By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
Preston maintained their momentum on the road and captured two more wins making it 10 straight and ending the regular season with a 15-5 record.
On Friday, Feb. 10, the Indians traveled to Minico where they have never won a game and decisively ended that streak with a 48-31 victory.
The Indians led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter and extended it in the second outscoring the Spartans 13-8. Minico matched the Indians in the third and got within five, but it wasn’t enough as Karingtyn Hobbs made back-to-back threes returning the lead to double figures that Minico was not able to overcome.
“We forced at least 20 turnovers defensively. We had a solid game,” coach Tyler Jones said. “The game was very physical. It was physical inside the paint, the refs let them play tonight.”
Baker Ward led the team with 15 and Hobbs was close behind with 11, Brennyn Dunn followed with 9.
Marsh Valley proved to be a challenge for the Indians, but one they were up to. The 54-49 victory in Arimo on Feb. 7 was closer than they would have liked.
“Marsh Valley came out with a lot of energy and intensity, and we didn’t match that in the first half,” Jones said. “They just came out ready to go, and we struggled.”
Preston trailed by four at the end of the first quarter, but began to pull together in the second outscoring the Eagles 11-8. Almost enough to tie up the score at the half.
The third quarter was even better as they scored 20 points and took the lead which they never gave up. Marsh Valley matched Preston 16-16 in the final quarter, but couldn’t overcome their third quarter surge.
Baker Ward led the team with 16 points and Ryan Wakley put in 13. Thirteen of their combined points came from the free throw line where Preston fared much better than the Eagles down the stretch.
The Indians will host the winner of Tuesdays Pocatello/ Century game on Thursday at 7 p.m. A win keeps them at home on Tuesday, Feb. 21. A loss sends them to Pocatello on Saturday, Feb. 18. Games are all scheduled for 7 p.m.
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