ST. MARIES Just days after blowing out Orofino 64-18 at GHS, the Grangeville girls opened their second league game of the season with an 11-2 run which they extended to a 42-28 win over St. Maries.
Paige Lindsley notched 22 points at St. Maries and 13 against Orofino, powering the Bulldogs to a 2-0 start in the Central Idaho League.
Lindsley scored seven during the early run at St. Maries, and sank a three-pointer for a 10-point lead, 16-6, early in the second quarter.
St. Maries closed within six during the third quarter, chiefly on baskets by Dakota Wilks, and trimmed Grangeville’s lead to 24-20 on a transition layup.
Grangeville answered with a hoop by Molly DeFord and a foul shot by Colby Canaday, and Canaday put in a short jumper for the last points of the third, 29-22.
After an early layup-and-one by Madison Cordell, Grangeville paced the fourth quarter with a trey by Camden Barger, a long two by Bailey Vanderwall, and, after a three by Wilks, the last eight points of the game.
Grangeville closed it out with a six-for-six showing at the foul line by Lindsley and a layup Barger scored off a pass from Lindsley.
Earlier in the week, Barger scored 13 against Orofino as Grangeville won in a blowout while limiting the Maniacs to four points in each of the second, third and fourth quarters.
Grangeville’s toughest game of the week was a non-league contest at Pomeroy, where the host Pirates prevailed 47-33 while holding Barger and Lindsley to nine points apiece.
GHS played Pomeroy within four points during the first half and held within 32-27 starting the fourth quarter.
Coming — Grangeville hosted Kendrick after the Free Press print deadline on Jan. 15, and is set to visit Colton for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff on Jan. 21.
After that, Grangeville has just two regular season games to play before the district tournament. GHS is set to host St. Maries Jan. 26 and is set to visit Orofino on Jan. 29.