THOMAS — It was the conference opener for the Snake River Lady Panthers on Thursday evening and the Lady Panthers made short work of the visiting Lady Bears from Bear Lake as they enacted the mercy rule in a 57-28 blow out victory.
Four different Lady Panthers cracked double digit scoring for Snake River with Scout Baldwin leading the charge with 14 points on the evening. Madison Pilster added 13. Makena Shelley scored 12 and Kylie Coby had 10 in the blow out.
"Offensively everything seemed to go our way tonight," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "Honestly the whole evening was a demonstration of the power of the pass. I was really proud of the way that we passed the ball tonight. I don't know how many times were were able to skip pass and then drive to the basket tonight and Scout Baldwin had by far her best game of the year for us tonight. I'm telling you that whoever she stepped up to guard on the defensive end you could just see them thinking oh, no Scout is guarding us."
Indeed the defensive effort was stellar for the Lady Panthers as they held Bear Lake to just 2 first quarter points leading to a 20-2 lead. Second quarter action was more of the same as Snake River held Bear Lake to single digit scoring once again, this time in a 17-8 quarter which sent the two teams to the locker room with Snake River sporting a commanding 37-10 advantage.
"I told the girls at half time that everyone in the gym was bored," Coach Dunn said. "They were bored because they came out and did what everyone expected them to do but I'm a proud man and I didn't want them to quit yet. Whether we are up, down or tied we have a standard to uphold and that is how we approached the second half."
Snake River maintained that standard into the third quarter eventually pushing the lead over the thirty point mark just before the start of the fourth quarter which enabled the running clock for the last frame.
Snake River (12-1, 1-0) will hit the road for their next outing when they travel north to tangle with Sugar-Salem in a non-conference game with the Lady Diggers beginning at 7:30 p.m.
SNAKE RIVER 57, BEAR LAKE 28
Bear Lake 2 8 6 12 - 28
Snake River 20 17 10 10 - 57
Bear Lake (28) - Kendal Jacobsen 6, Ashley Hemmert 2, Kirsten Stevens 2, LaShea Peterson 2, Shania Bateman 11, Tahnee Saxton 3, RiLee Lutz 2. FG: 10. 3-pointers (none). FT: 8-15. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none.
Snake River (57) - Maegan Peace 4, Madison Pilster 13, Kylie Coby 10, Makena Shelley 12, Scout Baldwin 14, Brylie Bair 4. FG: 25. 3-pointers (none). FT: 7-13. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.