Girls respond; earn pair of wins

Kirsten Miller spins under the basket Nov. 24 in nonleague action against Priest River. Kirsten pulled down five rebounds in the 30-point win over the Spartans.

St. Maries’ girls basketball coach Gary Krumheuer was uncertain of how his team would look Jan. 5 against Lapwai.

The defending 1AD1 state champions had beaten the Lumberjacks once before, in mid November, by 29 points.

And following what he said was his team’s worst outing of the season, Jan. 2 at Sandpoint, he didn’t know what to expect.

His team’s response was encouraging, as it played to within seven points of Lapwai at halftime and hung with the Wildcats for all but one quarter in a 41-56 loss.

“It was a great rebound game for us after Saturday’s outing in Sandpoint,” Coach Krumheuer said. “We played with them into the fourth quarter, and a solid defensive effort kept us in it.”

The team made just one of 13 attempts in the third quarter, which made the difference in an otherwise close game.

Jenna Holder scored a personal season-high 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead St. Maries in scoring.

Guard Sami Badgett controlled the boards as she pulled down 13 rebounds against the much-taller Lapwai team. She added four assists, four steals and six points in the effort.

The girls doubled their wins in the next two games, improving from 2-7 to 4-7 with victories over Wallace (57-29) and Kellogg (51-39).

St. Maries forced 17 turnovers and held Wallace to eight field goals in its win over the Miners. Two days later the Lumberjacks forced 31 turnovers against Kellogg.

The team lost Mackenzie Hammond and Jenna Holder, both to ankle injuries, last week. Mackenzie did not play at Kellogg, and Jenna played sparingly on her sprained ankle, recording three assists on limited minutes.

Upcoming: St. Maries (4-7, 0-1 CIL) hosts Grangeville Saturday, tipping off at 3 p.m. at St. Maries High School. The girls travel to Timberlake Monday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

St. Maries 51, Kellogg 39

SM 11 12 12 16 51

KEL 10 9 6 14 39

Rimel – 16 pts., 4 as., 3 st.; Badgett – 11 pts., 5 reb., 3 as., 9 st.; Watkins – 9 pts., 4 reb.; McGreal – 6 pts., 2 st.; Sines – 5 pts., 6 reb., 3 st.; Mitchell – 4 pts., 5 reb.; Holder – 3 as.

St. Maries 57, Wallace 29

SM 11 11 26 9 57

WAL 7 13 1 8 29

Holder – 16 pts., 4-6 3PT; Rimel – 13 pts., 6-12 FG, 3 as.; Badgett – 5 pts., 4 reb., 5 as., 5 st.; Watkins – 6 pts., 5 reb.; Mitchell – 5 pts., 7 reb.; Hammond – 5 pts., 6 reb.; McGreal – 4 pts., 2 st.; Christensen – 2 pts., 5 as., 2 st.; Sines – 1 pt., 3 reb., 2 as.; Miller – 4 reb., 2 as., 1 st., 1 blk.

St. Maries 41, Lapwai 56

SM 11 12 5 13 41

LAP 16 14 12 14 56

Holder – 17 pts., 7 reb.; Badgett – 6 pts., 13 reb.; 4 as., 4 st.; Rimel – 6 pts.; Hammond – 6 pts., 3 reb.; Watkins – 3 pts., 3 reb.; McGreal – 2 pts.; Sines – 1 pt.; Mitchell – 5 reb.; Miller – 4 reb.

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