Grangeville holds off St. Maries, stays atop CIL
GRANGEVILLE — The Grangeville girls strengthened their grip on the Central Idaho League with a 48-41 win over St. Maries Jan. 6, and followed up with a couple of tough non-league games last week.
When the GHS offense slowed and St. Maries began to close the gap, Grangeville’s guards produced a few relatively easy baskets off of turnovers — as coach Larson Anderson said they had throughout the contest.
Hailey Sullivan totaled 19 points against the Lumberjacks including a couple of timely hoops during the fourth quarter.
Against Moscow’s tougher guards last Thursday, Jan. 8, Grangeville struggled to score for long stretches — including a shutout during the second quarter.
A stronger run during the second half included a third quarter during which Grangeville played the Bears nearly even, 12-10, but Moscow ultimately doubled up the Bulldogs 40-20.
The GHS girls wrapped up their week with a road win over Genesee, 51-40, last Saturday, Jan. 10. Sullivan (13 points) and Madison Brown (10) both cracked double-digits against the team presently placed third in the Whitepine League standings.
Grangeville hosted Colton after the print deadline Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Up next, Grangeville (7-7) will visit St. Maries at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, with a week to prepare for the second meeting with Coeur d’Alene Charter set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at GHS.
GHS boys top Kamiah
KAMIAH — Grangeville’s Jan. 6 visit to the Kubs’ den gave GHS a reminder of two things they already know: Michael Wilson continues to be one of the very best in Idaho, and the Bulldogs’ post defense isn’t perfect.
Wilson’s 26 points marked yet another big night for the senior guard, who was included in the Lewiston Tribune’s “Prep Athlete of the Week” poll for the effort.
Kamiah’s Chris Pethtel scored 20, but KHS trailed by 14 at halftime and couldn’t close the gap after the intermission.
The Bulldogs hosted Colton after the print deadline on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Up next, Grangeville (7-3) faces a key stretch of road games against Central Idaho League opponents Orofino (Thursday, Jan. 15) and St. Maries (Saturday, Jan. 17). Grangeville will then open a non-league stretch with a visit to McCall on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
Prairie boys rip Lapwai
COTTONWOOD — If the Pirates weren’t the favorites to win the Whitepine League prior to their Jan. 6 win over Lapwai, Prairie cemented its place atop the WPL with a 50-33 win over the Wildcats.
Trailing by eight after the first quarter, PHS stormed into the lead with a 19-7 run during the third quarter and left no doubt about its dominance with a 14-1 run during the fourth.
Jake Bruner scored 20 points and Rhett Schlader scored 19.
Prairie added to its undefeated league record a 78-36 victory over Clearwater Valley last Friday night, Jan. 9.
Schlader (14), Bruner (12), and Lucas Arnzen (12) scored double-digits for Prairie, and the PHS defense held CV’s top scorers — Tyler Palmer and Tanner Coons — to nine points apiece.
Up next, Prairie (8-2, 5-0 WPL) will put its unbroken league record on the line twice in home games this week: Thursday, Jan. 15, against Potlatch, and Tuesday, Jan. 20, against Genesee. The Pirates will visit Kamiah Jan. 23.
Salmon River stops Garden Valley
GARDEN VALLEY — Salmon River’s overall record may not be pretty, but the Savages proved they are still a force in their league with a 66-54 road win over Garden Valley last Saturday, Jan. 10.
More remarkable: the Savages did it on a relatively quiet night from Jimmy Shepherd — who accounted for as many rebounds and assists as points, with six of each.
The scoring burden fell to freshman Devan Branstetter, who popped three treys among seven field goals and 19 points, and Alex Diaz, who also hooped 19.
Earlier in the week, Salmon River ran into a buzzsaw during the second half at Orofino last Thursday night, Jan. 8. The Maniacs erupted for 27 during the third quarter and a 73-54 victory on a night Shepherd scored 21.
Stephen Hackler totaled 12 points.
Up next, Salmon River (3-6, 2-0 Long Pin Conference) is slated to visit Tri-Valley on Friday, Jan. 16, followed by Council on Jan. 17 and Cascade on Jan. 21.
Summit smacks Deary
DEARY — Patrick Chmelik played the hero for the Patriots on Jan. 6, pacing Summit to a 59-28 win over the Mustangs with a 13-11 double-double.
The win doubled as a league game for the 1AD2 Patriots, who were ranked fifth in the Jan. 7 poll of statewide media.
Up next, Summit (7-1, 5-1 Whitepine League) will visit Lapwai on Jan. 14, Highland on Jan. 15 and the Lewiston JV on Jan. 20.