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Salmon River's Clayton Shepherd scored a team-high 19 points on a night Orofino's Bayley Noah lifted his team to a 52-48 win over the Savages.

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Salmon River's Clayton Shepherd scored a team-high 19 points on a night Orofino's Bayley Noah lifted his team to a 52-48 win over the Savages.

Girls basketball results

Salmon River 60, Orofino 46

Boys basketball results

Orofino 52, Salmon River 48

Kamiah 56, Highland 54

Clearwater Valley 72, Timberline 67 (OT)

Prairie 47, Kendrick 32

(Check back later for results. To report a score, text 208-507-0675, Facebook us, or e-mail us. Complete score sheets received by 10 p.m. will be written up tonight.)


OROFINO — The Salmon River boys and girls will both be in action tonight, with the boys seeking their second win and the girls -- who beat the Maniacs 65-40 in Riggins before Thanksgiving -- seeking their third.

During the previous Salmon River-Orofino meet-up, the SRHS girls jumped out to a big early lead and went on to win behind Chevelle Shepherd (30 points), Maddy Tucker (14) and Sarah Laritz (11).

Play will tip off with the JV boys taking the floor at 4 p.m., with the girls to follow, then the boys.


In Kamiah, the KHS boys will be hosting Highland with a narrow loss to Clearwater Valley during their season opener at the 2016 Upriver Rampage fresh in their minds. The JV will tip off at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.

In Kooskia, the Rams will be seeking their second win, having beaten the Kubs 69-68 in overtime Tuesday. After the Rampage, CV coach Aaron Skinner told the Free Press that while it was a big win and an emotional first game, the CV veterans aren't likely to overlook Timberline despite a winning streak against the Spartans that dates back many years, which includes at least the last 12 times the teams have met. Those who are now seniors were freshmen might recall the last time the final score of a Rams-Spartans boys game was close: in December 2013, when CV squeaked past Timberline 36-35. More recently, Skinner pointed out, Timberline played CV within a point during the first quarter of last season's opener at Weippe, which the Rams went on to win 60-34. Tonight, the JV will take the floor at about 6 p.m. -- 15 minutes after the end of the junior high boys game -- with the varsity to follow. Clearwater Valley athletic director Kolby Krieger noted Thursday afternoon that the JV game will be a half-game only, so the varsity may start "a bit sooner than expected."

At Kendrick, the Prairie boys basketball season begins with the JV taking the floor at 6 p.m. and the varsity to follow.


BOYS: Orofino 52, Salmon River 48

Dec. 1 at Orofino

Savages 18 12 10 8 - 48

Maniacs 14 13 16 9 - 52

Salmon River scoring

Clayton Shepherd 19, Tucker Boyd 15, Steven Hackler 10, Devan Branstetter 3, Peyton Baugh 1.


Junior Devan Branstetter tested the defense from OHS senior Isaac Glaze in transition with this drive to the basket during the first half of the boys basketball game Thursday night in Orofino.

Post play powers Maniacs over Savages

OROFINO — The Maniacs scored or drew a whistle just about every time they posted up 6-4 post Bayley Noah, including two touches for the big guy in the final three minutes of a 52-48 win over Salmon River Thursday night. With 2:43 left, Noah drew Canyon Harper's fifth personal and hit one of two foul shots to knot the score at 48. The score remained unchanged until the final minute, when Noah posted up for two points and a 50-48 Orofino lead. After the Savages' counterattack went haywire, a timeout allowed the Savages to set a defense of their choosing -- and it resulted in an OHS guard defended one-on-one in the backcourt by Clayton Shepherd. Shepherd came up with a steal with 18 seconds left and the Savages called timeout to set their offense.

"We got the shot we wanted," coach Charlie Shepherd said after the game. "It just didn't go in. If we had a few more days of practice since the end of football season, maybe it would have. But we're happy with the effort tonight. We played fast, which we had to do because of how outmatched we are against their taller guys."

On their final possession, the Savages had Clayton Shepherd drive into the lane, collapse the defense and kick out to the corner, where a passer swung the ball to Devan Branstetter, who had the look at a potential gamewinner.

Shepherd finished with 19 points, Tucker Boyd added 15, and Steven Hackler scored 10.

GIRLS: Salmon River 60, Orofino 46

Dec. 1 at Orofino

Savages 19 23 2 16 - 60

Maniacs 9 19 10 8 - 46

Salmon River scoring

Chevelle Shepherd 21, Maddy Tucker 19, Payton Branstetter 8, Sarah Laritz 8, Emily Diaz 3, Miranda Hofflander 1.


Salmon River's Chevelle Shepherd scored a 21 points Thursday night, including two on the continuation after this foul from Orofino's Lexi Schwartz, which paced the Savages to a 60-46 win over the Maniacs.

Full-court pressure swings girls game to Salmon River

OROFINO — A surge during the second quarter brought the Maniacs back to life after they stumbled out to a 13-point deficit early in Salmon River's 60-46 win Thursday night. The Savages cooled a bit early in the second quarter, and Orofino ramped all the way from down 17-4 to up 26-25. Orofino broke Salmon River's press for one relatively easy basket and clawed ahead on a second-chance basket, but the Savages full-court press unleashed a 15-0 run that resulted in a 42-28 halftime edge in Salmon River's favor.

Late in the third quarter, back-to-back Maniac threes had Orofino within six, 44-38, but Chevelle Shepherd scored three of the first four baskets during the fourth and Salmon River's lead grew through the end of the contest. After an Orofino timeout, Maddy Tucker scored back-to-back baskets. Then Sarah Laritz won a tie-up, then sank a jump shot good for a 16-point lead, effectively putting the outcome beyond doubt.

Shepherd (21) and Tucker (19) both scored double-figures.

BOYS: Kamiah 56, Highland 54

Dec. 1 at Kamiah

Huskies 16 16 14 8 - 54

Kubs 12 18 19 7 - 56

Kamiah scoring

Luke Snyder 19, Ben Dunning 14, Kaleb Oatman 10, Chris Olive 6, Christian Robbins 5, Tyrel Henry 2.

Kamiah clips Highland

KAMIAH — For the second time already this season, the KHS boys had a chance to win at the very end. On Thursday night they made good, notching a 56-54 win at Highland on a hoop by Ben Dunning, who finished with 14 points. Luke Snyder paced Kamiah with 19 and Kaleb Oatman added 10.

BOYS: Clearwater Valley 72, Timberline 67

Dec. 1 at Kooskia

Spartans 13 15 16 13 10 - 67

Rams 19 16 14 8 15 - 72

Clearwater Valley scoring

Kamm Mangun 22, Josh Kolb 18, Trey Pfefferkorn 13, Mitch Morrow 13, Cole Olsen 4, Tate Pfefferkorn 2,

CV wins another one in OT

KOOSKIA — The CV boys' long winning streak over Timberline continued, barely, with a 72-67 overtime win Thursday night. Kamm Mangun, who finished with 22, keyed the Rams' run after regulation expired.

Timberline, having trailed 35-28 at halftime, leveled the score by holding the Rams to eight points during the fourth quarter. Three Spartans fouled out, and CV outscored the Weippe squad 23-9 at the free throw line.

Josh Kolb holed five three-pointers and finished with 18 points; Mitch Morrow and Trey Pfefferkorn scored 13 apiece.

BOYS: Prairie 47, Kendrick 32

Dec. 1 at Kendrick

Pirates 15 9 13 10 - 47

Kendrick 9 11 5 7 - 32

Prairie scoring

Gavin Branson 13, Brandon Anderson 11, Patrick Chmelik 8, Hunter Chaffee 5, Lucas Wemhoff 5, Tyson Schlader 4, Nick Mager 1.

Prairie wins Chaffee's first

KENDRICK — In the absence of a Summit boys team, Prairie has gained one big post player this fall: Patrick Chmelik. During their consolation round collision back in March, Chmelik helped hold Kendrick's Wyatt Hardin, one of the tallest players in the region at 6-7, to 15 points. Hardin totaled 12 on Thursday night, and the Pirates beat the Tigers 47-32.

Gavin Branson (13 points) and Brandon Anderson (11) paced Prairie's offense.

The victory is the first as head coach for Kevin Chaffee, who steps in for Teel Bruner this winter.


(Check back later for results. To report a score, text 208-507-0675, Facebook us, or e-mail us. Complete score sheets received by 10 p.m. will be written up tonight.)


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