Led by Hannah Broyles' 17 points and a defense that held 3A Kellogg to single digits in three straight quarters, the Moscow girls' basketball team rolled to a 51-30 victory Friday at Bear Den.
First-year Moscow coach Karlee Wilson, a standout at Lewiston High and Idaho, said the Bears put forth their most complete effort of the season on defense thus far.
"It kind of came all together for us - flying around, having our hands up - all those little things we've been working on in practice," Wilson said. "Some games we do this thing and that thing, but we leave other things out. I think we had an overall great effort on defense tonight."
The Bears set the tone late in the first quarter on a pair of fast-break layups off steals by Broyles and senior guard Megan Jung.
First, Broyles nabbed a steal and dished to Jun for a layup and a 7-6 Moscow lead.
After Kellogg's Hailey Cheney scored on the other end, Jung returned the favor with a steal and pass to Broyles for a mirror play and a 9-8 Bears advantage.
"We've been playing together for a really long time, so we have that chemistry to look up and trust that the other person is there down the floor," Broyles said.
The second quarter was where Moscow's defense really shined and where the Bears pulled away for good.
Moscow held Kellogg to three points in the second quarter. It also boasted three players who scored three points in the frame, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer by Rhea Anderson (11 points). The Bears led 25-11 at the break.
That lead extended to 41-18 in the third quarter and it wasn't until the fourth, when the game was out of reach, that the Wildcats began gaining ground.
"We had 15 O-boards in the game, which is the most we've had this season, so that was really awesome," Wilson said. "Our defensive pressure was fantastic. We kind of pride ourselves on our defense, so it was nice to see it kind of all come together tonight and force a lot of turnovers and convert our defense into offense and easy layins."
Broyles, a senior guard, notched three 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field. Jung and junior guard Megan Watson added nine points apiece for the Bears.
In the paint, junior forward Peyton Claus pulled down 11 rebounds and chipped in three points on an old-fashioned three-point play.
"It's always a good feeling when our post players are playing good and getting rebounds and flying around," Wilson said. "I think (Claus) played awesome down low for us tonight."
Cheney (12 points) was the only Wildcat in double figures.
The win was the Bears' second against the Wildcats - they won 50-38 on Nov. 15 at Kellogg - and also pitched Moscow (4-3) over .500. Kellogg fell to 4-3.
"I think playing a team twice is always hard because both teams grow so much in just a few weeks in high school," Wilson said. "It was awesome to see our girls from playing up there in Kellogg and then playing here. My girls' confidence shot through the roof."
Emma Bristow 0 0-0 0, Darian Hill 0 0-0 0 Rauenhorst 0 0-0 0, Erin Sanhoose 2 0-0 5, Katilin Senteny 0 1-3 1, Taeya Sheppard 1 0-0 2, Jaron Figueroa 2 2-3 7, Cierra Brandt 0 0-0 0, Hailey Cheney 6 0-1 12, Sammy Seymour 1 0-0 3, Gracelyn Nearing 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 3-7 30.
Megan Watson 4 0-1 9, Makena Rauch 0 0-0 0, Hannah Broyles 6 2-2 17, Peyton Claus 1 1-1 3, Peyton Watson 0 0-0 0, Rhea Anderson 4 1-2 11, Keelyn Pilcher 0 1-2 1, Megan Jung 4 0-2 9, Paige Hanson 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 7-11 51.
Kellogg 8 3 5 14-30
Moscow 13 12 16 10-51
Three-point goals - Van Hoose, Figueroa, Seymour, Broyles 3, Watson, Anderson. Total fouls - Kellogg 16, Moscow 11. Fouled out - none.
JV - Moscow 24, Kellogg 19.
Stephan Wiebe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 208-883-4629.