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District II tournaments:Bulldogs bite Orofino, control their fate

TROY — With an 18-point swing in their favor during the middle quarters of a 51-43 victory over Orofino, Grangeville locked down a key district tournament win last Monday night, Feb. 24. Topping Orofino in the first post-season meeting of the Central Idaho League’s top contenders puts Grangeville on course for a state berth with one more win.

Orofino would need to nip the Bulldogs twice to qualify the 2A tournament, and the Maniacs must win tonight to even have the chance. Grangeville would have the same margin for error if St. Maries wins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26; either way, the Bulldogs will play for the 2A District II title on Feb. 27.

As has been their habit, the Bulldogs leaned on explosive scorers Michael Wilson (21 points) and Josh Dame (14) to carry the scoring burden. And as has been their habit, the Bulldogs created and converted plenty of chances for other shooters, as five others hit multiple shots — notably Layton Harris with 11 points on four makes including three triples.

Up next, Grangeville (18-4) can lock up a state tournament berth with a win on Thursday; with a Thursday night loss, Grangeville would play the same team at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

Prairie 60, Genesee 22

LEWISTON — Is there any greater expression of basketball prowess than one team holding another scoreless for an entire quarter? Prairie would have to come up with an affirmative answer to top the beating the Pirates laid on one of the premier teams in the 1AD1 classification last Monday night, Feb. 24.

The PHS boys used a pressure-fueled 14-0 first quarter to advance to the district title game to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at LCSC. Having secured a state tournament berth with Monday’s win over Genesee, the Pirates will have only pride and hardware on the line tonight.

Rhett Schlader and Jared Higgins paced PHS past Genesee with 11 points apiece.

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