While the top of the Whitepine League standings has been solid for weeks, it took Tuesday wins by No. 2 Prairie and No. 1 Lapwai to sort out a tangle at the bottom. With the Pirates having beaten Clearwater Valley, the Rams placed fifth and with a Wildcats win over Kamiah, the Kubs placed seventh.
That sets up home-court advantage for Troy, which hosts Kamiah for a tournament play-in Monday, Feb. 11. CV will visit Genesee in the quarterfinals Feb. 12, while the Kamiah-Troy winner will face a trip to Potlatch that night.
Lapwai led Kamiah by six after the first quarter, but the Kubs surged ahead, 33-31, before halftime. Jace Sams (20 points), Sam Brisbois (17) and Luke Krogh (11) had the Kubs within 50-47 entering the fourth quarter, during which the Wildcats put together a 26-9 run to end the game – which also KO’d Kamiah’s chance of hosting the play-in game.
Prairie dominated from start to finish against CV, with an early lead growing from seven to 21 at halftime. Prairie held CV without a double-digit scorer, while Spencer Schumacher (17 points), Devin Ross (16) and Dylan Schumacher (10) keyed Prairie’s offense.
As the top two seeds for the 1AD1 District II tournament, Prairie and Lapwai have first-round byes. Lapwai will play the CV-Genesee winner at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at LCSC, and Prairie will play Potlatch or the Kamiah-Troy winner at 7:30 p.m. that night.
The district championship will be decided Feb. 22 at LCSC, with both finalists qualifying for the state tournament to be held Feb. 28-March 2 at Vallivue High School.
A third Whitepine League team may qualify for state via a regional playoff at Post Falls and a play-in game at McCall, and would have to win two more district games just to reach the regional.