By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
Preston had a tough week losing to both Rigby and Bear Lake on the road despite outstanding performances by Taylor Smellie and Kyle Lords.
On Saturday, the Indians traveled to Bear Lake. They started off well enough with a 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and trailed by just two at the half. The third quarter was much the same though the Bears were able to add another point to the lead before starting the fourth.
It was the fourth quarter where things just didn’t fall Preston’s way and a three-point lead became nine. Preston sent the Bears to the line where they made 18-of-29 in the game and it was enough for the win.
On Thursday Preston faced Rigby where a low-scoring first half undermined their exceptional effort in the final quarter. Near the middle of the second quarter the Indians trailed 14-15 but a 12-0 run by the Trojans gave them a nice cushion in the second half.
A 20-point deficit in the third quarter proved to be too much to overcome even though the Indians came back with a vengeance. “The fourth quarter, with actually a minute-and-half to go, we cut it to eight and had the ball,” coach Tyler Jones said. “I’m pleased with our kids. We didn’t quit. We kept battling and fighting, but you’ve got to play four complete quarters to get a road win.”
Smellie led the team with 25 points and Kyle Lords had 12 and 9 rebounds. Kyle Slade three, Austin Smellie and McKay Dodge five each and Derek Fryar, two.
Preston travels to Blackfoot tonight (Wednesday) to play at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 18 they will host Marsh Valley also at 7:30 p.m.
This story is sponsored by The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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