PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lakeland posts first league win since 2012

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RATHDRUM — Junior Mel Loutzenhiser scored 15 points and the Lakeland Hawks snapped a 24-game losing streak in 4A Inland Empire League play by beating the Moscow Bears 55-45 in the league opener for both teams Thursday night at Hawk Court.

Lauryn Cooper had 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for Lakeland (6-7), which last won a league game in the 2011-12 season. The Hawks had beaten Moscow at regionals in the 2014 and ’17 seasons.

“I’m just really happy for the girls; they’ve been working pretty hard in practice the last few days,” Lakeland coach Steve Seymour said. “It was nice to see them close it out.

Katy Ryan added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Lakeland, which outscored the Bears 9-2 in the second quarter after trailing 13-11 after one.

“I was really pleased with our defense the last couple minutes of first quarter, and in the second quarter,” Seymour said.

Megan Jung led Moscow with 16 points, and Peyton Claus added 12.

Lakeland plays at Coeur d’Alene on Saturday.

Moscow 13 2 15 15 — 45

Lakeland 11 9 20 15 — 55

MOSCOW — M. Watson 0, Rauch 2, Verlin 4, Claus 12, P. Watson 1, Anderson 7, Pilcher 0, Jung 16, Buzzoli 3, Hanson 0.

LAKELAND — Boyer 2, Cooper 11, Kime 0, Cooley 2, McDevitt 0, Elpers 3, Loutzenhiser 15, Kirk 10, Ryan 6, Pruitt 6, Neff 0.

Timberlake 57

Kellogg 26

SPIRIT LAKE — McKeeley Tonkin scored 12 of her game-high 15 points in the second half as the Tigers beat the Wildcats in an Intermountain League game.

“We played really well in the first half, and I was happy with our defense,” said Timberlake coach Matt Miller, whose team led 21-10 at halftime. “I was really happy, but we missed a lot of shots in the first half. We played the same in the second half, but just made more shots. We got the same looks in the second half, but just more went in.”

Karissa Willis scored 13 points — eight in the second half — for Timberlake (13-2, 2-0 IML), which hosts Priest River in the Battle for the Buck spirit game on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Hailey Cheney scored eight points for Kellogg (7-7, 1-1), which travels to Bonners Ferry on Saturday.

Kellogg 8 2 10 6 — 26

Timberlake 12 9 18 18 — 57

KELLOGG — Bristow 0, Hill 0, Rauenhorst 4, Senteney 0, Figueroa 6, Cheney 8, Nearing 2, Brandt 4, Allred 2.

TIMBERLAKE — Tonkin 15, Soumas 12, Suko 0, Hammond 1, Kronenberg 0, Carhart 2, Sande 4, Jessen 10, Jeffs 0, Willis 13.

Genesis Prep 59

Lakeside 41

PLUMMER — After the host Knights jumped out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter, the Jaguars took over in the middle two quarters to capture the North Star League game.

Bella Murekatete scored 10 of her 29 points in the second quarter for Genesis Prep (6-6, 2-1 NSL), and Rachel Schroeder tallied eight of her 24 in that quarter.

“We came out and did exactly what we planned,” Lakeside coach Chris Dohrman said. “The girls did a fantastic job. We held them on defense, we got out and got some scores, we were moving the ball well. In the second and third quarters, Genesis Prep turned some turnovers into some easy points.”

Tommia Pakootas scored 17 points, Alyssa SiJohn 10 for Lakeside (5-8, 3-1), which returns to action next Thursday at home vs. Kootenai.

Genesis Prep plays host to Clark Fork on Saturday at Post Falls Middle School.

Genesis Prep 5 18 20 16 — 59

Lakeside 14 3 10 14 — 41

GENESIS PREP — Morrow 0, Schroeder 24, Greiner 4, Martinez 0, Blood 2, Kim 0, Murekatete 29.

LAKESIDE — Brown 0, Holt 2, Twoteeth 2, S. Pakootas 3, SiJohn 10, Adrian 4, T. Pakootas 17, Peters 0, Hendrickx 3.

St. Maries 36

Wallace 16

WALLACE — Kaci Haeg scored 12 points to lead the Lumberjacks past the Miners at Kirby Krulitz Court.

St. Maries (8-4) hosts Grangeville on Saturday.

Wallace (4-8) travels to the Lakeland JV on Saturday.

St. Maries 16 12 6 2 — 36

Wallace 4 2 3 7 — 16

ST. MARIES — Badgett 2, Suchoski 2, Wilks 2, Crawford 0, Haeg 12, Cordell 6, Holder 2, Rimel 0, Hammond 6, Koser 4, Baird 0.

WALLACE — Welch 3, Johnson 0, House 7, Sheppard 6, Morin 0, Hill 0, Hunter 0, Howard 0.

N.I. Christian 53

Kootenai Thunder 31

KOOTENAI — Savannah Seeley had 15 points, six steals and five assists for the Royals in a Mountain Christian League win over Kootenai Thunder at Kootenai Elementary.

Imelda Bresee had 12 points and 19 rebounds for North Idaho Christian (11-3, 7-0 MCL), which faces Christian Center on Saturday at Holy Family Catholic School.

Libby Koch scored 12 points for Kootenai Thunder.

N.I. Christian 13 13 12 15 — 53

Kootenai Thunder 2 8 11 10 — 31

NORTH IDAHO CHRISTIAN — Monaghan 4, Choi 2, Overtuff 8, Anderson 4, Whiteman 0, Ward 4, Bresee 12, Seeley 15, Vanluven 4.

KOOTENAI THUNDER — Osman 4, H. Jones 0, McArthur 2, Barnhart 0, T. Jones 4, Dilts 9, Duchow 0, Koch 12.

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