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Friday, June 5, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Wellpinit holds off Cusick

Where did all the scoring go?

After combining for 200 points the last time they played, Wellpinit and Cusick couldn’t keep up the same pace Tuesday night – but that didn’t seem to matter to the Redskins, who made a strong first half stand up for a 72-57 Panorama League basketball victory over the host Panthers.

Cody Flett, who had 57 points in the teams’ first meeting, led the way with 23 this time for the Redskins (10-1, 8-0) and got support from Drake Wynne (18) and Kennedy Seyler (16).

For the Panthers (10-4, 7-4), Spencer Shanholtzer led the way with 20.

St. Michael’s 69, Columbia (Hunters) 68: Michael Ochoa’s late basket – the last of his game-high 32 points – lifted the Warriors (2-9, 2-7) over the host Lions (1-10, 1-8), who got a 23-point effort from Jay Curd. Ochoa had 15 of St. Michael’s 20 points in the final period.

Curlew 53, Republic 52: Ethan Mannick’s reverse layin with 9 seconds left gave the Cougars the lead and Jordan Wakefield’s blocked shot preserved the victory. Wakefield’s 21 points led Curlew (10-5, 7-4), while Jesse Beck and Tyler Haswell had 17 apiece for the Tigers (3-10, 1-7).

Inchelium 65, Northport 52: Tony Louie scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and added 10 steals and eight assists for the host Hornets (3-8, 2-6). Marseilles DeAugero led the Mustangs (2-10, 2-6) with 14 points.

St. George’s 53, Springdale 39: Connor Diefe and Jordan Dickson pumped in 18 points each – Diefe with six 3-pointers – for the host Dragons (7-4, 6-0). Ryan Presho of the Chargers (8-5, 4-2) led all scorers with 19 points.

Great Northern League

Cheney 60, Deer Park 46: Mike Sprenger drained five 3-pointers en route to 24 points, launching the visiting Blackhawks (3-7, 1-3) toward their first league victory. Cheney – which also got 15 points from DeAngelo Jones – preserved the victory with a 10-of-12 performance at the foul line in the final period. For the Stags (1-9, 0-4), Jason Henning had 12 points and Dan Hutchinson 11, to go along with nine rebounds and seven blocks.

West Valley 44, Riverside 36: Jordan Lupfer-Graham’s 3-pointer with just less than 2 minutes to play allowed the Eagles (7-3, 3-1) to hold off the host Rams (4-6, 2-3). West Valley’s 13-4 edge in the first quarter proved to be the difference, as the Rams shot just 29 percent from the field. Dustin Martin had 10 points for Riverside despite some first-half foul trouble.

North Star League

Wallace 54, Clark Fork 31: Jared Bilaske scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting – including 4 of 4 from beyond the arc – and the Miners (5-4, 3-0) crushed the host Wampus Cats (1-9, 0-3).

Northeast A League

Freeman 56, Chewelah 47: Taylor Vold and Luke Matthews combined for 16 of the Scotties’ 18 points in the third quarter, when the visitors erased a five-point halftime deficit. Chris Miller took over in the fourth period with a 5-of-5 performance from the field for Freeman (13-1, 4-0). Chewelah (9-6, 0-4) was led by Forest Trampush’s 14 points.

Newport 55, Kettle Falls 40: Jermiah Shultz and Devon Willenbrook scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, as the Grizzlies (9-7, 2-2) rolled. Kirt Douse’s 17 points paced Kettle (3-8, 1-2).

District 9 North League

Colton 43, LaCrosse-Washtucna 41: Nick Heitstuman poured in 16 points and Colton (2-6, 1-4) broke into the league win column at Washtucna. Beaux Martin had 14 points to pace the Tigercats (2-7, 0-4), but fouled out in the third quarter as the Wildcats erased a four-point halftime deficit.


Sandpoint 63, Lakeland 34: The Bulldogs (2-6) shot 11 of 19 from 3-point range to beat the visiting Hawks (3-9), with Stefan Buratto leading the way with 19 points.

Liberty 56, Sprague-Harrington 20: The Lancers (6-6) forced 20 turnovers, with Ross Nesbitt leading the way for the visitors with 12 points. The Falcons fell to 1-8.

Northwest Christian 68, Odessa 24: A 17-4 first-quarter head start and balanced scoring – four players scored 10 points apiece – kept the Crusaders (13-0) undefeated at Odessa (2-8), where Aaron Bruya scored half of the Tigers’ points.

Reardan 52, Almira/Coulee-Hartline 43: Grant Schultz’s 19 points – 13 in the fourth quarter – allowed the Indians (6-7) to hold off the host Warriors (9-4). Cody Jess led ACH with 12 points.

Tekoa-Oakesdale 74, Potlatch 53: Casey and Kelly Cook combined for 32 points in the first half alone of the Nighthawks’ (8-2) blitz of the visiting Loggers.

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