As of Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Grangeville guard Blake Darr has been a key player during the season so far, commanding major minutes in the backcourt for a varsity boys squad that posted a 5-3 record before the winter break.
The Bulldogs return to action at home Thursday night, Jan. 4, against Kamiah — a squad that pulled a win out of the season opener, 56-50, in November.
Only one other team has beaten the Grangeville boys so far: Prairie.
The Pirates barely held off the Bulldogs on Dec. 15 — a night Darr’s ball-handling stood out against one of the area’s formidable defenses.
“Trey and I work a lot together and we’re playing really well together,” Darr said the day GHS completed the sweep of the home-and-home against McCall. “We had a schedule before the season where we’d go work on handling, shooting and playing one-on-one. That helped us a lot. We worked on seeing the floor and dribbling with our heads up so we can make passes.”
Scoring the winning basket at McCall was Noah Kaschmitter — who, having wrestled last winter, has been a big addition to the basketball team.
“He helps a lot,” Darr said. “He gets a lot of rebounds and it’s really easy to make a pass to him down low. He gets a lot of [opposing] players in foul trouble because he’s so big.”
The Bulldogs figure to face a strong challenge from reigning Central Idaho League champion St. Maries this Saturday, Jan. 6.
The Lumberjacks escaped GHS with a win here last January, and they assembled a 5-1 record before the winter break this season.
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