by Kurtis Workman
Press Staff Writer
The American Falls High School girls’ basketball team split their last two games of the season, picking up a win over the Lady Bears of Bear Lake 67-37 on the road but falling to the Lady Eagles 47-51.
Losing to Marsh Valley two nights before gave the Lady Beavers incentive to finish the regular season strongly.
“We came out motivated after losing on Thursday and we played one of our best games in quite a while,” said Head Coach Tyler Shafer.
Lindsey Woodworth scored 22 points and picked up 10 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the year.
Maria Sanchez added 19 points on the night along with four rebounds against Bear Lake. Sammie Neaman has been a constant for the Lady Beavers all season. She continued to anchor the team with 13 points and three rebounds.
Maddie Wagoner scored five points, Jessica Colton contributed four and hunter Morris and Deshia Leyshon picked one point each in Montpelier.
Even with a wide spread scoring effort Shafer credits the team’s defensive efforts for winning the game.
“Sanchez really set the defensive tone for the game. Other than a small let down in the second we played suffocating defense throughout the game,” Shafer said.
The Lady Beavers did not fare as well earlier in the week when they faced Marsh Valley at home for senior night on Thursday, Jan. 30.
The Lady Beavers fell 47-51 against their conference rival in what Shafer characterized as a frustrating game for the Lady Beavers.
“This was a very frustrating game for me and the girls. We played okay, but had a rough shooting night,” said Shafer.
Having an off night is tough any time, but even harder when your opponent is having a good night.
“Marsh Valley had a solid offensive and defensive game plan which they executed very well,” said Shafer.
Neaman led the Lady Beavers with 18 points and five rebounds. Sanchez made her presence known to the Lady Eagles; Sanchez was injured last time the Lady Beavers faced Marsh Valley, this time she scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Woodworth scored an unusually low nine points, but snagged 11 rebounds.
The Lady Beavers were strong under the boards as a team. Morris grabbed 10 rebounds, Leyshon had six and Wagoner brought down two rebounds.
Before the game against Marsh Valley the Lady Beavers honored their senior teammates. Shafer said the large turnout was a highlight of the season.
“We had a large crowd because of senior night. We have had great home crowds throughout the season. Everyone in this program is thankful for our wonderful crowds,” said Shafer.
The Lady Beavers will have another chance at beating Marsh Valley on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m., when the two teams open the district tournament at Highland High School in Pocatello