Coach Bryan Chase said he told his team to keep their heads up after an overtime loss to Kellogg last weekend.
He also said they have things they can learn from losses like that, where his team went down 10 points early and fought back to force an extra period.
A nonleague game with the Wildcats Feb. 8 was not the first time St. Maries has undergone a major overhaul mid-game.
On the heels of a two-game losing streak Jan. 7 at Sandpoint, Coach Chase’s team went down 3-13 after the first quarter, only to fight back and outscore the Bulldogs 20-9 in the second quarter of an eventual win.
Saturday, after falling behind 4-14, a well-placed timeout led to the Lumberjacks outscoring Kellogg 17-7 in the second frame.
“I got on them a little bit in the timeout,” Coach Chase said. “I knew deep down that we were better than what we showed at Brawl, and in that first quarter. In the second and third quarters we played as well as we have all year.”
After going up 11 in the third quarter, St. Maries watched the Wildcats take a four-point lead late before the Jacks forced overtime.
Randie Becktel scored a team-high 13 points in the effort and led St. Maries in rebounding as his team pulled down nine offensive boards in the third frame.
St. Maries 50, Kellogg 52 OT
SM 4 17 15 10 4 50
KEL 12 7 11 16 6 52
Becktel 13 pts.; Sands 9 pts.; Gentry 9 pts.; Gibson 10 pts.; Stancil 5 pts.; Ross 4 pts.
Upcoming: St. Maries (12-5, 3-0 CIL) plays at Orofino (6-11, 0-2 CIL before a Feb. 11 game at Grangeville) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff, and hosts Genesee (6-12) Saturday. Genesee is coming off a 41-35 win over Grangeville Feb. 8.