BURLEY — Every time the Minico High School girls basketball team started to pull away, Burley stormed right back.
Eventually, the Bobcats ran out of answers.
In a tough, physical contest between bitter rivals, the visiting Spartans emerged battered and bruised, but victorious in a 48-38 win over the Bobcats Thursday night at Burley High School.
“Whenever you’re in a rivalry game, especially against Burley, it’s going to be physical and emotional,” said Minico head coach Anna Bateman. “You just do the little things. There’s no magic potion. You just play your game.”
“It’s another game in our conference,” said Minico junior Taylia Stimpson. “It’s a big win, and we’re going to keep it going from here.”
In the early going, it appeared the gym was about to witness a low-scoring slugfest as the first basket didn’t come until midway through the opening period when Burley’s Hallie Cook hit a layup. Saydi Anderson countered for Minico with a bunny of her own to tie things up.
At the end of the first quarter, the Spartans led 8-6.
“At first, it was everybody feeling everybody out,” Bateman said. “Then all the sudden, the punches were being thrown and both sides started making runs. That’s what high school basketball is all about.”
Sparked by the hustle and basketball smarts of Stimpson, Minico outscored Burley 23-11 in the second quarter to boast a 31-17 advantage going into the half.
Part of the problem for the Bobcats in the first half was foul trouble. Starters Sidney Pilling and Jemilynn Mahoney were each tagged with their third fouls in the second period and spent some time on the bench.
The Bobcats refused to go away as Mahoney and Pilling went to work. By the end of the third period, Burley has closed to within five points.
But it was too little, too late as the Spartans pulled away once again. This time, Burley ran out of time to mount another comeback.
“We got our offense moving better in the second half when it was important,” Stimpson said. “We played smart. We weren’t committing stupid fouls or anything like that.”
The win gives Minico bragging rights, but, more importantly, it puts the Spartans at 2-0 in Great Basin Conference play.
“Its a different feeling,” Anderson said. “The energy is higher against Burley. It always is.”
Mahoney finished with 10 points to lead Burley, while Pilling had nine.
Minico was paced by Stimpson’s 14 points. Anderson pitched in 12, and Rachel Baliola had seven.
Burley (4-2) next takes the floor on Wednesday when it hosts another district foe in Jerome.
Minico (3-2), on the other hand, steps out of district play and heads to Madison on Saturday to try and avenge a loss to the Bobcats earlier this season.
“We have to keep our heads in the game,” Anderson said. “Against Madison, we have to rebound and want it.”
Minico 48, Burley 38
Minico 8 23 4 13 — 48
Burley 6 11 13 8 — 38
MINICO (48) — Maura Merrill 2, Saydi Anderson 12, Rachel Baliola 7, Taylia Stimpson 14, Taycee Harper 5, Khali Robinson 4, Madison Vorwaller 2, Claire Boettcher 2. FG: 15 FT: 16-22. 3-pointers: 2 (Baliola, Stimpson).
BURLEY (38) — Natalie Rice 5, Sydney Pilling 9, Hallie Cook 6, Rebecca Tolman 2, Ashley Shirley 6, Jemilynn Mahoney 10. FG: 9. FT: 18-20. 3-pointers: 2 (Pilling 2).