With two league games remaining, the only boys basketball team St. Maries has not beaten is itself.
The Lumberjacks will host Grangeville, a team they beat by 19 two weeks ago, Saturday with a chance to wrap up the Central Idaho League title going into districts in late February.
More recently St. Maries defeated Orofino to push its league record to 2-0.
“I think as a coach our goal is to always just keep the kids focused on one game at a time,” Coach Bryan Chase said. “So we will just keep trying to improve and bolster our chances at going to state again.”
In two CIL contests this season, St. Maries has outscored its opponents 111-55. Neither Grangeville nor Orofino reached 30 points in either of those defeats.
Coleman Ross led the Lumberjacks with 11 points – matching the Maniacs’ first half total - Jan. 25 at Orofino as nine players scored for Coach Chase’s team, including 25 points from the bench.
The Lumberjacks were up 11-0 after the first frame and committed six turnovers on the game.
“We had been talking about how we hadn’t had many good starts, and how we wanted to change that,” Coach Chase commented. “So I was really pleased with the way we came out defensively. We also really focused on taking care of the ball, and had worked on our passing, so it was nice to see those pay off.”
St. Maries 63, Orofino 26
SM 11 21 23 8 63
OHS 0 11 5 10 26
Ross 11 pts.; Stancil 9 pts.; Becktel 8 pts.; Ledbetter 8 pts.; Renner 8 pts.; Gentry 6 pts.; Sands 5 pts.; Gibson 5 pts.; Peet 3 pts.
Upcoming: St. Maries (10-4, 2-0 CIL) hosts Timberlake (3-8, 1-0 IML before a Jan. 28 game at Bonners Ferry) Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff, and can clinch the CIL Saturday with a win over Grangeville (5-6, 0-1 CIL). Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. at St. Maries High School.