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Area basketball roundup: Pirates hang in against Seattle-area ballers

COEUR D’ALENE — Prairie took on what may prove the toughest challenge the Pirates will face this season with a trip to the Coeur d’Alene Inn-vitational at North Idaho College.

Yielding 17 points to a guard who transferred to Wilson of Tacoma, Wash., from elsewhere in the Seattle area, Prairie trailed by eight points after the first quarter. Pirates coach Teel Bruner told the Lewiston Tribune PHS adjusted well later in the game, but Prairie could not close the gap.

Jake Bruner notched a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) before fouling out and Rhett Schlader paced PHS with 21 points on the strength of three treys.

Prairie played Ridgeview of Oregon after the Dec. 30 print deadline.

Up next, Prairie (5-1) will host Lapwai for JV and varsity games Jan. 6 starting at 6 p.m. The Pirates are due at CV on Jan. 9 and will host Potlatch for an early start on Jan. 15. The Prairie-Potlatch JV game will tip off at 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow.

CDA 43, Grangeville 39

COEUR D’ALENE — Not to be confused with the 2A charter school the Grangeville girls regularly meet in Central Idaho League play, the Coeur d’Alene team GHS played Monday, Dec. 29, is rooted in Idaho’s biggest classification.

GHS outscored the 5A Vikings 33-29 after the first quarter, but could not make up the difference after falling behind 14-6 in the first quarter.

Coeur d’Alene kept every Bulldog out of double figures; Lizz Forsmann led GHS with nine points on the afternoon.

The tournament was set to continue after the Tuesday print deadline. Depending on the outcome against Lapwai, Grangeville plays at noon or 1:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Up next, Grangeville (4-5) will resume league play with another trip north to visit the Coeur d’Alene Charter Panthers on Saturday, Jan. 3. GHS will host CIL opponent St. Maries on Jan. 6 with non-league games at Moscow (Jan. 8) and Genesee (Jan. 10) to follow.


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