GRANGEVILLE — Less than five minutes into Friday's 49-20 win, Grangeville had a point total it would take Coeur d'Alene Charter most of three quarters to match. Until the waning moments of the contest, Charter's offensive struggles against the Bulldogs' defense only deepened. Midway through the second quarter, Addie Lutz weaved through the Charter defense and put GHS ahead by 10 points, 19-9, after which Grangeville rattled off the next 19 points in a row.
Leading scorer Madison Brown made Grangeville's lead 30 points, 40-10, with a jumper late in the third quarter. With the "mercy rule" clock running throughout the fourth quarter, Sarah Wilson's score marked Grangeville's biggest lead: 47-14.
Grangeville stifled Charter in both transition and the half-court, producing a slew of turnovers, which spawned counterattacks for GHS perimeter players, including Hailey Sullivan, who finished with 10 points.
Brown's baskets included shots that reflected a variety of designs: she made it 6-2 on a jumper; 10-4 on a post-up; 12-5 off a cut across the key; 29-9 on a free throw; and 31-9 off a baseline throw-in set play.
With the win, the GHS girls will have the top seed in the 2A District II tournament.
Grangeville hosted Moscow after the Feb. 3 press deadline.
Coming — When the 2A District II tournament opens, Grangeville (9-9) will play the Central Idaho League’s fourth seed, Orofino, on Saturday, Feb. 7, with tipoff set for 4 p.m. at Genesee.
Before that, Grangeville will visit Orofino for its regular season finale on Thursday, Feb. 5.
Lapwai 71, Grangeville 45
LAPWAI — The Wildcats, top-seeded in the 1AD1 girls basketball District II tournament that opened Tuesday night, Feb. 3, again asserted a claim to being the area’s best team with a 71-45 win over the GHS girls last Saturday night, Jan. 31.
Grangeville hung in against Lapwai’s pressure for a quarter, and GHS guard Hailey Sullivan scored 20 points.
Prairie seeded second as WPL district tournament opens
COTTONWOOD — The Pirates, second seeded in the 1AD1 District II tournament, closed out their regular season riding a three-game win streak by a 69-20 average margin.
Prairie’s week included blowout wins over Asotin, 73-36, and Highland, 73-19.
As evidenced by the list of double-digit scorers against Asotin, Prairie’s scoring monster has no fewer than four heads: Krystin Uhlenkott (17), Kayla Schumacher (14), Angela Wemhoff (13) and Hailey Danly (10).
The tournament opened after the print deadline on Feb. 3, with top-seeded Lapwai awaiting the winner of the Clearwater Valley-Potlatch first round game. Third-seeded Genesee played Troy, which eliminated Kamiah with a 78-36 play-in victory last Saturday, Jan. 31.
With state tournament berths at stake in the second round, Prairie will play the winner of Genesee's first-round game at 8:15 p.m. today, Feb. 4. Lapwai's second round game will start the night's action at 7 p.m. All games are held at the LCSC Activity Center.
The District II championship game will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, with both the winner and runner-up advancing to the state tournament. The district could send a third team to state via a play-in game to be held on Saturday, Feb. 14; the district's upper division consolation bracket will culminate at 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 10.
The teams in the lower division tournament are: Deary, Nezperce, Kendrick, Logos, Highland and Timberline.
Salmon River tops Tri-Valley
RIGGINS — The Salmon River girls edged Tri-Valley 30-29 to secure their fifth win of the season — all over Long Pin Conference foes — with the 1AD2 District III tournament looming.
Salmon River tallied nine points during the second quarter to lead by four, 15-11, at halftime. SRHS held on behind Payton Branstetter (14 points) and Sarah Laritz (13).
Earlier in the week, the SRHS girls beat Garden Valley 40-31 on a night Laritz (17) and Branstetter (10) both again struck double-digits.
Up next, Salmon River (5-10) begins district tournament play at 6 p.m. today, Feb. 4, against Wilder in McCall. The second round begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and the final is set for next Tuesday, Feb. 10.