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MONDAY: Highland feasts during third quarter famine at CVHS

Clearwater Valley senior Kacee Miskin looks for an angle for an entry pass to the post while Highland junior Abbie Johnson defends during the second half of the Huskies' 51-25 win Monday night in Kooskia.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Clearwater Valley senior Kacee Miskin looks for an angle for an entry pass to the post while Highland junior Abbie Johnson defends during the second half of the Huskies' 51-25 win Monday night in Kooskia.



Boys basketball schedule (JV game start times)

No local games tonight.

Girls basketball schedule/results

Highland 51, Clearwater Valley 25

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WHERE WE'LL BE

KOOSKIA - In their second game back from Christmas break, the Clearwater Valley girls put together one of their strongest offensive performances of the season behind 12 points from Kacee Miskin and 10 from Taylor Pfefferkorn. Though they lost 58-29 to Highland that night, Jan. 4, the Rams have been averaging 22-23 points per game since the holidays, about seven more per game than they had averaged before the break.

The Rams will host the Huskies at 6 p.m.

AROUND THE LEAGUES

No local league games.

MORE TO SEE

No local non-league games.

RESULTS

KOOSKIA - The Clearwater Valley girls fended off Highland's press during the first half, and lingered within about six points until a run of cold shooting let the Huskies open up a big lead Monday night. Highland outscored CV 16-4 during the fourth quarter and won the second meeting of the teams 51-25.

"We played a good half," Rams coach Rob McHone said. "In the season we're having, a good half counts for a lot. We had open looks tonight, but we didn't make a lot of them. And we're not really a team that can come back when we fall very far behind."

The Rams found soft spots in Highland's 2-3 zone defense, but "we didn't hit any threes," McHone said. "You hit those, and we're in the game."

"Overall, we've improved as the season has gone along," McHone said. "But we're in the toughest league in the state."

With nine girls on the roster who had little varsity experience prior to this season, the Rams are looking for -- and finding -- improvements compared to the first half of the season.

The first time they played Nezperce, Nezperce won by 20. On Jan. 5, the Rams played them within 12. The first time they played Highland, the Huskies won by 29. Tonight, until a breakdown during the third quarter, the Rams put some heat on the Huskies. When Torrie Pfefferkorn hit a jumper with about six minutes left in the third, CV trailed 27-21. Then Highland surged, using a hoop off of a turnover followed by a series during which the ball practically never left the area right under CV's basket. Highland's Malayna Hambly converted a layup and drew a foul; she missed the free throw, but Highland rebounded the miss and cycled it to Morgan Connerley, who converted a layup and drew a foul. Connerley also missed her "and-one" free throw, but the Huskies again turned the ricochet into a second-chance basket, which was good for a 35-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.

For the Rams, Pfefferkorn tallied a team-high eight points, while Taylor Pfefferkorn tallied six and Averie Proctor tallied five. For Highland, freshman Darah Brammer (13 points) and Connerley (12) set the marks.

On Thursday, CV will visit Timberline -- a team they beat 30-23 last November.

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