all,” said Poole.

Raft River’s season ends with a record of 18-7.

Grace 55, Raft River 53

Grace 10 15 11 19;- 55

Raft River 13 13 12 15;- 53

RAFT RIVER (53)

Ko. Hitt 19, Ka. Hitt 19, Lloyd 5, Shulz 6, Montoya 2, Spencer 2 Totals: 17 14-22 53

3-point goals: 5 (Ko. Hitt 4, Ka. Hitt) Team fouls: Raft River 30 Fouled out: Raft River (Ko. Hitt, Poole) Technicals: Raft River (Ko. Hitt).

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