As of Tuesday, December 26, 2017
CRAIGMONT Randy McClure and Canyon Harper sparked the Salmon River boys to an 11-point lead during the first quarter of a 63-31 blowout win over a shorthanded Highland High squad last Thursday night, Dec. 21.
Earlier in the night, the SRHS girls — having lost only to Lapwai so far this season — also posted a blowout win, 56-35, on the strength of a fast start.
Lotus Harper put the girls ahead 3-0 and the Savages accelerated to a 100-point pace with shots by Jordyn Pottenger, Miranda Hofflander, Payton Branstetter and Chevelle Shepherd powering up a 28-4 run during the first eight minutes.
The Highland girls took better care of the ball during the second quarter and they outscored Salmon River 14-7 heading into halftime. The third quarter went to the Savages, 12-3, and the margin only closed within 2-to-1 late in the contest.
Earlier in the week, the S-R girls lost to Lapwai for the second time this season, having played the Wildcats within 61-58 in November. The second game of the home-and-home was played in Riggins, and Lapwai came away with a 23-point win, 76-53.
The girls also visited Orofino just before the winter break, where they put up a blowout win over the Maniacs, 55-34.
The win over Highland pushed their record to 7-2 on the season; they’re set to resume Jan. 5 at Council, and the boys and girls are scheduled for a doubleheader Jan. 6 at Garden Valley.
In Craigmont, the boys kept up their undefeated season, notching their sixth straight win since their season-ending loss to Butte County in February.
After yielding a point-blank shot for the game’s first score, the Savages got back-to-back three-pointers from Canyon Harper, who went on to tally 15 points in the contest.
Highland’s Justin Williams, who scored 21, kept the game close, but the Huskies were without much of the secondary scoring that kept them within 11 of the Savages, 50-39, during the first game of the season series.
Randy McClure, meanwhile, pushed the Savages lead to 12-7 on a second-chance score, and Reece Jones also proved himself a scoring threat during what became a 20-2 run spanning most of the first and second quarters.
The Huskies trailed by 19 points, 26-7, before they stabilized following McClure’s third personal foul.
The Savages led by 14 at halftime and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter, with Harper blunting Highland’s best run with a traditional three-point play midway through the fourth.
Earlier in the week, the Savages beat Orofino by 11, 50-39, on the strength of a 15-3 advantage in free throw points.
The Savages drew 21 fouls and made as many at the line as the Maniacs attempted.
While it came down to freebies at the end, the omens of the outcome were seen in a 9-0 Salmon River run during the first quarter — a lead McClure and Devan Branstetter advanced at the line, where they shot 7-for-14 and 5-for-6, respectively.
Coming — The Salmon River boys (6-0) are set to resume play Jan. 6 at Garden Valley and are scheduled to host a doubleheader with the girls Jan. 9 in Riggins, against Tri-Valley.