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Idaho preps: Friday hoops

The Lake City boys and girls swept visiting Lewiston and the Coeur d'Alene boys and girls did the same to visiting Moscow. Click the tab below to read my unedited roundup.

By Greg Lee

Staff writer

In a matter of a week, the Lake
City High boys basketball team
swept the other three Inland
Empire League 5A teams to open
conference play.

Lake City capped it with a
statement-making win over No.
1-ranked Lewiston before an es

timated crowd of 1,200 at LC.

The staple in the three victo
ries – defense – set up Lake City’s
offense as the Timberwolves
pulled away from the Bengals 61-48.

After Lewiston (9-2 overall, 1-1
league) used a 9-2 spurt to finish
the opening quarter with a 15-10
lead, LC (8-2, 3-0) hunkered
down. The T-Wolves limited the
Bengals to 17 points over the next
two quarters.

“Coach (Jim Winger) has real
ly been focusing on defense. That
was his main goal this week,” LC
senior post Nate Frisbie. “It
helped us get out there and get
after it tonight.”

What also sparked the T-Wolves was the 6-foot-3 Frisbie,
who posted up taller Lewiston

defenders deep in the key and
frequently used his quickness
and athleticism to drive as he
scored a game-high 21 points, 13
in the first half.

“The last few games we’ve
been doing a better job – in par
ticular myself – of getting him
the ball more, getting him in

volved,” Winger said.

Winger could sense during
the school day that Frisbie was
primed to have a big game.

“I was actually a little worried
that he might have been a little
too wound up,” Winger said.
“He was ready to roll and played
great. He did a great job defens
ively. I thought even though
they’re bigger than us we could
do some good things down low.”

Lewiston tied the score at 29-29

with 4:50 to go in the third
quarter. The T-Wolves respond

ed with an 11-0 run that separated themselves from Lewiston.

A 7-foot bankshot by Jason
Wheelock gave LC a 50-36 lead
with 4:02 remaining. Lewiston

never got closer than 11 thereafter.

LC has won four in a row
since losing back-to-back games
at the Coeur d’Alene Holiday
Inn Express tournament.

“I think we just had a little
bump in the road and we had to
get some stuff out,” Frisbie said.
“We realized what we needed to
do to get things done. We can
still get a lot better.”

Lewiston coach Dave Cornelia didn’t gloss over the loss.

But he also kept it in perspective.

“We got outplayed,” Cornelia
said. “The thing that concerned
me the most is how easily they
took us off the dribble. I’m not
making excuses. We just didn’t
play well enough to win.”

Frisbie had plenty of support.
Logan Frederickson had 14
points and Wheelock chipped in
11. Jared Heitzman and Ryan
Young led the Bengals with 13
and 12 points, respectively.

Coeur d’Alene 63, Moscow
58 OT
: After getting outscored
26-10 in the first half, the Vi
-
kings, who trailed by as many as
22 points, rallied in the final two
quarters to force overtime.

The Viks (5-6, 2-1) made 13 of
16 free throws in overtime to
pull out the win at CdA.

Devon Austin led CdA with 20
points. Nick Clyde led Moscow

(4-5, 1-2) with 17.

Girls

Lake City 60, Lewiston 58:
The Timberwolves needed a
win in the worst way.

LC (9-5, 3-4) held off a furious
Lewiston
(11-4, 3-3) rally to even
the league series with the Ben

gals, who knocked off LC 62-56
earlier at Lewiston.

T-Wolves senior post Katie
Baker hit a big 3-pointer with
1:34 left. She finished with a
game-high 19 points, nine re
bounds, four assists and four
blocked shots.

“I told the girls before the
game that I thought we were
complicating things too much,”
LC coach Royce Johnston said.
“I told them to just play hard,
play smart and play together. We
needed this.”

Megan Mills and Nicole Redd
led Lewiston
with 12 points each.

Coeur d’Alene 58, Moscow
20
: The Vikings’ defense smoth
ered the visiting Bears.

No. 1-ranked CdA (15-0, 7-0)
built a 28-9 lead by halftime,
then outscored the Bears (3-10,
1-5) 24-6 in the third period.

CdA’s Kama Griffitts and
Whitney Heleker each scored 13
points.




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