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THURSDAY: Grangeville girls top Genesee

Grangeville's Ahni Anderson knocked down this three-pointer just before the third quarter expired during the Bulldogs' 45-28 Thursday night win over Genesee. Looking on is her father and coach, Larson Anderson.

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Grangeville's Ahni Anderson knocked down this three-pointer just before the third quarter expired during the Bulldogs' 45-28 Thursday night win over Genesee. Looking on is her father and coach, Larson Anderson.



Boys basketball schedule/results, Jan. 7

Prairie 66, Moscow 43

Orofino 45, Salmon River 44

Girls basketball schedule/results, Jan. 7

Troy 66, Kamiah 21

Lapwai 94, CV 16

Grangeville 45, Genesee 28

(Check back later for results. To report a score, text 208-507-0675, Facebook us, or email aottoson@idahocountyfreepress.com. Complete score sheets received by 10 p.m. will be written up tonight.)

WHERE WE'LL BE

GRANGEVILLE - With Genesee coming to town tonight, the Grangeville girls will be looking to bounce back from a 59-50 loss Tuesday night in Colton. Behind McKenzie Kennedy (13 points) and Hailey Sullivan (10 points), the Grangeville girls made it a close game during the fourth quarter, but Colton held on for the win.

The Bulldogs of Genesee are coming off a 61-27 win over Kendrick Tuesday night.

AROUND THE LEAGUES

The only league games tonight are Whitepine League girls matchups.

At Lapwai, the one-win (overall) Rams are pitted against the league's only remaining unbeaten team. Kacee Miskin (12 points) led the Rams in their return from the Christmas break Tuesday at Nezperce -- a 43-31 CV loss.

At Troy, the Kubs will seek their third win (overall) in their first game since the holidays.

MORE TO SEE

In Cottonwood, fresh off a key win over Genesee, the Prairie boys will host winless Moscow. In their first game of 2016, Jake Bruner (23 points), Tyson Schlader (11) and Calvin Hinkelman (10) lifted the Pirates to a 67-44 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

At Orofino, the Salmon River boys will also make their return to action. Their last time out, the Maniacs beat Wallace 43-32.

RESULTS

GRANGEVILLE -- Visiting Genesee came to town with as many wins (eight) as Grangeville had games played, and left with the same number. With 21 points from Hailey Sullivan, the home team pulled out a 45-28 win despite a rough shooting night.

"We missed a lot of open shots and free throws," Grangeville coach Larson Anderson said. "Defensively, we held them down -- good thing we did."

McKenzie Kennedy added 10 points, including a layup that snapped a 3-3 tie in the first quarter, after which Grangeville pulled away.

Sullivan extended the lead to 12 points, 20-8, during the second quarter. Genesee closed the gap to five, but a couple of three-pointers -- one by Kennedy and one by Ahni Anderson -- maintained an 11-point Grangeville lead at the third quarter buzzer.

Grangeville's lead grew throughout the fourth quarter.

"I thought we might come out tired after our game against Colton," Anderson said. "That was a three-point game with two-and-a-half minutes, and with 33 seconds left we were down five. But we shot the ball better that night."

Genesee presented the first 2-3 zone Grangeville has seen this season, Anderson noted. "We've mainly faced odd-front zones -- 1-3-1 and 1-2-2 -- until now. It was good for us. We'll be better prepared for it next time," he said. "And the offense was OK, but it never looks good if you don't shoot the ball well."

The Grangeville girls are slated to play at Moscow on Saturday and at Orofino on Tuesday, as their schedule picks up.

"We only played six games before Christmas this year," Anderson said. "We usually play 10, so we have a lot coming this month."

NEXT

Details on Friday's games are here.



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