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Weekend prep basketball recap: Gonzaga Prep boys, Central Valley girls retain league leads

The Gonzaga Prep boys moved two games ahead of the pack in the Greater Spokane League, the Clarkston and Freeman boys stayed undefeated in their leagues, and the Northeast 2B girls race crowded significantly.

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 (14-1, 12-1) handled University 70-51 on Friday as Anton Watson led four in double figures with 18 points.

The Bullpups, ranked third in State 4A according to the latest RPI rankings, will put its seven-game winning streak and two-game lead in the league on the line on Tuesday against Central Valley (12-3, 10-3), which picked up a pair of wins last week against North Central and Mead.

Girls: Central Valley (15-0, 13-0) has won 43 in a row over the past two seasons, but lead the league by just one game over Mt. Spokane (14-1, 12-1).

The Bears face third-place G-Prep (10-5, 10-3) on Tuesday while the Wildcats, which beat Ferris and U-Hi last week, take on fourth-place Lewis and Clark (8-7, 8-5).

Great Northern League

Boys: Clarkston (13-2, 8-0), third in State 2A, trounced a pair of GNL opponents last week and sits well ahead of the pack.

Girls: East Valley (10-6, 7-1), ranked 10th in State 2A, dumped Pullman 61-33 on Saturday as Faith Adams scored 19 points. The Knights have a two-game edge over Clarkston (8-6, 5-3), which makes their Tuesday matchup intriguing.

Northeast A

Boys: Freeman (15-1, 10-0), first in State 1A, beat Colville on Friday and Lakeside on Saturday and will face-off against second-place Medical Lake (12-4, 8-2), ninth in state, on Friday.

Girls: Medical Lake (14-2, 10-0), ranked ninth in State 1A, doubled up Deer Park 52-26 on Saturday. The Cardinals face Newport and Freeman this week with a chance to be 12-0 before meeting second-place Lakeside (11-5, 8-2) the last week of the season.

Northeast 2B

Boys: Northwest Christian (13-1, 11-0), ranked fifth in State 2B, picked up two more wins last week and leads the North by three games over St. George’s (9-6, 8-3). The pair play on Friday. In the South, Colfax (11-4, 9-2), winner of five in a row, leads Liberty (10-5, 8-3) by one game.

Girls: The two divisions look very similar. St. George’s (13-2, 10-1) leads the North over Davenport (13-2, 9-2) by one game, while it’s Liberty (14-1, 10-1) and Colfax (10-5, 9-2) in the same situation in the South. Davenport is ranked second in State 2B, while Liberty is fourth, St, George’s sixth and Colfax ninth.

Northeast 1B

Boys: Selkirk (13-4, 10-3) beat Northport 63-34 and Curlew 66-39 last week to retain top spot in the North over Inchelium (9-7, 9-5). Jacob Couch scored 42 points in the two games. In the South, third-ranked Almira/Coulee-Hartline (15-2, 12-0) won twice and has a 3 1/2-game lead in the division over Wellpinit (12-3, 8-3)

Girls: Republic, the third-ranked team in State 1B, picked up a pair of dominating wins over the weekend and Shania Graham scored another 36 points in the two games. The Tigers lead the North by 3 1/2 games over Selkirk (15-3, 9-3), sixth in the state.

In the South, Almira/Coulee-Hartline (14-3, 10-1), second in state, beat Odessa-Harrington by almost 50 points on Thursday and topped Wellpinit on Friday. Junior Caitlyn O’Neil scored 40 points in the two games.

Southeast 1B

Boys: Pomeroy (12-1, 10-0) is the class of the league. The Pirates won twice last week for a three-game lead and saw their RPI bump to seventh in State 1B.

Girls: Colton (13-2, 8-1) rebounded from its first league loss since 2010 by winning a pair of games last week by a combined 107-55. The Wildcats are ranked first in State 1B, but have just a one-half game lead in the division over Oakesdale (12-3, 7-1), which beat Colton and is ranked 11th.

Idaho

Boys: Post Falls (10-2, 3-0), third in last week’s 5A State media poll, beat fifth-ranked Lake City (10-3, 1-2) 75-51 on Friday and has a two-game lead in the loss column in the Inland Empire League over the Timberwolves and Coeur d’Alene (6-7, 2-2).

Moscow (5-4, 2-0), Kellogg (11-2, 3-0), Genesis Prep (8-3, 5-0) and St. Maries (8-3, 3-0) all retained leads in their respective leagues.

Girls: Post Falls, third in the 5A media poll, beat Lake City 42-31 on Thursday and leads the IEL by one-half game over Lewiston (12-4, 3-1) which visits Lake City (13-4, 2-2), fifth in the poll, on Monday.

Timberlake (14-2, 5-0), first in the 3A media poll, and Bonners Ferry (6-5, 3-0) remain unbeaten in Intermountain League play. The Tigers are off next week and face Bonners twice still later in the season.

Lakeside (11-1, 6-0), fourth in the 1A media poll, beat second-place Genesis Prep 55-45 on Saturday to take a 1 1/2-game lead in the North Star League.

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