Shields Valley loses close game to Mustangs in Ennis, 52-47


By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer


Up against a tough and very tall Ennis Mustang squad, the Shields Valley Rebel girls basketball team lost what head coach Kenzie Scofield called a heartbreaker Friday night in Ennis.

The Rebels, who lost by five points, 52-47, did everything they could to come back in the game with a 20-point effort in the fourth quarter but fell just short.

“We were very outsized,” said Scofield. “Four of their starters were taller than our tallest player, an they had two girls that boasted 6-feet 2-inches. (One girl) was 6-feet and another was 5-feet, 11-inches. We did a great job handling their height, particularly in the second half. We came out and competed until the final buzzer.”

Shields Valley fell behind 13-7 in the first quarter. Kayla Gagen and Kylie Kerkaert combined to score all seven of the team’s points in the opening eight minutes. The Rebels fell further behind in the second quarter and went to the break down nine points, 24-15.

“We missed a few easy shots throughout the game and went 10-17, which in a close game caught up to us,” Scofield said.

The Rebels were able to cut into their deficit during the second half thanks to contributions from all over. 

Jen Fairchild hit two big 3-pointers after halftime, and Lauren Flatt added another important 3-pointer in the third quarter.

Gagen fueled the fourth-quarter rally for Shields Valley, scoring 13 of the team’s final 20 points to end the game. She finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Kerkaert scored 10 points to go along with three assists and three steals, but according to Scofield, her biggest highlight was the smothering defense she played against Ennis’ best player, Kenzie Moen, who finished the game with just six points.

Fairchild added eight points for the Rebels, all in the second half, while Flatt finished with three points. Brook Russell scored two points but also had five assists.

“The girlsw executed, played tough defense and played with a lot of heart,” said Scofield. “We will get back to work this week to clean up the little things and continue to improve.”

This week begins with a trip to White Sulphur Springs on Friday, followed by a home game against Harrison/Willow Creek on Saturday. The game against Harrison is Shields Valley’s Senior Night.