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Grangeville senior Luke Stokes drew a foul during the third quarter on this drive to the basket and finished with nine points last Saturday, Jan. 21, against St. Maries.

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Grangeville senior Luke Stokes drew a foul during the third quarter on this drive to the basket and finished with nine points last Saturday, Jan. 21, against St. Maries.



— The Bulldogs had chewed through St. Maries’ early lead, but the visiting Lumberjacks went on to win a key Central Idaho League game 59-55 last Saturday, Jan. 21.

Grangeville led 2-0 on a post-up by senior Patrick Schumacher but trailed by as many as 10 during the first half. GHS sophomores keyed a surge during the third quarter, with a couple of layups by Colby Kennedy and a couple of hoops by Booker Bush leveling the score at 31-all and 33-up.

St. Maries answered with seven quick points — a jumper, a triple and a layup — and the advantage carried through the end of the third quarter.

Trailing 44-37, Grangeville closed within three on another surge by the sophomores.

Kennedy scored on an offensive rebound, then came up with a steal which he fed ahead to Bush for a layup that trimmed the Lumberjack lead to 52-49 with less than three minutes remaining.

Bush fouled out with 2:40 to go, and GHS went back to Schumacher in the post to cut it to two, 53-51.

After St. Maries player bricked two foul shots with 1:44 left, a Lumberjacks offensive rebound keyed a patient possession in Grangeville’s defensive end, which the visitors converted into a three-pointer.

Kennedy tallied two free throws to keep the score within a possession, 56-53.

After St. Maries scored two free throws, Schumacher converted from point-blank range to extend the end game with less than 40 seconds remaining.

St. Maries stymied Grangeville’s possession with a trap just beyond the arc on the right wing side.

Schumacher tallied a team-high 16 points, with Kennedy (11) and Bush (10) also both scoring double-figures.

Next, Grangeville (4-6) is set to host Kamiah at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Pirates win third straight league game

COTTONWOOD — Having cemented second place in the Whitepine League standings with a road win at third-place Potlatch earlier this month, Prairie notched a 63-36 home win over Troy last Saturday.

Patrick Chmelik (15), Spencer Schumacher (13) and Tyson Schlader (11) all scored double-digits.

Next, Prairie (9-2, 6-1 WPL) will host league-leading Lapwai Friday night, Jan. 27.

Next Monday, Jan. 30, the Prairie boys are set to host Grangeville.



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