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Bulldogs even the score: GHS beats St. Maries, evens up CIL standings

Grangeville's Garrett Kennedy finished with six points during Grangeville's 50-40 win over St. Maries.

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Grangeville's Garrett Kennedy finished with six points during Grangeville's 50-40 win over St. Maries.

GRANGEVILLE — The Lumberjacks came to town with the league's only unbeaten record, but the Bulldogs pulled into a tie atop the Central Idaho League standings with a 50-40 afternoon win last Saturday, Feb. 7.

Grangeville found itself in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, but St. Maries could not overcome the lead GHS built with a 16-4 run during the third quarter.

GHS led by as many as eight points during the early going, but when the Bulldogs committed a series of uncharacteristic turnovers during the second quarter, St. Maries took a short-lived lead, 21-17.

Momentum turned with Grangeville's second unit on the floor, which produced a three-pointer, during which St. Maries guard Bryant Asbury fouled GHS forward Garrett Kennedy. Kennedy sank two bonus free throws to cap the sequence, which swung five points immediately to Grangeville, giving GHS a 22-21 advantage.

The Lumberjacks answered with a layup-and-one by Keifer Gibson, but the Bulldogs struck back with Max Cawley driving along the baseline for two. With about 25 seconds left in the first half, Grangeville put the ball in Jake Stokes' hands; Stokes pump-faked his defender, stepped inside the arc and canned a long jumper for a 26-24 halftime lead.

St. Maries scored the first basket of the third quarter, but GHS notched a 16-4 run that included three-pointers from Stokes and Layton Harris. Late in the quarter, Michael Stevens and Michael Wilson both picked up their third personal fouls; Wilson and Stevens each picked up another during the first 1:15 of the fourth quarter, but St. Maries never closed within five points.

Wilson paced all scorers with 19 points, including 13 of Grangeville's first 15.

Coming — Grangeville (11-7, 2-1 CIL) will host Orofino at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. Grangeville is scheduled to visit Cascade at 6 p.m. MT on Valentine’s Day.


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