As of Wednesday, February 17, 2016
OROFINO Despite some sharp shooting by Orofino's Hayden Wilson (16 points, mostly during the third quarter) and Kolby Brink (16, mostly during the first half), the Grangeville boys pulled out a 52-44 win over their Central Idaho League rivals.
Dillon Alder scored 11, Layton Harris scored 10, and GHS coach Kelcey Edwards remarked that the team played an "A" game with "three pretty good quarters."
"Luke Stokes playeda heck of a defensive game against Wilson," Edwards said. "We had Layton and Austin Parks on him at times, but coming in we knew guarding him would be Luke's job, and he did it very well. During the first half we ran pretty much everything we wanted to, and during the second half Orofino made some adjustments that worked for them. Par tof it is, we have stuff we didn't want to show Orofino or St. Maries before the district tournament. Not that it's any secret."
Grangeville led 5-2 on an early triple by Harris, and extended that lead to 14-8 through the first quarter. By halftime, the Bulldogs led by 15, 33-18. But during the third quarter, the GHS offense went quiet as Orofino mounted a 15-2 run.
The fourth quarter began much the same as the early game: with Harris banging a three. Stokes followed up with a layup-and-one, and the lead hit 10 points, 45-35, on Grangeville's next possession, which forced an Orofino timeout with 5:18 left.
Late in the game, Orofino closed within three points, but a fast break layup by Parks effectively sealed it for the Bulldogs.
Grangeville will be the No. 2 seed when the CIL's District II tournament opens at 6 p.m. Monday at Troy.