KOOSKIA — On a night Kamiah led by 10 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, a late surge set up a moment for Clearwater Valley sophomore Mitch Morrow to take and make a hero shot.
The Rams went on to win in overtime by a 60-57 final score at the Upriver Rampage last Saturday night, Dec. 20.
Trailing by 10 points, 50-40, with four minutes to play, Tyler Palmer’s trey sparked a run during which CV scored 11 consecutive points to take the lead.
When Palmer struck again from the top of the arc, the Rams led 51-50 with about a minute left in regulation.
Kamiah’s Parker Whipple answered by drawing sophomore guard Trey Pfefferkorn’s fourth foul and knocking down both free throws to put Kamiah back in front.
With about 30 seconds left, CV’s 6-4 sophomore forward, Kamm Mangun, came across to block Taylor McAlister’s point-blank shot attempt.
Pfefferkorn fouled out with 16 seconds left in the quarter, and Whipple raised Kamiah’s lead to 54-51 with a couple of free throws.
With one last chance, the Rams worked Morrow open for the tying three.
CV struck first in overtime, but Whipple again answered for Kamiah, knotting it at 56-56.
Morrow drew Whipple’s fifth foul with about a minute remaining in overtime. Morrow hit one of the two foul shots, after which the Rams never trailed.
Kamiah leaned on Whipple’s game-high 27 points, which included an “and-one” layup that keyed a run that kept the Kubs in the game early.
KHS trailed 9-0 but tied it at 11-11 and pulled ahead 18-11 after Whipple got going. The Kamiah run continued deep into the second quarter.
Kubs forward Chris Pethtel drew Morrow’s third foul with 4:48 left in the second quarter. Morrow drew Whipple’s third foul 40 seconds later, putting both teams in rough parity in their foul trouble.
CV closed within three points at 18-15, but Kamiah notched two triples and a free throw during the last three minutes of the first half. KHS led by eight, 25-17, at halftime.
The Rams fell behind by 10, 32-22, during the third quarter. Junior forward Cody Morrow brought CV within 33-29 with a free throw after he was fouled on a layup late in the quarter.
Whipple again had Kamiah’s answer with a three-pointer good for a 39-33 KHS lead starting the fourth quarter.
Before either squad scored in the fourth quarter, Whipple picked up his fourth foul.
After Pethtel drew Mangun’s fourth foul, Whipple’s jumper put Kamiah up 48-38 with about five minutes left.
Then CV scored on a putback, and the Rams started taking control in the key.
The Kubs will be without their tallest player, Lars Kludt, for the rest of the season in the wake of knee surgery.
For CV, Mangun notched a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Morrow scored a team-high 15 points.
Coming — Clearwater Valley (4-3, 2-2 Whitepine League) this week breaks for the winter holiday and will return to action on Jan. 6 with a home game against Troy.
Kamiah (1-5, 0-2 league) is off for the rest of December and will resume play Jan. 6 against Grangeville.
Girls: Rams cruise, 50-15
For all practical purposes, the Kamiah-Clearwater Valley girls game was out of reach after the Rams outscored the visiting Kubs 15-2 during the first quarter at the Upriver Rampage last Saturday night.
Senior-led CV put three players in double-figures on the way to a 50-15 victory.
A traditional three-point play by Raelynn Schlieper made it 10-2 with 4:50 to go in the first quarter, and CV scored the next 13 points in a row.
Kamiah broke that run with a three-pointer by Belen Pineda, but trailed 27-6 at halftime. Pineda and seven other Kubs will be eligible to play next year.
Coming — Both communities are off for Christmas. Clearwater Valley (7-3, 3-3 league) will pick up on Jan. 6 at Highland.
Kamiah (0-10, 0-6 WPL) will next play Jan. 6 at Orofino.