Marc Allert’s Post Falls girls basketball team defends 94 feet of the court.
The Trojans did that and more Friday, moving a step closer to the 5A Inland Empire League championship with a 42-31 win over visiting Lake City.
It was a significant victory considering Post Falls was coming off a 49-45 loss at Lewiston. The Trojans improved to 15-2 overall and 4-1 in league. A win in their final league game against Coeur d’Alene would give the Trojans no worse than a share of the title.
Two weeks ago, Post Falls handled short-handed Lake City 54-31. The Timberwolves played without two starters.
LC was at full strength in the rematch, but too many turnovers against the Trojans’ extended defense proved costly.
“That’s where we played (tonight) – 94 feet,” Allert said. “We did a good job in the full court. Probably a little bit better than I expected. They had those other kids back. The last game we played, throw it out the window because it wasn’t them.”
It’s no secret that LC (13-4, 2-2) struggles against athletic defenders. But the Trojans exposed the T-Wolves difficulty even more in the rematch.
The Trojans used a 12-0 run to close out the first quarter with a 14-6 lead. Freshman Tyler McCliment-Call hit three straight 3-pointers, the last one at the buzzer.
McCliment-Call’s twin sister, Jacksen, hit a 3-pointer and Bayley Brennan got a steal and fed Jenna Gardiner for a breakaway layup for a 23-11 lead early in the second quarter.
But the T-Wolves used a surge of their own to score the final eight points of the first half and cut Post Falls’ lead to 23-19 going into halftime.
A free throw from Nina Carlson allowed LC to pull within 28-25 at the 5:24 mark of the third quarter. But that’s as close as the T-Wolves would get.
LC was still in reach trailing 34-27 going into the final period. But when Brennan broke through pressure to push the Trojans’ lead to 42-29 nearly six minutes later, LC was done.
Allert praised the twins.
“The offensive part didn’t surprise me but they battled defensively,” Allert said. “To step in an atmosphere like that, being freshmen and being outmatched (size) a lot, I thought they really did a great job.”
Melody Kempton led the Trojans with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Tyler McCliment-Call had 14 points and five rebounds.
LC played well defensively but fewer possessions made it too challenging.
“They did a good job of trapping and we didn’t do a good job of breaking it and attacking,” LC coach Bryan Kelly said. “When you break a run-and-jump (press) like that, you have to attack it because you have mismatches.”
Lauren Rewers led LC with 11 points and seven rebounds.
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