HIGH SCHOOLS: Bantams pull away, advance to finals

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SPOKANE — After West Valley managed to trim Clarkston’s edge to three points early in the final quarter, the Bantams “never panicked,” coach Debbie Sobotta said, and accrued some separation to topple the Eagles 53-40 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Class 2A District 7 prep basketball tournament at University High.

Clarkston (20-2) travels to East Valley for a 6 p.m. Wednesday matchup to decide the district champion.

“We were cold (in the third) and they went off to the races,” Sobotta said. “But I was impressed with the girls’ composure and their ability to fight back. We got the lead, got some separation and managed the clock.”

Mickala Jackson hit a “dagger 3” to put Clarkston up nine with just under two minutes left, and Great Northern League MVP Ashlyn Wallace followed with a swipe and finish to put it away.

Jackson booked four 3s to end with 12 points, while Wallace had a game-best 18 points and locked up all-league WV (12-10) guard Hailey Marlow.

Wallace had nine rebounds and five dishes, while Jackson had four thefts.

Lauren Johnson “battled” for the Bantams, limiting WV standout Nevaeh Sherwood and snagging 11 boards, while Jalena Henry nabbed eight.

CLARKSTON (20-2)

Ashlyn Wallace 7 4-5 18, Mickala Jackson 4 0-0 12, Maggie Ogden 0 0-0 0, Taylor Bogle 0 0-0 0, Erika Pickett 1 1-1 2, Jalena Henry 2 0-0 4, Mikayla Hill 0 0-0 0, AJ Sobotta 2 0-0 4, Lauren Johnson 2 5-5 9, Samantha Chatfield 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 11-13 53.

W. VALLEY-SPOKANE VALLEY (12-10)

Keara Sinclair 0 0-0 0, Hailey Marlow 2 0-0 4, Nevaeh Sherwood 4 1-2 9, Jillian Taylor 6 0-2 13, Alyssa Amann 0 2-2 2, Lea McGlothlen 0 0-0 0, Tori Ivins 2 1-2 7, Aliyah Henry 1 0-0 2, Sydney Finke 1 0-0 3. Totals 14 4-8 40.

Clarkston 14 17 7 15—53

West Valley 9 4 18 9—40

Three-point goals — Jackson 4, Taylor, Ivins 2. Total fouls — Clarkston 15, WV 16. Fouled out — none.

Genesee 57, R. River 28

MCCALL, Idaho — Bailey Leseman’s trio of 3-pointers in the second quarter sparked Genesee, as the Bulldogs rolled past Raft River and into the Idaho Class 1A Division I state tournament with a play-in victory.

Genesee (18-8) broke a tie after the first period by outscoring the Trojans 20-8 in the second. Leseman, who finished with a game-high 24 points, had one of her triples bounce off the rim, skitter high off the backboard and fall through the hoop.

“We knew it was her night after that,” Bulldogs coach Greg Hardie said.

Genesee point guard Emerson Parkins tallied six points, seven assists, four steals and four rebounds. The Bulldogs also got solid contributions from Regan Zenner (seven points, four assists, eight steals, five rebounds) and Kelsey Jensen (eight points, six rebounds and five blocks).

Genesee, which last went to State in 2016, will open the tournament against Grace at 5:15 p.m. PST Thursday at Columbia High in Nampa.

RAFT RIVER (12-13)

Kamri Ottley 3 3-5 9, Kaybree Christensen 0 2-2 2, Grace Smith 0 0-0 0, Ashlin Hansen 0 0-0 0, Braylee Heaton 2 3-4 8, Jessie Ward 0 0-0 0, Marie Branch 0 0-0 0, Carlee Boden 0 0-0 0, Karlee Christensen 0 0-0 0, Audah Jones 2 1-4 5, Macie Larsen 2 0-0 4. Totals 9 9-15 28.

GENESEE (18-8)

Lucie Ranisate 0 2-2 2, Molly Hanson 0 0-0 0, Emerson Parkins 3 0-0 6, Kaylee Flodin 1 0-0 2, Mikacia Bartosz 0 0-0 0, Regan Zenner 3 1-2 7, Kendra Murray 1 0-2 3, Bailey Leseman 9 1-2 24, Brooklyn Mayer 2 0-0 5, Taylor Mayer 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Jensen 4 0-0 8, Kami Lockler 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-8 57.

Raft River 8 6 7 7—28

Genesee 8 20 16 13—57

Three-point goals — Heaton, Leseman 5, B.Mayer, Murray. Total fouls — Raft River 11, Genesee 14. Fouled out — none.

Nezperce 46, Tri-V. 45

GRANGEVILLE — Nezperce shrugged off early foul trouble and an eight-point halftime disadvantage, bounced back in the second half with Sydney Boyer and Caitlyn Cronce leading the way, and slipped by Tri-Valley of Cambridge/Midvale in a Class 1A Division II state play-in game.

Nezperce gets Genesis Prep of Post Falls in the first round of State at 5:15 p.m. PST on Thursday at Nampa’s Columbia High.

The Titans (17-6) netted a triple with 10 ticks left to close the lead to one, but Nezperce (21-3) got an inbounds pass off and ran out the clock.

Boyer and Cronce “were unfazed,” said Nezperce coach Dave Snodgrass, who noted that driving was the offensive key. Boyer put up 19 points — 14 in the second half — and snagged an eye-popping 19 rebounds as a guard, while Cronce was 11-for-11 at the line and ended with 13.

“I didn’t know why they were fouling Cronce,” Snodgrass said. “She kept making every (free throw) and Sydney took the rest of the game over.... She took it to the baseline and they couldn’t stop her.”

Snodgrass highlighted the play of reserves KC Wahl, Jillian Lux, Ona Moreno and Lottie Inglet, who kept Nezperce close with the starters being plagued with whistles.

The Indians’ Hannah Duuck, a 5-6 guard whom Snodgrass nicknamed “Scrappy,” snagged 10 rebounds.

NEZPERCE (21-3)

Amelia Husted 0 0-0 0, Grace Tiegs 0 0-0 0, Jillian Lux 1 0-0 2, Sydney Boyer 6 7-12 19, Hannah Duuck 0 1-5 1, Caitlyn Cronce 1 11-11 13, Hannah Stapleton 4 0-0 8, Ona Moreno 0 0-0 0, KC Wahl 0 0-2 0, Lottie Inglet 0 0-0 0, Kayden Horton 1 1-3 3. Totals 13 20-33 46.

TRI-VAL.-CAMBRIDGE/MIDVALE (17-6)

Grace Ertel 4 2-6 10, Abbie Vogel 0 2-4 2, Emma Hollon 3 2-2 11, Morgan Wood 0 0-0 0, Josey Jones 5 0-7 12, Ashlyn Gerlock 1 0-0 2, Lauren DeVries 1 0-3 3, Larissa Hansen 2 0-0 5. Totals 16 6-21 45.

Nezperce 8 7 16 15—46

Tri-Valley 10 13 11 11—45

Three-point goals — Hollon 3, Jones 2, DeVries, Hansen. Total fouls — Nezperce 19, Tri-Valley 24. Fouled out — Stapleton, Cronce, Hollon, Gerlock.

NICS 32, Pullman. Chr. 24

PULLMAN — Pullman Christian shot 20 percent from the floor and suffered its first loss of the season, to North Idaho Christian, in the Mountain Christian League championship game.

The Eagles (16-1) “played better defense” than they had all year on NICS, coach Trent Goetze noted, but “just couldn’t score.”

PC, which won the “Gold Ball” regular-season championship for the first time in school history, went 4-of-28 from deep and recorded its lowest scoring output of the year.

The Eagles, who next year will return every player but Abbi Goetze, were led by Faith Berg’s 12 points.

Trent Goetze gave a speech to his team postgame, urging the Eagles to use the defeat as a building moment.

“It happens,” he said. “Any time a warrior goes into battle, they suit up and anything can happen on the battlefield and sometimes it doesn’t go your way. That’s why we compete — it makes victory that much sweeter.”

PULLMAN CHRISTIAN (16-1)

Abbi Goetze 2 0-0 4, Samantha Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Faith Berg 4 2-2 12, Tobie Yocum 0 0-0 0, Annie Goetze 1 0-0 3, Grace Berg 2 0-0 5, Alina Combs 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 2-2 24.

NORTH IDAHO CHRISTIAN

Courtney Monaghan 0 0-0 0, Rylee Overturs 5 0-0 10, Riley Anderson 1 0-0 2, Kate Malinauskas 0 0-0 0, Imelda Dresce 1 3-6 5, Savannah Seley 2 2-3 7. Totals 13 5-9 32.

Pullman Christian 3 9 6 6—24

North Idaho Christian 8 6 8 10—32

Three-point goals — F. Berg 2, An. Goetze, G. Berg, Seley. Total fouls — PC 16, NIC 8. Fouled out — G. Berg.

BOYS’ BASKETBALLPullman 71, WV 52

SPOKANE — Pullman’s defense prohibited West Valley second-chance looks and furnished a sharp showing in the Greyhounds breeze-by win during the Class 2A District 7 tournament at University High.

The offense, which Pullman coach Craig Brantner said “took better shots,” was nifty, too.

Jacob Wells had a game-high 26 points; Konner Kinkade poured in 12 on four 3s and Tim Watts contributed 11 for Pullman (18-4), which gets the Bantams in Clarkston for the district title Tuesday night.

Brantner said a primary key was Great Northern League MVP Nick Drynan, who had been averaging nearly 30 points per game.

He was held to 16.

“Isaiah Strong played tremendous defense on Drynan,” Brantner said. “We took their offense away, forced them into deep shots and didn’t give them second-chance points.”

The Greyhounds limited WV (13-8) to three offensive boards in the first half, which was another objective Brantner set prior to the game.

PULLMAN (18-4)

Tim Watts 4 2-2 11, Ty Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, Payton Kallaher 0 0-0 0, James Pitzer 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Strong 2 4-5 8, Konner Kinkade 4 0-0 12, Brayden Roberts 0 0-0 0, Jacob Wells 10 5-6 26, Ethan Kramer 5 4-7 14, Evan Strong 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 15-20 71.

WEST VALLEY-SPOKANE VALLEY (13-8)

Blaine Vasicek 0 0-0 0, Spencer Jones 1 0-0 2, Eduar Bran 0 0-0 0, Hunter Tiffany 0 2-2 2, Treden Davis 0 0- 0 0, Jace Peterson 1 0-0 2, Koty Dellinger 1 0-0 3, Bryan Andrews 4 0-0 11, George Fisher 2 1-2 6, Jackson Kaiser 5 0-1 10, Nick Drynan 5 2-2 16. Totals 19 5-7 52.

Pullman 19 19 15 18—71

West Valley 14 14 13 11—52

Three-point goals — Wells, Kinkade 4, Watts, Dellinger, Andrews 3, Fisher, Drynan 4. Total fouls — Pullman , WV 18. Fouled out — none.

Gar-Pal 51, Pomeroy 39

PALOUSE — Garfield-Palouse broke open a tight bout against Pomeroy in the second half, using timely steals and baskets to handle the Pomeroy Pirates in the first round of the Class 1B District 9 tournament.

On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Colfax, Gar-Pal will face the winner of a Prescott/Oakesdale game that’s slated for Monday — Pomeroy gets the loser.

“(Pomeroy) was in striking distance the whole game, until the fourth,” Gar-Pal coach Steve Swinney said. “We’d make a run and they’d answer.”

Spearheading the Viking offense was Blake Jones, who recorded 17 points and snagged nine rebounds — Gar-Pal (14-7) outboarded Pomeroy by 12 in the second half.

Ely Hawkins followed with 12, while Caden Sanderson notched eight, all of them “timely,” Swinney said.

Swinney noted Tanner Anderson’s showing, in which he limited Pomeroy leader Jace Gwinn to 10 points. The skipper also relayed that Gar-Pal didn’t allow any Pirate back-door scoring, a trend the Vikings had been wounded by in prior meetings with Pomeroy.

Trent Gwinn led the Pirates with 12 points.

POMEROY (8-13)

Ryan Snyder 0 0-0 0, Trent Gwinn 4 2-4 12, Aiden Berglund 3 0-0 8, Jack Van Pelt 1 0-0 2, Jace Gwinn 3 1-1 10, Evan Bartels 1 0-0 2, Danner Maves 2 0-0 5, Tyson Kimble 0 0-0 0, Troy Steele 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 2-4 39.

GARFIELD-PALOUSE (14-7)

Dawson Dugger 0 0-0 0, Austin Jones 1 2-3 4, Caden Sanderson 3 0-0 8, Blake Jones 7 1-1 17, Austin Stockert 0 0-0 0, Jordan Paddock 1 0-0 2, Tanner Anderson 1 2-4 4, Riley Pederson 0 0-0 0, Jacob Anderson 2 0-2 4, Ely Hawkins 6 0-2 12, Clayton Clarkson 0 0-0 0, Ethan Hawkins 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 5-12 51.

Pomeroy 10 10 11 8—39

Garfield-Palouse 15 12 15 9—51

Three-point goals — T. Gwinn 2, Berglund 2, J. Gwinn 3, Sanderson 2, B. Jones 2. Total fouls — Pomeroy 11, Gar-Pal 9. Fouled out — none.

Pullman Chr. 40, Center 37

PULLMAN — Pullman Christian senior Nick Brown won’t forget it anytime soon.

With his Eagles and Christian Center tied at 37 at the six-second mark in the Mountain Christian League third-place game, Brown pulled up from beyond the arc — and netted it, handing Pullman Christian an exhilarating, season-ending victory.

“The fact we came out on top made it great,” Eagles coach Jamie Gleason said. “I’d have liked maybe a little bit of breathing room, but I loved the thrill of competition.”

Brown led Pullman Christian (17-4, 14-3) with 11 points, while senior Calvin Dooley logged a career-high 10 and nabbed nine boards. Casey Gleason also chipped in 10.

The troupes were tied through every quarter, and each struggled from the field. But the Eagles got “amazing contributions” defensively from Brown, Casey Gleason and Ethan Mitchell, Jamie Gleason said.

The Eagles were upset on Friday by Oaks in the tournament semifinals.

PULLMAN CHRISTIAN (17-4, 14-3)

Nick Brown 4 2-9 11, Ethan Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Shane Shaffer 1 0-0 2, Casey Gleason 2 5-7 10, Noah Nimmer 0 0-3 0, Erik Brown 2 2-2 7, Tristan Yocum 0 0-0 0, Garrett McClure 0 0-0 0, Keaton Hewitt 0 0-0 0, Calvin Dooley 4 2-2 10, Kyle Gleason 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 11-23 40.

CHRISTIAN CENTER

Garrett Boadle 1 0-2 2, Joel Sovereign 2 1-3 6, Carey Sovereign 1 0-1 2, Kabe Misita 7 1-3 15, Logan Owens 3 3-4 9, AJ Kirsten 1 0-0 2, Payton Owens 0 1-2 1, Dillon Hanson 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 6-15 37.

Pullman Christian 7 9 13 11—40

Christian Center 7 9 13 8—37

Three-point goals — C. Gleason, Brown, E. Brown, J. Sovereign. Total fouls — PC 19, CC 22. Fouled out — none.

WRESTLINGBenavidez, Wilkins rule

POCATELLO — Brittney Benavidez of Grangeville and Fallon Wilkins of Clearwater Valley won titles at the inaugural Idaho girls’ state wrestling tournament at Pocatello High.

Benavidez ruled the 138-pound class and Wilkins the 106.

Kaylee Page of CV placed second at 132 and Taylor McPherson was third at 120.

Benavidez posted a 4-0 record, pinning three opponents in less than a minute each and avenging a loss earlier in the season with a 7-0 decision.

In the first-ever Idaho Girls’ Invitational, which wasn’t sanctioned by the state, the 138-pound class drew five entrants and used a round-robin format.

Benavidez has been wrestling since she was 4 years old, she said.

“It’s so amazing to be out there making history,” she said by phone. “I’ve been dreaming about this since my freshman year.”

Wilkins, a junior, needed just 35 seconds to pin top seed Nicole Rue of Pocatello in her title match.

In McPherson’s match for third, she trailed 4-1 after the first round but rallied to a one-point lead in the final round and won by fall with about 20 seconds left.

“I told her she needed to put the ‘fierce’ into McPherson, and she did that,” Potlatch coach Bryan Bryngelson said of the sophomore.

Barger third in Cd’A

COEUR D’ALENE — Caleb Barger of Grangeville placed third in the 126-pound class of a tournament at Lake City High.

The tourney was billed as a JV tournament, but small schools sent varsity wrestlers to it.

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