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Grangeville’s Jakaili Norman notched 17 points including double-digits during the first half last Saturday, Feb. 11, at Highland High School.

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Grangeville’s Jakaili Norman notched 17 points including double-digits during the first half last Saturday, Feb. 11, at Highland High School.



— Freshman forward Jakaili Norman scored double-digits during Grangeville’s dominant first half last Saturday, Feb. 11, against 2A state tournament play-in foe Marsing and the GHS lead grew to eight, 35-27, on a Norman hoop during the third quarter.

But as fouls piled up against both sides, Marsing’s Sheyanne Glorfield found more and more time and space. Glorfield lifted Marsing from down 54-50 to head 56-55 with a couple of “and-one” layups, the second of which came with barely less than a minute left.

Marsing held on to win 60-57.

“That girl hit some outlandish shots,” coach Michelle Barger said. “It was our first close game of the season.”

With GHS leading 52-50, with two Bulldogs and one Husky having fouled out, GHS sophomore Paige Lindsley ran the floor defensively and disrupted a Marsing fast break. Lindsley grabbed the defensive rebound, and junior Mikayla Ruzicka scored a short jumper.

After Marsing pulled ahead, Lindsley tied it with a pull-up jumper, 57-all, with 45 seconds left. Marsing regained the lead on a jump shot, and Glorfield iced it with a free throw.

Grangeville finished with an 11-11 record.

Lindsley scored 18, Norman tallied 17 and senior McKenzie Kennedy notched 14.

“Our game plan was to get it inside and we did,” Barger said. “One thing that didn’t show up on tape was how quick Marsing is — they were extremely quick, and that took us out of playing the zone defense we intended.”

Barger flagged Norman’s play as a highlight, noting she had 18 rebounds and eight steals along with her points.

“Paige hit some great shots,” she said. “She’s been playing with great tenacity while at 60-70 percent because of an injury.”

“And McKenzie Kennedy had a great game,” Barger added. “She got hit with some bad calls including one on a hustle play diving for a loose ball there toward the end.”

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Grangeville’s defense, led by senior McKenzie Kennedy, was all over Orofino last Thursday, Feb. 9.

During the district tournament at Genesee earlier in the week, Grangeville’s starters matched Orofino shot-for-shot as the score ticked up to 8-8. When the GHS second shift took the floor last Thursday night, Feb. 9, Grangeville ran off 10 straight points before the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs went on to win 63-40 behind 12 points from McKenzie Kennedy and 11 from Norman.

Kennedy’s shots included back-to-back three-pointers that keyed that early run.

Grangeville led by 15 points at halftime and by 20 early in the fourth quarter. 11 different Bulldogs scored at least one point.



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