Lady Rebels notch first conference win over Lone Peak

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Shields Valley Lady Rebels finished strong in the fourth quarter to down the Lone Peak Bighorns 39-29 at home on Saturday.

Both teams started slow and struggled to find any offense. After a quarter of play, each team had only tallied one field goal apiece and — thanks to a few free throws –— the Lady Rebels led 4-3.

Both teams scored better in the second quarter, but neither jumped out to advantage, and the teams entered the locker room tied at 12 at halftime.

Shields Valley coach Mitch Ward said the Lady Rebels played good defense but struggled to score in the first half.

“The first half we missed a lot of shots, we were turning the ball over a little bit,” Ward said. “We played pretty well defensively — we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”

The Lady Rebels finally broke through on the offensive side of the ball in the third quarter. Jaeli Jenkins as well as Haven and Rane Sager started getting shots to fall. Rane closed the quarter with a 3-pointer that gave Shields Valley a 28-25 lead entering the fourth.

Rane picked up where she left off in the third and hit another 3 early in the fourth to spark an 11-4 run to close out the game with a 39-29 win.

Ward said the team finally found its rhythm in the second half.

“We had 16 points in the third quarter to kind of get us over that hump,” he said. “Then we did a pretty good job making free throws in the fourth quarter to finish out the game.”

Haven was the Rebels’ leading scorer with 13 points and Rane followed closely with 11. Jenkins added nine points.

Jenkins and Haven have consistently led the offensive charge for the Lady Rebels. With Rane’s offensive performance, Ward said they might have found their much-needed third scorer.

“Haven and Jaeli have kind of been our scorers, and for us to win games, we talked about we need at least one more girl to step up and score the basketball,” he said. “Rane, being our senior, finally did that.”

Overall, Ward said it felt good to get the win.

“It was good to finally notch a conference win and get a little confidence,” he said.

Up next

The Lady Rebels play again at 7 p.m. on Friday at home against West Yellowstone.