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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Mitchell's hot start leads Lake City past Lakeland

| February 3, 2021 1:15 AM

RATHDRUM — Kolton Mitchell started fast, and the Timberwolves soon followed.

Mitchell made 5 of 6 3-pointers, scoring 15 of his 20 points in the first quarter as the Lake City Timberwolves beat the Lakeland Hawks 79-50 at Hawk Court in a nonleague game on Tuesday.

“They just came out swinging in the first quarter, and Mitchell was on fire,” Lakeland assistant coach Tyrel Derrick said. “They set the tone and executed really well. Lake City played a heckuva ballgame.”

Blake Buchanan scored 15 points, Chris Irvin 14 points and Zach Johnson 14 points for Lake City (12-5), which visits Lewiston on Friday.

Bryce Henry scored 14 points and Noah Haaland added 12 for Lakeland (7-6), which is scheduled to play at Moscow on Saturday.

Lake City 32 46 59 79

Lakeland 13 26 45 50

LAKE CITY — Buchanan 15, Hill 0, Jones 2, Janke 8, Irvin 14, Kiesbuy 7, Spellman 0, Johnson 14, Mitchell 20, Bowman 0.

LAKELAND — Seay 5, Henry 14, Ab. Munyer 0, Haaland 12, Roth 8, Waddington 7, Skalskiy 4.

Post Falls 71

Sandpoint 49

POST FALLS — It was an Inland Empire League game until it wasn’t at The Arena.

Alex Horning scored 22 points, Caden McLean added 18 and the Trojans ran past the Bulldogs in a nonleague game.

Earlier in the day, a scheduled game between Coeur d’Alene and host Moscow was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Bears program. With the season winding down, the game won’t be made up, and the teams reverted back to counting games against similar classifications.

“That’s the way it should be,” Post Falls coach Mike McLean said. “We outscored them on all three levels (C, JV and varsity) tonight.”

Cole Rutherford had six assists, six rebounds, no turnovers and two steals and Josiah Shields three assists, three rebounds and two steals for Post Falls (11-4), which resumes 5A Inland Empire League play at Coeur d’Alene on Saturday.

“I thought we had good energy and were able to get out to a good start,” McLean said. “We were able to get some guys a lot of minutes.”

Arie VanDenBerg scored 13 points for Sandpoint (4-10, 0-8), which plays at Coeur d’Alene on Thursday.

Sandpoint 10 12 9 18 — 49

Post Falls 22 16 19 14 — 71

SANDPOINT — Roos 6, Pettit 4, Frank 0, R. Lee 3, VanDenBerg 13, Bailey 11, S. Lee 4, Lane 6, Butler 2.

POST FALLS — Anderson 2, McLean 18, Hauser 4, Rodriguez 2, Peterson 8, Rutherford 6, Ballew 0, Sciortino 2, Lee 2, Horning 22, Christensen 3, Shields 2.

Lakeside 57

Timberlake 30

PLUMMER — Darren “Day Day” Higgins scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half as the shorthanded Knights handled the Tigers in nonleague play at Ron Miller Court.

“Day Day really stepped up,” Lakeside coach James Twoteeth said. “He established really early inside — and he even hit a couple of 3s — and everybody just followed.”

Vander Brown added 13 points for Lakeside (13-2), which plays host to St. Maries on Friday.

Hunter Higgins scored 11 points for Timberlake (4-11), which plays at Genesis Prep on Friday.

Timberlake 10 2 13 5 — 30

Lakeside 18 21 14 4 — 57

TIMBERLAKE — Oliver 3, Riley 2, Tay. Menti 0, Pasley 3, Yetter 5, Higgins 11, Tan. Menti 0, Simpson 4, Swensen 2.

LAKESIDE — L. Matt 2, Brown 13, Abuan 0, Higgins 28, SiJohn 0, Q. Hall 1, Louie 3, C. Matt 11.

Coeur d'Alene at

Moscow, canc.

MOSCOW — The nonleague game was cancelled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Bears program.

It will not be made up, which means the boys will revert to separate 5A and 4A IEL standings, with only games within each classification being used to seed the upcoming 5A and 4A regional tournaments.

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JASON DUCHOW PHOTOGRAPHY Kolton Mitchell of Lake City drives to the basket as Jalen Skalskiy defends on Tuesday night in Rathdrum.