A pressure defense, which created havoc for East Valley, sparked Mt. Spokane to a 60-34 win over the visiting Knights in nonleague girls basketball Wednesday night.
Junior Megan Ulias had five of the Wildcats’ 20 steals in the season opener for both schools.
Alyssa Lloyd led Mt. Spokane with 13 points, with a 3-pointer. Ashlee Pedersen had two of the Wildcats’ six 3s. Courtney Connors, who hit a 3, and Erin Wallman led EV with eight points each.
University 64, Lake City 36: The Titans scored six of their nine 3-pointers in a 25-point first period and cruised past the visiting Timberwolves.
Hallie Gennett hit four 3s in the period and finished with 19 points and Lexi Clark had two of her three 3s in the first. Kayleigh Valley added 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Jasmyn Smith scored 10 to lead LC.
Mt. Spokane 71, East Valley 62 (OT): A pressing defense and Stu Stiles’ 5-for-5 free-throw shooting and seven points in overtime enabled the Wildcats to overcome the visiting Knights. Mt. Spokane had a 9-0 margin in the extra period.
EV used eight 3-pointers, three by James Brown, to overcome an early deficit and build a six-point lead in the fourth quarter before Mt. Spokane rallied. Stiles led Mt. Spokane with 26 points. Brown led three double-figure scorers for EV with 16.
Kellogg 70, Freeman 55: Ryan Beggerly’s 17 points led three Kellogg players in double figures as the Wildcats beat the visiting Scotties in a season opener. Garret Wint added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Ryan McDonald had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kellen Miller (16) and Cody Unfred (15) led Freeman.
Coeur d’Alene Charter 51, St. Michael’s 45: A 16-6 margin in the fourth quarter enabled the visiting Panthers to overcome a five-point deficit after three periods to beat the Warriors.
More than 40 Spokane runners will be in a couple of major postseason meets on Saturday.
The North Central boys and the Indians’ top girls runner, Katie Knight, will be in Portland for the Nike Cross Nationals. Led by Kai Wilmot and Keith Williams, the NC boys won the Nike Northwest Regional to qualify for the 22-team national finals. NC won the title in 2008.
Meanwhile, 34 runners from other Greater Spokane League schools – 17 each boys and girls – sponsored by the Lilac Bloomsday Association will compete in the Foot Locker West Regional Championships at Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California. The Weitz siblings from Shadle Park, Kendra and Nathan, and Andrew Gardner from Mead lead the delegation.