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Bulldogs claim Edwards' first 'W' in season opener

Dylan Canaday scored 16 points in Grangeville's season opener Tuesday night, Dec. 1, at GHS. The Bulldogs won 79-63, and the victory doubled as coach Kelcey Edwards' first varsity win.

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Dylan Canaday scored 16 points in Grangeville's season opener Tuesday night, Dec. 1, at GHS. The Bulldogs won 79-63, and the victory doubled as coach Kelcey Edwards' first varsity win.

Grangeville smoked Colton on the strength of double-digit outings by Austin Parks (19 points), Dylan Canaday (16) and Luke Stokes (10) -- and the 73-63 victory on the season's opening night doubled as coach Kelcey Edwards' first varsity win.

"They won state football for a reason," Edwards said. "They're good athletes."

GHS shot the ball relatively well given Parks and Stokes were still pounding Aberdeen on the gridiron just 10 days ago, which Edwards chalked up to the time his veterans have already committed to the gym. The offensive execution was not up to Edwards' expectations, however.

"The cuts weren't there, the timing wasn't there, and I've got two days to fix it before we play Prairie," he said.

Grangeville started out with some zip, stitching together an 8-0 run before Colton could find its bearings. The Wildcats used a 10-3 run to knot it, 13-13, but Stokes knocked down a jumper to keep GHS ahead, 15-13, through one quarter.

Colton closed within 21-20 during the second quarter, but a triple from right wing by Parks and a point-blank make by Canaday put some air back into Grangeville's lead. Then the duo connected for a traditional three-point play, on which Parks drove from left wing to the left block with his dribble, then scooped an interior pass to Canaday, who finished despite a foul and sank the ensuing free throw.

Colton answered with a jump shot, but Parks scored a layup to force a time out. Putting up a series of successful three-point shots, Colton took the lead, briefly, with 55 seconds left in the first half. Patrick Schumacher tied it with a free throw for Grangeville, but Colton locked in a halftime lead, 34-32, with a putback a couple of seconds before the buzzer sounded.

The third quarter swung immediately back to the Bulldogs, with Parks tallying off a dribble-drive and Dillon Alder sinking a reverse layup. Grangeville's lead remained in a similar range -- four to six points -- until Colton's Carter Dahmen was whistled for an intentional foul, wrapping up Garrett Key, who had a breakaway layup in his sights. Key hit one of two free throws, then, on an ensuing possession, hit another, which pumped the GHS lead to seven.

The Bulldogs built it to nine points by the end of the third quarter, 55-46. Colton closed within four early in the fourth, but and within three with 5:30 remaining, when Edwards subbed three fresh players into the game. Colton cut it to two, 61-59, when a bad pass out of Grangeville's half-court offense short-hopped Parks and led to a layup at the opposite end. Then Stokes took over, driving to draw Brady Chadwick's fifth personal with 3:15 remaining.

After a jump ball whistle in Grangeville's favor, Stokes hit a long shot. Another Parks-to-Canaday combination kept GHS up by four as the clock ticked under two minutes, and Canaday turned it into a blowout. He drew a Colton player's third, fourth and fifth fouls in a span of 47 seconds and canned four free throws -- one of which came after his own miss, by way of Alder's towering rebound. It cycled out to Layton Harris, who threw it back in to Canaday, who converted the layup despite some contact.

The Bulldogs finished the game with ferocity, scoring their last basket just as the final buzzer sounded.

Up next, Grangeville (1-0) is set to visit Prairie for the Idaho County Shootout on Friday night, which features a varsity double-header between the friendly rivals. The boys are set to tip off at 6 p.m. and the girls are set to follow.


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