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PREP ROUNDUP: Burke's big night, late bucket lifts CHS girls

| December 29, 2020 1:00 AM

IDAHO FALLS - Of Coeur d’Alene High junior Skylar Burke’s game-high 29 points, the final two might have been the biggest.

Burke drove the length of the court with 7.2 seconds remaining to hit a go-ahead layup, pushing the Coeur d’Alene Vikings past the Skyline Grizzlies of Idaho Falls 54-52 in the Thunder Ridge Holiday tournament at Thunder Ridge High on Monday evening.

“We had Madi (Symons) take the ball out and knew she was calm enough to make the right decision,” Coeur d’Alene coach Nicole Symons said. “And I told Skylar to get to the rim. We were going to draw something up, but with seven seconds left, a lot can happen.”

Burke shot 9-for-12 from the floor and scored eight of her 29 points in the fourth quarter for Coeur d’Alene (8-0), which plays tournament host Thunder Ridge tonight at 6.

“It was a good game for us,” Nicole Symons said. “It was the first game where we got hit in the mouth, and had to respond. The girls got a little rattled, but bounced back and played hard.”

Drew Chapman scored 15 points for Skyline (6-5).

Coeur d'Alene 14 8 18 14 -- 54

Skyline 11 10 15 16 -- 52

COEUR d'ALENE -- Brainard-Adams 7, Symons 7, Younker 0, Chavez 5, Burke 29, Matheson 4, Whiteman 0, Johnson 2, Phenicie 0.

SKYLINE -- D. Chapman 15, T. Chapman 4, Anderson 7, Bialas 13, Olson 10, Taylor 3, Thomas 0, Saippen 0.

Lake City 44, Hillcrest 41

AMMON - Balanced scoring and a fourth-quarter rally led the Timberwolves to an opening-round victory at the Thunder Ridge girls tournament.

Trailing by eight with four minutes remaining, Lake City (4-2) used a game-closing 14-3 run to secure the win.

Timberwolves standout Brooklyn Rewers, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocked shots in the game, scored the go-ahead basket with 45 seconds left, off an assist from Sophia Zufelt.

"We struggled to score the basketball tonight, but kept moving it and kept plugging away on offense," Lake City coach James Anderson said. "We had a nice fourth-quarter rally."

All five Lake City starters scored between 7 and 11 points, with Zufelt and Brenna Hawkins scoring nine each.

Kendall Pickford added eight points and four assists for Lake City, which plays at Bonneville High tonight.

Macy Larsen's 16 points led Hillcrest (3-6), which faces Post Falls today.

Lake City 8 14 6 16 -- 44

Hillcrest 7 14 15 5 -- 41

LAKE CITY -- Pickford 8, Miller 7, Zufelt 9, Rewers 11, Hawkins 9, Parks 0, Shanley 0, Reynolds 0, Jenkins 0, Bowman 0.

HILLCREST -- Kesler 8, Lugo 2, Larsen 16, B. Cook 8, A. Cook 7, Daybell 0, Sargent 0, Fryar 0, Peterson 0.

Rigby 60, Post Falls 35

RIGBY -- The visiting Trojans had a slow start, and the host Trojans were up by double-digits after one quarter as Rigby (9-2) began the Thunder Ridge holiday tournament with a convincing win.

"We didn't show up ready to play, and you've got to put that on the coach," Post Falls coach Marc Allert said. "We'll hopefully learn from this and come out stronger tomorrow."

Maya Blake had 10 points for Post Falls (3-2), which was playing its first game since Dec. 8. The Trojans face Hillcrest at 5:30 p.m. PST today.

Tylie Jones led Rigby with 20 points.

Post Falls 5 11 9 10 -- 35

Rigby 15 21 20 4 -- 60

POST FALLS -- Nichols 5, Lovett 5, Grant 0, Sims 1, Buckley 6, Crane 3, Magnuson 0, Walton 2, Blake 10, Christensen 3.

RIGBY -- Jones 20, Williams 4, Barber 7, Good 6, Donnelly 10, Kennedy 9, Youngstrom 4.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lake City 63, Hillcrest 60, 2OT

IDAHO FALLS - A strong second-half performance helped the Timberwolves rebound from a lackluster first half, and the visitors made just enough free throws to hold off the host Knights in double overtime.

"Hillcrest really came out and hit us in the mouth. They were real physical and aggressive, and we just didn't handle it," Lake City coach Jim Winger said.

"We challenged the kids at halftime, and they really came out and did a great job of battling back. In the second half and overtime, we played really well."

After the Timberwolves missed a shot to win in regulation, Varick Meredith hit a big 3-pointer in the first overtime. Kolton Mitchell scored 22 of his 24 points after halftime, including hitting 5-of-6 free throws to help Lake City finish off the victory.

Meredith scored all 12 of his points after intermission, and grabbed 11 rebounds for Lake City (5-2). Zach Johnson had 10 points and Blake Buchanan added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who face Thunder Ridge at 4:45 p.m. PST today.

Guards Jase Austin (16 points) and Cooper Kesler (15) led Hillcrest (3-3).

Lake City 8 3 20 18 8 6 -- 63

Hillcrest 10 8 16 15 8 3 -- 60

LAKE CITY -- Buchanan 8, Irvin 2, J. Kiesby 7, Spellman 0, Johnson 10, Mitchell 24, Meredith 12.

HILLCREST -- Davis 12, Kesler 15, Kofe 4, Austin 16, Phippen 9, Kunz 2, Greenig 2.

Idaho Falls 51, Coeur d'Alene 50

IDAHO FALLS -- A game that was close throughout came down to a last-second shot, and it just didn't fall for the Vikings.

"We ran an out-of-bounds play and got the shot we wanted, it just didn't go down," Coeur d'Alene coach Jon Adams said. "We played on their floor, and they had a fast start, but we used our press and came back on them at the end of the second quarter."

Adams praised the play of Cameren Cope (13 points) and Luke McLaughlin, who scored nine points and played strong defense on the Tigers' top scorer in the second half.

Coeur d'Alene (2-2) plays at Skyline tonight at 6:30 p.m. PST.

Jaxon Sorenson and Dylan Seeley led Idaho Falls (4-4) with 13 points apiece.

Coeur d'Alene 13 15 11 11 -- 50

Idaho Falls 20 9 13 9 -- 51

COEUR d'ALENE -- Bengtson 6, King 0, Prka 2, Burgess 7, Larson 4, Ivankovich 0, Entzi 3, Gatten 0, Cope 13, Reyes 6, McLaughlin 9.

IDAHO FALLS -- Rose 3, Rodel 6, Seeley 13, M. Jones 3, J. Jones 0, Smith 3, Sorenson 13, Jensen 6, Olsen 4.

Rigby 71, Post Falls 70

RIGBY -- The visiting Trojans had a strong night on offense, but coach Mike McLean was deeply disappointed in his team's defense, which allowed 20 fourth-quarter points and 71 points overall.

"Our defensive effort and attention to detail was completely unacceptable. They out-rebounded us, they shot more free throws than us," McLean said. "It's not acceptable for our team to give up 71 points. We were not dialed in defensively."

Cade Dabell had 31 points for Rigby (5-1), which made 10 free throws in the fourth quarter and shot 22-of-33 from the foul line in the game.

Alex Horning had 23 points and Caden McLean added 20 for Post Falls (3-1), which faces Green Canyon, Utah, at 3:15 p.m. PST today at Skyline High in Idaho Falls.

Post Falls 21 17 18 14 -- 70

Rigby 19 19 13 20 -- 71

POST FALLS -- McLean 20, Hauser 2, Rodriguez 6, Peterson 0, Rutherford 7, Ballew 12, Sciortino 0, Lee 0, Horning 23, Shields 0.

RIGBY -- Jones 13, Larsen 2, Dabell 31, Tyler 2, Falevai 5, Freeman 10, Tucker 4, Fox 4, Togiai 0.