As of Tuesday, December 20, 2016
COTTONWOOD After taking their first loss of the season Saturday, Dec. 17, 59-38 at Lapwai, the Pirates hammered Clearwater Valley 74-29 on Monday night, Dec. 19.
Holding Rams’ point guard Trey Pfefferkorn to two points, PHS got 17 apiece from Tyson Schlader and Patrick Chmelik, and 12 from Brandon Anderson.
CV’s Josh Kolb scored 13.
Against Lapwai, the Pirates were held without a double-digit scorer — and the contest brought clarity to the top of the Whitepine League standings.
Lapwai now leads the league title race with a 2-0 WPL record, and Prairie’s 3-1 mark has the Pirates solidly in second place.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Potlatch beat CV 64-48 despite yielding double-digit points to Ram forwards Mitch Morrow (13) and Kamm Mangun (11). Kolb added 10.
Next, CV (3-3, 1-2 WPL) is slated to host Genesee Dec. 29.
Prairie (5-1, 3-1 WPL) is on winter break through Jan. 3, when the Pirates will take on Asotin in Cottonwood.
Salmon River 64, Horseshoe Bend 56
HORSESHOE BEND — Salmon River snapped a three-game losing streak with a sound win, 64-56, over the Mustangs last Saturday, Dec. 17.
Clayton Shepherd and Stephen Hackler scored 12 apiece, Devan Branstetter notched 16 and Canyon Harper led SRHS with 24.
Next, Salmon River (2-3) is set to host Highland of Craigmont on Dec. 21. The Savages are then off for Christmas through Jan. 5, when they’ll host Orofino.
Winter bags Genesee, Kendrick games
GRANGEVILLE — The Bulldogs (3-1) did not play Genesee or Kendrick as scheduled, and next play Jan. 3 in Colton.