As of Wednesday, October 14, 2015
GRANGEVILLE Although the outcome of one league match remained unknown at press time, the district tournament seeds ripened last Saturday, Oct. 10, when St. Maries secured the top spot by beating both Grangeville and Orofino.
That left GHS with “Not too much is riding on” the Oct. 13 rematch with Orofino,” coach Kelcey Edwards said Monday, Oct. 12. “If we beat Orofino we will be tied for second with them, and if we lose we will be third.”
Regardless of the outcome, Grangeville will play Orofino again during the first round of the district tournament.
“With all that said, we would like to get some momentum heading into districts and beating Orofino would give us some of that,” Edwards said.
Better than a bit of momentum would be a win when the tournament opens: 11 a.m. on Oct. 17 at Troy High School. Double-elimination play is set to continue through that day and resume at 6 p.m. Oct. 22. The district title could be decided that day, but if necessary, a final would be played at noon Oct. 24 at a location to be determined.
“I feel like we can beat Orofino,” Edwards said. “We were up two games to one at their place and let the match slip away from us. In the fifth game down there we committed too many errors and ended up losing the match. Both of our St. Maries matches were close too, but we just cannot seem to get the lead against them.”
St. Maries handled GHS (25-19, 25-21, 25-18) during the league double-header last Saturday. Grangeville defeated Coeur d’Alene Charter (25-18, 26-24, 25-11) that morning. Madison Brown totaled 12 kills against Charter and chipped in 12 more against St. Maries.
Earlier in the week, Orofino took the Bulldogs to five games (19-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 15-8) and rode its home-court advantage to victory. Brown also had 12 kills in that one.
Grangeville dropped a non-league match against Lapwai (25-23, 27-25, 25-17) on Oct. 12, and is due to play Prairie on Thursday, Oct. 15.