High leads SM 7th grade boys in pair of wins

St. Maries’ seventh grade boys basketball team improved to 7-2 with a pair of wins last week.

J.J. High gave the Lumberjacks the lead with a three-point play Feb. 6 against Kellogg as St. Maries came away with a 44-43 win.

J.J. finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for the Jacks, who avenged an early-season loss to the Wildcats.

Tyler Olson recorded five points, Seth Swallows and Roan Ford had four apiece and Trey Gibson added two points and three steals. Gavin Hodge-Wemhoff tallied two points and six rebounds and Alex Lambson chipped in one point.

The Jacks got past Timberlake Feb. 4 by a score of 35-25.

J.J. put up a team-high 14 points and Seth added 11 in the win.

“We got out to an early lead, and then let them back into the game,” Coach Gary Krumheuer said. “J.J. and Seth both scored eight in the third, pushing us to a 22-point lead.”

Trey, Gavin, Tyler, Roan and Alex each added two points for St. Maries.

The Priest River Tournament, originally scheduled Feb. 9, was postponed to this Saturday due to weather. – Collin Scheel

Lumberjack 7th grade girls edge Timberlake

St. Maries’ seventh grade girls basketball team split contests last week, opening with a 28-24 victory over Timberlake, its second over the Tigers this season.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Coach Shanon Pooler said. “Our determination, desire and competitive nature secured the win.”

Lily Daniel scored a team-high 10 points as the girls overcame a three-point halftime deficit. Sami Sindt recorded six points, Kammi Rimel and Jacklin Linnemeyer had four and Tayla Janssen and Kara Sexton two each.

“Every player on the team had a hand in the victory. It was a total team effort,” Coach Pooler added.

The team fell to Kellogg Feb. 6 by a score of 18-28.

Sami led St. Maries with seven points, Abbie Wilks had five, Lily three, Jacklin two and Caralena Humphrey one.

“Our zone defense gave them fits,” Coach Pooler said. “Kellogg is a very good team, but I feel we are closing the gap on them.”

The team will travel to the Priest River Tournament Saturday, which was rescheduled from Feb. 9 due to weather conditions. – Collin Scheel

Eighth grade Lumberjack girls cap perfect regular season

St. Maries’ eighth grade girls basketball team completed a perfect regular season Feb. 6 with a 37-8 win over Kellogg.

Lacie Sines scored a team-high 11 points, Berkli McGreal added six and Lexi Chappell five as the Lumberjacks improved to 9-0.

“The girls have had a great season,” Coach Brianne Watkins said. “Our guards have really started seeing the court, passing the ball to their open teammates, and our rebounding improved immensely.”

The girls beat Timberlake Feb. 4 by a score of 32-15 behind Lexi Chappell and her trio of three-point shots. She finished with nine points. Berkli McGreal scored five points, followed by Lacie, Sarah Spence and Stacie Mitchell with four apiece.

Lacie had a team-high nine points Feb. 1 in a 30-21 win over Bonners Ferry. McKayla Spray chipped in six points and Berkli five.

St. Maries defeated Priest River Jan. 28 by a score of 43-27.

Lexi put up a team-high 12 points, Lacie eight and Stormi Lockridge six. Coach Watkins credited Berkli for her guard play and ball movement that led to numerous assists.

“Their hard work has paid off and they are playing together as a team,” Coach Watkins said. I’m looking forward to the next four years and these girls transition into high school basketball. They are going to be a fun group to watch.”

The team competes in an end-of-season tournament Saturday at Bonners Ferry. – Collin Scheel

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