Upsets abound at 1-A tournament

Upsets were the big story Tuesday night as the Idaho District II 1-A Division I Boys Basketball Tournament continued at the LCSC Activity Center.

In the first of two elimination games #5 seed Clearwater Valley kept its season alive with a thrilling 46-45 win over #3 seed Prairie.

Senior guard Austin Reed made one of two free throws with 4 seconds left in the game to secure the final outcome. CV senior forward Stormy Wyman led all scorers with 18 points and Reed and senior Laine Pratt scored 12 and 10 points respectively as the Rams pulled off the first upset of the tournament.

With the win the Rams improve to 13-9 and will play in the district’s third-place game on Friday.

The Pirates, who were led by junior post Tyler Hankerson’s 14 points, finish the season with a record of 14-9.

Meanwhile, #6 seed Lapwai stunned #4 seed Troy 54-39.

Junior forward Nico Higheagle scored 14 points and seniors Tequis Penny and Kylie Payne each added 10 as the Wildcats improve to 11-12 on the year.

Troy’s senior point guard Brooks Malm led all scorers with 23 points.

The Trojans end the season with a record of 14-9.

Clearwater Valley and Lapwai will meet in the district’s third-place game on Friday night at 7:30pm with the winner advancing on to a state play-in game Monday night in St. Maries at 6pm against an opponent from District I.

Live coverage of the CV/Lapwai game can be heard on KORT radio in Grangeville.

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