GRANGEVILLE — Shady visitors from parts north shot up the host Bulldogs’ barn last Wednesday night, Feb. 12, doing much of the damage during the second quarter of a 58-51 defeat for Grangeville.
With Genesee in town to make up a game postponed in early December, Grangeville's Quaid Blankenship had given his squad a 6-0 lead with a breakaway layup at about the midpoint of the first quarter.
Grangeville soon after went up by seven on an Austin Parks three. The host Bulldogs led by as many as 10 during the first half, and remained up by eight at the break, after which Genesee turned the home crowd against the referees. Shooting over a zone defense, Genesee swung the score to one point in its favor, 28-27, using an 11-2 run. That stretch prompted a Grangeville time out with four minutes left in the third.
It seemed Genesee could not miss from long range, having made five treys in the frame and another as the third quarter expired with the visitors up 40-34.
Grangeville's rally began with Blankenship fouling out on a blocking call that could easily have gone down as a Genesee charge. The call brought Michael Wilson, who took a rest after closing out hard on Genesee's third quarter buzzer-beater, back to the floor with a bit less than seven minutes remaining.
Wilson converted a second-chance basket and Josh Dame followed up with a dribble drive layup, making Genesee's lead 49-41 with 3:27 left.
Alex Koberstein then hit two foul shots, which Genesee answered with a couple of bonus free throws.
Layton Harris then stepped in to a three pointer, sinking it to lift Grangeville within five.
After Genesee split free throws, another Grangeville trey cut Genesee's lead to three, 52-49, with about two minutes to go. Grangeville gave another foul, then Jake Stokes drew a foul and made both charities to keep it at one possession.
But Grangeville scored no more, and Genesee skipped town with a narrow road win over the defending 2A state champions.
Dame led Grangeville with 10 points.
Grangeville 54, Kamiah 23
GRANGEVILLE — A once-heated rivalry cooled a bit this season as the GHS defense held Kamiah under 50 points in two games this season. (That’s 49 total, not average.)
It’s no secret the Kubs are in a down year, but for about six minutes, Kamiah played exactly the kind of game required to compete with a defending champion.
Even so, the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Kubs, 54-23, last Saturday night, Feb. 15.
KHS saddled Grangeville with six team fouls in less than four minutes and briefly led, 6-5, on a layup by Jannik Koopmeiners.
GHS outscored the Kubs 10-2 during the rest of the first quarter, ran up an 18-point halftime lead and primed a running clock with a Wyatt Thanstrom foul shot good for a 50-20 advantage through three.
Eight Bulldogs — Josh Dame, Jake Stokes, Layton Harris, Jasper Sabatino, Michael Wilson, Quaid Blankenship, Thanstrom and Austin Parks — scored. Dame (12 points) and Stokes (11) notched double-digits.
Two Kubs cracked double-digits: Chris Pethtel (11) and Parker Whipple (10), but apart from Koopmeiners, no others scored in their regular season finale.
Kamiah’s roster — laden as it is with sophomores — may see little turnover and big returns. In other words, the matchup may be a whole lot hotter next year.
Coming — Grangeville’s postseason begins at Troy, this afternoon, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., with the top-seeded Bulldogs (16-4) pairing against Coeur d’Alene Charter. The winner will face the Orofino-St. Maries winner at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, also at Troy. Only the district champion will go to state.