St. Maries’ boys basketball team played its final game of the regular season early this week.
One district game against the winner of Grangeville and Orofino stands between the Lumberjacks and a seventh consecutive state tournament appearance.
St. Maries will host the championship game Wednesday, Feb. 24, and with a win will advance to the 2A tournament at Eagle High school.
A Grangeville win would send the two teams to a winner-take-all game later in the week.
“We need to find ways to be more consistent on both ends of the court,” Coach Bryan Chase said. “We’ve let some teams hang around late into games, and you do that too often and it’ll come back and bite you.”
A nine-point first quarter lead over Orofino gave St. Maries enough room to hold on for a 53-38 victory over the Maniacs Feb. 12. The CIL win was St. Maries’ fourth as it capped a perfect record in league play.
Brett Stancil led the Jacks in scoring with 16 points and Coleman Ross had 13 points to go with seven steals.
St. Maries played at Timberlake the following day, getting double-digit contributions from five players in a 69-41 win.
“I think our tempo was a lot better,” Coach Chase said. “We talked about a lot of things after that Orofino game, and it was good to see the kids go out and perform like that.”
Randie Becktel scored 10 points in the win, the most for him since returning from a brief absence due to a shoulder injury. Eli Gibson led the Jacks with 17 points as Colby Renner, Tristan Nelson and Brett also put up big numbers on the evening.
Next Up: St. Maries will face the winner of Grangeville and Orofino with a state berth up for grabs Feb. 24 at St. Maries High School. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
St. Maries 53, Orofino 38
SM 17 12 20 4 53
OHS 8 13 9 8 38
Stencil – 16 pts.; Ross – 13 pts., 7 st.; Gibson – 6 pts., 4 as.; Nelson – 4 pts., 7 reb.; Becktel – 4 pts.; Ledbetter – 4 pts.; Sands – 2 pts.; Badgett – 2 pts.; McMaster – 2 pts.
St. Maries 69, Timberlake 41
SM 19 25 19 6 69
TL 7 12 15 7 41
Gibson – 17 pts.; Renner – 13 pts.; Stancil – 11 pts., 4 st., 3 as.; Nelson – 10 pts., 10 reb.; Becktel – 10 pts.; Ross – 4 pts.; Elliott – 2 pts.; C. Wicks – 2 pts.