Sho-Ban Lady Chiefs and coaches with third place trophy.
By LORI ANN EDMO
NAMPA — The Sho-Ban Lady Chiefs brought home third place from the 1A Division II State Tourney after beating the Nez Perce Indians 51 to 38 February 17 at Nampa High School.
Sho-Ban coach Andrew Baldwin said he couldn’t be happier with the girls. “They came out today and were lights out – you can tell who wanted it more.” He said the girls played really hard defensively and Nakai Appenay had three, three point shots. “It was an exciting game.”
Junior Siona Astorga said she felt pretty great about the win. “Our team has grown from the beginning. It’s leading on to something more in the next years,” and hoping to leave a legacy for Sho-Ban to live off of. In the game against Nez Perce, she said they were a little sloppy in the first half considering how their emotions were but the coach told them at halftime this is not how we play, “We talked to each other, we really worked and played together.”
Angela Astorga said she felt great about the win and the team has grown. She was nervous but after awhile she just let it go and she remembered what her mom told her to get out there and play her game. “It doesn’t matter about your height or your age.”
Nakai Appenay, sophomore, said although it’s not first place it felt pretty good to win. “It feels good to represent our school and play hard.” She’s excited about next year, as she believes they have a good chance.
Both Astorga sisters were named to the All Tournament teams. Siona was named to first team and Angela was named to second team.
Sacoyah Appenay makes her way on offense in the win over Nez Perce.
SBLC 51, Nez Perce 38
Siona Astorga led the Lady Chiefs in scoring with 22 points, Nakai Appenay 9 points, Angela Astorga 6 points, Sacoyah Appenay and Reesha Pokibro each with 5 points, Rylee Appenay and Sincere Martin 2 points each, Starla Littlelight, Tia Buckskin and Mary Benally didn’t score.
Sydney Boyer and Hannah Stapleton each had 10 points for Nez Perce, Caitlyn Cronce 7 points, Kaydn Horton and Kourtne Carpenter 4 points each, Paige Nelson 1 point, Amelia Husted, Katy Riggers, Madisyn Brower, KC Wahl and Hannah Duuck didn’t score.
Genesis Prep 58, SBLC 45
The Sho-Ban Lady Chiefs faced off against a much taller Genesis Prep team February 16. They had to contend with six foot four Genesis Prep post Bella Murakatete who was named tourney Most Valuable Player.
Siona Astorga led in scoring with 19 points, Angela Astorga 8 points, Sacoyah Appenay 7 points, Rylee Appenay 6 points, Nakai Appenay 3 points, Starla Littlelight, Sincere Martin, Tia Buckskin and Mary Benally didn’t score.
Three players scored all the points for Genesis Prep Bella Murekateta and Rachel Schroeder each had 28 points for the Jaguars and Josie Scribner added 2 points.
SBLC 50, Dietrich 39
The Lady Chiefs won their first game over the Dietrich Blue Devils 50 to 39.
Lady Chief’s high scorer was Siona Astorga with 15 points, Angela Astorga 12 points, Sacoyah Appenay, Reesha Pokibro and Rylee Appenay each had 6 points, and Nakai Appenay scored 5 points. Starla Littlelight, Sincere Martin, Tia Buckskin and Mary Benally didn’t score.
Dietrich Blue Devils top scorer was Quincie Christiansen who made 12 points, Jaxen Eggleston 11 points, Cassie Berthelson 6 points, Brianna Astle 5 points, Kaylee Hendrix 3 points, Caylee Dilworth 2 points. Maydin Resz, Madison Christianson, Matigan Bingham, Bailey Hubert, Mickala VanTassell, Isabella Kelly did not score.
Baldwin said the Lady Chiefs return 7 players next year.
Lori Ann Edmo
Sho-Ban Junior Chiefs with coaches. (Submitted photo)
FORT HALL — The Sho-Ban Junior Chiefs won their last game of the season 46 to 23 over Mackay February 17.
Team members in the photo are Kendrick Ballard, Braden Brunette, Damion Loneman, Micah Siaz, Leo Bear Jr. Coaches are Wayne Cortez and Kelsey Evening. The team had 5 wins and one loss during their season.
Men’s six foot and under and women’s All Indian teams being accepted. Deadline is February 28. Contact the Recreation office at 208-478-3770.
High School league
Sign ups for high school league basketball for boys and girls is in the Recreation office.
Junior league 12 to 14
Junior boys and girls 12 to 14 league is on Friday starting at 5 p.m. Sign up teams in the Recreation office.
The second gymnastics session is every Tuesday and Thursday and the van leaves at 5:30 p.m.
Youth hip-hop class
Youth hip-hop class is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the aerobics building. Mia Murillo is the instructor. Ages 8 to 18.
Boxing is for those 8 years and up Monday to Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wrestling is underway and coaches are Matt Wilson and J.D. Gallardo. It’s at the Tribal Business Center Dome Room Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Youth basketball leagues
Youth basketball leagues are Saturday mornings for peewee division ages 8 years, along with 11 and under.
The curfew for Timbee Hall is 8 p.m. for kids 14 and under. They must be with their parents after 8 p.m. otherwise they will be held in Eddy and Sister’s jail and the police will be called. There are too many kids being dropped off at the gym without supervision.
Timbee Hall hours
Timbee Hall is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Weight room closes at 8 p.m. On Friday it’s open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information please call 208-478-3770, 3775 or 3776.