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GHS girls win home opener: Grangeville 77, Lapwai 65

— Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time this season, the Grangeville girls basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 77-65 romp against Lapwai Tuesday night. The Bulldogs put three starters in double-figures, as senior guard Chantel Key (28 points) found the basket repeatedly in transition and from long range. Sophomore guard Hailey Sullivan struck for 12 points and junior wing Addie Lutz struck for 10.

GHS played played aggressive defense during the first half -- so much so that several starters wound up in foul trouble before halftime. In doing so, Grangeville built up a halftime total Lapwai would not surpass until late in the fourth quarter -- but after leading 42-22 at the break, Grangeville allowed the Wildcats to close within eight points with about one minute left to play.

Lapwai began closing the gap after the GHS starters sat down with a 68-45 lead in hand with 3:12 to go. Marching steadily to the foul line, the Wildcats pulled within 12 before Key, Sullivan, Lutz and company returned to the floor. Lapwai promptly converted a traditional three-point play, restoring a bit of tension to a game that went slack when Grangeville ripped a 17-2 run during the first four minutes. When Lapwai finally threatened, Key and Sullivan combined to fend off the Wildcats with five free throws during the final minute.

GHS defeated Moscow in its season opener last Saturday.

Grangeville will host McCall on Thursday night, Nov. 21, and is set to visit Kamiah next Tuesday, Nov. 26. Results for those games will be posted at idahocountyfreepress.com and facebook.com/idahocountyfreepress; photos will be posted at buyfreepressphotos.smugmug.com. Check the Nov. 27 print edition for details.

Grangeville 77, Lapwai 65

Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Grangeville

Wildcats 10 12 17 26 - 65

Bulldogs 22 20 13 22 - 77

Grangeville scoring

Chantel Key 28, Hailey Sullivan 12, Addie Lutz 10, Madison Brown 9, Kaleala Bass 6, Faith Bieler 2, McKenzie Kennedy 2, Abi Chmelik 2, Lizz Forsmann 2, Morgan Brannan 2, Erica Fortin 2.

Lapwai scoring

Taylor Whitney 20, Marquel Shawl 14, Iris Domebo 8, Cyra Cunningham 7, Ione Chimburas 6, Shiniah Holt 4, Ceci Bohnee 4, Erin Ramsey 2.

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