As of Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Two-and-a-half weeks earlier, Prairie put up a blowout win over the Grangeville girls at the GHS gym, but last Friday night, senior Mikayla Ruzicka and the GHS girls became the first team all season to play the undefeated Pirates to within a single-digit margin.
While the Pirates can point to the absence of a key player for part of the difference, the Bulldogs can point to stronger play on their part.
Ruzicka — who scored five points, which was a sixth of the GHS total — finished off a nifty passing play that helped Grangeville keep it close early on.
But close wasn’t quite what the Bulldogs had in mind. They wanted to win, she told the Free Press a day before the game.
“We have some new plays to beat their trap, and hopefully get through it,” she said.
“They’re a tough team,” she said of Prairie, but Prairie isn’t the only tough non-league team on Grangeville’s schedule this season. “Lapwai’s pretty good and Colton is probably better than Prairie.”
GHS is looking forward to the start of league play after the winter break, and the season so far has been going well, Ruzicka said.
“We’ve been playing as a team for the most part,” she said. “We’ve been passing the ball well, and doing a good job. We’ve had some rough games, but we’ve gotten through it as a team and that’s a good thing.”
The GHS girls are set to visit Midvale Jan. 4, and to host St. Maries for the Central Idaho League opener on Jan. 6 — a game they’ve circled. “We want to play as a team, beat St. Maries and go to state,” Ruzicka said.
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