TWIN FALLS, Idaho – The Spring Creek girls basketball team started 0-2 in its road trip in Twin Falls, closing with a lopsided victory on Friday.
The Lady Spartans opened the road trip with a 49-45 loss to Blackfoot (Idaho) on Thursday at Twin Falls High School.
The score of the game did not reflect the type of contest Spring Creek head coach Holly Miller saw in the first half.
“The first half was a high-scoring game. We were up 32-31 at halftime,” she said. “There wasn’t a lot of defense in the first half. Neither team could miss and there were a lot of points scored in transition.”
The first quarter was especially a shootout, the teams combining for 36 points – each squad dropping 18 points.
In the second period, Spring Creek edged Blackfoot 14-13 and took the lead by one at the break.
Despite the drop in scoring in the third period, the Lady Spartans edged the Lady Broncos 8-6 and took a 40-37 lead into the fourth quarter.
The difference in the outcome was Blackfoot’s ability to knock down free throws, especially down the stretch.
“Blackfoot is a small team. They don’t have a true post, but they shoot the ball really well,” Miller said. “We adjusted to their weave offense and started switching everything to slow them down. We got good looks on offense but we couldn’t get anything to drop in the second half.”
Blackfoot hit 21-for-25 (84 percent) from the free-throw line, while Spring Creek finished 17-for-26 from the stripe (65 percent, the margin at the final horn coming down to four points.
Spring Creek lost its opening game of the Twin Falls/Canyon Ridge tournament by a final score of 49-45.
Junior Shaylynn Yaunick led Spring Creek with 10 points.
Junior Alayna Grosz added nine points, and senior Kaitlyn McLeod finished with eight.
The Lady Spartans held a 36-29 advantage on the glass, led by seven boards from junior Caitlyn Dimick.
McLeod and junior Jasmine Yadeskie each collected six rebounds, Yadeskie serving as the top distributor with three assists.
Grosz led Spring Creek with four steals, Yadeskie made three thefts and senior Teagan Ashby made the only block for the Lady Spartans.
Versus Twin Falls
Spring Creek ran into a different kind of a buzz saw Thursday night, facing the hosting Lady Bruins of Twin Falls High School.
The Lady Bruins jumped on the Lady Spartans quickly, building a 21-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and a 40-16 advantage at halftime.
“Twin Falls is a very good team. They run a lot their stuff with ball screens from the wing. Fallon runs that same offense a lot,” Miller said. “I wanted us to really focus on hedging out and making that second rotation. Sometimes we stopped it, other times they got a lot of good shots. They scored a lot of layups on us in transition, mostly when we turned the ball over.”
The second half was more competitive; each team scoring 11 points in the third quarter, but Twin Falls outscored Spring Creek 16-6 in the final period and rolled to a 67-33 victory.
Yadeskie led the Lady Spartans with eight points, followed by six from Dimick and five points by McLeod – who knocked down Spring Creek’s only three of the game.
McLeod topped the roster with three assists and made the Lady Spartans’ only steal.
Freshman Kylee Dimick put in work on the glass, yanking down 10 of Spring Creek’s 31 total rebounds.
The Lady Spartans ended the tournament on a high note Friday against Filer (Idaho) at Canyon Ridge High School, finding an abundance of scoring – gaining contributions across the roster in a 74-46, blowout victory.
Spring Creek got the ball rolling early, outscoring Filer 17-5 in the first quarter – allowing just one field goal in the first eight minutes.
“Alayna sparked our offense early,” Miller said. “She got us started.”
Grosz scored six points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans gaining six points from sophomore
Cheyenne Cleveland in the second quarter – pacing a 25-point explosion by Spring Creek.
Filer increased its offensive output as well with 14 points in the second period, but Spring Creek extended to a 23-point advantage at the break – leading 42-19.
In the third quarter, the Lady Spartans benefited from another six-point frame by Yadeskie – who led a 15-point period for Spring Creek.
Filer played Spring Creek even in the third – posting 15 points of its own – but the Lady Spartans maintained their 23-point cushion going to fourth, 57-34.
Spring Creek put up 17 points in the fourth quarter – Kylee Dimick leading a balanced attack with four points in the final eight minutes – the Lady Spartans limiting Filer to 12 points in the frame.
The Lady Spartans picked up their first win in three contests during the tournament with a commanding 74-46 victory over Filer.
“We got a lot of our points in transition from our press defense, but we got to the rim very well from our shelf offense too,” Miller said. “We were balanced, pretty much everyone scored. We played a lot more physical. I wanted our girls to be more aggressive and harder to push around.”
Yadeskie led the Lady Spartans with 13 points, scoring nine in the second half.
“Jasmine did a really good job of driving to the rim and scoring or setting up her teammates,” Miller said.
The Dimick girls finished in double digits with 12 points apiece, Kylee and Caitlyn each scoring six of their 12 in the first and second halves.
Grosz scored all nine of her points in the first half, and McLeod and Cleveland added six points apiece for the Lady Spartans.
Yaunick and sophomore Ryley Ricks each finished with five points for Spring Creek.
The Lady Spartans will play their next set of games in the Varsity Elite Tournament at Reed High School, squaring off with McQueen at 1 p.m. Tuesday and following with a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday tip against Galena.
Spring Creek’s final two games of the tournament – opponents and times – will depend on the outcomes of their first two contests.