Genesee beat the Clearwater Valley girls 48-37 in the district tournament quarterfinals on Jan. 30.
Alicia Reuben scored 13 for CV, and Kadance Schilling scored 12.
Having played Genesee to a 22-all halftime tie, the CV girls lingered within two points entering the fourth quarter before fading during the stretch run. Genesee shot poorly – 1-for-18 from the arc and 11-for-30 from the foul line, according to the Lewiston Tribune – but converted six more two-point attempts than did the Rams.
“This season is playing out just kind of the way I and pretty much everybody else thought it would,” head coach Roger Whalen told the Free Press. “We thought it would it would probably be a two-horse race that traditionally belongs to Prairie and Lapwai.....and then everyone else. … I am, however, really pleased with my girls’ progress. … We are a very young team and our goal is to keep marching up. We do have a great work ethic and are developing a positive sense of the game. My expectations are that we will have great off-season and play at a higher level next year. As I have said many times, we have a really hard working bunch and we will get much better.”
“The game with Genesee was somewhat of an indication of our progress,” Whalen added. “We might have caught them off guard a little bit, but our kids did have something to do with some of their missed shots. I thought our girls played extremely hard and were able to hang in the right up to end. We all realize we have a long uphill journey ahead of us, but we are beginning to learn how to climb.”
The Rams (9-12) will take on the Prairie-Troy semifinal loser on Feb. 4.
[Ed.'s note: This article has been updated to correct a Free Press error, which we regret, regarding the consequences of the Jan. 30 game's outcome. -ao]