As of Wednesday, February 7, 2018
One of Grangeville’s main district tournament advantages over Orofino was no secret before the post-season began Monday night, Feb. 5, at Genesee.
That’s because the GHS girls had their way inside against Orofino less than a week earlier. Though the regular season’s last game was low-scoring, Colby Canaday tallied 13 points for Grangeville during the Jan. 30 finale.
Then, during the district tournament opener Monday, Feb. 5, Canaday was one of the several Orofino couldn’t keep out of the paint.
Kate Lutz, Mikayla Ruzicka and Jakaili Norman were each reported with 10 boards apiece on a night GHS seemed to get a hand on every rebound. Canaday was right in the thick of it.
“We just played great together as a team,” she said. “We had the guards push it to us and we drew the fouls. That’s what we have to do against St. Maries also. We want to beat them and go to state.”
And it wasn’t just the guards passing to the posts: the posts made some sharp passes to each other.
Grangeville pressed Orofino full-court at the first opportunity, which came after Canaday sank a foul shot good for an early 5-1 lead. The pressure led to Canaday scoring a basket off a pass from Ruzicka midway through the first. More often, they scored on second chances.
“We were working really hard to get that backside rebound on the missed shots, and we got a lot of those in,” Canaday said.
The tournament continues at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday — and possibly 3 p.m. Saturday — at Genesee.
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