By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
The Preston Indians went into the Christmas break with a disappointing loss to Bonneville on Dec. 20 at home.
They brought home a win from Bear Lake on Dec. 19 and hoped to carry that momentum into the Bonneville game, but took too long to find their stride.
The Indians will enjoy a short break for the holidays and won’t return to action until Jan. 3.
A slow start really hurt the Indians and they lost to the Bees 66-47. They scored just five points in the first quarter while Bonneville jumped out early and put up 21. The next quarter was better both offensively and defensively for Preston, but Bonneville was able to extend its lead by nine, making it 40-15 at the half.
Preston finally found its rhythm in the second half and outscored the Bees in both quarters. The Indians scored 19 points in the third quarter and were able to maintain the momentum the rest of the game.
The fact they were able to compete so well against the Bees in the second half made the first two quarters that much more bitter to swallow.
It was a physical game and getting to the charity stripe proved to be key for the Indians. Much of their success was fueled by free throw shooting of Austin Smellie, who went 12 of 13 from the line. He lead the team in scoring with 14 points. Kyle Lords followed with nine.
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