By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
A slow start didn’t hurt the Indian girls as much as free throws in the 59-57 overtime loss to Minico on Saturday in Preston.
The Indians traveled to Pocatello on Tuesday. They host Blackfoot on Thursday and Rigby this Saturday, Jan. 11.
Down by six at the end of the first quarter the Indians stepped it up enough in the second quarter to keep themselves in the game and the momentum began to shift in their favor.
Preston trailed 25-16 at the half, but came out strong in the third quarter, building their momentum and outscoring Minico by two. They continued to close the gap in the fourth and with 2:11 left to play, Kelsey Checketts tied the game 47-47. Soon after, Bailey Roberts gave the Indians a two-point lead.
The Spartans tied it up from the charity stripe giving the Indians opportunities to score, but Preston couldn’t make it happen.
In overtime Preston started well, but Minico kept up. The score was tied 54-54 with 2:31 left to play and the Spartans gained a two-point advantage. With 01.2 on the clock the score was 58-57. Foul shots by Minico gave them one more and time expired.
The Indians managed the clock well and played excellent defense, but couldn’t quite come up with the win.
“We played well as a team. Our scoring was well-rounded,” said coach Belinda Taylor. “We just put them on the line too much and we missed too many free throws and too many shots.”
This story is sponsored by Willow Valley: Dr. Morrison.
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