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Firth beats North Fremont with last second free throw, Feb. 9 boys basketball round up

At Ashton, Grayson Nelson sank the front end of two free throws with one second left to give the Firth High School boys basketball team a 38-37 conference win over North Fremont.

The win gives the Cougars the No. 2 seed and first round bye for next week’s 2A District 6 tournament in St. Anthony. The teams entered Friday with identical overall records of 10-9 and conference records of 5-2.

“We only shot 29 percent from field goal range,” North Fremont coach Bryan Miller said. “Not to take anything away from Firth. They won, but they didn’t beat us. We could’ve won if we had made fewer mistakes.”

Nelson finished with a game-high 16 points while Wyatt Jenkins added nine points for Firth (11-9, 6-2).

Chris Hansen and Garrett Hawkes had 12 points each for North Fremont (10-10, 5-3), which takes the No. 3 seed into districts.

FIRTH 38, NORTH FREMONT 37
Firth 6 12 10 10—38
North Fremont 10 5 14 8—37
FIRTH (38) — Grayson Nelson 16, Wyatt Jenkins 9, Kai Park 7, Ben Park 4, Connor Berrett 1, Jace Erickson 1. FG: 15-42. FT: 7-14. 3-pointers: 1 (K. Park). Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: none.
NORTH FREMONT (37) — Chris Hansen 12, Garrett Hawkes 12, Blake Oberhansley 3, Bridger Lenz 3, Paul Wynn 3, Peyton Litton 2, Taetyn Hess 2. FG: 13-45. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 5 (Hansen 4, Lenz 1). Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.

RIGBY 49, SKYLINE 43: At Rigby, the Trojans edged Skyline in a nonconference game that took place after an emotional 24 hours for Skyline.

Grizz head coach Clint Cornish said Skyline junior Easton Taylor, younger brother of 2017 Skyline graduate Bridger Taylor and son of Skyline head baseball coach Brett Taylor, lost his brother Camden on Thursday. Camden, an eighth grader and also a cousin of Cruz Taylor, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Cornish said the Grizzlies wore warm ups Friday featuring a bear paw with Camden’s initials on them, and the Grizzlies also signed one of those shirts to give to Camden’s parents.

“For those two to even play tonight, I was so proud of them,” Cornish said of Easton and Cruz. “The whole family was there to watch them play. (Camden) was a healthy kid. He played basketball and soccer. It was hard for all of us. We wanted to win for them. It was so close.”

Keegan Thompson had 10 points while Tagg Olaveson had nine for Rigby (5-16), which takes the No. 4 seed into next week’s 5A District 5-6 tournament.

Jo Bates had 16 points and Cruz Taylor added 14 for Skyline (9-11), which takes the No. 3 seed into next week’s 4A District 5-6 via a tiebreaker coin toss. Skyline and Century had identical conference records of 5-5.

RIGBY 49, SKYLINE 43
Skyline 13 5 12 13 — 43
Rigby 11 7 13 18 — 49
SKYLINE (43) — Jo Bates 16, Easton Taylor 2, Danny Webb 8, Jaden Landes 2, Cruz Taylor 14, Kadin Pabst 1. FG: 8-25, 6-28. FT: 9-14. 3-pointers: 6-28 (C Taylor 3, Bates 2, Webb 1). Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: none.
RIGBY (49) — Lincoln Bagley 3, Easton Taylor 2, Britton Berrett 6, Keegan Thompson 10, Tagg Olaveson 9, Kaden Miller 3, Brycen Uffens 8, Tanoa Togiai 4, Tanner Clayton 2, Tane Togiai 2. FG: 10-31, 5-13. FT: 13-17. 3-pointers: 5-13 (Bagley 1, Berrett 1, Olaveson 2, Miller 1). Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.

IDAHO FALLS 54, BONNEVILLE 49 (OT): At Idaho Falls, the Tigers outlasted Bonneville for an overtime nonconference win.

Bonneville led 21-20 at halftime and 36-31 after three quarters and the teams ended regulation tied 46-46. Dillon Sorensen, who had 22 points for Bonneville including five 3-pointers, fouled out in overtime.

“He’s a great player,” Idaho Falls coach Howard Hart said. “He shot the ball well in the first half. I thought we did a great job on him in the second half.”

Hart added that the Tigers made big plays down the stretch, including a 3 and a defensive stop by Andrew Gregersen, to take momentum into overtime.

Randon Hostert added 13 for Bonneville (5-16),which takes the No. 5 seed into next week’s 5A District 5-6 tournament. Kalvin Bowen had 22 points while Noah Hillam added 12 for Idaho Falls (9-12), which takes the No. 2 seed a first-round bye into next week’s 4A District 5-6 tournament.

IDAHO FALLS 54, BONNEVILLE 49 (OT)
Bonneville 11 10 15 10 3 — 49
Idaho Falls 6 14 11 15 8 — 54
BONNEVILLE (49) — Randon Hostert 13, Dillon Sorensen 22, Riley Judy 3, Jordan Perez 5, Gerohm Rihari 2, Trey Howell 2, Jamison Trane 2. FG: 15. FT: 13-24. 3-pointers: 6 (Sorensen 5, Judy 1). Total fouls: 22. Fouled out: Sorensen.
IDAHO FALLS (54) — Kalvin Bowen 22, Payton Powell 1, Braxton Ball 1, Paul Wilson 5, Noah Hillam 12, Cam Conrad 4, Andrew Gregersen 9. FG: 18. FT: 16-25. 3-pointers: 2 (Hillam 1, Gregersen 1). Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: Wilson.

SOUTH FREMONT 51, TETON 41: At Driggs, South Fremont ended the regular season with a conference win at Teton.

South Fremont coach Ryon Pope said a game changer was when Talon Maupin made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to put the Cougars up 47-44.

“That was a huge shot for us,” Pope said. “I’m proud of the guys.”

Coleby Hess and Carson Reilly had eight points each for Teton (3-17, 0-6), which takes the No. 4 seed into next week’s 3A District 6 tournament at Madison High School.

Reece Yancey had 13 points while Edwin Smith added 10 for South Fremont (5-16, 2-4), which takes the No. 3 seed into districts.

SOUTH FREMONT 51, TETON 41
South Fremont 12 7 15 17 — 51
Teton 8 12 10 14 — 44
SOUTH FREMONT (51) — Talon Maupin 7, Reece Yancey 13, Edwin Smith 10, Kyler Yancey 7, Jace Neville 7, Tagg Bair 7. FG: 19. FT: 10-17. 3-pointers: 3 (Bair 1, Maupin 1, R Yancey 1). Total fouls: 11. Fouled out: none.
TETON (44) — Carson Reilly 8, Dusty Hess 2, Coleby Hess 8, Daegan Allen 2 LT 10, Wartig 3, Mason Swainston 5, Hyrum Heuseveldt 4, Satchel Heinen 2. FG: 17. FT: 6-12. 3-pointers: 4 (Hyrum 1, Wartig 1, Thompson 1, C Hess 1). Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: none.

WEST JEFFERSON 42, SALMON 39: At Salmon, Branson Morton’s 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left gave West Jefferson a conference win over Salmon to end the regular season.

West Jefferson coach Dave Hadley said the Panthers’ defense did well in the fourth quarter in an up and down game.

“We held our composure long enough to run a play for Branson and he got it,” Hadley said.

Sam Petty had nine points while Creed Barney and Hunter Tarkalson had eight points each for Salmon (4-16, 0-8), which takes the No. 5 seed into next week’s 2A District 6 tournament.

Braxton Ramirez had 13 points while Braeden Larsen added nine for West Jefferson (9-11, 2-6), which takes the No. 4 seed into districts.

WEST JEFFERSON 42, SALMON 39
West Jefferson 16 6 6 14 — 42
Salmon 9 15 9 6 — 39
WEST JEFFERSON (42) — Braeden Larsen 9, Dalton Robins 5, Landen Larsen 8, Braxton Ramirez 13, Branson Morton 5, Riley Caudle 2. FG: 14. FT: 9-14. 3-pointers: 5 (Ramirez 2, B. Larsen 1, Robins 1, Morton 1). Total fouls: 11. Fouled out: none.
SALMON (39) — Hunter Tarkalson 8, Ethan Aldous 3, Creed Barney 8, Sam Petty 9, Garrett Jones 3, Ethan Jones 6. FG: 15. FT: 7-10. 3-pointers: 2 (Petty 1, G. Jones 1). Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: none.

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