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CdA girls headed to state

The Coeur d’Alene girls basketball team handled Lake City to earn a state berth.

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story and blurbs on the other state-qualifying district tournaments.

By Greg Lee

Staff writer

The Coeur d’Alene girls basketball team looked like a chip off the old block Friday.

And that could be bad news for the rest of the state.

Three days after falling to Lewiston in the 5A Region I championship game, the Vikings rebounded in spirited fashion, throttling Lake City 59-38 to earn a state berth.

Coeur d’Alene (19-4 overall), which will be seeking a third straight state title, opens against District III runner-up Boise (22-1), which suffered its first loss Friday. Centennial (21-2) knocked off Boise 44-39 in the District III final. CdA and Boise face off Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

The Vikings never gave LC (15-8) a chance. CdA opened an 11-0 lead, and the Timberwolves didn’t score their first basket until 50 seconds remained in the first quarter.

“With them, if you understand matchups you understand our difficulty against them,” LC coach Royce Johnston said. “We didn’t get off to a good start and it just snowballed.”

Jasmyn Smith hit a 3-pointer to pull LC within 17-7 with 4:54 remaining in the second period. But CdA closed the first half on a 12-7 spurt to take a 29-14 lead into intermission.

“There never really was any doubt who was going to win,” CdA coach Dale Poffenroth said.

It wasn’t a mystery what keyed CdA’s start.

“We tried to focus on defense,” said CdA senior wing Dayna Drager, a four-year letterman and two-year starter. “Last game they made 30 points off their (3-pointers) so we just knew stop their 3s and focus on defense.”

The other big difference was the play of posts Carli Rosenthal and Kendalyn Brainard. Rosenthal, a 6-foot-3 junior, made her first seven shots on the way to a game-high 16 points. She also had seven rebounds and three assists. Brainard, a freshman, had 13 points.

“Carli acted like she wanted to make something happen,” Poffenroth said.

Poffenroth was particularly pleased with his team’s answer to the 53-41 loss to Lewiston on Tuesday.

“They came out and we’re pretty calm about the whole thing and we’re pretty businesslike,” he said.

Junior guard Sydney Butler led LC with 15 points.

3A District I-II

Priest River 64, Timberlake 39: The Spartans opened a 31-17 lead by halftime en route to capturing the title at Lakeland.

PR (16-6) advances to state, Feb. 18-20 at Skyview High in Nampa.

Timberlake (18-3) will meet Kellogg (15-8) tonight at 7 to decide a second state berth.

Taylor Stewart led PR with 25 points and Melissa Hopkins added 20.

Kellogg 55, Bonners Ferry 35: The Wildcats stayed alive for a state berth by topping the Badgers in a loser-out game.

Kellogg (15-8) will meet Timberlake tonight at 7 at Lakeland to decide a state berth.

Ryder Ashcraft led Kellogg with 15 points. Chelsea Morgan had 14 points and six rebounds and Hailey Fuller added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Porter led BF (9-14) with 10 points.

1A Division II

Clark Fork 64, Mullan 43: The Wampus Cats jumped on the visiting Tigers early and never relented in the district final.

Clark Fork (15-5) advances to state, Feb. 18-20 at Nampa High School. The Wampus Cats open against a play-in winner to be decided today.

Brocklynn Thorton led the Wampus Cats with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Celeste Komanec had 11 points and Tessa Vogel had eight rebounds.

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