As of Wednesday, December 13, 2017
KAMIAH Having watched the Kamiah girls double up Clearwater Valley 44-21, the KHS boys played a tight game against CV last Friday night, Dec. 8. The Rams held a 13-13 halftime tie, but that was before a couple of tough plays by Kaleb Oatman — combined with a bit of sharp shooting — keyed a second-half surge and a blowout Kubs win, 51-29.
The games were played in front of a full house, as supporters of the rival schools not only filled the stands, but raised a combined total of more than $9,000 for local food banks.
Luke Snyder led Kamiah with 16 points and Ben Dunning scored 10, but the relatively low scoring pace persisted until Oatman’s tough make while being fouled by Tyler Pressley early in the third quarter.
While CV’s Tyce Pfefferkorn answered with a three-pointer at the other end, Kamiah’s scorers picked up their play and the Rams’ shots stopped falling.
CV had kept the game close with tough defense during the first half, including a couple of possessions stopped by Trayse Mangun, who stood his ground and got the block/charge calls to go the Rams’ way.
When play picked up during the third quarter, Mangun, who scored a team-high 12, leveled it at 18-18.
Then Kamiah unleashed a decisive run, outscoring CV 13-1 during the pivotal stretch.
The run included a trey by Christian Robbins, who, like Oatman, finished with seven points. It effectively ended doubt about the ultimate outcome of the contest, as CV did not close within 10 points after the surge.
After an odd turnover on the first possession of the early game, the Kamiah girls tied the score at 2-2 on a hoop by Kati Wilkins and did not give the Rams an inch. Leading 9-2 after the first, KHS built a 21-2 lead in the second quarter. CV trailed by 18 at halftime and by 15 at the end of the third.
Kamiah’s Lacey Kludt led all scorers with 15 and CV’s Martha Smith finished with a team-high eight including a couple of three-pointers.
Coming — The Kamiah girls are scheduled to visit Potlatch on Dec. 16, as are the boys, and the KHS boys are scheduled to host Highland on Dec. 19. Then, they’re off for the holiday break.
Both Kamiah teams are slated to resume on Jan. 4, with the boys at Grangeville and the girls to host Orofino.
The Clearwater Valley boys andgirls are both set to host Troy on Dec. 16, with the varsity girls at 1 p.m. and the varsity boys at 4 p.m.