Big Horns take a breather against Shields valley. [L to R] Emma Flach, KP Hoffman, Solae Swenson and Jayleen Cole.

Girls grab needed win

Right before tipoff, Assistant Coach Sam Lightbody pointed to the records of the two teams about to meet on Shields Valley’s home court. The LPHS girls’ varsity was heading into the game 0-2 in conference play, while the Lady Rebels were 2-0. 

But those numbers don’t tell the whole story, said Lightbody, “This is a really good match up. It’s going to be a good game.”

It was also a loud one. Directly behind the visiting team’s bench on the Shields Valley home court were what appeared to be a strategically placed drum kit and trombone player, which together created a festive racket as four seniors and one junior were announced as the home team’s starting five. 

Starting for the Big Horns were KP Hoffman, Emma Flach, Ivy Hicks, Jayleen Cole and Solae Swenson. These starters faced pressure defense right after the tip, but Flach got things moving on offense, hitting two shots on the way to scoring 10 in the game. 

At the end of the first half, Hoffman grabbed a rebound down low and scored, cutting the Shields Valley lead to 12-10

Then in the closing seconds of the half, the Big Horns nabbed a steal but Swenson missed and the ball bounced out of bounds. Hoffman got one final shot in the half but also missed. 

Coming back after half time—which included more drums and trombone—Flach tied the game 12-12 and the two teams traded leads until Cole heated up from the three-point line. She hit two from behind the arc, including one in the final period, which put the Big Horns up 28-26. 

Shields Valley called timeout with 1:53 to play but the reset didn’t help the Rebels. Hicks fed Swenson for a layup, extending the lead to 41-36. 

With just 18.2 seconds on the clock, Hoffman went to
the free throw line and missed. But backup Reilly Germain made a gutsy rebound and saved the possession, protecting this big road win for the Lone Peak girls. Final score: 42-36, with Hoffman sinking a game high 13. 

—DM

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