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St. Maries levels playoff series; GHS girls to play for district title Saturday

Grangeville's Jakaili Norman fights through contact and puts up a shot during the first half of a 52-45 district tournament loss to St. Maries Thursday night, Feb. 8.

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Grangeville's Jakaili Norman fights through contact and puts up a shot during the first half of a 52-45 district tournament loss to St. Maries Thursday night, Feb. 8.



— Grangeville played St. Maries within six points during about six minutes of the fourth quarter Thursday night, Feb. 8, but St. Maries prevailed 52-45 on the strength of 45 free throw attempts, of which Kaci Haeg (11 points) and Kaylee Auer (10) made a combined 14-of-22.

St. Maries’ Madison Cordell had a far shakier night at the line, where she shot nine of 21 – a volume nevertheless great enough to make her the game-high scorer with 13 points.

Cordell’s total was matched by Grangeville’s Paige Lindsley (13), whose layup with about six minutes remaining followed a three-pointer by Colby Canaday and brought the count within 43-37. St. Maries struggled to rebound or advance the ball past mid-court during the sequence that ensued over the course of two or three minutes of game action, during which the Grangeville girls generated four or five looks at shots that could have further trimmed the Lumberjacks’ lead.

Grangeville’s shots simply did not fall, while about every other Cordell foul shot went through.

The endgame had a very different character than the start, during which Lindsley, patrolling a cross-court pass, scored off a steal. At the other end, St. Maries scored an old-fashioned three-point play, after which Grangeville used a 5-1 run to lead 10-6 after the first. But late in the second quarter, Grangeville’s Jakaili Norman and Molly DeFord each picked up their third personal fouls. Then St. Maries’ Devyn Wilson made a killer three-pointer, and Auer scored a layup that forced a GHS timeout with 55 seconds left in the first half.

The Bulldogs trailed by six at the intermission, and St. Maries’ lead proved persistent the rest of the way.

Grangeville, having won on Wednesday night, will have another chance to advance Saturday, Feb. 10, with the rubber match of the three-game set against St. Maries set to tip off at 3 p.m. in Genesee



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