St. Maries’ sophomore guard Greyson Sands did not check into last Thursday’s game against Lakeside until the 3:46 mark of the first quarter.
What he did in the next three and-a-half minutes was nothing short of ignite his team for the rest of the contest.
Down 5-8 to the defending 1AD2 state champion Knights, St. Maries got a pair of three pointers from Greyson along with a layup as he went on a 9-0 run to put his team ahead after the first frame.
Greyson finished with 20 points, a game-high, going 8-9 from the field to lead the Lumberjacks past Lakeside and snap its 25-game win streak, winning 51-40.
“Eight for nine doesn’t happen every night,” Coach Bryan Chase said. “But when it does, it’s really nice. He carried us for much of that first half.”
St. Maries pulled away in the fourth after trading leads with Lakeside for the first three frames and going down four points in the third.
“They came out and definitely went after us a bit,” Coach Chase said. “In that tight of a game, the momentum shifted and I called a timeout and tried to regroup them a bit.”
Coach Chase’s timeout stunted Lakeside’s brief run, and his team quickly regained the lead for good.
“In the fourth we had a couple really good steals that led to some baskets,” Coach Chase said. “Tristan (Nelson) had a big steal for us. He’s been playing with a lot of confidence the last couple of weeks.”
The Lumberjacks will look for a sweep of 3A Bonners Ferry this week. The two met early this month in St. Maries’ season opener, where it took a 74-47 victory and scored 56 points in the paint.
Upcoming: St. Maries (3-0) finishes its pre-Christmas break schedule Friday at Bonners Ferry (1-2). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
St. Maries 51, Lakeside 40
SM 14 10 9 18 51
LHS 9 13 8 10 40
Sands – 20 pts., 8-9 FG; Nelson – 6 pts., 4 reb., 3 st.; Renner – 6 pts., 5 reb.; Gibson – 6 pts., 5 reb., 4 as.; Ross – 5 pts.; Becktel – 4 pts.; Stancil – 4 pts.