The Coeur d’Alene High girls basketball team got defensive Monday, and that means the Vikings’ postseason will be extended at least two more games.
Coeur d’Alene’s defense clamped down, stopping Sandpoint 48-22 in an A-1 Region I elimination game at Viking Gym.
The Vikings (8-13) advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament Wednesday where they take on No. 1-ranked and undefeated Lake City (20-0) at LC.
In another regional opener Wednesday, No. 3 seed Lewiston (9-11) visits No. 2 Post Falls (14-6). Both games tip off at 7 p.m.
Sandpoint ends the season at 4-17.
CdA hopes to have leading scorer Shaylia Davis back Wednesday. The sophomore post sprained an ankle last week.
The Vikings played well without her Monday, building a 31-12 lead in the first half. CdA’s lead in the second half grew to 28 points.
CdA held Sandpoint to one point the first 7 minutes of the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs didn’t score a field goal.
Kari Lenz led CdA with 13 points. Natalie Ward scored 7 for Sand point.
CdA 48, Sandpoint 22
Sandpoint 5 7 7 3 - 22
Coeur d’ Alene 12 19 8 9 - 48
SANDPOINT - Sheldon 2, Allmanas 6, Berby 0, Bymaster 4, Ward 7, Cargill 2, Ross 0, James 1, Wood 0, Sanders 0, Jensen 0.
COEUR D’ ALENE - Lenz 13, Stranger 5, Big 5, Ruiz 7, Tatum 4, Roetter 3, Day 3, Allowatt 4, Davis 0, Bielec 2, Griffiths 1, Gatten 1, Douglas 0, Budbarston 0.
Mullan 47, CdA Sophs 39
Steve Greenfield had 27 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocked shots to lead the Tigers over the young Vikings in the nonleague game.
Coeur d’ Alene (Soph.) 7 8 10 14 - 39
Mullan 13 8 14 12 - 47
COEUR D’ALENE (Soph.) - Sccombe 2, King 11, Moe 0, Finley 4, Sande 6, Sharboro 2, Ridge 12, Capaul 0, Arnn 2.
MULLAN - Sala 4, Valley 2, Gonzalez 2, Singler 2, Stanley 4, Morris 6, Hagbloom 0, Greenfield 27.
Vandals’ Curry honored
University of Idaho guard Avery Curry was honored Monday by the Big West Conference as one of its men’s basketball co-players of the week.
Curry scored 63 points as the Vandals lost to Pacific and beat Boise State.
Curry’s 24.6 points in conference games is the best in the Big West. His 19.9 average overall is tied for second. Curry shared the honor with New Mexico State’s Charles Gosa.
North Idaho College center Steven Ryan wants to play this week, but he hasn’t received medical clearance.
Ryan broke his nose in Saturday’s win over Utah Valley. He returned, wearing a protective mask, but took a shot to the head. He suffered a concussion and didn’t return.
“The doctor said he wanted him to sit out for a while,” NIC coach Hugh Watson said. “He’s got another appointment (today).”
Ryan has been NIC’s most consistent player, averaging 11.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
NIC visits co-league-leading Dixie on Thursday and Snow on Saturday.
Gonzaga University senior forward Bakari Hendrix has been named the West Coast Conference men’s basketball player of the month for January. Hendrix, the WCC co-player of the month for December, helped the Bulldogs to a 7-3 record in January on their way to a 17-6 overall mark and 6-2 WCC record for a share of the conference lead. The Vallejo, Calif., native scored 180 points for an 18.0 average, grabbed 61 rebounds for a 6.1 average, went 70 of 131 from the field (53.4 percent), 40 of 53 from the line (75.5 percent), had 15 assists, six steals and eight blocked shots while averaging 29 minutes per game.
His 17.9 ppg rank second in the WCC.
Cardinal chooses Eagles
All-state defensive lineman Brandon Moore of Medical Lake has orally committed to play football at Eastern Washington University.
Moore, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior, will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday, said Medical Lake coach John Giannandrea.
Moore, a fullback on offense, rushed for 1,074 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Cardinals were part of a three-way tie for the 2A Great Northern League title and reached the state semifinals.