Big first quarter lifts Firth past Aberdeen
FIRTH — Fresh off of a disappointing loss to their neighbor Shelley the night previous, the Firth Lady Cougars returned home for a date with cross county rival Aberdeen on Wednesday evening. Firth showed no ill signs from the Shelley loss though as they sprinted to a 22-2 first quarter advantage and then kept the Lady Tigers at arms length for the remainder of the evening for the 58-39 non-conference victory.
"We really stressed being mentally tough and to not have a let down after last nights tough loss," Firth head coach Sharla Cook said. "I was proud of the way that the kids came out and started the game tonight."
Firth opened with 20 straight points before Aberdeen finally broke the seal on the rim as Taylor Wallace got the Lady Tigers on the board with :23 remaining in the quarter.
Aberdeen responded in the second quarter though. Keyed by a pair of three point baskets by Kaitlyn Jolley, the Lady Tigers cut into the twenty point deficit with a 14-9 quarter and as the two squads headed to the locker room, Firth led 31-16.
"Firth is a good defensive team and my girls just sort of froze up with the strong defensive pressure in that first quarter," Aberdeen head coach Karalee Bonzon said. "I told them before the second quarter that Firth wasn't beating them so much as that they were beating themselves. I thought that it was a pretty good game once we showed up though. We played them even for the final three quarters."
In the third quarter the two squads continued to put full court pressure on each other with both teams picking up big baskets down low on the press breakers. Firth was led by Bailey Nelson who was found time and time again on the low block as she led the Lady Cougars with 16 points.
Meanwhile, Aberdeen had 16 points from their post presence in Taylor Wallace.
"Overall I thought that our team play was pretty solid," Coach Cook said. "I thought that we did a pretty good job of breaking their press and Jacee [Jensen], Brittana [Spencer] and Britton [Bean] each had good games for us."
Bean had 13 points for the Lady Cougars while Spencer added 11 on a night in which the Lady Cougars improved to 6-2 on the season.
Firth will be back in action tonight when they play their third game in as many days as they travel to South Fremont for a non-conference tilt with the Lady Cougars at 7:30 p.m.
"Third game in three nights and our sixth game in nine days," Coach Cook said. "The girls are doing pretty well. They like to play and they are holding up pretty well."
Aberdeen (4-4) will have a week off before they travel to West Side next Wednesday for the conference opener which will tip off at 7 p.m.
FIRTH 58, ABERDEEN 39
Aberdeen 2 14 13 10 - 39
Firth 22 9 15 12 - 58
Aberdeen (39) - Jill Yancey 4, Kira Shelman 6, Kaitlyn Jolley 6, Ali Pocock 4, Taylor Wallace 16, Carolee Beck 3. FG: 17. 3-pointers (Jolley 2, Beck). FT: 2-4. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none
Firth (58) - Brittana Spencer 11, Kayla Jensen 7, Bailey Nelson 16, Jacee Jensen 7, Britton Bean 13, Shelby Pfeifer 4. FG: 21. 3-pointers (Jensen, Bean). FT: 14-22. Fouls: 7. Fouled out: none.