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St. Maries headed to state

Sun., March 1, 2009

Aaron Corsi scored 25 points and also had nine rebounds and three blocked shots and the St. Maries Lumberjacks claimed a state tournament berth Saturday with a 57-50 victory over the Bonners Ferry Badgers in Idaho 3A District I-II play at North Idaho College.

The Lumberjacks had a decided advantage at the free-throw line, making 20 of 27 attempts. Bonners Ferry attempted only 11, making six.

St. Maries (17-4) will face Sugar-Salem (22-3) in the first round of the state tournament when play begins Thursday at Meridian High School. Priest River (18-1), the other district representative, faces Filer (16-7).

Idaho 5A boys

Lewiston 69, Mountain View 49: At Grangeville, Idaho, the Bengals clinched a berth to the state tournament with a victory over the Mavericks. No details were reported.

Lewiston will take on Vallivue in the first round Thursday at Nampa’s Idaho Center. Post Falls will face Borah.

Idaho 1A Division I boys

Wallace 59, Clearwater Valley 55 (OT): At Plummer, Jared Bilaski had four of his 31 points in the extra session to lead the Miners (15-7) past the Rams and into the state tournament, where they will face Hagerman (21-4) in the opening round Thursday at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.

Bilaski scored 21 points in the middle two quarters.

Wash. District 9 2B boys

Garfield-Palouse 39, Tekoa-Oakesdale 38: The Vikings stole a victory at Walla Walla Community College. And, along with it, a trip to state.

The Nighthawks held the lead for the entire game before Jordan Palmer hit two free throws with 30 seconds remaining to give the Vikings a victory and a trip to the state tournament.

After Palmer hit his two free throws, Gar-Pal’s Todd Pinter stole the ensuing inbounds pass and Tekoa-Oakesdale fouled Palmer again, sending him to the line again.

The Nighthawks apparently did not realize that it was a 1-and-1 situation and when Palmer missed the free throw, the Vikings corralled the rebound and ran out the clock, ending Tekoa-Oakesdale’s season.

Palmer finished with 16 points, while Michael Jacobs had 13.

Brandon Hovde scored 14 for the Nighthawks.

Wash. District 7 2B boys

Lind-Ritzville 46, Selkirk 32: Jamie Stevenson scored 22 points and had four steals and five assists to help the Broncos capture the third and final berth to the state tournament with a victory over the Rangers at Mt. Spokane High School.

Jake Eichner hit two 3s to end the third quarter, capping a 12-4 run that broke the game open for Lind-Ritzville.

Northwest Christian 75, Davenport 50: Matt Zandbergen and Chase Ramey combined for 41 points to send the Crusaders to state as the No. 1 seed.

Josh Zeiler scored 14 for No. 2 seed Davenport.

Wash. District 7 2A boys

Cheney 54, Medical Lake 38: Daniel Igbinoba led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points and the fourth-seeded Blackhawks eliminated the fifth-seeded Cardinals with a victory at Cheney.

Three other Cheney players reached double figures in scoring.

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