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Loggers drop pair of games

Mitchell girls fall to Greenleaf and Jordan Valley in close contests
Despite playing solid basketball, the Mitchell High School girls team lost to a pair of basketball teams last weekend.
   “It was a tough, yet encouraging weekend,” said Mitchell head coach Tim Foster. “In both games, we played well for three-and-a-half quarters, but we ran out of energy and scoring in the fourth.”
   Friday, Mitchell traveled out of state to take on Idaho’s Greenleaf Friends Academy. After falling behind 18-7 at the half, the Loggers rallied in the third quarter to outscore the Greenleaf Grizzlies 12-4 in the period.
   Trailing 22-19 entering the fourth quarter, the Loggers ran out of gas. Mitchell scored just two points in the quarter as Greenleaf pulled away for a 34-21 victory.
   Greenleaf senior Madison Johnson scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the quarter as the Grizzlies pulled away late.
   Miranda Holt led the Loggers with eight points in the contest, while Jenna Perry-Zapara contributed six.
   “Greenleaf was much bigger than us with most of their girls going 5-9 to 5-10,” Foster said.
   He added that Jordan Apperson was doing a great job rebounding for Mitchell before a collision late in the third quarter forced her to sit out the remainder of the contest.
   Saturday, the Loggers played a solid first half, trailing the Jordan Valley Mustangs 19-16 at the half. However, Mitchell couldn’t keep pace the second half as Jordan Valley pulled away for a 43-27 win.
   “We started well again and everyone was aggressively looking for scoring opportunities,” Foster said. “The girls moved the ball extremely well and played with a lot of composure.”
   Apperson sat out the game as a precautionary measure. Then, early in the fourth quarter, Perry-Zapara fouled out.
   “That hurt us on both ends of the floor,” Foster said. “Then Jordan Valley’s Andi Warn took over. She finished with 29 points and is probably the best individual player we will face all season.”
   Warn was the only player to score in double-figure in the contest.
   Unfortunately, despite balanced scoring, the Loggers couldn’t keep pace with her individual effort. Perry-Zapar finished the contest with seven points while Holt and Farrell Fox each added five.
   With the losses, the Loggers fall to 0-6 on the year.
   Mitchell was on the road again on Thursday when they played the Burnt River Bulls. They play again at home today beginning at 2 p.m. However, the game against Huntington will not count on the record. Mitchell will once again add a boy to their roster and take on Huntington’s JV boys team, which is composed primarily of girls.
   December 14
   at Greenleaf Idaho
   Mitchell (21) — Miranda Holt 8, Perry-Zapara 6, Tolton 3, Fox 2, Je. Apperson 2, Loerzer, Domenighini, Morales, Jo. Apperson. Totals 10 1-6 22.
   Greenleaf (34) — Madison Johnson 19, Radford 6, Flenniken 4, Gooding 4, Ihi 1. Totals 14 2-4 34.
   Mitchell 3 4 12 2 — 21
   Greenleaf 6 12 4 12 — 34
   Three-point goals — Mitchell: Perry-Zapara, Tolton; Greenleaf: Johnson 3, Gooding.
   December 15
   at Jordan Valley
   Mitchell (27) — Jenna Perry-Zapara 7, Holt 5, Fox 5, Je. Apperson 3, Domenighini 3, Tolton 2, Loerzer 2. Totals 11 3-7 27.
   Jordan Valley (43) — Andi Warn 29, M. Ceywood 6, Saucer 2, H. Ceywood 2, Stanford 2, Larson 2. Totals 18 1-10 43.
   Mitchell 6 10 5 6 — 27
   Jordan Valley 8 11 11 13 — 43
   Three-point goals — Mitchell: Fox, Domenighini; Jordan Valley: Warn 3, M. Ceywood.