Sugar-Salem's Natalyah Nead lays one in over the defense.

Sugar-Salem’s Natalyah Nead lays one in over the defense.

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This year’s Sugar-Salem girls basketball state tournament opener couldn’t have been more different from last year’s. After falling to 55-52 in OT to Timberlake last year, the Digger defense buried Bonners Ferry 70-10 setting a state record for least points allowed in a game.

Sugar held Bonners Ferry to eight points in the first half then came out in the second half with the bold goal of setting the state record of 16 points allowed then held by Timberlake(2017) and Snake River(1990).

The team shattered the record only allowing two points in the second half.

“We’ve been a great defensive team all year,” Dayley said. “I’ve been challenging the kids all year to talk on defense and communicate with each other. This was the first game where they really did it. They were just talking and had so much energy.”

The Diggers didn’t just dominate defensively; they only turned the ball over three times, out-offensive-rebounded BF 19-1 and shared the ball well allowing five Diggers to score in double digits.

“I think that’s the best game I’ve ever had a team play in all my years of coaching,” Dayley said. “There wasn’t one thing that we didn’t do great. Every single kid on my team showed up tonight and they put together four phenomenal quarters.”

The Diggers also hold the record for the most points scored in a game with 85. They broke that record the same year Timberlake tied the record for least points scored.

SUGAR-SALEM 70, BONNERS FERRY 10

Sugar-Salem: 23 16 21 10—70

Bonners Ferry: 2 6 2 0—10

Sugar-Salem: Meg Fillmore 10, Hailey Harris 10, Liz Baldwin 5, Olivia Crapo 3, Sunny Bennion 2, Kennedy Gillette 10, Katie Miller 11, Natalyah Nead 12, Mardee Fillmore 7

Bonners Ferry: Mia Blackburn 2, Asha Abubakari 3, Holly Ansley 3, Kaylee Sumpter 2