NE WASHINGTON HIGHLIGHTS: Kettle Falls girls improve to 3-0 on the season after two close finishes, Sekirk boys and girls down Republic…
Saturday’s girls basketball (Dec. 7)
Hunters runs into tough Almira-Coulee-Hartline
Regular power Almira-Coulee-Hartline hosted Hunters in a Saturday game and showed why they can be a tough out on any day. Hunters went toe-to-toe with the Warriors, but found their opponents’ defense unrelenting and succumbed to ACH 63-10. Lexi Nelson put up six points to lead the Lions in the loss.
Northport falls to Inchelium
Inchelium raced out to a quick lead in the first and held on against a spirited Northport attack the rest of the way to down the Mustangs on Saturday 68-45. Northport spotted the Hornets a 14 point lead after one and couldn’t overcome that slow start the rest of the way, despite working their way back into things over the rest of the night to keep things from getting too far away from them. Eliza Stark scored 18 for the Mustangs (0-1), and Kylie Corcoran and Isabelle Bair both added eight apiece in the loss.
Selkirk topples Republic
A scoreless second quarter didn’t slow the Selkirk offense down much in their Saturday game against Republic, as the Rangers still managed to win big 49-20. Selkirk got out to an eight point lead at 20-12 after one, and a scoreless second quarter for both teams meant they took that score into halftime. The Rangers got their groove back in the second half while holding Republic to just eight points in the half to run away with things. Bree Dawson nearly outscored the whoe Republic team with 19 points in the game, and Nicol Lyons had another eight for the Rangers (1-1). Selkirk will next host Curlew Dec. 13 beginning at 6 p.m.
Colville holds on for win
Colville built up a solid halftime lead and kept things interesting the rest of the way, keeping just enough distance over visiting Reardan to get a 44-39 victory Saturday. The Indians took an eight-point lead into the half, and held that lead into the fourth before a late rally from Reardan nearly erased it. Colville (1-0) found enough offense to stay ahead and pull off the win over Reardan. Katelynn Lewis dropped 16 points in the win for Colville and Jordyn True added ten more.
Saturday’s boys basketball (Dec. 7)
Colville drops opener
Colville took on Reardan in their home and season opener Saturday night but couldn’t send the crowd home happy, dropping the game by a score of 62-47.
Reardan took a six-point lead after one and pushed that to eight at the half. Colville worked hard to get back into the game, playing good basketball throughout the second half and outscoring Reardan in the fourth, but they fell shy of making the comeback to get the loss.
Brock Weilep headed the scoring for Colville (0-1) with 13, and Rhett Foulkes had another 12 on the evening.
Hunters puts up fight in loss
It took a little time, but Hunters found some footing despite their Saturday loss to the Almira-Coulee-Hartline Warriors 59-17. The Lions found themselves down big in the first half as they had a hard time buying a bucket, but they came out big in the second to play the Warriors within ten points to finish strong.
Solomon Christen had eight points in the loss to lead Hunters (0-2) scorers on the night.
Northport outmatched in loss
A tough Inchelium squad came to town to take on Northport on Saturday night, and the Mustangs were ready for the challenge. The two teams played some good hard-nosed ball in the first half, but second half struggles on offense ultimately doomed Northport, as they fell to the Hornets 63-32.
The Mustangs (0-2) were led in scoring by Nolan Gunnells with ten points, and Jacob Corcoran added six more.
Northport hosts Republic in their next matchup Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Selkirk rolls in win
Selkirk hit the road on Saturday for a game with Republic, turning a big first quarter into a nice victory 74-51. The Rangers jumped all over the Tigers, getting out to a 15-point lead after the first and continued to add to it throughout the game to secure the 23-point win. Jay Link offered up some major firepower for Selkirk (1-1), torching the Tigers for 19 points to lead all scoring, while Ryan Zimmerman added 15 and Justin Krabbenhoft had another 12 for the victors. Selkirk takes on Curlew in their next matchup at home Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday girls basketball (Dec. 6)
Edwards notches 33 points, powers Kettle Falls past Curlew
The Kettle Falls Bulldogs left themselves a bit more breathing room as they rolled to another victory and improved to 3-0 on the year. Winners of their first two games by a single bucket in each, the Bulldogs (3-0) stormed out to a big first-half lead and carried it home in the second half, beating Curlew on the road 70-58. Kettle Falls built up a solid 35-22 lead in the first half with a combination of good offense and defense against the Panthers (0-1). The second half proved a little more challenging, but the Bulldogs never broke en route to the win. Mya Edwards put on a show for the Bulldogs, scoring 33 points, while Jocelyn Glover added nine and Zarah Johnson had eight to lead the team. Next up for the Bulldogs is a home game with Deer Park on Dec. 12 starting at 6 p.m.
Hunters falls in opener
Hunters couldn’t overcome a sluggish start to open the season Friday night, eventually falling to the visitors from Wilbur-Creston 56-25.
The Wildcats came out firing in the opening half, putting up 17 in each quarter to take the lead into halftime. However, the Lions came out roaring in the second half to try and make it a game, outscoring the visiting team in the fourth quarter to keep the game from getting too far out of hand.
While the second half performance wasn’t enough to erase the deficit, it did show that the Lions (0-1) have plenty of fight in them and gives them some momentum to build on as they move further into the season.
Lexi Nelson had a game-high 14 points despite the loss for the Lions, and Precious Ruballo chipped in three more.
Friday boys basketball (Dec. 6)
Wellpinit cruises to win
An opening quarter 25-10 run sling-shotted Wellpinit to a big early lead against their Valley Christian hosts Friday, and they rode that lead to a big win 60-39. The big first quarter lead grew by half, and Wellpinit hit the cruise control in the second to down the Panthers. Steven Ford, Jr. had a team high 16 points for Wellpinit (2-0), and Smokey Abrahamson and Aiden Wynne both had nine to top the scoring. Valley Christian (0-2) got 19 from Adam Bruno to lead all scorers.
Hunters falls to Wilbur-Creston in opener
The Hunters Lions looked to get the season started off right with a win over the visiting Wilbur-Creston Wildcats Friday, but the visitors had a different outcome in mind and went home with a 75-37 victory.
The score of the game may have looked one-sided, but Hunters played tough all night long, using just a six-man rotation that played the Wildcats strong most of the game. A 24-11 second quarter proved to be the difference maker in the game for Wilbur-Creston as they used that to propel themselves to the win in an otherwise fairly close game the rest of the way.
Trey Young was a star for the Lions (0-1) on the night with 18 points. That was paired with a good performance from teammate Owen Nelson, who added 11 in the game.
Thursday’s girls basketball (Dec. 5)
Kettle Falls wins another thriller
For the second time to open the season, the Bulldogs came away with a two-point win, this time over the visiting Selkirk Rangers 41-39. Kettle Falls got off to the hotter start, taking a four-point lead after one, but surrendered that lead in the second as the Rangers went into the half leading 21-19. Another good quarter in the third put the Bulldogs (2-0) back on top by two, and the teams played all square in the fourth to give Kettle Falls the win. Zarah Johnson led the way with 13 points for Kettle Falls, and Iris Armstrong added seven points in the win. Selkirk (0-1) got ten points apiece from Madison Chantry and Bree Dawson.
Thursday’s boys basketball (Dec. 5)
Springdale topples Northport
Springdale took advantage of the home court Wednesday night when they tipped off with Northport in the season opener for both teams. Lead by Avery Kitt, who had 16 points on the night, the Chargers broke things open in the second quarter en route to a 61-18 victory over the visiting Mustangs.
Kitt added five assists in a game that had just a three point separation after the first quarter before the Chargers (1-0) went on a 17-4 run to get to the half ahead 29-13. That lead widened in the third, and Northport (0-1) just couldn’t match the Springdale offense in the end. Ezric Green added another 15 points for the Chargers, and Devin Glenn had 12 to pace the team. Tanner Malcolm had a team high five points for Northport
Big third propels Kettle Falls to win over Selkirk
Kettle Falls used a dominant third quarter to break the game open and held on in the final quarter to get past visiting Selkirk 48-34.
The Bulldogs (1-0) traded quarters with the Rangers (0-1) in the first half and held a 27-18 lead at the end of two, but a 13-1 run in the second half boosted that lead out of reach for the Rangers giving Kettle Falls the victory. Cade McKern topped all scorers and led the Bulldogs with 17 points, and teammate Matthew Thompson pitched in 11. Selkirk was led by Ryan Zimmerman’s 11.
Tuesday’s girls basketball (Dec. 3)
Glover lifts Kettle Falls over Bonners Ferry
Late game heroics were in order for Kettle Falls in their season opener, getting a last second layup to pull out a win over visiting Bonners Ferry 52-50.
The Bulldogs took the first quarter lead, but the second saw the offense struggle to find points, sending the team into the half down 23-21. A resurgent Bulldog (1-0) offense regained the lead in the third before the Badgers (2-2) played their own way back into things.
That set up Jocelyn Glover’s late-game dagger that secured the win. Glover finished the game with six points, while Zarah Johnson had a team-high eleven and Mya Edwards added ten.