It was a typically wild mid-January weekend for area basketball league races.
There were battles for first place in the Greater Spokane League, the Clarkston boys essentially wrapped up the Great Northern League and the Colton girls in the Southeast B lost for the first time at home in seven years – but bounced back the next night emphatically.
Let’s go around the leagues and take a look at what happened over the weekend and how it impacts league standings.
Greater Spokane League
Boys: Gonzaga Prep (12-1, 10-1) beat Shadle Park (11-2, 9-2) 65-48 on Friday to take sole possession of first place, putting Shadle’s star, Tanner Groves, in early foul trouble. The Bullpups have been able to limit Groves, an Eastern Washington commit, to 12 points combined in a pair of wins over the Highlanders this season.
Central Valley and Ferris, with identical 10-3, 8-3 records, are tied for third. CV escaped Lewis and Clark 60-55 and Ferris handled Mead 58-44 on Friday.
Girls: Central Valley (13-0, 11-0) continues to roll, crushing Lewis and Clark 70-26 on Friday. Twins Lexie and Lacie Hull, who have both committed to Stanford, have scored 111 points between them in the last four games.
Mt. Spokane (12-1, 10-1), just one game behind CV, is waiting for the Bears to slip up. The Wildcats routed Rogers 78-20 on Friday. Aspyn Adams has scored 114 points, averaging 22.8 per game, over the last five.
Great Northern League
Boys: Clarkston (11-2, 7-0) leads both Valley teams by 3 1/2 games. The Bantams have won 10 in a row, including a 60-48 win over Pullman on Friday.
Jett Sobotta had 17 points in the game and is Clarkston’s most consistent scorer, with 88 points (17.6 average) over the last five games.
Girls: East Valley (8-6, 5-1) beat West Valley 53-45 on Friday and leads the league by a game over Clarkston (7-5, 4-2), which knocked off Pullman by 30 on Friday.
Cheney (8-5, 3-2), which lost to NEA Medical Lake on Thursday, is 1 1/2 games behind.
Boys: Freeman (12-1, 7-0) crushed Chewelah 78-35 on Friday and maintained a one-game lead over Medical Lake, which beat Colville 76-47.
The Scotties haven’t allowed more than 46 points in their last four, and five of six. Michael Coumont (19.7 points over past four) and Ryan Maine (17.5) are the 1-2 punch for Freeman.
Girls: Medical Lake (11-2, 7-0) stayed undefeated in league by beating Colville 59-38 on Friday. The Cardinals have allowed more than 40 points just twice in their last eight games and only four times all season. Chewelah and Lakeside are both two games behind.
Boys: In the North, Northwest Christian (11-1, 9-0) leads by two games. The Crusaders crushed Tekoa-Rosalia 63-26 on Friday and Reardan 67-33 on Saturday. Asher Cox has averaged 23.3 points in his last four games.
Colfax and Liberty share identical 9-4, 7-2 records in the South Division. Colfax topped Springdale 59-51 on Friday while Liberty routed Kettle Falls 61-37.
Girls: Colfax (9-4, 8-1), second in the South Division, beat Davenport (11-2, 7-2) 68-46 on Saturday to further muddle a couple of crowded divisions.
St. George’s (10-2, 7-1) handled Reardan on Friday and leads Davenport by a half-game in the North, while Liberty (13-0, 9-0) – which crushed Kettle Falls 79-45 on Friday – stayed perfect but leads Colfax by just one game.
Boys: Selkirk (11-3, 8-2) lost to Almira/Coulee-Hartline 60-31 on Friday but bounced back to edge Wellpinit 63-61 on Saturday. The Rangers have a two-game lead in the in the loss column in the North Division over Inchelium (7-6, 7-4), which was routed by ACH 72-37 on Saturday.
ACH (13-2, 10-0) owns a 2 1/2 game lead in the South Division. Payton Nielsen, Mac Isaak and Charles Hunt are the Warriors’ workhorses.
Girls: Republic (14-1, 10-0) owns the North Division. In its six-game win streak, Shania Graham has scored 183 points, averaging an impressive 30.5 per game.
In the South, Almira/Coulee-Hartline (12-3, 8-1) crushed Inchelium 71-30 on Saturday behind 25 points from Tiffany Boutain and is up by two in the loss column over Valley Christian (8-7, 7-3).
Boys: Pomeroy (10-1, 8-0) has a two-game lead in the league over Colton. The Pirates beat Prescott 71-57 on Friday and Touchet 59-18 on Saturday.
Girls: Eight-time defending State 1B champion Colton saw the end of two significant streaks in a 55-50 loss to Oakesdale on Friday: a 66-game home win streak and its last league loss, back to Feb. 2, 2010.
The Wildcats (11-2, 6-1) rebounded to crush Prescott 79-10 on Saturday but find themselves tied with Oakesdale atop the division, which followed up its win on Friday with a 56-17 dismantling of Waitsburg on Saturday.
Boys: Post Falls (9-2, 3-0) is the class of the Inland Empire 5A. The Trojans edged Lewiston 39-37 on Friday behind Jake Pfennigs, who had 14 points with eight boards. Lake City beat Coeur d’Alene 66-60 on Friday and won the Fight for the Fish.
Moscow (5-4, 2-0) beat Lakeland on Thursday and Sandpoint on Saturday to lead the IEL 4A by two games.
Genesis Prep (7-3, 4-0 North Star), Kellogg (10-2, 2-0 Intermountain) and St. Maries (6-3, 2-0 Central Idaho) lead their respective leagues.
Girls: Post Falls (12-1, 3-1) sits atop the Inland Empire 5A, with Lake City (13-2, 2-1) and Lewiston (6-4, 2-1) right behind.
Timberlake (14-2, 5-0), defending 3A state champs, won its last two games by a combined 121-25, but lead Bonners Ferry (6-5, 4-0) by a half-game in the Intermountain League.
Genesis Prep (6-2, 4-0) and Lakeside (6-1, 3-0) are both still undefeated in the North Star, while St. Maries (9-3, 3-0) is perfect in Central Idaho.
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