TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls High School girls basketball team defeated crosstown rival Canyon Ridge 56-31 on Thursday night to improve to 2-0 in Great Basin Conference play
It wasn’t exactly easy early on, as some Riverhawks, including Alicia Beverly and Caitlin Crist, brought down offensive boards, making it a close game through the first few minutes. But Twin Falls settled into a productive full-court press, and senior Morgan Harr scored half of the Bruins’ 18 points in the first to give them an 18-8 lead.
“Early on, we weren’t boxing out in the post and they were getting second and third looks,” Twin Falls head coach Nancy Jones said. “As soon as they honed in and focused, I thought they did a lot better and settled down a little bit.”
In the second quarter, Bruins bench players like sophomore guard Morgan Cargile, who scored six points in the quarter, played solid on both sides of the ball to build the lead to 34-18.
Then Twin Falls broke out. The full-court press and tough defense limited Canyon Ridge to six points in the third quarter, while the Bruins scored 20, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Harr midway through the quarter.
“I just felt comfortable with my shot,” Harr said. “I had some open looks and felt like I could take them, and a few of them fell.”
The Bruins held strong in the fourth quarter for their second straight conference victory.
Jones said that Harr was a big factor in the way the Bruins played, but her three other seniors – Kylie Baumert, Madison Glascock and Sage Swan – also set the tone for the game.
“When those four are on the floor together, it generally works well for us,” she said.
Riverhawks head coach Kevin Cato said that the Bruins defense proved too difficult and made productive ball movement hard to come by.
“Our decision-making was great for a while,” he said. “Then they upped the pressure on us and we made mistakes and played at an uncomfortable pace.”
Junior Alexa Thomas scored a team-high 14 points for Canyon Ridge. Senior Caitlin Crist, a second-team all-conference selection last year, got into foul trouble early, and Cato said that made beating the press and passing well an issue.
“The decision-making changed when she went out of the game, no doubt about it,” he said. “She’s pretty important to us, so I think it increased the panic a little bit.”
Twin Falls will face a tough conference opponent Wednesday in Minico, and Canyon Ridge hosts Kimberly on Saturday.
Twin Falls 56, Canyon Ridge 31
Twin Falls: 18 16 20 2 — 56
Canyon Ridge: 8 10 6 7 — 31
TWIN FALLS (56) — Kylie Baumert 3, Morgan Harr 19, Paige Beem 7, Morgan Cargile 6, McKayla Rodriguez 8, Sadie Allen 5, Gracie Mumford 4, Brinlee Stotts 2, Aubrey Stansberry 2. FG: 19-56. 3-pointers: 3-12 (Harr 3). FT: 12-18. Total fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.
CANYON RIDGE (31) — Karleigh Allen 2, Alexa Thomas 14, Lynzie Bryant 4, Orion Shirley 4, Caitlin Crist 7. FG: 16-47. 3-pointers: None. FT: 3-6. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.