PREP BASKETBALL: Zubaly leads Lakeland boys past Coeur d’Alene in opener

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RATHDRUM — The high school boys basketball season in Idaho started on Saturday — and the 4A Lakeland Hawks got off to a quicker start than did the 5A Coeur d’Alene Vikings.

Ben Zubaly scored 17 points, including seven straight in the fourth quarter as Lakeland held off a rallying Coeur d’Alene squad 61-55 in the nonleague season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Hawk Court.

Lakeland jumped out to a 17-2 lead after the first quarter.

“For a first game, I was pretty pleased with these guys,” Lakeland coach Dave Stockwell said. “I thought we ran our stuff real well in the first quarter.”

Luke McLaughlin, one of several Vikings making the quick transition to hoops after playing in the state 5A football championship game last Saturday, scored 13 points for Coeur d’Alene. Mayson Blakeley-Whittaker also scored 13, and Alex Karns made three 3-pointers and added 11 points.

Carson Seay added 15 points for Lakeland. Sophomore Abe Munyer hit three of the Hawks’ 10 3-pointers, and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Coeur d’Alene pulled to within four points midway through the fourth quarter, before Zubaly’s scoring run gave the Hawks a bit of a cushion.

Four Lakeland players, including three starters, fouled out. The Hawks sent the Vikings to the line 39 times, but Coeur d’Alene made just 21 free throws.

On Tuesday, Coeur d’Alene travels to Ferris, and Lakeland visits North Central.

Coeur d’Alene 2 17 19 17 — 55

Lakeland 17 17 12 15 — 61

COEUR d’ALENE — Blakeley-Whittaker 13, Bengtson 3, C. Smith 1, Larson 0, Karns 11, Cope 9, O. Smith 0, Prka 5, McLaughlin 13.

LAKELAND — Zubaly 17, Furey 0, Seay 15, Henry 6, Ab. Munyer 10, Am. Munyer 4, Haaland 7, Roth 0, Elizondo 0, Waddington 2, Derrick 0, Saasen 0.

• GIRLS

Coeur d’Alene 60

Richland 53

RICHLAND, Wash. — Freshman Madi Symons scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half, and the Vikings scored 44 points in the final two quarters to charge past the host Bombers in nonleague play.

Skylar Burke added 10 points for Coeur d’Alene, off to its first 3-0 start since the 2013-14 season.

“We came out playing hard but struggling scoring,” said Coeur d’Alene coach Nicole Symons, Madi’s mother. “That caused us to start playing frantic and getting away from our system and game plan. At halftime we talked about playing Viking basketball and focusing on defense and rebounding and that the offense would come. We settled in and started hitting some shots.”

Coeur d’Alene plays host to Lewis and Clark on Wednesday in its home opener.

“Excited to finally play at home,” Symons said.

Coeur d’Alene 5 11 16 28 — 60

Richland 11 11 12 19 — 53

COEUR d’ALENE — Matheson 0, Brainard-Adams 0, Whiteman 8, Symons 25, Younker 6, Chavez 9, Phenicie 0, Zanetti 2, Burke 10.

RICHLAND — Clark 4, Utley 0, Jo. Smith 15, Albrecht 0, Ja. Clark 11, Fox 9, Lerch 2, Holm 12.

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