The defending state champions got it done when it mattered most.
After a back-and-forth game through three quarters, Lewiston pulled away in the fourth and beat Mead 35-31 in a nonleague game Saturday night in Lewiston.
Mead, playing in its season-opener, led by two points after the second and third quarters, but were outscored 11-5 in the fourth.
Chelsea Waters had 10 points, Tisha Phillips had nine and Karlee Wilson chipped in eight for the Bengals (4-0).
The Panthers (0-1) were led by Jade Redmon’s 11 points.
Coeur d’Alene 49, Southridge 48: Sydney Williams tipped in Kyeli Parker’s miss at the buzzer, giving the Vikings (5-2) the win over Southridge (Ore.) at the Nike Northwest Invitational in Beaverton, Ore. Coeur d’Alene took third place at the tourney and Southridge claimed fifth. Caelyn Orlandi tallied a game-high 21 points and Erin Legel had 10 for Coeur d’Alene.
University 44, Post Falls 36: A change in defensive strategy helped propel the Titans (2-0) past the visiting Trojans (4-3). University switched from a man defense to zone in the second quarter. It worked, as Post Falls made just 2 of 12 shots and saw its six-point, first-quarter lead turn into a three-point halftime deficit. Hallie Gennett had 14 points and eight rebounds for University, which outrebounded Post Falls 48-24. Brooke Litalier had a team-high 14 points for the Trojans.
Freeman 60, Northwest Christian 36: The Scotties (1-0) scooped up 14 offensive rebounds and wore out the Crusaders in a win at Northwest Christian. Alyssa Maine and Molly McIntyre had 15 points apiece for Freeman. Treasure Farmer had 10 points as the Crusaders fell to 1-1 on the season.
Cheney 43, North Central 42: The Blackhawks (2-0) held off a late surge from the Indians (0-2) and won at North Central. Allie Brown had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Cheney. The Indians rallied in the fourth quarter – outscoring the Blackhawks 17-8 – but couldn’t complete the comeback. Hailey Markham-Patti had 18 points and five steals to pace North Central.
Republic 35, St. George’s 31: The Tigers (1-2) dominated the action in the first half and then held on to beat the visiting Dragons (0-2). Republic led by 17 points in the first half, but was outscored 27-14 after halftime. Juliauna Largent had nine points and seven rebounds and Gabby Jessen had seven points and six assists to pace the Tigers.
Timberlake 48, Medical Lake 29: The Tigers (2-2) clamped down defensively in the second quarter and beat the host Cardinals (0-2). If not for Timberlake’s 13-0 second-quarter shutout, the game might have been reasonably close. Kara Wenstrom tallied a game-high 25 points to lead Timberlake.
Kellogg 45, Lakeside (Idaho) 31: Jessi Gibbons scored 13 points as the Wildcats (5-1) pulled away in the third quarter and beat the Knights (0-3) in Plummer. Kellogg took a 14-point lead into the fourth after outscoring Lakeside 15-7 in the third. Michelle Whaley and Avery Brown-Sonder had seven points apiece for Lakeside.
Newport 57, Priest River 44: Excellent free-throw shooting made the difference for the Grizzlies (2-0) in a win over the visiting Spartans (3-3). Newport converted 15 of its 19 free-throw attempts. Miranda Frederick had 20 points, four assists and four steals and Taylor Lewis and Courtney Wiese scored 10 apiece to lead the Grizzlies. Jill Weimer had a team-high 10 points for Priest River.
Reardan 56, Lakeside (WA) 36: A balanced attack gave the Indians (1-0) a win over the visiting Eagles (1-1). Zari Reeves had 10 points, Lauren Schulz had nine points and nine rebounds and Katy Burge had eight points and 10 rebounds to lead Reardan. Tayler Flemming tallied a game-high 12 points for Lakeside.
Davenport 62, Odessa-Harrington 42: The third quarter made all the difference in the Gorillas’ (1-0) win over the host Titans (0-1). Davenport trailed by 10 at halftime, but outscored Odessa-Harrington 29-6 in the third quarter. The Gorillas’ Miranda Meilke scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the decisive third-quarter. Cydnee Kieffer had 13 points for the Titans.
Garfield-Palouse 33, LaCrosse-Washtucna 22: The Vikings (1-0) came alive offensively in the third quarter and beat the host Tigercats (0-1) in both teams’ season-openers. Garfield-Palouse thundered LaCrosse-Washtucna in the third quarter, outscoring the Tigercats 14-3. Terrie Taylor had a game-high 11 points for the Vikings.
Curlew 52, St. Michael’s 48: The Cougars (2-0) held off a second-half rally by the Warriors (0-2) and won at St. Michael’s. Haleigh Gibson and Destiny Sharp had 15 points apiece and Lindsey Gibson added 10 to lead the Cougars. Brittani Urann tossed in a game-high 22 points – 16 coming in the second half – for the Warriors.
Selkirk 59, Springdale 40: Courtney Holter made 5 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead the Rangers (2-1) past the Chargers (0-1) in Ione. Annie Couch added 12 points and six steals for Selkirk.
Valley Christian 41, Liberty 24: Rowee Swank had 15 points and Lindy Riggan added 13 as the Panthers (2-1) thwarted the host Lancers (0-2). Valley Christian turned up the defensive intensity in the second quarter and held Liberty scoreless.
Aly Tee had a team-high 12 points for the Lancers.