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BOYS BASKETBALL

ABERDEEN 59, AMERICAN FALLS 53 (OT)

Aberdeen eked out a win in a classic rivalry game, beating American Falls 59-53 in overtime at Aberdeen on Tuesday.

It's Aberdeen's first win since March 3, 2018.

"We were up with about two minutes left, they came back and tied it again," Aberdeen coach Joe Ingersoll said. "Finally in overtime we put together about three solid possessions in a row, and they didn't. It was kind of a typical game between us."

Braden Ralph led all scorers with 19 for American Falls. Alex Cerna led Aberdeen with 13.

The Tigers (1-0) play at Firth on Thursday. American Falls (0-1) hosts Rockland on Wednesday.

PRESTON 76, SHELLEY 39

Preston charged out of the gate in its season opener, whomping Shelley 76-39 at Preston on Tuesday.

The Indians, led by Luke Smellie's 21 and Scott Dunn's 15, led 31-13 after the first quarter and 55-20 at halftime.

"We were able to get some turnovers which led to some easy baskets in transition," Preston coach Tyler Jones said.

Preston (1-0) plays Friday at Nampa.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

RIGBY 73, HIGHLAND 57

Rigby scored a season-high 73 points in Tuesday's 73-57 home win over Highland.

"The girls really competed well. Rigby shot the ball lights-out," Rams coach Gino Mariani said. "Very pleased with our effort."

Khalia Pongah led four Highland scorers in double figures with 14 points. Meghan Calley and Mackenna Thayne added 12 each.

The Rams (2-4, 0-1 5A District 5-6) play Thursday-Saturday at the Preston tournament.

CENTURY 62, BURLEY 42

Century flipped a narrow halftime lead into a 20-point runaway Tuesday, beating Burley 62-42 in Burley.

The Diamondbacks led 29-28 at halftime before outscoring Burley 19-10 in the third quarter and 14-4 in the fourth. Lexi Bull and Ashton Adamson led the offensive charge with 26 and 15 points, respectively.

"It was a good game. It was a fun game to coach," Century coach Chris Shuler said. "We just kind of wore them down in the second half. Our defense is pretty good, they got frustrated in the second half."

Century (5-0, 3-0 4A District 4-5) has won 32 games in a row and hosts Minico on Saturday.

POCATELLO 51, MINICO 43

Pocatello won a hard-fought game, beating Minico 51-43 at Pocatello on Tuesday.

Adi Spillett had 19 points for the Indians, who broke a 20-20 halftime tie by outscoring Minico 15-10 in the third quarter.

"It was a good basketball game," Pocatello coach Sunny Evans said. "It was close throughout. Our girls had to grind it out and stick to the game plan, and they did. It was a total team effort, everybody scored, everybody got at least one rebound."

Pocatello (2-3, 2-2 4A District 4-5) travels to Twin Falls on Thursday.

BLACKFOOT 69, SHELLEY 35

Tenleigh Smith and Hadley Humpherys filled it up in Blackfoot's 69-35 home win Tuesday over Shelley.

Smith (25) and Humpherys (16) combined to score nearly 60 percent of their team's points.

"We had a lot of transition stuff, got a lot of steals," Broncos coach Courtnie Smith said. "Everybody contributed."

Blackfoot (4-1, 2-0 4A District 6) hosts Rigby on Thursday. 

ROCKLAND 51, RAFT RIVER 39

Rockland played a lockdown defensive first quarter and then held off a Raft River comeback to beat the Trojans, 51-39, at Rockland on Tuesday.

Madalyn Permann scored 19 points for the Bulldogs, who led 12-2 after the first quarter but saw that lead dwindle in the third.

"They cut our lead back to three points a couple of times, and then we had to battle back," Rockland coach Vern Nelson said. "We had a little lull in that third quarter, defensively. It was a good, hard-fought ballgame and that's what you expect. Our kids played well."

Rockland (4-0, 1-0 1A DII District 5-6) plays Friday at Sho-Ban.

TUESDAY'S BOX SCORES

BOYS BASKETBALL

ABERDEEN 59, AMERICAN FALLS 53 (OT)

American Falls 10 15 11 10 7 — 53

Aberdeen 15 9 14 8 13 — 59

American Falls — Buetler 4, Martinez 3, DeBruijn 7, Neibaur 2, Wilson 3, Permann 2, Bolgen 6, Henesh 6, Ralph 19.

Aberdeen — Guillen 2, Barrera 9, Cerna 13, Rowbury 12, Lemos 2, Ingersoll 2, Schritter 2, Wynn 6, Petersen 4, Behrend 5.

PRESTON 76, SHELLEY 39

Shelley 13 7 10 9 — 39

Preston 31 24 15 6 — 76

Shelley — Nelson 2, Mesken 10, Lott 5, Hollist 13, Austin 4, Hess 2, Vance 3.

Preston — Hyde 12, Dunn 15, Smellie 21, Knapp 3, Harris 5, Ward 3, Hammons 14, Palmer 3.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

RIGBY 73, HIGHLAND 57

Highland 12 13 12 20 — 57

Rigby 15 18 20 20 — 73

Highland — Pongah 14, Neilson 2, Pokibro 3, Tracy 2, Calley 12, Maughan 10, Thayne 12, Farmer 2.

Rigby — Murdoch 11, Jones 20, Boone 3, Williams 9, Briggs 5, Raymond 3, Donnelly 13, Shippen 2, Kennedy 7.

CENTURY 62, BURLEY 42

Century 20 9 19 14 — 62

Burley 13 15 10 4 — 42

Century — Merrill 8, Adamson 15, Christensen 8, L. Bull 26, T. Bull 5.

Burley — Whiting 20, Pope 7, Anderton 4, Baker 9, Hege 2.

POCATELLO 51, MINICO 43

Minico 12 8 10 13 — 43

Pocatello 9 11 15 16 — 51

Minico — Stroud 10, Hawkes 2, Simpson 10, Black 5, Perazez 8, McManus 8.

Pocatello — Roubidoux 2, Spillett 19, Keller 2, Johnson 1, Murdoch 8, Rowe 1, Pearson 6, Wilkes 3, Cates 3, Tinno 6.

BLACKFOOT 69, SHELLEY 35

Shelley 4 13 13 5 — 35

Blackfoot 19 24 18 8 — 69

Blackfoot — Smith 25, Arave 4, Caldwell 4, Wright 8, Dalley 4, Thomas 6, Anderson 2, Humpherys 16.

ROCKLAND 51, RAFT RIVER 39

Raft River 2 10 18 9 — 39

Rockland 12 10 13 16 — 51

Raft River — Ottley 8, Christensen 10, Heaton 3, Ward 5, Branch 2, Gardinier 2, Larson 9.

Rockland — Wilson 9, Waite 12, Swan 1, Lee 8, Permann 19, Farr 2.