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By Greg Lee
The Vikings showed glimpses of brilliance coupled with, to borrow a term from coach Dale Poffenroth, stretches of stupidity and foul trouble.
The constant, though, for
Certainly the Viks could have been forgiven if they’d had some butterflies. But there was nary a jitter.
CdA started quickly, opening as much as a 13-point lead in the first half before settling for a 25-13 lead at halftime.
Then the Viks overcome some mistakes against the Braves’
fullcourt pressure in the third quarter when
CdA had an answer for
“We survived foul trouble and survived stupidity against the press,” Poffenroth said. “You look out there in the first half and go ‘when is the last time that group has played together’.”
How about never. Four CdA starters picked up two fouls in the first half. And as is Poffenroth’s rule, when a player picks up two fouls she sits the rest of the half.
CdA junior 6-foot-3 post Carli Rosenthal ended up sitting just about as much as she played (16 minutes, 24 seconds). Thankfully for the Viks, 5-8 freshman Kendalyn Brainard stepped up. She finished with a double double – 13 points and 12 rebounds.
“She’s got the body build to play inside in high school but she’ll play outside in college,” Poffenroth said. “She’s pretty mature for her age. She doesn’t get too flustered. All kids make mistakes, but she plays a lot like a junior out there.”
Vik senior guard Amanda Buttrey matched Brainard’s 13 points, playing all but 31 seconds. She was the lone starter not to get in foul trouble.
“I thought we played very well as a team,” Buttrey said. “We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing all season.”
CdA 5-8 freshman reserve guard Caelyn Orlandi ended up
playing more time (21:44) than usual, and she drew the assignment of guarding
“When you get a kid like Caelyn Orlandi who comes off the bench and stops a Division I kid like that, it helps,” Poffenroth said. “Those things (foul trouble) happen and that’s why you have a team. Other kids have to be part of what’s going on. I’m happy with what they did.”
Poffenroth was more than mildly concerned about the foul trouble, though. Especially when Rosenthal picked up her fourth with 2:38 to go in the third quarter.
“If we don’t stop their run, it’s curtains,” Poffenroth said. “With the foul trouble, I thought we were in deep trouble.”
They used a 24-2 run over two quarters to open a 30-6 lead and never looked back. They led 32-11 at halftime.
Abi Quinnett led
It was a grand day for the Intermountain League.
The Grizzlies fought back to tie it at 29-29 going into the fourth quarter. But PR outscored Fruitland 12-3 in the decisive quarter.
Taylor Stewart led PR (17-6) with 17 points and Melissa Hopkins had 13 and 12 rebounds.
The Spartans take on Kimberly (20-2) tonight at 7.
Kellogg 45, Marsh Valley 37: The Wildcats jumped on the
Eagles in the first half, opening a 28-15 lead by halftime in the opener at
Skyview High in
Kellogg forced 20 turnovers. Kirsten Viche led the Wildcats (17-8) with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and two assists. Teammate Chelsea Morgan had 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Kellogg takes on Weiser (15-8) in the semifinals tonight at 5:15 PST.
1A Division II
Sasha and Teenie Kent scored 23 and 20 points respectively
Shaina Gustafson led
CF will take on Rockland today in a loser-out game.