Silver Valley sports recap: Nov. 18-24

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Photo by JOSH McDONALD The Kellogg Lady Wildcats won the 2019 Silver Valley Tournament on Saturday evening after knocking off Wallace 50-32. The game was Kellogg’s third win in three nights following wins over Moscow and St. Maries.

By JOSH McDONALD

Staff Reporter

Kellogg boys basketball

WALLACE — Playing their third game in three days, shorthanded, and battling a nasty flu, the Kellogg Wildcats were able to overcome the Wallace Miners 50-32 in the championship game of the Silver Valley Tournament.

Wallace was coming in off a 54-22 drubbing of Potlatch on Friday evening, while the Wildcats were figuratively and literally limping into the championship after a 44-33 win over St. Maries the night prior.

The potential for upset was ripe, but the Wildcats shut that down quickly as they got out to a hot start on the back of their vaunted full-court pressure.

Hailey Cheney, playing through a nasty bout of the flu, continued her string of solid play to open the season as she finished with 13 points in limited minutes against the Miners.

Jaden House played another solid game for Wallace, chipping in 12 points.

“We made it through it,” Kellogg coach Jana Nearing said following the win. “We haven’t been healthy for a few days and to come out and go 3-0 in three days is huge for us. We know what we need to work on and now we have some time to get healthy and work on those things. Hats off to Wallace, they’re a good team and they are going to give teams some problems this year.”

Kellogg 15 14 9 12 — 50

Wallace 9 8 7 8 — 32

KELLOGG — A. VanHoose 0, Allred 8, E. VanHoose 2, Ferreira 0, Karst 0, Hill 2, Figueroa 9, Nearing 8, Cheney 13, Erickson 8, Reed 0.

WALLACE — Morin 4, Lowman 0, Merrick 0, Johnson 6, Specht 0, House 12, Welch 2, Hill 8, Cielke 0, Hunter 0, Bergem 0.

Wallace girls basketball

Wallace 41, Priest River 29

WALLACE — The Miners thumped the visiting Priest River Spartans in their season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Wallace High School.

Unveiling a new, high-intensity defensive style, the Miners forced multiple turnovers and turned the extra opportunities into points.

Jaden House scored 19 points to lead the Miners, while teammate Skylar Hill finished with seven to round out the top scorers for Wallace.

Priest River 6 8 11 4 — 29

Wallace 16 3 7 15 — 41

PRIEST RIVER — Rantala 0, Rusho 3, Pound 3, Fink 15, Fitzmorris 0, Radan 0, Palfry 5, Meek 0, Prudek 0, Minish 3.

WALLACE — Morin 0, Lowman 0, Johnson 4, House 19, Welch 3, Hill 7, Ciekle 2, Hunter 0, Bergem 6.

Kellogg girls basketball

Kellogg 53, Moscow 34

KELLOGG — Good defense can help offset bad offense, and that was paramount for the Kellogg Wildcats during their season-opening win over visiting Moscow on Thursday, Nov. 21.

The Wildcats struggled to move the ball in half court sets, but channeled their inner Showtime by scoring in fastbreak situations.

Junior Hailey Cheney scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the second quarter as Kellogg took a 31-17 lead into the intermission.

Coach Jana Nearing unleashed a devastating press that had the Bears completely flummoxed and allowed the Wildcats to utilized their blazing speed to their advantage.

Lora Allred scored 12 points for Kellogg in its opener.

“Our press forced a lot of turnovers and created some opportunities tonight,” Kellogg coach Jana Nearing said. “Lora was instrumental in our press and got a lot of fast-break layups.”

Moscow 5 12 10 7 — 34

Kellogg 14 17 10 12 — 53

MOSCOW — M. Watson 2, E. Gray 12, Heyns 2, D. Watson 4, Anderson 2, Craig 6, Nauman 2, Baker 4, Lassen 0, Claus 0.

KELLOGG — A.VanHoose 0, Wendt 9, Allred 12, E. VanHoose 0, Ferreira 6, Karst 0, Hill 5, Figueroa 1, Nearing 5, Cheney 15.

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