Photo by Andrew Ottoson
As of Monday, January 15, 2018
KOOSKIA The Clearwater Valley girls boosted their chances of qualifying for the Whitepine League's district tournament with a 30-28 win over Troy Monday afternoon, Jan. 15. In the second half of the double-header -- the makeup games for a postponement earlier this season -- the CV boys lost to the Trojans 63-45.
After playing Troy to a level score, 7-7, in the first quarter, the CV girls took a 16-15 halftime lead and put together a 6-1 run starting the third quarter, during which Kaitlyn Mangun banked in one shot and added a free throw. Leading 24-19 starting the fourth, the CV girls faced an unfamiliar situation -- trying to protect a late lead.
"I called a timeout and told them to look for a layup instead of a quick shot," coach Rob McHone said afterward. "It's the first time we'd won a league game in three years."
Mangun finished with a team-high 11 points.
The outcome of the boys game became clear almost immediately, with Troy scoring the first 13 points and building up a 19-2 lead in less than six minutes, after which CV called timeout and played the Trojans coolly to a draw the rest of the way.
The Rams were on the right side of a couple of block-charge calls which kept the crowds engaged before halftime, with Evan Jackson drawing fouls on fast breaks late in the first quarter and early in the second, but the Rams rarely came up with defensive stops against Troy guard Isaac Stoner, who finished with 30 points.
For CV, Tyler Pressley finished with 15 and Tyce Pfefferkorn also notched double-digits with 13.