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Diggers defeat Panthers for the second time; Dec. 5 girls basketball roundup

SUGAR-SALEM 45, SNAKE RIVER 38: At Moreland, Sugar-Salem got its second win over Snake River in a week, although by a much smaller margin this time.

The Diggers, who defeated the Panthers 68-39 in the Nov. 28 meeting, trailed 16-9 after the first quarter before outscoring Snake River 20-8 in the second quarter. Sugar-Salem edged Snake River 16-14 in the second half.

Sugar-Salem coach Crystal Dayley said free throws made the difference, as the Diggers went 13-for-17 for the game compared to 8-for-18 from the Panthers. The Diggers went 8-for-9 in the second quarter and got two each from Kayla Luke and Lindsey Larson in the fourth quarter.

“We have really struggled with our free throws this season,” Dayley said. “We worked really hard on that this week. Snake’s one of the toughest places in the state to win. It’s always a physical game there.”

Kelsey Higginson had a game-high 15 points for Snake River (4-2), which plays Friday at Buhl.

Kayla Luke had 13 points to lead Sugar-Salem (5-2), which hosts Firth on Friday in a battle of state ranked teams.

SUGAR-SALEM 45, SNAKE RIVER 38
Sugar-Salem 9 20 4 12—45
Snake River 16 8 4 10—38
SUGAR-SALEM (45) — Matilyn Sellers 3, Savanah Crane 8, Kayla Luke 13, Macie Knapp 7, Sarah Maughan 1, Madi Fillmore 7, Lindsey Larson 4, Mariah Dunn 2. FG: 14. FT: 13-17. 3-pointers: 4 (Sellers 1, Luke 2, Fillmore 1). Total fouls: 19. Fouled out: Crane.
SNAKE RIVER (38) — Kelsey Higginson 15, Steadman 12, Morgan 5, Gilbert 3, Harper 3. FG: 15. FT: 8-18. 3-pointers: 0. Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: none.

WEST JEFFERSON 57, CHALLIS 32: At Terreton, a second-half surge sent West Jefferson past Challis for a nonconference win.

The Panthers ended the first half ahead 24-21 before holding the Vikings to single-digit scoring in each of the final quarters.

“Challis’s defense in the first half was tough on us,” West Jefferson coach Jalena Dixon said. “We struggled to execute. Then we came out playing our defense and executed really well in the second half as a team.”

Kacie Hewitt had seven points for Challis (3-3), which plays Friday at Watersprings.

Jordi Holdaway had 12 points and Saige Moss had 11 for West Jefferson (4-0), which plays Thursday at defending 2A state runner-up Malad.

WEST JEFFERSON 57, CHALLIS 32
Challis 10 11 5 6 — 32
West Jefferson 10 14 17 16 — 57
CHALLIS (32) — Katie Hewitt 5, Serena Z. 2, Joanna Campbell 6, Jasmine Rivera 3, Kacie Hewitt 7, Erin A. 3, Laura Parkinson 6. FG: 12. FT: 8-15. 3-pointers: 0. Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: none.
WEST JEFFERSON (57) — Morgan Laird 8, Allison Severe 9, Jalette Peterson 4, Jordi Holdaway 12, Makaiah Rogers 7, Saige Kirkpatrick 4, Rachel Moss 2, Saige Moss 11. FG: 24. FT: 5-5. 3-pointers: 4 (Laird 2, Severe 1, Rogers 1). Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.

BUTTE COUNTY 51, CAREY 29: At Carey, the Pirates picked up their third win on the season behind a 29-point first half.

Tausha Cummins led the way with 12 points and Shay Lambson added 11 points.

“We were just a little off tonight,” Butte County coach Carla Hansen said. “It was a harder game than the score shows.”

The Pirates are now 1-1 on the road this season.

Butte County (3-1) will play Sho-Ban at home on Thursday.

BUTTE COUNTY 51, CAREY 29
Butte County 19 10 11 11 — 51
Carey 8 7 8 6 — 29
BUTTE COUNTY (51) — Meg Buxton 8, Conlin Coburn 7, Tausha Cummins 12, Sherawn Brownlee 7, Shay Lambson 11, Kinsey Isham 6. FG: 18. 3-pointers: 3 (Coburn 1, Brownlee 1, Lambson 1). FT: 6-10. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Kinsey Isham
CAREY (29) — Z. Morey 2, L. Morey 6, S. Chavez 2, R. Smith 6, A. Versis 6, K. Wood 2, K. Green 3, S. Black 2. FG: 9. 3-pointers: 0. FT: 11-19. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none.

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