Boys basketball schedule (JV game start times)
Orofino at Clearwater Valley
Prairie at Moscow
Kamiah 53, Grangeville 47
Girls basketball schedule (district tournaments)
1AD2, at New Meadows: Council 57, Salmon River 45
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WHERE WE'LL BE
KAMIAH - The Grangeville boys will play their first game this month tonight, while the Kubs have been busy: the KHS boys have risen to third place in the Whitepine League with consecutive wins over Troy, Potlatch and Genesee. Grangeville defended its home floor with a 59-52 win over the Kubs last month.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
At New Meadows, the Salmon River girls will face Council for the third time this season -- and tonight, both the district title and a state berth are at stake. The winner will advance directly to the 1AD2 state tournament, but with a loss the path to state includes a Feb. 13 play-in at Canyon Ridge High School against the runner-up out of districts five and six.
MORE TO SEE
At Moscow, the Prairie boys will take on a Bears squad that finally won its first game of the season last Saturday, Feb. 6. Prairie won the previous meeting with Moscow 66-43.
In Kooskia, the Clearwater Valley boys will get their second shot at an Orofino squad that handed the Rams a 61-38 defeat last month.
KAMIAH - The KHS seniors celebrated their final home game with a win over Grangeville, 53-47, on the strength of 16 points from junior Garrison Bretz and 14 from senior Parker Whipple. But no basket drew a louder cheer than the announcement that Lars Kludt -- who has been sidelined throughout this basketball season -- would start. Kubs supporters boomed a cheer for Kludt -- one of the premier football players at the 1AD1 level -- when he converted an early free throw, and they chanted "Good luck, Lars," when he checked out with the Kubs leading 1-0 1:12 into the game.
"The kid's just had some unfortunate things with his leg," KHS coach Ryan Ball said. "He was excited to play, all the kids were, really."
Grangeville took the lead on a hoop and a foul shot by Dillon Alder (12 points), but Kamiah rallied into a 9-9 tie through the first quarter.
Kamiah scored the next six points, but Grangeville tied it, 15-all, with a Luke Stokes trey. The game was again tied at 17-all and 21-all, as Alder and GHS post Dylan Canaday (11 points) worked the paint, but Kamiah took a 25-21 lead to halftime on a basket by Whipple.
Early in the third quarter, Grangeville's bigs got into foul trouble, with Canaday and Patrick Schumacher each taking their third personals near their offensive baseline. But Shane Wood hit a short shot midway through a 10-0 run, which also included a couple of hoops by Austin Parks. Parks' layup gave GHS a 33-30 lead, but Kamiah tied it once again, 33-all, with a triple by sophomore Luke Snyder.
Wood struck again just before the end of the third quarter, giving GHS a 36-33 advantage entering the fourth, which Alder extended on an "and-one" layup off a feed from Parks, which Alder snared despite a deflection.
Bretz tied it at 41-all on an "and-one" of his own, and Whipple put KHS ahead 44-43 with a short shot set up by an offensive rebound. After Bretz extended that lead to 48-43, Grangeville had to press, and Kamiah broke the press repeatedly to widen out the final margin.
"It was a nice win for the kids," Ball said. "We're not in the same league with Grangeville any more, but there's still a rivalry there. I'm very proud of the effort tonight, by everyone who played. Every kid contributed. We had an off-beat rotation due to foul difficulties, but it's a good way for the seniors to go out."
The win was Kamiah's third in a row, and the run has boosted the Kubs from sixth place to third, though they'll likely slip into a multi-way tie at 5-7 with Clearwater Valley, Genesee and Troy. KHS would need to beat undefeated Lapwai on the final night of the regular season to put a clear gap between themselves and the middle of the Whitepine League's ultra-competitive pack.
"We've played consistently," Ball said. "We're playing like we're capable, which we didn't do early in the season."
Kamiah will visit Lapwai on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Council fends off Salmon River
NEW MEADOWS - Though Chevelle Shepherd scored 27 points and Payton Branstetter added 10, Council took the district title, 57-45, and with it, a berth in the 1AD2 state tournament which starts Feb. 18. The Salmon River girls' road to state now goes through two elimination games: they'll meet the Garden Valley-Tri-Valley winner in New Meadows on Feb. 12, and with a win, would play for a state berth on Feb. 13.
Council clamped down on prolific scorer Maddy Tucker and established a lead of seven at halftime. Council extended that lead despite tighter play by the Savages during the second half.
Details on Monday's games are here.