Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville's Hailey Sullivan led all scorers with 17 points, which lifted GHS to a 36-30 win over St. Maries Monday night at the Central Idaho League's district tournament in Genesee. Pictured, the defenses were all over the offenses, though St. Maries junior Kelcey Auer didn't make a clean block on this play. Instead Sullivan went to the foul line and sank both foul shots, putting GHS ahead 18-15 with 2:38 left in the second quarter.
As of Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Boys basketball schedule/results
Summit 46, Timberline 40
Girls basketball schedule/results
2A, at Genesee: Grangeville 36, St. Maries 30
1AD1, at Lewiston: Genesee 57, Kamiah 21
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WHERE WE'LL BE
GENESEE - The third meeting of Central Idaho League rivals St. Maries and Grangeville will spare one state berth contender an extra road trip, as tonight's winner will advance directly to the Feb. 11 District II title game. The high cost of a loss will be a return to Genesee on Wednesday night, Feb. 10, to play the Orofino/CDA Charter winner followed by a return to Genesee the next night.
While both St. Maries and Grangeville have easily handled the other two teams -- Grangeville's path including a 22-point win over Charter as well as a 17-point win over Orofino -- the extra travel would afford the other team a bit of extra rest or practice. With how close the games between the Bulldogs and the Lumberjacks have been so far -- the two previous meetings were each decided by two points --a win tonight could be crucial.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
At Lewiston, the Kamiah girls will face Genesee for the third time this season, having been held to fewer than 30 points in each of the previous meetings. The winner will remain in contention for a state berth, but would need to win one more district game, followed by regional playoffs.
GENESEE - Even with 30 points from their two top scorers balancing away the whole of the Lumberjacks' total, the Grangeville girls needed key hoops from Paige Lindsley, Chloe Dame and Abi Stowell to pull off their most important win yet. The GHS girls beat St. Maries 36-30 on a night Hailey Sullivan (17 points) and McKenzie Kennedy (13) delivered their typically outstanding output, but with a 25-25 tie persisting deep into the fourth quarter, Grangeville needed another player to step up. And Dame did just that, quite literally holding her ground as St. Maries standout Kelsey Auer tried to dribble into the space between her and Kennedy. Auer probably didn't expect to be facing two Bulldogs just then, but GHS coach Larson Anderson had asked Dame to "put a little pressure" on. After crossing the time line, Auer probably thought Dame would retreat into the ordinary -- and on Monday night, stifling -- half court defense. Instead, Dame lingered nearby as Auer tried to cross Kennedy's line, and Auer wound up dribbling the ball directly into Dame's grasp.
Asked if it was a designed trap, Anderson said it was not. "I wish I could take credit for it, but that was just the girls playing basketball."
The turnover turned into a breakaway layup for Dame, and her hoop transformed the whole character of the final minutes. It put GHS ahead 27-26, and with both offenses struggling immensely against each other's defense, Anderson called for an early stall. GHS sapped the last three minutes by sitting on the one-point lead, and Sullivan answered every Lumberjacks score with bonus free throws.
With less than a minute left, Kennedy came up with a steal and layup that effectively ended it. Her basket made the lead five, 35-30, and she tacked on one more late free throw with less than 20 seconds left.
Anderson credited both defenses -- and the mutual familiarity built up through multiple meetings -- with keeping the score low.
With time ticking away at the end of the third quarter, Stowell rebounded Sullivan's last-second miss and put it in for a 25-24 lead as the clock expired. The first basket of the second half had belonged to Lindsley, who gave GHS 22-16 lead that at the time appeared likely to grow. Instead, St. Maries rallied behind Auer, who finished with 11 points as the only double-digit scorer on that side. A flurry of foul calls saw Kennedy, Sullivan and Auer each pick up their respective third personals in barely a one-minute span.
After falling behind 7-4 during the first quarter, Grangeville surged into the lead. After Kennedy holed a layup, Sullivan hit back-to-back treys to turn a 7-6 deficit into a 12-7 lead. St. Maries briefly retook the lead, 23-22, with a triple by Auer with 4:20 left in the third quarter.
Grangeville will play for the district title on Thursday, Feb. 11.
On Feb. 10, St. Maries will play Coeur d'Alene Charter for the right to a rematch with Grangeville. Charter defeated Orofino 46-44 earlier Monday.
Details on Friday's games are here.