Lady Rebels fall short of Lone Peak at the buzzer, 35-34

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, February 3, 2020
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Shields Valley’s Tyler DeFord scoops up a loose ball against Lone Peak on Friday night at Lone Peak High School.

The Shields Valley Lady Rebels lost to the Lone Peak Bighorns on Friday night in a game that came down to the very last play. Shields Valley came just one point shy of Lone Peak, 35-34. 

Aspen Sanderson got the Lady Rebels’ offense moving early on with six first quarter points, but the Bighorns outscored the Shields Valley 10-9 in the quarter. 

Jaeli Jenkins got things going for the Lady Rebels in the second when she turned the steal into an easy breakaway score. 

Jenkins tallied six points in the quarter, but a free throw from Brooklin Baukol were the only other points Shields Valley could manage and the Bighorns finished the half with a 19-17 lead. 

Haven Sager scored twice early on in the second half to give Shields Valley the lead. The second score was set up with a nice pass from Perry Dominick. However, Lone Peak took control for the rest of the third, outscoring the Lady Rebels 10-2 to finish the quarter with a 29-22 lead. 

The Lady Rebels weren’t out of the fight just yet. A 3-pointer from Rane Sager early in the fourth brought Shields Valley back within four. After a Sanderson score in transition, Haven Sager connected from beyond the arc to give Shields Valley a 30-29 lead with just under five minutes remaining. 

A score inside the paint from Haven Sager extended the Lady Rebels’ lead to three and forced the Bighorns to call a timeout to regroup. 

Out of the timeout, the Bighorns scored on a layup in transition to pull within one, but Shields Valley answered with a make from Tyler DeFord. Two free throws brought Lone Peak back within one, 34-33. 

After a timeout from Shields Valley with time ticking down, a steal from Haven Sager forced the Bighorns to intentional foul with under a minute remaining. A miss on the front end of the 1-and-1 gave the ball back to Lone Peak. The Bighorns scored on an open layup with 8.4 seconds left to take a 35-34 lead. 

Shields Valley called a timeout with 4.8 seconds left after advancing the ball past half court, but had their final shot blocked out of the timeout and the Bighorns hung on to win. 

Jenkins scored 10 points to lead Shields Valley in scoring. Haven Sager added nine and Sanderson scored eight. 

Haven Sager said the Lady Rebels needed to slow down in order to make shots late in the game.

“I felt like, throughout the game we were working a little bit too fast and so our shots wouldn’t fall,” she said. “So I felt maybe slowing down a little bit and picking the right shot would help.”

Shields Valley head coach Mitch Ward said he was proud of the way the Lady Rebels fought back to be in position to compete at the end of the game. 

“I thought that the girls did a good job of battling back from a hole we put ourselves in,” Ward said. 

Shields Valley can learn a lot from the tight finish, Ward added. 

“I think that’s a good learning opportunity for us, too,” he said. “We’ve been coming back in games so much that we haven’t had a lot of time to be up three (late) and learn how to close those games out.”


Up next

The Lady Rebels are in action again at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night at Shields Valley High School against Townsend.