Sho-Ban Lady Chief Rylee Appenay on defense against Twin Falls Christian Academy January 14.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The Sho-Ban Lady Chiefs are 17-1 after getting two wins — the first over Twin Falls Christian Academy January 14 and Leadore January 12 both on the road but falling to Rockland at home January 11.
SBLC 55, TF Christian Academy 40
The Lady Chiefs won on the road January 14 55 to 40 over Twin Falls Christian Academy.
Sho-Ban Coach Andrew Baldwin said the girls played pretty well. “They ran our offense very well – we scored a lot of points off some well-executed pick and rolls. I’m really proud of the girls and the effort they gave.”
He said they’re now gearing up for their final regular season game against Mackay January 24 that is also senior night. “On the line is the top ranking for the District tourney and a first round bye. Baldwin added there is a lot at stake, “We hope to see a packed house.”
Harley Jackson sank 27 points for the Lady Chiefs, Tia Smith-Buckskin added 12 points, Nakai Appenay 6 points, Rylee Appenay and Reesha Pokibro each scored 4 points, Amelia Montoya 2 points, Mary Benally didn’t score.
For Twin Falls Christian Academy, A. Nedrow 17 points, V. Glaze 15 points, R. Walker 5 points, G. Miller and G. Bolyard 2 points each. E. Tenderson, S. Villegas, R. Lewis, R. Rincaid and A. Nouinger didn’t score.
SBLC 68, Leadore 30
The Lady Chiefs easily defeated Leadore January 12 on the road.
Harley Jackson led the Lady Chiefs with 27 points, Nakai Appenay 12 points, Reesha Pokibro and Rylia Edmo each had 10 points, Tia Smith-Buckskin 6 points, Rylee Appenay 3 points, Kree Burnett, Mary Benally and Amelia Montoya didn’t score.
For Leadore P. Ramsey had 14 points, D. Giryin 8 points, L. Beyeler 6 points, B. Herbst 2 points, B. Anderson and S. Tomchak didn’t score.
Rockland 31, SBLC 30
In a defensive game, the Lady Chiefs lost their first game of the season to the Rockland Lady Bulldogs January 11 at home.
Lady Chief Harley Jackson keeps the ball away from a Rockland player January 11.
The Lady Chiefs were outscored 11 to 2 in the first quarter, both teams added 17 points in the second quarter but the Lady Chiefs had to catch up and the game was tied at the end of the third quarter. Free throws made the difference for Rockland in the final quarter.
Baldwin said Rockland came out with a big game plan but sometimes one needs to get punched in the mouth to wake you up. He said they have two goals – first win the District title and two win the state title. “I told the girls nowhere in there is an undefeated season. We will come back strong tomorrow as we have a game at Leadore. We will see how it goes.”
Rockland coach Vernon L. Nelson said they wanted their kids to bring more energy after their last game against Sho-Ban. “We wanted the girls to come out from the get go and work hard. Defensively we worked hard.” He said Sho-Ban has a great scoring team and they had to get close outs on the Lady Chiefs outside shooters, noting sometimes they did and sometimes they didn’t. “We just played man defense – to shutdown a team like Sho-Ban and limit them to 30 points after what they been doing all year – they have five players out there and any one of them can score the basketball, they really can.”
Nelson said Sho-Ban’s a good team; there is no doubt about it, “Our kids we just worked tonight and it was a good win.”
For the Lady Chiefs Harley Jackson had 9 points, Reesha Pokibro 8 points, Tia Smith-Buckskin 6 points, Nakai Appenay 3 points, Rylee Appenay 2 points, Mary Benally, Kree Burnett and Rylia Edmo didn’t score.
For Rockland Madalyn Permann 15 points, Evie Waite 10 points, Eryn Parish 5 points, Charlotte Wilson 3 points, Whitney Peterson, Hillary Hansen, Mitana Robinson, Kiersley Boyer, Rosie Turnbeaugh, Angie Lee, Brinkley Boyer, Kamiah Garner, Libby Swann and E. Farr didn’t score.
TJ Lama attempts to shoot at the January 14 home game against Taylor's Crossing that they won, marking their first victory of the season.
By JOSEPH WADSWORTH
FORT HALL — The Sho-Ban Chiefs won their first game of the season January 14 at home against Taylor’s Crossing Eagles, 40 to 37.
It was a hard fought battle during the first and second quarters with both teams going back and forth taking the lead by one point every other play. By the end of each quarter Chiefs trailed by one point behind the Eagles. Third quarter both teams didn’t give up with adding ten points to their score. In the last two minutes of the fourth quarter it came down to free throws on both teams, Sho-Ban took the lead at two minutes then with a three point shot by Eagles player Dylan Davis the score was 33 to 35 in favor of the Eagles. Leslee Appenay was fouled by Ethan Bindenagel at 1:26 left in the fourth Appenay made his first shot and missed his second, Ethan Chacon fouled Caleb Boone in his attempt to grab Appenay’s missed shot Boone missed his shot.
It was down to the wire when Sho-Ban and Eagles tied at 37 to 37; Chiefs Javyis Friday was at the free throw line and made both of his shots putting Sho-Ban up by 2 points. The Eagles attempted try to make two shots that don’t go in and a Chiefs player pushed the ball out of bounds. The Eagles inbounded the ball but it is stolen. Ethan Chacon was fouled and went to the line. He made his first shot putting the score at 40 to 37, but missed his second shot but by then the time ran out and the Chiefs clenched their first win of the season.
High scorer for Sho-Ban was Jayvis Friday with 19 points, Kobi Yabeney 10 points, Leslee Appenay and Ethan Chacon both had 5 points, Ta Wapaha Elk 1 point. Gene Chippewa, Jamar Johnson, TJ Lama, Zaquiri Trammel, Damion Loneman and Quino Ramos-Yazzie did not score.
High score for Taylor’s Crossing Dylan Davis with 14 points, Krystian Hammon 6 points, Colby Hatch 5 points, Alan Skraba 4 points, Ethan Bindenagel 3 points, Trystan Wilde and Gustaf Hedenberg both had 2 points each and Caleb Boone 1 point. Aiden Zwahlen and Cody Hansen didn’t score.
Ethan Chacon under the basket in the game against Clark County Bobcats January 15.
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — The Sho-Ban Chiefs defeated the Clark County Bobcats 50 to 46 in overtime during Tuesday’s, January 15 game at home.
The Chiefs led the way in the first quarter and by the end of it were 11 to 6. Clark County closely trailed behind them in the second and at the end of the half Chiefs were ahead by only one point, 20 to 19.
Clark County pulled ahead in the third because of fouls from the Chiefs and by the end Bobcats were up 31 to 26. The Chiefs caught up in the fourth and both tied 42-42.
When the Chiefs came out in overtime it was a whole new energy and put 8 points on the board, and holding Clark County to only 4 points.
Chiefs coach Tim Wilson said the team is getting better. It’s their first second consecutive win.
He said with the addition of Jayvis Friday has helped them out a lot in terms of scoring and defense.
This game in particular the Chiefs manage to pick up defensively.
“Carrying on into overtime we did what we needed to do to win the ball game,” said Coach Wilson.
Next time he’d like them to show their energy early on and throughout the game, but he said a win is a win and they will take it.
High scorer for the Chiefs was Ethan Chacon with 19 points, Jayvis Friday had 15 points, Gene Chippewa had 7 points, TJ Lama had 4 points, TaWapah Elk had 3 points and Jamar Johnson had 2 points. For Clark County, Hernandez #2 had 2 points, Murdock had 19 points, Mendoza had 10 points, Paz had 2 points, Acosta had 2 points and Hernandez #45 had 9 points.
The Chiefs next game is against Rockland at home Tuesday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. He said they are seeking revenge after what they did to them at their place and he thinks they can get a win on them. After that they have three games left before they head to districts where Coach Wilson thinks they do well if they continue to improve.
“If we get the right matchup at first, yeah, we can make some noise,” he said, adding they just have to continue to work hard.
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