Silver Valley Sports Recap: Dec. 10-16

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  • Photos by JOSH MCDONALD Wallace coach Corey Miller gets fired up in the huddle during his team’s big 57-50 win over Genesis Prep last week.

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    Kellogg center Gavin Luna attempts a put-back shot during the Wildcats’ narrow loss to Sandpoint.

  • Photos by JOSH MCDONALD Wallace coach Corey Miller gets fired up in the huddle during his team’s big 57-50 win over Genesis Prep last week.

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    Kellogg center Gavin Luna attempts a put-back shot during the Wildcats’ narrow loss to Sandpoint.

Wallace boys basketball

WALLACE — Zack Welch scored 22 points and the Wallace Miners handed the Genesis Prep Jaguars their first loss as a member of the North Star League, 57-50 on Thursday at Kirby Krulitz Court.

Wallace, ranked fifth in this week’s 1A Division media poll, should begin steeling themselves for a deep potential run in this year’s state tournament after their torrid start to the season.

“This was a big win for us, it feels really good to get another win over a team that we’ve struggled with in the past,” Wallace coach Corey Miller said. “It’s nice having guys like Logan Hull and Logan Brantz who can handle a big load on defense which allows for our scorers to really focus on what they do best.”

Kon Ajang and Scott Mwinuka scored 20 points each for Genesis Prep, the two-time defending state 1A Division II champions, and ranked No. 1 in this week’s poll.

The Jaguars had won 31 straight North Star League games since joining the league in the 2015-16 season.

Genesis Prep star guard Jonny Hillman, who signed with NAIA Carroll College in November, sat out the game due to an ankle injury; however the Miners played their first game without their starting guard duo of Carter Bailey and Hunter Stutzke.

Genesis Prep 11 11 12 16 — 50

Wallace 18 7 13 19 — 57

GENESIS PREP — Ajang 20, Mwinuka 20, Schultz 4, Neely 8, Peterson 0, Gonzales 0, Bohannan 0.

WALLACE — Welch 22, Brackebusch 21, Neubauer 2, Brantz 6, Hull 6, Hogamier 0.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Wallace 75, Priest River 62

PRIEST RIVER — Wallace’s Zach Welch led all scorers with 31 points and Erik Brackebusch chipped in 25 en route to a 75-62 win over winless Priest River on Saturday.

Despite playing only six players deep due to injuries, Wallace’s offense prevailed, preserving its perfect 7-0 record.

“Offensively, we played well — Zach Welch did a good job of getting to the hoop and hitting threes,” Wallace head coach Corey Miller said. “And it was great to see Erik Brackebusch take over, hold down the ship and keep everyone in control when Zach was out.”

Wallace 25 22 15 11 — 75

Priest River 24 10 13 15 — 62

WALLACE — Welch 31, Brackebusch 25, Hogamier 2, Neubauer 7, Brantz 6, Hull 3.

PRIEST RIVER — Lucas 7, Hegal 5, McCracken 28, Brennan 12, Kreager 5, Thompson 2, Mathews 3, Bell 0, Zapfe 0.

Mullan boys basketball

Thursday, Dec. 13

Mullan 52, Clark Fork (Mont.) 40

MULLAN — Trailing by 17 points at halftime, the host Tigers outscored the Superior/Alberton co-op 37-8 in the second half — 27-3 in the third quarter — in a wild comeback at the Mullan Pavilion.

“We got after them defensively, and we started playing really good basketball at both ends of the court,” Mullan coach Paul Elston said of the second half.

That after two of the five Tigers players to suit up — Chandler Holling and Wyatt King, who just became eligible — picked up their fourth fouls early in the third quarter. But neither was whistled for a fifth.

Riley Trogden scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half for Mullan (3-3), including 14 in the third quarter. Luke Trogden added 15 points.

“This was just a great, great group effort,” Elston said, praising Holling in particular for his performance.

Aaron Waddell had 14 of his 19 points in the first half for Clark Fork.

Clark Fork 21 11 3 5 — 40

Mullan 10 5 27 10 — 52

CLARK FORK — Hoang 1, Coon 8, Haskins 12, Waddell 19, Groenlund 0, Elliott 0, Jung 0, Mueller 0, Taapken 0, Wangwiwet 0, Lin 0.

MULLAN — L. Trogden 15, Holling 8, Hess 5, R. Trogden 24, King 0.

Kellogg girls basketball

Thursday, Dec. 13

Lakeland 57, Kellogg 54

RATHDRUM — Katy Ryan had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Hawks, who pulled away late to beat the Wildcats in a nonleague game at Hawk Court.

Jaron Figueroa scored 14 points for Kellogg (4-4).

Kellogg 8 15 15 16 — 54

Lakeland 10 11 17 19 — 57

KELLOGG — Rauenhorst 9, Hill 2, VanHoose 0, Senteney 7, Sheppard 4, Figueroa 14, Brandt 2, Cheney 14, Seymour 2, Nearing 0.

LAKELAND — Boyer 2, Cooper 0, Kime 2, Cooley 0, Elpers 13, Loutzenhiser 10, Kirk 5, Ryan 17, Pruitt 0, Neff 8.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Kellogg 67, Shadle Park 25

SPOKANE — The visiting Wildcats opened up a double-digit lead in the game’s first eight minutes and cruised to victory in a contest where every Kellogg player scored.

“We came out with a press early on, forced several turnovers and got an early jump on them,” Wildcats coach Jana Nearing-Kothe said.

Kat Rauenhorst and Katlin Senteney led the balanced Kellogg attack with nine points each, while La Nia Thompson had nine points for Shadle Park.

The Wildcats (5-4) return to action Thursday at Wallace.

Kellogg 14 17 19 17 — 67

Shadle Park 2 8 10 5 — 25

KELLOGG — Bristow 8, Hill 2, Rauenhorst 9, VanHoose 6, Senteney 9, Sheppard 2, Figueroa 6, Brandt 6, Cheney 5, Seymour 7, Nearing 7.

SHADLE PARK — Pomerinke 4, Morlach 3, Farger 2, McVicker 3, Hall 4, Thompson 9.

Wallace girls basketball

Thursday, Dec. 13

Wallace 49, Genesis Prep 17

WALLACE — The Miners took advantage of a shorthanded Jaguar team to run away with a big North Star League win.

Jaden House scored a game-high 15 points for Wallace in its league opener.

“We played a strong game with strong defense, and good ball movement,” coach Nichole Farkas said. “Catie Sheppard had an outstanding game defensively with numerous deflections and steals.”

Trinity Morrow led Genesis Prep with five points.

Genesis Prep 0 5 5 7 — 17

Wallace 7 12 16 14 — 49

GENESIS PREP — Morrow 5, Nies 0, Martinez 2, Greiner 2, Blood 2, Kim 3, Neely 3.

WALLACE — Welch 0, Lowman 0, Johnson 4, Frey 6, House 15, Sheppard 4, Morin 4, Hill 8, Hunter 0, Bergem 0, Howard 8.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Wallace 53, Priest River 47

PRIEST RIVER — Wallace held off Priest River’s 16-point fourth quarter for a non conference road win.

“This was our best game of the season by far,” Wallace coach Nichole Farkas said.

Jaden House led all scorers with 17 points, including five 3-pointers.

Wallace 16 12 15 10 — 53

Priest River 8 7 8 16 — 47

WALLACE — House 16, Sheppard 3, Morin 8, Hill 13, Howard 7, Johnson 6, Welch 0, Frey 0.

PRIEST RIVER — Martin 15, Barnes 2, Kren 0, Minish 6, Fink 15, Rusho 10, Pound 0, Palfrey 0.

Kellogg boys basketball

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Sandpoint 54, Kellogg 53

KELLOGG — The Wildcats got just about everything they could from senior Brennan Atkins, but it just wasn’t enough as the Wildcats lost a tough one at home to the Bulldogs.

Atkins had 25 points in the game, but no other Wildcats hit double figures.

Previously winless Sandpoint trailed by six at the half, but finally pulled ahead in the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Shadle Park 77, Kellogg 38

SPOKANE — The Wildcats suffered their biggest loss in the Jeff Nearing era on Saturday when they lost to Shadle Park.

No further stats were available for this game.

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