PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Post Falls goes 3-0 at Lake City invite

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COEUR d’ALENE — Caden McLean hit four 4-pointers, the last one with just under a minute remaining to put Post Falls up by one point, and the Trojans went on to beat the Mead Panthers 58-55 on Saturday to complete a 3-0 run at the seventh annual Lake City Invitational at Lake City High.

Mead came down and missed a shot to tie it. Alex Horning of Post Falls rebounded, was fouled and sank two free throws with some 20 seconds left.

Mead was not in the bonus, so the Trojans were able to foul several times to burn clock, and the Panthers could only manage a desperation shot at the buzzer.

McLean finished with 16 points for Post Falls (11-2).

“It was a war the entire time. Mead was physical and pressured us the entire time,” Post Falls coach Mike McLean said. “Today Caden really came through, with three 3s in the second half. And I was really happy with his fullcourt ball pressure on their guards.”

Horning added 12 points and five rebounds for the Trojans, and Colby Gennett had 14 points and four steals.

Tyson Rogalette scored a game-high 20 points for Mead (5-5), which went 0-3 in the tourney, also losing to Lake City and Coeur d’Alene, each by 12.

Post Falls is now 13-2 in the five years the Trojans have participated in the tourney.

“This tournament we took three teams’ best shots; we have to rise to the occasion every time,” McLean said. “We are used to taking other teams’ best shots; we just have to match every team’s intensity.”

Post Falls plays at Rogers of Spokane on Wednesday.

Mead 14 15 14 12 — 55

Post Falls 15 16 11 16 — 58

MEAD — Ty. Rogalette 20, Mulder 0, Gardner 5, Shoff 5, Russell 0, Wenkheimer 11, Mount 9, Reighard 0, Lorenz 5, Allen 0.

POST FALLS — Gennett 14, McLean 16, Rodriguez 1, Rutherford 7, Ballew 8, Lee 0, Horning 12, Shields 0.

Lake City 51

North Central 29

COEUR d’ALENE — Jack Kiesbuy and Varick Meredith scored 11 points each, and the tourney host Timberwolves defeated the Indians of Spokane for the second time this season to finish 2-1 at the Lake City Invitational.

Meredith had three steals, Kolton Mitchell four assists for Lake City (6-3).

“We learned we still have a long ways to go,” Lake City assistant coach Kelly Reed said of what the T-Wolves gleaned from the tourney. “We have to get better at a lot of little things. The ship is sailing in the right direction, but some things have to get tightened up.”

Jalen Martin scored nine points to lead North Central (1-10), which went 0-3 in the tourney.

Lake City travels to Lakeland on Tuesday.

North Central 3 7 10 9 — 29

Lake City 14 13 15 9 — 51

NORTH CENTRAL — Elison 0, Edwards 3, Barnufsky 5, Harle 5, Auld 3, Schoeffler 0, Mongar 0, Thomason 2, Martin 9, Renz 2, Truong 0.

LAKE CITY — Irvin 2, Janke 3, Kiesbuy 11, Spellman 2, Johnson 9, Hanson 9, Mitchell 2, Sundstrom 2, Meredith 11.

Columbia River 51

Coeur d’Alene 35

COEUR d’ALENE — After a strong performance the night before, the Vikings couldn’t match it on Saturday, falling to the Chieftans of Vancouver, Wash., to finish 1-2 at the Lake City Invitational.

“Honestly I didn’t feel like our guys were ready to go today,” Coeur d’Alene coach Tony Hanna said. “They played good defense, and we didn’t rise to the challenge.”

Luke McLaughlin led Coeur d’Alene (5-5) with nine points.

Dylan Valdez, a 6-foot-4 post, scored a game-high 15 points for Columbia River, which went 2-1 in the tourney.

Coeur d’Alene returns to action Friday at Lake City in the Fight for the Fish spirit game.

Columbia River 16 10 14 11 — 51

Coeur d’Alene 13 7 7 8 — 35

COLUMBIA RIVER — Snook 11, Miller 9, Fay 0, Hjort 0, Mendoza 0, Kukula 0, James 2, Miranda 9, Houston 2, Foust 3, Valdez 15.

COEUR d’ALENE — Whittaker 5, Bengtson 2, Ivankovich 0, C. Smith 3, Larson 2, McElvany 0, Karns 3, Cope 7, O. Smith 2, Prka 2, McLaughlin 9.

Prairie 77

St. Maries 70

COTTONWOOD — Eli Gibson had 23 points and five assists for the Lumberjacks in a loss to the Pirates.

“It was an up-and-down track meet,” St. Maries coach Bryan Chase said. “It was a fun game, and we shot the ball really well. But we didn’t do a good job of getting back on defense and didn’t play well enough to beat a good team like that.”

Cole Schlader — who was out with an injury suffered during football when the teams played Dec. 7 in St. Maries — scored 25 points for the Pirates (5-4).

Randie Becktel had 15 points and eight rebounds for St. Maries (5-3), which travels to Sandpoint on Tuesday.

Derik Shears scored 22 points for Prairie.

St. Maries 17 18 27 8 — 70

Prairie 16 24 22 14 — 77

ST. MARIES — Sands 6, Ross 10, Becktel 15, Stancil 10, Peet 0, Elliott 0, Gibson 23, Ledbetter 6.

PRAIRIE — Schlader 25, Hasselstrom 4, Forsmann 6, Rambo 3, Mager 6, Anderson 11, Uhlenkott 2, Shears 22.

Lapwai 61

Genesis Prep 54

POST FALLS — Kross Taylor hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 17 points in the third quarter for the visiting Wildcats, who outscored the Jaguars 20-14 in the quarter after the nonleague game was tied at 27 at halftime at The Courts at Real Life Ministries.

“They hit some shots,” Genesis Prep coach Marsell Colbert said of Lapwai. “We just missed a lot of shots. The shots that we weren’t hitting, they were hitting.”

Freshman Steven Burgess scored a game-high 22 points for Genesis Prep (4-4), which travels to Wallace on Tuesday.

Titus Yearout scored 20 points to lead 1A Division I Lapwai (6-2), which beat Genesis Prep 61-57 at Lapwai on Dec. 6.

Genesis Prep, a 1A Division II school, will move up to Division I this fall.

“In both games, the intensity level was comparable to state tournament time,” Colbert said.

Lapwai 16 11 20 14 — 61

Genesis Prep 13 14 14 13 — 54

LAPWAI — A. Ellenwood 4, T. Ellenwood 3, Yearout 20, Taylor 17, Mitchell 10, Denunzio 0, Sabotta 0, Henry 7, Kash Kash 0, Three Irons 0, S. Ellenwood 0.

GENESIS PREP — Schroeder 1, Daniesl 3, Mwinuka 6, McLuskie 0, Burgess 2, Weeks 3, Neely 7, Gonzales 12.

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