The Grangeville boys scored the first 10 points of last Saturday’s Central Idaho League showdown, and went on to win 65-60.
With 19 points from Trey Dreadfulwater and 10 from Aiden Anderson, Grangeville overcame a huge second half by St. Maries guard Jackson Pritchard (19 points) and post Dan Howard (13).
Having opened the scoring on a post-up by Jacob Vanderwall and followed up with a free throw by Dreadfulwater, Grangeville went ahead 5-0 on a pass from Noah Kaschmitter to Kyle Frei, which prompted a St. Maries timeout barely two minutes into the game.
Kaschmitter sank a short jumper for a 7-0 lead. Then Dreadfulwater holed a jump shot despite a foul given by St. Maries’ Coy Sands; after Dreadfulwater converted the freebie, St. Maries assembled a 7-0 run to close within 12-7 through one quarter.
Grangeville took control before halftime, with six quick points forcing another Lumberjack timeout at 6:46 of the second quarter. The Bulldogs wound up outscoring St. Maries 28-11 during the period, and leading 40-18 at the break.
The tenor of the game changed as technical fouls went against both teams during the third, but the Bulldogs nevertheless carried a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The fourth saw St. Maries surge within five, 58-53, as Pritchard and Howard erupted. But the Lumberjacks missed the front end of several sets of bonus free throws while GHS got key hoops from Dreadfulwater, Colby Kennedy and Kaschmitter.
Coming — Having played at Lapwai after press time on Jan. 15, Grangeville is set to host CIL foe Orofino on Tuesday, Jan. 22, then Kamiah Jan. 24.