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Norman, Bulldogs eye Orofino

Bulldog of the Week

This week’s game against Orofino is critical for the Central Idaho League standings — even if a potential mismatch for the Grangeville girls.


Jakaili Norman

And it’s a game the Bulldogs have been looking forward to playing, GHS forward Jakaili Norman said.

Norman — who scored double-digits in both a blowout win over Kamiah and a blowout loss at Colton last week — sees the Bulldogs having the edge against the Maniacs.

“We did really good the first half at Colton,” she said. “We worked really hard and played hard defense, but the second half — well, that was a really hard game. They had some baskets off of passes ahead. Going from Kamiah to Colton, that’s a little rough. I think we’re going to do fine against Orofino if we go out there with confidence. It’s good we’re playing them, finally, because we need to get with it.”

Alongside Norman’s strong games last week, GHS benefitted from the accuracy of Makayla Roberts, who scored 11 at Colton.

“I love having Makayla on the team,” she said. “She’s building up her confidence and shooting more — she’s been draining threes the past couple games.”

Norman also likes that the guards’ passes have been finding the posts.

While Orofino’s best wins have come against the Kamiah team the Grangeville girls routed, GHS can’t afford to overlook the Maniacs after St. Maries’ Jan. 6 win at GHS.

“We’re all working hard to try and beat them,” she said. “There are little things as a team we can get better on to beat them — we want to go to state.”

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