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HIGHLAND 54, MINICO 45

Behind 22 combined points from forwards Mackenna Thayne and Lydia Maughan, Highland won its season opener with a 54-45 victory over Minico.

“The girls played hard all game,” said Highland head coach Gino Mariani. “We had a great team effort from our posts.”

The Rams were up 22-17 at halftime after only allowing Minico to shoot 20% from the field (3-15). Highland got eight of its 17 third-quarter points from Thayne and Maughan to, effectively, put the game away.

On the night, Highland’s defense forced the Spartans into 27 turnovers but committed 19 itself.

Highland (1-0) plays Twin Falls at home on Thursday.

CENTURY 52, BURLEY 49 (3OT)

At Century, the Diamondbacks opened their season with some free basketball, beating Burley 52-49 in three overtimes.

"It was back-and-forth," Century coach Chris Shuler said. "We'd go on a little run, then they'd go on a little run. It was a typical first game, we had some jitters and turnovers and stuff like that, but that's to be expected."

Tenleigh Smith had 18 points and hit some key late free throws for Century. Her sister Taylor Smith added 10 points, and Ashton Adamson had nine.

Century led 15-10 after a low-scoring first half, but let Burley come back to tie it before the teams matched each other with seven points apiece in the first overtime and six in the second.

Century (1-0) plays at Blackfoot on Thursday.

THUNDER RIDGE 47, BLACKFOOT 37

ROCKLAND 23, OAKLEY 22

Rockland, the defending 1A DII state champions, came out on top in its season opener, besting Oakley by a score of 23-22.

Junior forward Kiersley Boyer led the Bulldogs with 12 points but it was really their defense that led to the victory.

"First half, we were in between a man and a zone defense,” Rockland coach Vern Nelson said. “Second half, they were up on us by five at halftime. We went into more of a pressure zone and trapped them."

After its adjustment, Rockland limited the Hornets to just seven points in the second half, but needed two clutch free throws from Boyer to increase its lead to four and almost nullify a late Oakley 3-pointer.

"It was the first game out for both teams,” Nelson said. “Oakley is a very good team. We struggled offensively. We missed some shots we should have made but our defense really, really stepped up and made the game for us.

"This year, we are little bit of a work in progress but we're going to come along."

Rockland (1-0) will host North Gem Friday at 7 p.m.

HIGHLAND 54, MINICO 45

Highland 11 11 17 15 — 54

Minico 7 10 9 19 — 45

Highland — Mackenna Thayne 12, Lydia Maughan 10, Meghan Calley 7, Khalia Pongah 6, Saydree Bell 5, Kayzee Vaughan 4, Clarissa Shrock 3, Kenadee Tracy 3, Mele Fiefia 2, Kiki Baldwin 1, Halle Richards 1.

Minico — Latta 21, Anderson 11, Olmsted 6, Peralez 4, Guzman 1, Bott 1.

CENTURY 52, BURLEY 49 (3OT)

Burley 8 2 9 11 7 6 6 — 49

Century 8 7 7 8 7 6 9 — 52

Burley — Whiting 26, Pope 18, Searle 3.

Century — Preslie Merrill 6, Allison Horsley 2, Ashton Adamson 9, Tenleigh Smith 18, Kyleigh Gardea 1, Taylor Smith 10, Taylor Bull 6.

ROCKLAND 23, OAKLEY 22

Oakley 4 11 1 6 — 22

Rockland 8 10 7 6 — 23

Rockland — Kiersley Boyer 12, Hillary Hansen 4, Addie Wilson 3, Angie Lee 2, Ember Farr 2.