As of Friday, January 15, 2016
Boys basketball schedule/results
Grangeville 58, Orofino 44
Kamiah 55, Clearwater Valley 39
Prairie 57, Asotin 44
Summit 65, Deary 50
Girls basketball schedule/results
Prairie 60, Lewiston JV 56
Timberline 34, Clearwater Valley 30
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WHERE WE'LL BE
GRANGEVILLE - The GHS boys, coming off a Tuesday night win, 59-51 over Clearwater Valley, will be seeking a league win tonight against Orofino. The Maniacs haven't played since Saturday, when St. Maries beat them 53-37 to stake out the pole position in the Central Idaho League. Grangeville's place in the league will be further clarified when St. Maries comes to town this Saturday, Jan. 16, but the Bulldogs are focusing on the task before them. (GHS has announced Bulldogs fans will get free admission on Saturday.)
This CIL varsity showdown tips off at 7:30 p.m.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
In Kooskia, the Clearwater Valley boys will have their hands full against a vengeance-minded Kamiah squad, which the Rams beat 59-54 in the hotly-contested Upriver Rampage in mid-December. The Rams are currently situated fourth in Whitepine League's upper division, while the Kubs would climb out of sixth with a win.
In Cottonwood, Summit will look to hold on to first place in the WPL's lower division against sixth-place Deary. Summit won the previous meeting on the road in December, and the Patriots will host the Mustangs tonight at the Prairie Auxiliary gym.
MORE TO SEE
At Asotin, the Prairie boys will take on the Panthers, who have posted a 9-1 overall record according to the Lewiston Tribune. One of Asotin's wins came over the Pirates in December: 74-66 at PHS.
In Cottonwood, the Prairie girls will host a Lewiston JV squad at PHS, which they defeated 55-43 on the road on opening night back in November.
At Weippe, the Clearwater Valley girls will seek their second win of the season against the only team they've beaten so far. On their home floor, the CV girls topped Timberline 30-23 in November.
GRANGEVILLE - Austin Parks scored 15, Patrick Schumacher scored 10 and seven other Bulldogs scored at least one hoop as Grangeville surged to a 58-44 victory over Orofino. A tie game deep in the second quarter devolved into a five-point Grangeville halftime lead as both teams found their way into foul trouble. After Luke Stokes scored a layup good for an 18-17 GHS lead, Parks picked up his second and third fouls 12 seconds apart. Almost immediately thereafter, Orofino's top scorer, Hayden Wilson, who had 16 on the night, was saddled with his third, and Grangeville's Dillon Alder was whistled for his third with the game clock at 2:05 till the break.
Then Ryan Ruklic hit a pair of foul shots and Layton Harris hit a jumper, staking GHS to a 23-18 halftime lead.
Parks and Wilson carried on a bit of a shooting duel early in the third quarter. Late in the third, Parks hit back-to-back treys which advanced Grangeville's lead 38-29. The Bulldogs widened the margin to 43-33 with Alder's traditional three-point play , and GHS eventually extended it to 17 on a pair of foul shots by Dylan Canaday.
"We're measuring teams in the first half," coach Kelcey Edwards said. "We're not really sure what they're going to do, but we've been putting out some great effort in the second half. We picked up our defense in the second half tonight, made some adjustments and them make some mistakes. One good thing about this team is, if our guards aren't having a good night we can go to our posts, and if our posts aren't having a good night, we can go to our guards. I don't know coming in who I'm going to lean on -- I have 12 guys who play hard every time they get in the game."
Edwards noted it's a big week for Grangeville, having played Clearwater Valley Tuesday and having another league game coming up on Saturday -- in addition to a big week in the classroom.
"It's finals week," he said. Asked to put a letter grade on tonight's game, he said: "I'd give it an A. The first half, probably a B-plus, but the second half, a solid A. These games, it's more on us than on anyone else. What we do will determine if we win, and we played well tonight."
Details on Tuesday's games are here.
Details on Friday's games are here.