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Weekend prep basketball recap: League races finish up with intriguing matchups

It’s the last week of the regular season across all the leagues in Washington and most of Idaho, though Inland Empire 5A girls districts start on Friday.

There are some intriguing matchups this week including in Southeast 1B girls, where Oakesdale is ranked No.1 and hosts perennial state champ and second-ranked Colton with the league title on the line on Saturday.

Greater Spokane League

Boys: Gonzaga Prep (16-1, 14-1), ranked second in state 4A in the latest WIAA RPI ratings, holds a two-game lead with three to play over ninth-ranked Ferris (14-3, 12-3) and Shadle Park (14-3, 12-3). The Bullpups host the Saxons on Tuesday and have already swept Shadle.

Girls: Central Valley (17-0, 15-0) ran its win streak to 45 with dominating wins over Rogers (4-13, 3-12) and second-place Gonzaga Prep (10-7, 13-2) last week. Lexie Hull scored 40 points combined in the two wins. Despite the dominance in league, the Bears are ranked just sixth in state 4A in the latest WIAA RPI ratings.

CV has three games this week, including a rematch with second-place Mt. Spokane on Thursday. Mt. Spokane (15-2, 13-2) has three games as well.

Great Northern League

Boys: Clarkston (16-2, 10-0), ranked first in state 2A, wrapped up the league long ago, but sixth-ranked Pullman (12-5, 5-4) and 10th-ranked East Valley (10-9, 5-6) still have plenty to play for. Pullman has three games this week all against the teams below them in league, finishing with EV on Friday.

Girls: East Valley (13-6, 10-1), 10th in state 2A, clinched the league with a win against West Valley on Friday and followed up by beating Cheney on Saturday. The Knights finished the season against Pullman on Friday.

Northeast A

Boys: Freeman (17-1, 12-0) is ranked No. 1 in state 1A and clinched the league title last week with an overtime win over Medical Lake. Ryan Maine scored 26 points in that game and had averaged 17 points in the last five games. The Scotties have two games between them and a perfect league record: Deer Park (8-10, 6-6) on Tuesday and Chewelah (7-10, 3-9) on Thursday.

Girls: Medical Lake (16-2, 12-0), ranked 12th in state 1A, clinched the league on Friday with a 47-27 win over Freeman (5-13, 4-8). The Cardinals plays second-place Lakeside (12-6, 9-3) and Colville (5-13, 4-8) for a shot at an undefeated season.

Northeast 2B

Boys: Northwest Christian (16-1, 13-0) locked in the North Division title with a win over Davenport on Saturday and a win over St. George’s in their “Battle for the Holy Grail” game on Tuesday. The fourth-ranked Crusaders can finish league play undefeated and have three games this week – all on the road: at Springdale (11-6, 7-6), Wilbur-Creston (5-12, 4-9) and Kettle Falls (5-12, 2-11).

In the South, 12th-ranked Colfax (13-4, 11-2) leads No. 6 Liberty (12-5, 10-3) by one game with two to play. Colfax has Reardan (3-13, 2-10) and Tekoa_Rosalia (4-13, 2-11) this week, while Liberty hosts Asotin (7-8, 7-5) and travels to Reardan (3-13, 2-10).

Girls: In the North Division, No. 5 St. George’s (15-2, 12-1) leads fourth-ranked Davenport by one game with three to play this week, including a showdown with the Gorillas (15-2, 11-2) on Saturday.

Liberty (16-1, 12-1), sixth-ranked in state, leads the South by one over No. 10 Colfax (12-5, 11-2) with three to play. The two square off on Tuesday.

Northeast 1B

Boys: Selkirk (15-4, 11-3), ranked 15th in state 1A, clinched the North Division on Saturday with a win over Columbia.

In the South, seventh-ranked Almira/Coulee-Hartline (17-2, 13-0) is division champ and plays Columbia (2-16, 1-12) on Tuesday to register an undefeated league season.

Girls: Republic (18-1, 15-0) is the North champ and finished its season on Tuesday against Northport (4-15, 3-12). Second-place and ninth-ranked Selkirk (16-3, 11-3) closes with Inchelium (9-8, 7-7) on Tuesday.

In the South, Almira/Coulee-Hartline (16-3, 12-1) clinched the divisions with a dominant win over Northport and a close one over Curlew. Fourth-ranked ACH finishes the regular season against winless Columbia on Tuesday.

Southeast 1B

Boys: Pomeroy (16-1, 12-0), eighth-ranked in state 1B, is league champ and plays ninth-ranked Waitsburg (10-4, 7-3) on Friday and No. 11 Prescott (9-6, 7-4) on Saturday in pursuit of a perfect league record.

Girls: Oakesdale (15-3, 11-1) is ranked No.1 in state 1B, with Colton (16-2, 11-1) second and Pomeroy (10-5, 8-3) fifth. The Nighthawks hosts the perennial state-champ Wildcats on Saturday with the league on the line for the first time in seemingly forever.

Idaho

Boys: Post Falls (11-2, 4-0), ranked third in the 5A state media poll, leads Coeur d’Alene (7-7, 3-2) in the Inland Empire by two games in the loss column. The Trojans have three games this week, culminating with a showdown with the Vikings at home on Saturday. CdA has four games remaining, but just two in league and both on the road.

Moscow (6-5, 2-1), Kellogg (12-2, 4-0), Genesis Prep (11-4, 6-0) and St. Maries (8-4, 3-0) lead their respective leagues.

Girls: 5A Districts start this week. Post Falls (17-2, 6-1) is the IEL 5A champ and will host fourth-seeded Coeur d’Alene (7-10, 0-6) on Friday at 7 p.m. Lake City (15-4, 3-2) plays Lewiston (13-5, 3-2) on Monday to determine the 2-3 seedings and will play again in Districts on Friday.

In 4A, Sandpoint (8-11, 2-0) plays Lakeland (2-16, 0-3) and Moscow (5-10, 2-2) to finish the season and decide seeds for regionals, starting Feb. 7.

Timberlake (14-2, 5-0), Lakeside (13-1, 8-0) and St. Maries (12-4, 4-0) all lead their respective leagues and finish league play this week.

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