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FRIDAY: Salmon River works over Sho-Ban

Prairie girls lock up state tournament berth

Salmon River's Riley Travis tallied a personal season-high 24 points Friday night during the Savages' 84-55 win over Sho-Ban.

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Salmon River's Riley Travis tallied a personal season-high 24 points Friday night during the Savages' 84-55 win over Sho-Ban.



Boys basketball schedule (JV game start times)

Salmon River 84, Sho-Ban 55

Kamiah 64, Potlatch 27

Girls basketball schedule (JV game start times)

1AD1 District II Tournament:

Prairie 52, Genesee 38

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WHERE WE'LL BE

RIGGINS - After the Salmon River boys will take on non-league Sho-Ban tonight, they'll have two regular season games remaining, both against teams at the top of the Long Pin Conference standings.

AROUND THE LEAGUES

In Kamiah, Potlatch will be looking for its first Whitepine League win, but even if they get it against the Kubs, the KHS boys will hold the higher seed for the district tournament play-in game Feb. 13. As it stands, the Kubs are sixth in the WPL standings, but with three games remaining in their regular season, there is still a chance the Kubs could avoid the play-in all together. Kamiah defeated Potlatch 60-49 in December.

At Lewiston, the WPL girls post-season continues and state tournament berths are at stake, with Prairie set to play Genesee at 7:30 p.m. The winner will automatically qualify for one of the district's berths, but even with a loss, neither team would be eliminated from state contention. However, with a loss, the Pirates would have to win two more district tournament games (on Feb. 8 and Feb. 10) and then win a play-in game (on Feb. 13).

MORE TO SEE

In wrestling action, Prairie is set to compete at Challis.

RESULTS

RIGGINS - The Salmon River boys played "one of our best ones" of the season, defeating Sho-Ban 84-55 on a night senior Rylie Travis scored a personal season-high 24 points along with a strong performance rebounding. Alongside Travis' game-high total, freshman Canyon Harper tallied 21 and two others -- Tucker Boyd (15) and Devan Branstetter (12) -- finished in double-digits.

"I was really pleased with our defense," Savages coach Charlie Shepherd said. "We knew their shooters were streaky, and we knew they would get theirs, but we shut down their other guys. Rylie's rebounding dominated the paint, and while they made a lot of their shots, we limited them to one shot per possession. Any time you only get one shot, it's tough to beat us, especially when we play well offensively. Devan Branstetter had an excellent game passing, with all the assists he piled up. That was a breakout game for him."

Salmon River has league games against Council and Cascade coming up.

"If we can play the same defense and control the boards, we can play with either of those teams. We can possibly end up second in the league, and we should end up third," Shepherd said.

Sho-Ban's shooters -- Kiel Sabori (23 points) and John Osborne (19) -- posted numbers that "when you read them in the newspaper, it may look like we didn't play that well defensively," Shepherd said. "But we really defended them well tonight."

Salmon River led early as Boyd and Harper came out firing. After they each hit a three, Harper's jumper pumped Salmon River's lead to five, 8-3. It reached 11, 17-6, on a pair of free throws by Boyd, and Boyd answered each of Sho-Ban's counters to keep it 11, 22-11, at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to 13 on Boyd's 10-footer from the baseline on the first possession of the second quarter, and grew to 13 on a pair of foul shots by Harper.

Sho-Ban lingered within 10 late in the quarter, and within 12 at halftime.

Branstetter erupted during the third quarter, tallying eight quick points on a layup and a couple of triples, to which Travis added a short jumper good for a 49-29 SR advantage, off of one of those Branstetter assists.The lead reached 28 as Travis surged during the fourth, but never did hit the 30-point margin that would have triggered a running clock.

Prairie 52, Genesee 38

LEWISTON - The Prairie girls secured a 1AD1 state tournament berth with a 52-38 win over Genesee Friday night at LCSC. Find details in print on Wednesday.

PREVIOUSLY

Details on Thursday's games are here.



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