PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Wilfong helps Timberlake take over first in IML

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BONNERS FERRY — Senior JT Wilfong scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Timberlake Tigers beat Bonners Ferry 58-43 on Saturday night to take over first place in the Intermountain League from the Badgers.

“It’s big; it’s tough to win in Bonners, so it’s a good win for us,” Timberlake coach Mike Menti said.

Wilfong was 8 of 10 from the field for the Tigers (4-9, 2-0 IML), including 7 of 7 from 2-point range.

“JT did a good job playing defense and running the offense. He was very economical for us tonight,” Menti said.

Chris Durette led Bonners Ferry (7-8, 2-1) with 10 points.

Timberlake travels to St. Maries on Thursday.

Timberlake 12 9 11 26 — 58

Bonners Ferry 14 3 12 14 — 43

TIMBERLAKE — Wilfong 17, Cramer 2, Kluss 6, McDonald 0, James 11, Kistler 9, Gardom 13, Simpson 0, Dickson 0.

BONNERS FERRY — Hubbard 0, S. Bateman 8, Hittle 9, Durette 10, Stockton 5, Foster 2, Peterson 2, Morgan 7.

Kellogg 69

Priest River 34

PRIEST RIVER — Sparked by senior guard Brennen Atkins’s return, the Wildcats used a 17-0 run in the second quarter to beat the Spartans in Intermountain League play.

“Atkins made four of five of his 3s and everyone fed off of that,” Kellogg coach Jeff Nearing said. “It was a good win that we really needed.”

For a while, things weren’t easy for the Wildcats (3-11, 2-1 IML). The Spartans (0-9, 0-2) struck first by breaking the Wildcats’ press and getting everyone on offense involved. Four of Priest River’s starting five either scored or assisted in its 15 first-quarter points.

But Kellogg picked up the pace on both ends of the floor and stymied Priest River’s offense; despite scoring 15 points in the first quarter, the Spartans managed only 19 points for the rest of the game.

Priest River senior guard Keegan Hegel led all scorers with 17 points. Atkins led Kellogg with 16 points, and teammate Gavin Luna added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Kellogg plays host to Wallace on Wednesday, and Priest River will play Upper Columbia Academy on Tuesday.

Kellogg 11 24 24 10 — 69

Priest River 15 7 4 8 — 34

KELLOGG — Waller 2, Rickets 4, Atkins 16, Oertli 9, Nearing 9, Luna 11, Miller 6, Davis 4, Jerome 8, Alexander 0, Allen 0.

PRIEST RIVER — Anselmo 2, Hegel 17, Brennan 4, Lucas 1, McCracken 10, Mathews 0, Bell 0, Parkes 0, Zapfe 0.

St. Maries 54

Orofino 19

ST. MARIES — Jackson Pritchard finished with 15 points for the Lumberjacks in a Central Idaho League romp of the Maniacs.

“Our inside/outside game was really strong tonight,” St. Maries coach Bryan Chase said. “Jackson hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and we held them to five field goals for the game. Our defense was really good tonight and I was proud of the kids. Coy did a really good job on their best player (Payton Daly) and held him scoreless and take a bunch of really tough shots.”

Daniel Howard scored 10 points for St. Maries (10-4, 1-1), which hosts Timberlake on Thursday.

Orofino is 6-10, 0-1.

Orofino 4 9 2 4 — 19

St. Maries 22 11 13 8 — 54

OROFINO — Daly 0, Taitiano 5, Llagan 0, Howell 3, Sparano 2, Martin 5, Kelso 2, Hueth 2.

ST. MARIES — Hill 2, Ross 2, Pritchard 15, Becktel 0, Peet 0, Nelson 6, Lohman 6, Sands 2, Gibson 3, Renner 2, Hammond 6, Howard 10.

LATE FRIDAY

Mullan 49

Genesis Prep JV 25

POST FALLS — Chandler Holling scored 18 points as the Tigers beat the Jaguars junior varsity at Post Falls Middle School.

Riley Trogden added 13 points, Luke Trogden 12 for Mullan (5-8, 1-5 North Star League), which finished with four players when Wyatt King suffered a sprained ankle late in the third quarter and didn’t return.

“We ran a four-person delay game,” Mullan coach Paul Elston said. “We had one possession that lasted 2 minutes, 30 seconds.”

Mullan chose to play the Genesis Prep JV, opting to take a forfeit against the Jaguars varsity in the scheduled league game.

“Genesis is a tough matchup for anybody — but especially tough for us with five guys.”

Mullan plays host to Kootenai on Thursday.

Mullan 17 20 6 6 — 49

Genesis Prep JV 7 8 8 2 — 25

MULLAN — L. Trogden 12, Holling 18, Hess 4, R. Trogden 13, King 2.

GENESIS PREP — Baumann 8, Shin 7, Weeks 5, Moate 2, Yount 2, Blood 1.

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