Higher seeds prevail in district tournament openers

The higher seeds all prevailed Thursday night in the opening round of the Idaho District II 1-A Division 1 Girls’ Basketball Tournament at the Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center.

Senior Madisen Yockey hit 14 free throws on her way to a game-high 19 points as the 4th-seeded Troy held off 5th-seeded Clearwater Valley 47-36. Sophomore post Whitney Fredrickson added 13 points as the Trojans improved to 11-9 overall and advanced into the semi-final round. Tanasha Webb led the Rams with 10 points as Clearwater Valley drops to 9-12 overall.

In game two – senior guard Natahnee Spencer poured in 18 points and sophomore guard Marquel Shawl added 16 as 2nd-seeded Lapwai ran past 7th-seeded Potlatch 52-25. The Wildcats set the tone defensively giving up just three points in the first quarter in improving to 18-3 and advancing into the semi-final round.

In the nightcap – senior post Tanna Schlader led a balanced offensive attack with 14 points and senior forward Kendall Schumaker chipped in with 11 as 3rd-seeded Prairie bested 6th-seeded Genesee 42-21. The Pirates got out in front early thanks in large part to a full court defense that led to easy baskets as the Cottonwood club improved to 16-5 overall and advanced into the semi-final round.

The tournament continues Saturday at the Activity Center with an elimination game between Potlatch and Genesee at 2pm.

The semi-finals will see top-seeded Kamiah play 4th-seeded Troy at 6pm; and 2nd-seeded Lapwai will square-off against 3rd-seeded Prairie at 7:30pm.

Both the Kamiah and Prairie games will be broadcast live on KORT-FM/AM in Grangeville.

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