A lot of shots would not fall for St. Maries’ boys basketball team in a game with Lapwai Dec. 3.
Three more would have been enough for overtime.
But Coach Bryan Chase and the Lumberjack boys’ second game ended in defeat.
The 53-59 loss was St. Maries’ first since February.
In its last 27 games dating back two seasons, Coach Chase’s team has lost twice. Both of those have been to Lapwai.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball last week as Lapwai opened its season in St. Maries in a matchup of two defending state champions.
St. Maries held small leads throughout the first half before a late second-quarter run put the Wildcats ahead six at the halftime break.
From there, Lapwai built leads of 14 and 16 in the second half, which were mostly erased by St. Maries, but not in time as the Jacks got to within six as the final buzzer sounded.
Tristan Nelson and Greyson Sands both hit timely shots in the second half to keep their team within reach. Tristan finished with 19 points and eight rebounds and Greyson put up 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the effort.
St. Maries will face Bonners Ferry Saturday before hosting another tough opponent in Lakeland. The Hawks went 1-2 at the 4A state tournament last season, and defeated Lapwai 91-65 during the regular season.
The team opened its season at Priest River Nov. 30, taking a five-point lead into halftime before outscoring the Spartans 25-5 in the third quarter of a 64-36 win.
Greyson led St. Maries with 15 points, and Colby Renner recorded a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double in the effort.
Up Next: St. Maries (1-1) travels to Bonners Ferry (1-2 before Dec. 4 and Dec. 7 games) Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Bonners Ferry High School.
St. Maries 53, Lapwai 59
SM 12 8 16 17 53
LAP 10 16 20 13 59
Nelson – 19 pts., 8 reb.; Sands – 14 pts., 7 reb.; Ross – 5 pts., 7 reb.; Elliott – 5 pts.; C. Renner – 4 pts.; T. Renner – 2 pts.; Hill – 4 pts.
St. Maries 64, Priest River 36
SM 18 15 25 6 64
PR 12 16 5 3 36
Sands – 15 pts.; C. Renner – 12 pts., 11 reb.; Ross – 11 pts.; Nelson – 10 pts.; Wolfe – 5 pts.; T. Renner – 4 pts.; Hill – 4 pts.; Elliott – 3 pts.