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Defense, mid-range shooting powers Potlatch’s Prairie upset

Boys basketball

— Having whipped the Loggers 62-41 in January, the Pirates were caught on the return leg of the season series when Potlatch’s Devin Richards sank a lead-changing three-ball with 36 seconds left in overtime. The shot was good for a 41-40 Loggers win last Saturday night, Feb. 4.

The loss made no difference in the Whitepine League standings for Prairie. But Potlatch — which has lost to Kamiah and Lapwai (twice) this season — secured the No. 3 seed for the upcoming boys district tournament.

Earlier in the week, Prairie won road games 73-27 at Kamiah and 72-61 at Genesee.

When the tournament begins next week, Prairie will hold the No. 2 seed, which affords a first-round bye.

Before then, the Pirates played Moscow after the print deadline on Tuesday and have one non-league game remaining: a visit from Kendrick is set for Thursday night, Feb. 9.

Rams eye No. 5 seed

KOOSKIA — With yet another rout last Saturday, Feb. 4, Lapwai burnished its universal No. 1 ranking in statewide polls regarding the 1AD1 classification.

An 18-0 record has the Wildcats atop the WPL standings with the district tournament looming, while Clearwater Valley’s seed hinged on the outcome of a Feb. 7 game at Kamiah.

A home win over Troy last Friday night, Feb. 3, kept alive CV’s hope of leapfrogging the Trojans in the standings.

Seniors Kamm Mangun (21 points), Trey Pfefferkorn (17) and Mitch Morrow (11) keyed a 51-48 overtime win that opened a way for the Rams to avoid an early elimination game.

When the WPL tournament begins in earnest on Monday, Feb. 13, one of the two low seeds will have already been bounced.

Winless since Jan. 5, Kamiah will face elimination against either Troy or CV at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 11. The winner will play Potlatch at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

The No. 5 seed will play Genesee in the tournament opener at 6 p.m. Monday.

Savages stay one ahead of Council, Cascade

RIGGINS — A Jan. 30 win over Garden Valley kept the Salmon River boys one game ahead of Long Pin Conference title contenders Council and Cascade with the Savages set to play both of their chief pursuers this week.

Tonight, Feb. 8, at Council, the Savages will look for a second win over a team they beat 58-52 in mid-January.

Friday night, Feb. 10, in Riggins, Salmon River’s regular season will end with a visit from Cascade, which doused the Savages under a 56-37 torrent on Jan. 20.

A loss to either would figure to drop Salmon River out of first place in the league. Losing to both could drop the Savages into third place — which would add one stop to their pathway to state.

The Long Pin Conference’s District III tournament is slated to be played partly in New Meadows, with the three-six and four-five pairings to play loser-out games Feb. 15 at Meadows Valley High. The tournament will then proceed Feb. 20-23 at McCall-Donnelly High School.

Last week, Lapwai beat Salmon River, 85-48. Clayton Shepherd (12 points), Tucker Boyd (12) and Devan Branstetter (11) all tallied double-digits. SRHS had no answer for Emmit Taylor, who scored 30.


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