Boys basketball schedule/results
Prairie 72, Troy 49.
Kamiah 50, Kendrick 43
Salmon River 61, Garden Valley 41.
Grangeville 63, Genesee 43.
Summit 54, Logos 52
Girls basketball schedule/results
Prairie 57, Troy 33.
Salmon River 64, Garden Valley 20.
Moscow 44, Grangeville 9
Kendrick 50, Kamiah 42
Genesee 75, CV 15
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WHERE WE'LL BE
COTTONWOOD - The Prairie boys will play the first of their Whitepine League set against Troy, which will double as their fourth game in five days. Since Tuesday, the Pirates have won three contests by an average of nearly 21 points per game. Troy is 1-2 in league play, with losses to two of the teams the Pirates have beaten this week: Genesee and Clearwater Valley. Last night at Clearwater Valley, Bruner led all scorers with 18 points.
The PHS girls, meanwhile, are running second in the WPL with a 5-1 league record that already includes a 54-27 road win at Troy. During their last outing -- 36-24 non-league loss Tuesday night at Moscow -- Chaye Uptmor led the PHS attack with 12 points.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
At Highland High School, WPL lower division unbeaten Summit will take on Logos in a matchup of two teams who have both beaten their common opponents. Before Christmas, Summit beat Nezperce 52-13 and beat Deary 45-37, while Logos has posted scores of 62-39 and 66-49 in those matchups. Monday night at Clearwater Valley, the Krogh boys -- Tyler and Dylan -- paced the Patriots with 16 points and 15 points, respectively.
In Riggins, Salmon River will host a Long Pin Conference double-header against Garden Valley. The Salmon River boys won their league opener last night at Meadows Valley, 52-30. The SRHS girls beat Highland 67-48 on Tuesday on the strength of Maddy Tucker's 34 points.
MORE TO SEE
In Kamiah, the varsity Kubs squads will each host Kendrick. Before the winter break, the Kendrick girls defended their home floor with a 41-21 win over the Kubs. The Kamiah boys will be looking for their first win of the new year as well as vengeance for their 51-46 loss in their first meeting with the Tigers. Last night at Genesee, Chris Pethtel tallied 26 points during Kamiah's 55-50 overtime loss -- meaning Pethtel is averaging 27.5 points per game since the holidays.
At Genesee, the Grangeville boys will look to extend a five-game win streak, which includes a 50-45 win over Genesee last month. Since the New Year, Grangeville guard Layton Harris has averaged 15.5 points per game so far this month.
At Moscow, the Grangeville girls will take on a Bears squad that beat Prairie 36-24 on Tuesday and lost to Lewiston 50-36 on Thursday. In the absence of injured fellow seniors, GHS guard Hailey Sullivan has been the Bulldogs' chief scorer and has averaged 19 per game in January.
In wrestling action, local teams are competing in the Maniac Invitational Tournament at Orofino.
Pirates bag fourth win of the week
COTTONWOOD - "We're tired," Prairie boys basketball coach Teel Bruner said after his team's 72-49 Saturday evening victory over Troy. "It has been a long week. Before the game, Terran [Peery] told me his legs were dead, and at times tonight I thought Jake [Bruner] looked fatigued. But, 4-0, that's a great week."
Having beaten Genesee Tuesday, Moscow Thursday, Clearwater Valley Friday and now Troy, the coach told his players to get some rest and "lay around tomorrow."
"We're trying to get into February playing our best basketball," Bruner said.
For the fourth straight game, the Pirates dominated the second half. They also dominated the first, taking a 38-23 halftime lead having jumped out to a 19-9 lead during the first quarter. "We executed very well," Bruner said. "They tried to disrupt us with the press," for which he praised Troy coach Guy Wells. "Guy does a great job. I've run the same stuff for many many many years, and he doesn't forget it. ... Our style is to stay the same way all the time. That's important for all good programs. It doesn't matter what the score is, we don't let up. We want to defend well and execute our offense and extend our lead. If someone has a big lead on us and wants to grow it to 30, 40, 50 points, that's our problem, not theirs. ... And that team [Troy] is never going to give up."
Jake Bruner and Troy's Wyatt Yager scored 24 points apiece, but the Pirates also got double-digits from Calvin Hinkelman (11) and Tyson Schlader (10). A total of nine Pirates scored, with the PHS bench outscoring Troy's 20-7.
During the first quarter, immediately after Yager tallied a traditional three-point play, Bruner plucked an offensive rebound, laid it up and in, and drew a foul that sent Troy starter Mitchell Sandquist to the bench with two personals, prompting a Troy timeout less than two minutes into the contest.
Bruner hit the free throw, and Yager replied with a layup at the other end. Bruner again answered Yager, and Prairie's depth became apparent soon thereafter. Hinkelman, Brandon Higgins and Peery all tallied as the Pirates produced an 8-2 run late in the first. Troy trailed by 10 early in the second quarter, but closed within five on a hoop by Chase Blazzard. Prairie extended the lead back to 10 on a nifty passing play -- a Bruner to Hikelman to Isaiah Shears tic-tac-toe. Troy again cut into the lead, but Shears opened it to 11 by converting an offensive rebound into a basket.
Prairie's looming rematch with Genesee will take place Tuesday on the Bulldogs' floor. Bruner called it "huge." The Pirates can tighten their grip on second place in the Whitepine League standings with a win.
Grangeville storms Genesee
GENESEE - Grangeville "forced them into a lot of bad shots, and then we rebounded the ball," coach Kelcey Edwards said of his team's 63-43 win Saturday, Jan. 9. "We had four players in double figures and 49 rebounds as a team."
Those four — Dillon Alder (13 points), Layton Harris (12), Austin Parks (11) and Luke Stokes (11) — contributed to a fast start and a strong finish as Grangeville led 10-2 midway through the first quarter.
Genesee bounced back to tie it, 19-19, midway through the second quarter. Grangeville took a five-point lead into halftime, and widened it to 12, then 22.
Prairie girls finish season sweep of Troy
COTTONWOOD - The visiting Trojans trailed by eight before they finally scored, and, by a 57-33 final score, the Prairie girls once again defeated Troy -- just as they have every time these teams have met since November 2011.
"I was impressed with our defensive intensity," PHS coach Lori Mader said. "Our best offense was our defense. We moved the ball well and pushed the pace. ... Hailey Danly played a great game. She was great with her hands tonight -- she got a hand on so many passes. She's got such good ball savvy."
Mader also noted Talyss Lustig "tore it up."
Danly totaled 15 points and Lustig scored 10, while PHS did not allow any opposing player in double-figures. The Pirates shot just shy of 40 percent from the field and yielded just 12 points during the first half. They led by 22, and Troy never strung together a significant run.
On Tuesday, Prairie will visit Genesee, where, Mader noted, "Ranisate and Burt can shoot the lights out." On their home floor Dec. 1, the PHS girls defeated Genesee 70-49.
Savages thrash Garden Valley
RIGGINS - The Salmon River girls outscored Garden Valley 48-9 during the first half en route to a 64-20 win in their second Long Pin Conference game of the season.
Chalk up a third of the Savages' output to Maddy Tucker, who outscored the Wolverines herself with 22 points. Payton Branstetter tallied 18, Chevelle Shepherd scored 11, and the Savages did not allow a double-digit quarter.
Salmon River will take on league-leading Council on Tuesday night; Council is unbeaten since opening night, when McCall-Donnelly upended the Lumberjacks 40-39.
Details on Friday's games are here.
Details on Monday's games are here.