MURTAUGH – The Hornets girls’ basketball team headed back to Oakley Tuesday night as district champions after knocking off top-seeded Valley 44-27 in the Snake River Conference Championship game.
After splitting two close games during the regular season, Oakley left the drama at the door Tuesday night at Murtaugh High School. The Hornets jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and won each individual quarter.
“We think a lot of Valley,” said Oakley head coach Matt Payton. “Our girls played really hard and executed the game plan.”
Senior guard Talia Elquist led Oakley in scoring with 15 points, including three three-pointers, and junior post player Rachael Mitton controlled the paint, finishing with 13 points.
“This has been our goal since day one this season. We’re so confident in each other,” said Elquist.
For Valley, senior Madisyn Kimmel led the way with 12 points, and fellow senior Tannah Sellers, playing in her first game of the tournament because of injury, added five points.
With the win, Oakley advances to the state tournament as a top seed. Valley will play Shoshone at 7 pm Thursday at Murtaugh High School. The winner of that game will play a play-in game for a spot in the state tournament.
“Oakley is a really good team,” said Valley head coach Jamie Kohtz. “We chose the hard way, but we’re not out of it yet.”
Oakley 44, Valley 27
Oakley 12 10 14 8 - 44
Valley 6 6 11 4 - 27
Kimmel 12, Hodges 4, Sellers 5, Mussmann 4, Lewis 2 Totals: 12 2-5 27
Elquist 15, Mitton 13 Wybenga 7, Hardy 2, Westover 2, Whittle 5 Totals: 16 7-12 44
3-point goals: Valley 1 Oakley 5 (Elquist 3, Wybenga, Whittle) Team fouls: Oakley 15, Valley 14 Fouled out: Valley (Mussmann).
Shoshone 51, Hagerman 30
MURTAUGH – No. 3 Shoshone went up early on No. 5 Hagerman and never looked back. The Indians forced a bevy of turnovers on Hagerman’s entry passes to the post, and won each quarter on the way to a 21-point win in the Snake River Conference Tournament matchup.
Junior Monce Rivas led Shoshone with 12 points. Sophomore Ariadna Regalado also scored 11, including a trio of first-quarter three-pointers, and fellow sophomore Bailee Owens added 10 points and eight rebounds. Shoshone standout sophomore Cierra Hennings had a quiet night scoring the ball with four points, but contributed seven assists and six steals.
“We started off the game really strong. The girls played really hard, and came ready to play,” said Shoshone head coach Tim Chapman.
For Hagerman, senior Samantha McCrorey scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and senior Makenzie Crist added 10 points.
“Nothing was dropping for us tonight,” said Hagerman head coach Dave Landrum. “The girls played hard though. They got further than anyone expected.”
Shoshone advances to take on Valley with the conference’s second state tournament slot on the line. With the loss, Hagerman’s season ends with a record of 6-19.
Shoshone 51, Hagerman 30
Shoshone 11 14 8 18 - 51
Hagerman 6 8 4 12 - 30
Rivas 12, Regalado 11, Owens 10, Hennings 4, Rodriguez 4, Perry 4, Marsh 4, Fitzgerald 2 Totals: 19 10-13 51
Crist 10, Achabal 5, McCrorey 10, Hulme 2 Yore 3 Totals: 12 6-14 30
3-point goals: Shoshone 3 (Regalado 3) Hagerman (None) Team fouls: Shoshone 13, Hagerman 11 Fouled out: Shoshone (Owens).