PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Timberlake tops Bonners, clinches top seed to districts

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BONNERS FERRY — Taryn Soumas scored 17 points, McKeeley Tonkin added 16 and the Timberlake Tigers clinched the top seed to the 3A District 1 tournament with a 57-47 Intermountain League victory over the Bonners Ferry Badgers on Saturday.

Brooke Jessen added 13 points for Timberlake (16-2, 4-0 IML), which also cliched a tie for the league title. This year, the top seed hosts the first two nights of the district tourney; in recent years, the event has been at North Idaho College.

Holly Ansley scored 12 points for Bonners Ferry (13-5, 3-2), which led Timberlake at halftime of the first meeting Jan. 8, before falling 45-33 in Spirit Lake.

“With them, it’s kind of pick your poison,” Bonners Ferry coach Travis Hinthorn said. “Jessen lit us up down there (with 20 points), and this time, Tonkin (four) and Soumas (two) combined for six 3s. That’s why they’re good.”

Baylee Blackmore had 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Badgers, who play host to Stillwater Christian on Friday.

Timberlake returns to action Saturday at Kellogg.

Timberlake 18 9 13 17 — 57

Bonners Ferry 9 13 11 14 — 47

TIMBERLAKE — Tonkin 16, Soumas 17, Suko 0, Hammond 0, Kronenberg 0, Carhart 4, Jessen 13, Jeffs 4, Willis 3.

BONNERS FERRY — Blackmore 11, Liermann 4, Jackson 2, Sa. Hill 3, Si. Hill 6, Pluid 7, Ansley 12, Villelli 2.

Central Valley 56

Lake City 50

COEUR d’ALENE — The Timberwolves’ 13-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the visiting Bears, last year’s Washington state 4A champions.

Camryn Skaife hit three of her four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Central Valley (14-2), which outscored Lake City 23-9 in the final eight minutes.

Aubrey Avery and Brooklyn Rewers each scored 15 points for Lake City (17-3). Dejah Wilson added nine points and six steals, and Bridget Rieken had five points, 10 rebounds and four steals.

Lake City wraps up the regular season Friday at home vs. Coeur d’Alene.

Central Valley 12 12 9 23 — 56

Lake City 11 14 16 9 — 50

CENTRAL VALLEY — Simmelink 7, Sams 8, Bruno 6, Chalich 5, Skaife 14, Whitman 10, Williams 6.

LAKE CITY — Pickford 3, Avery 15, Muehlhausen 3, Teets 0, Rieken 5, Littman 0, Wilson 9, Rewers 15.

Kellogg 37

Priest River 10

PRIEST RIVER — The Wildcats put the clamps down on defense and held the Spartans to only three field goals in the Intermountain League win.

“I thought we played super organized defense,” Kellogg coach Jana Kothe said. “I think we were able to change it up quickly and get everyone in. We were working really well together defensively.”

Led by senior guard Taeya Sheppard’s team-high eight steals, the Wildcats (8-8, 2-2 IML) forced 27 turnovers in the defensive affair. Priest River’s offense couldn’t get anything going without senior point guard Jasmine Martin, who was out with an ankle sprain, and the Spartans (1-11, 0-5) failed to make a field goal throughout the second and third quarters. A runner at the free-throw line from Spartan Liann Kren finally got Priest River into double digits with three seconds to play.

Kellogg’s Jaron Figueroa and Hailey Cheney scored a game-high nine points apiece, while Priest River’s Karah Fink posted a seven-point, seven-rebound and five-steal effort — all of which were team highs.

“I think we had a very balanced effort,” Kothe said. “They passed the ball well offensively, so it’s hard to single out one player in particular. They all gave a good effort.”

The Wildcats will play host to Timberlake next Saturday.

Priest River will play at Upper Columbia Academy on Tuesday.

Kellogg 15 10 6 6 — 37

Priest River 2 4 0 4 — 10

KELLOGG — Bristow 0, Hill 0, Seymour 6, Rauenhorst 2, Senteney 5, Sheppard 5, Figueroa 9, Brandt 1, Cheney 9, VanHoose 0, Nearing 0.

PRIEST RIVER — Fitzmorris, Barnes 1, Minish, Fink 7, Kren 2, Rusho 0, Palfrey 0, Pound 0.

Wallace 47

Genesis Prep 46

POST FALLS — Jaden House hit the go-ahead free throw with 1.6 seconds remaining, and the Miners scored the game’s final five points in the final minute to beat the Jaguars in a North Star League game at Post Falls Middle School.

“We had really good teammwork and really focused on their two main players and focused on where they were on the court,” Wallace coach Nichole Farkas said. “Things were just clicking on the court for us tonight. We knew after the first half that they were going to come back, and had to weather whatever storm was coming. We just had to keep playing.”

Megan Morin scored 13 points and Maggie Howard added 12 for Wallace (5-9, 3-2 NSL), which hosts Kootenai on Tuesday.

Bella Murekatete scored 23 points, Rachel Schroeder 18 for Genesis Prep (7-8, 3-3), which travels to St. George’s on Tuesday.

“We did not do the little things like getting to our spots defensively, and trust ourselves,” Genesis Prep coach Brandon Haas said. “We’re searching.”

Wallace 10 17 7 13 — 47

Genesis Prep 12 10 9 15 — 46

WALLACE — Welch 0, Johnson 7, Frey 7, House 3, Sheppard 3, Morin 13, Bergem 2, Howard 12.

GENESIS PREP — Morrow 1, Neely 0, Schroeder 18, Greiner 0, Martinez 4, Blood 0, Kim 0, Murekatete 23.

St. Maries 55

Orofino 40

ST. MARIES — Madison Cordell totaled 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Lumberjacks downed the Maniacs in Central Idaho League play.

Kaci Haeg added 16 points, six boards and eight steals for St. Maries (10-5, 2-1), which plays host to Priest River on Monday.

Hayley Bretz of Orofino (9-6, 0-3) led all scorers with 21 points.

Orofino 5 7 17 11 — 40

St. Maries 16 15 6 18 — 55

OROFINO — Bretz 21, Sparano 10, Schwartz 0, Peterson 3, Shuman 0, Rasmussen 0, Howell 0, Thomas 2, Johnson 4, Kitchen 0.

ST. MARIES — Badgett 2, Wilks 2, Crawford 2, Haeg 16, Cordell 18, Baird 2, Holder 7, Hammond 2, Koser 4.

N.I. Christian 43

Flathead Valley 35

KALISPELL, Mont. — Imelda Bresee had 14 points and 20 rebounds for the Royals in a nonleague win over Flathead Valley Home School Association.

Riley Anderson had 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals and Savannah Seeley 12 points for North Idaho Christian (15-3), which faces Classical Christian on Monday at Holy Family Catholic School.

Elizabeth Buckner scored 12 points for Flathead Valley.

N.I. Christian 7 13 12 11 — 43

Flathead Valley 15 4 3 13 — 35

NORTH IDAHO CHRISTIAN — Monaghan 0, Choi 0, Hines 4, Anderson 3, Whiteman 0, Ward 6, Malinauskas 4, Bresee 14, Seeley 12.

FLATHEAD VALLEY — Kennedy 3, Howery 2, Meyers 0, Buckner 12, Wiser 0, Connerly 8, Davis 6, Burlingame 4.

Chr. Center 39

S.C. Christian 28

COEUR d’ALENE — Rebekah Cashen scored 14 points and the Christian Center Lions pulled away in the second half to beat the Spokane Classical Christian Knights in Mountain Christian League play at Holy Family Catholic School.

Mariella Cashen added 11 points for Christian Center (6-5, 6-4 MCL), which plays Classical Christian on Tuesday at the HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake.

S.C. Christian 5 8 9 6 — 28

Chr. Center 6 9 14 10 — 39

SPOKANE CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN — Fisher 10, Nichols 2, Brusch 4, Severn 3, A. Fowlkes 0, Anyan 5, A. Fowlkes 0, Vermeer 4.

CHRISTIAN CENTER — Williams 0, Taylor 2, May 0, M. Cashen 11, Kramer 8, Sisco 0, M. Epkey 4, Bauer 0, N. Epkey 0, R. Cashen 14, James 0.

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