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Lady Badgers take down CdA Charter, boys fall

November 29, 2012
The Bonners Ferry Lady Badgers chalked up a road win Tuesday night, defeating Coeur d'Alene Charter handily, 55-26. The Badger boys struggled through the first half, and though they caught up in the second and forced overtime, they couldn't overcome the scrappy Panthers, and fell 41-38.

The Lady Badgers dominated their match from the outset, outscoring the Panthers in all but the final quarter, and then only by a single point. Led by Aubree Wasmer, who tossed up nine points, the Lady Badgers led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter, 26-11 at the half and 44-14 after their best quarter of play on the night, the third.

The Panthers tried to rally in the fourth, but the Badgers kept their stride, scoring 11 points to the Panthers 12.

Scoring for the Badgers was well spread among all the athletes, with Kendra Merritt and Jaiden Everhart both putting up eight points, Jasmine Hill shooting for seven, Kerstin Oxford putting up six, Abby Skeen and Savannah Woods each hitting four, McKenzie MacDonald hitting two and Desi Minor scoring a point.

"CdA came out in an extened 1-3-1 zone, and we struggled adjusting to it early on," said boys head coach Clint Arthur. "We were stagnant  with both man and ball movement, and CdA's scrappy play caused us to turn the ball over too much."

It was a rough first half for the Badgers, who trailed 16-6 in the first quarter and 25-9 going into the locker room, but they were able to regroup and fight back in the second.

"We made a few adjustments at halftime and we came out looking like a different team," Arthur said. "We moved the ball better, attacked the basket and rebounded on the offensive end. Evan Moe hit some big shots for us and Garrett Skeen and Josh Pluid gave us a strong inside presence."

The Badgers outshot the Panthers 13-4 in the third quarter 13-6 in the fourth, with the score tied at 35 at the end of regulation play.

"Cameron Fitch and Isaac Price came off the bench to provide excellent defensive intensity, playing a huge role in our second half comeback," Arthur said. "We took great shots in overtime and had plenty of opportunities, but some of the shots just didn't fall."

The Panthers put up six points in overtime to the Badgers three to clinch the win.

Moe led the Badger scoring drive with 13 points, Cameron Woods put up 10, Skeen shot for six, Price four, Fitch three and Pluid two.

Both the boys and girls are at home Saturday to take on Lakeland; the girl's varsity game starts at 4:15 p.m., the boys varsity at 6:30 p.m.
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