Valley Christian jumped out to an 8-0 start in Wilbur and made it hold up.
The Panthers earned a 64-52 Bi-County League boys basketball victory over Wilbur-Creston Saturday.
The Wildcats came no closer than five points after the Panthers’ fast start, and Valley Christian converted 14 of 19 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Josh Pope tossed in 20 points to lead the Panthers, connecting on 4 of 6 3-point shots.
Patrick Johnson had 10 points to lead Wilbur-Creston.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline 52, Odessa 32: ACH fell behind after a quarter, but stormed back to tame the Tigers at Odessa. Jake Carstensen and Kyle Higginbotham had 19 and 18 points, respectively, to lead the Warriors. … Liberty 49, Reardan 25: Andy Hodgson scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to lift the Lancers to 2-0 to start the league season. Ty Anderson converted 7 of 11 free-throw attempts to add nine points for Liberty. … Sprague-Harrington 55, Davenport 44: The Falcons won their first league game in two years by flying to a 30-15 lead at halftime in Sprague. Three players scored in double figures for Sprague-Harrington, led by Kevin Buddrius’ 11 points.
Dragons balance tips Cusick
St. George’s balanced attack wore down the Panthers at Cusick, 53-43. James Nenema scored 18 points and Tsehaye Chantry added another 10 as the Dragons climbed to 2-0 in Panorama League play. Jeffery Livingston scored 12 points to lead Cusick. … Curlew 82, Columbia 49: Cameron Kroupa put up 27 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass, to lead the Cougars to the homecourt victory. Nick Kegel led the Lions with 27 points, shooting 11 for 26 from the field, including 4 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc. … Republic 109, Inchelium 42: Junior guard Zach Gianukakis scored a rare quadruple double to lead the host Tigers: 21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. Five players scored in double figures for Republic. … Wellpinit 68, Northport 52: Wellpinit took control in the first half at Northport, building a 13-point lead at halftime. Chazz Flett led four players into double figures for Wellpinit, tossing in 14 points, with Sage Sonneck adding 13. … Selkirk 70, Springdale 19: The Rangers kept Springdale jailed in the first half, building a 16-0 lead after one quarter and a 32-5 advantage at halftime in Selkirk. Mikki Cromwell had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Rangers, with Travis Zimmerman contributing six steals.
Holibaugh, Azzarito lead KF
Kettle Falls used a 17-6 first-quarter run to score a 51-42 non-league victory at Tonasket. Brandon Holibaugh had 14 points and Jason Azzarito added 13 to lead the Bulldogs. … Cashmere 71, Deer Park 39: Cashmere doubled up the Stags in the second half, outscoring Deer Park 41-20 in the final two periods at Deer Park. Brad Harper led the Stags with 12 points and 10 rebounds. … Genesee 60, Garfield-Palouse 37: Justin Udy tossed in 17 points as Genesee rolled to a victory at home. … St. John-Endicott 70, Colfax 62: Brent Leifer pumped in 23 points, including a 10 for 10 string from the line, and Kurt Bowen added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles at St. John. St. John-Endicott was 16 for 20 from the line in the fourth quarter to put the game away. … Riverside 53, Cascade-Leavenworth 40: The Rams pulled away in the second half at Riverside. Pat Smart led the Rams with 13 points, with Buddy Wood adding 10. J.D. Kitt led all scorers with 17 points for the Kodiaks. … Pullman 55, Freeman 37: The Greyhounds raced to a 24-8 edge through the fourth quarter at Pullman en route to a win. Justin Cooper led all scorers with 15 points for Pullman. … Logos 42, Rosalia 34: David Bowen, a 6-foot-8 center, scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to power the Logos to a non-league victory. C.J. Brown had 19 points for Rosalia, all in the second half. … Medical Lake 68, LaCrosse-Washtucna 48: Steven Wesley scored 13 points and grabbed an equal number of rebounds to power the Cardinals to a victory at Medical Lake. Andrew Richardson scored a career-high 17 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Cardinals.
Lake City shivers to win
Lake City struggled through a frigid night from the free throw line, holding on to take a 63-62 non-league boys basketball win over Flathead high of Kalispell, Mont., at Coeur D’Alene.
The Timberwolves converted just 14 of 34 shots (41 percent), including 17 missed free throws in the first half alone.
With all those misses, it was Kory Kreighbaum’s two made free throws with 1:30 left that put Lake City over the top, giving them a 63-60 advantage.
Kreighbaum led Lake City with 11 points.
Ryan McPhee contributed another 10 points and nine rebounds – seven off the offensive boards.
Kellogg JV 35, Kootenai 18: Tim Big Spring tossed in 11 points to lead the junior Wildcats at Kootenai.
North Star League
Sifford, Elwell lift Lakeside
Lakeside needed a big fourth quarter to overcome Post Falls Christian in Plummer. Mike Sifford scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Knights, with Arthur Elwell adding another 25 points and a whopping 21 rebounds. David Park and Tim Laux each scored 13 to lead the Eagles.