The Grangeville basketball boys won two games heading into the Christmas break and are set to welcome the new year with a 7-1 overall record.
“I tweaked the starting lineup a little bit, just to do something a little different and see how we would respond to it,” GHS coach Kelcey Edwards said after the game. “We responded a little slow – but all these kids have been working hard in practice and deserve to start.”
Grangeville went with Michael Woods, Hunter Schoo, Aiden Anderson, Kyle Frei and Jacob Vanderwall, and prevailed over Cascade 67-42 Tuesday night, Dec. 18. The Bulldogs wound up with double-digit scoring from Blake Darr (14 points) and Anderson (11), and used a 23-point third quarter to put the outcome beyond doubt.
Then, on Friday night, Dec. 21, Grangeville thumped Genesee 60-46 on the strength of double-digit scoring performances by Darr (13) and Colby Kennedy (15).
But the final score against Genesee obscures a tight contest that had seen Genesee unload a series of three-point shots early in the game and carry a six-point lead into the fourth. Schoo knocked down a trey from the left wing corner early in the fourth, Vanderwall followed up with a free throw and Anderson drilled a jumper to tie, 36-36, with about six minutes left in the game.
Genesee's Dillon Sperber fouled out trying while guarding Noah Kaschmitter with 4:37 remaining, and Kaschmitter put Grangeville ahead to stay with a free throw.
Grangeville's lead remained precarious at 42-39, but back-to-back-to-back fast break baskets by Darr -- the third of which he converted for a three-point play -- put Grangeville ahead by 10.
The Bulldogs are off for the holidays and are next scheduled to play Jan. 3 at Prairie.