Grangeville’s Paige Lindsley put up big numbers in each of the GHS girls’ first two league games of the season. Beating Orofino and St. Maries puts Grangeville in a commanding position: 2-0 with two to play.
“Orofino, we just wanted to get some good practice working on what we needed to get ready for St. Maries,” she said. “We knew St. Maries would be a tough game, so we just worked a lot on our defense. St. Maries was a tough game. They’re a good team. I think the biggest thing was our defense — we played really good defense as a team and shut down their key players. They couldn’t get a lot of points or a lot of rebounds, either way.”
But with two wins in hand, look for GHS to stay focused.
“We’ll keep working hard and focusing on the games that matter,” Lindsley said. “Districts is coming up, and we have our other league games against St. Maries and Orofino coming up. I think we’ll focus on keeping up with our defense, keeping up with our rebounding and keeping our turnovers low. Things like that.”
She pointed out “great defense” played by Jakaili Norman at St. Maries.
“She shut down their biggest post player,” Lindsley said. “She was great on the offensive boards, too, and had 10 rebounds.”
Lindsley said she likes Grangeville’s chances of advancing to state.
“This has been a good year for us with strong freshmen and I think we have a good opportunity if we keep our focus,” she said. “I think Soda Springs is ranked high right now, and so is Marsing.”
GHS visits Colton Jan. 21.
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