by Kurtis Workman
Press Staff Writer
The American Falls High School girls’ basketball team opened their season at home with a win on Wednesday, Nov. 20, defeating Malad 49-28.
The Lady Beavers were led in scoring by seniors Maria Sanchez with 13 points and Lindsey Woodworth with 12 points. Sanchez also added four rebounds, two steals and one assist to the victory. Woodworth accumulated six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
The American Falls High School girls’ basketball team is strong with returning talent. Senior Hunter Morris scored eight points and picked up seven rebounds on the evening. Junior Sammie Neaman scored 10 points and had two steals against the Lady Dragons.
The Lady Beavers spread playing time across most of their roster and the stat sheet showed a strong effort off the bench. Jessica Colton notched one point and one steal. Saige Povey had one assist and one rebound. Shelby Hunt picked up an assist and Mikah Fehringer grabbed one rebound.
Last season Daisha Leyshon split her time between varsity and junior varsity getting most of her court time at the JV level. This year Leyshon has made the move to full time varsity player and started the season off strongly adding five points and five rebounds to the winning effort.
The Lady Beavers traveled to Aberdeen on Friday, Nov. 22, overtaking the Lady Tigers 57-43.
Neaman had 17 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal on the evening. Sanchez added 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and 10 steals and Woodworth contributed 11 points, six rebounds and one steal.
The Lady Beavers again spread the work across the entire roster. Morris added seven points, 12 rebounds and two assists. Povey picked up two points on the night, Hunt had one rebound, Leyson marked four points, eight rebounds and one steal. Fehringer added two points and four rebounds and junior Emily Henesh pulled down one rebound.
Coach Tyler Shafer said the Lady Beavers had a rough night from the field, but were able to rely on defense for the win.
“Though it was a rough night, we rebounded the ball well and our defense was relatively solid. It is nice to get a win on a night when we are not at our best,” said Shafer.
American Falls High School girls’are in Ririe tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will return home to host West Side on Thursday, Dec. 5.