Jacob Vanderwall

Jacob Vanderwall

Having taken the Central Idaho League lead with a win over St. Maries two weeks ago, the Grangeville boys basketball team played Whitepine League powerhouse Lapwai within five points on Jan. 15 on the strength of 33 points from Trey Dreadfulwater and 10 from Jacob Vanderwall.

While Lapwai is accustomed to running up the pace and the score, Grangeville’s guard play kept the Bulldogs in it to the end, Vanderwall told the Free Press Tuesday, Jan. 22.

“It was a tough game, but we played fairly well,” Vanderwall said. “We didn’t let them speed the game up as much. We were playing pretty good defense on them, for the most part.”

In preparation for the looming rematch with St. Maries, the Bulldogs have been working on their rebounding, Vanderwall said.

Against St. Maries, “if we don’t let their shooters get hot, we should be fine,” Vanderwall said. “That game wa a while ago, so I’m trying to remember. Noah Kaschmitter did a good job not fouling out that game and helping shut down their big guy. And Kyle Frei played pretty good defense, too, that game.”

After press time, Grangeville took on Orofino in a Central Idaho League showdown Jan. 22, and the Bulldogs are scheduled to host Kamiah Jan. 24.

Then, GHS is set to host St. Maries on Saturday, Jan. 26, with JV games at noon and 1:30 p.m. followed by the varsity girls at about 3 p.m. and the varsity boys at about 4:30 p.m.

After that, GHS has three regular season games remaining: Jan. 31 at Genesee, Feb. 1 vs. Tri-Valley, and Feb. 12 at Orofino.

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