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NIC ROUNDUP: Williamson sparks Cardinal women

| December 2, 2023 1:10 AM

• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

POWELL, Wyo. — Freshman Maddie Williamson had 25 points and six rebounds for the shorthanded North Idaho Cardinals in an 83-77 win over the Carroll Saints JV on Friday at Northwest College.

“Maddie hit a couple of big baskets for us down the stretch,” said NIC coach Nathan Covill, who also praised freshman Aaliyah Clemons, who stepped into the lineup in Ryan’s absence. “Aaliyah had six assists and played really well in some extended minutes.”

Kendall PIckford, a redshirt freshman from Lake City High, had 18 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Addie Kiefer of Lakeland High had 14 points and eight rebounds for NIC (5-6).

“Kendall has to do a lot for us and play a few different positions, but played really well,” Covill said. “Addie was close to a double-double and we were able to get a few stops defensively and close out the game.

NIC, already without reserve Tayler Adams with a broken foot, was without starting guard Deniece Ryan, who suffered a concussion in Thursday’s game against Northwest.

“She’s been our best scorer and player right now,” Covill said. “We’ll get her evaluated and give her some time to get healthy. Right now, we’re kind of the walking wounded.”

NIC faces Northwest College today at 11 a.m.

• MEN'S BASKETBALL

North Idaho 86

Frank Phillips 72

CASPER, Wyo. — Jalen Skalskiy, a sophomore from Lakeland High, scored 22 points and the Cardinals rallied from 10 points down in the first half to beat the Plainsmen of Borger, Texas, at Casper College.

NIC (7-2) trailed by 10 with 10:24 left in the first half, and was down 42-37 at halftime. The Cardinals outscored Frank Phillips 49-30 in the second half.

Phillips shot 57% from the field in the first half, including 8 of 13 from 3-point range. NIC held the Plainsmen to 37% shooting in the second half, including 4 of 14 from behind the arc.

NIC, which shot just 12 of 27 in the first half, hit 18 of 25 in the second half, including 6 of 9 from deep.

Austin Johnson, a transfer from College of Southern Idaho, hit 4 of 5 3-pointers and added 18 points off the bench for NIC. Dante Sawyer had 15, and Vaughn Weems had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Thompson Camara led Frank Phillips with 18 points.

NIC plays Colorado Northwestern today in Casper.

FRANK PHILLIPS

Odanis Done 2-6 0-0 4, Filip Mamic 2-5 0-0 5, Cashim Miller 2-4 0-0 6, Benny Kazidi 4-7 1-1 9, Thompson Camara 6-12 2-2 18, Jabari Harris 3-8 0-1 8, Anthony Walters 4-6 3-4 13, Amar Kadic 3-7 2-29. Totals 26-55 8-10 72.

NORTH IDAHO

Cobi Campbell 4-8 0-0 8, Kyle Karstetter 0-3 0-0 0, Tayshawn Colvin 1-3 0-0 3, Dante Sawyer 5-9 4-4 15, Jalen Skalskiy 7-13 7-9 22, Terin Johnson 1-3 6-68, Austin Johnson 7-8 0-0 18, Vaughn Weems 5-5 0-0 11, Tanner Tollestrup 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-52 17-19 86.

Halftime — FP 42-37. 3-point goals — FP 12-27 (Done 0-1, Mamic 1-2, Miller 2-2, Kazadi 0-3, Camara 4-7, Harris 2-4, Walters 2-4, Kadic 1-4), NIC 8-17 (Campbell 0-1, Karstetter 0-1, Colvin 1-1, Sawyer 1-5, Skalskiy 1-3, A. Johnson 4-5, Weems 1-1). Rebounds — FP 23 (Kazadi 5), NIC 30 (Campbell 8). Assists — FP 6 (Harris, Kadic 2), NIC 10 (Campbell, Skalskiy, T. Johnson, Weems 2). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — FP 16, NIC 13.

• WRESTLING

Cardinals top Snow, fall

to Providence in duals tourney

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Hunter Bidelman (141 pounds), Conan Northwind (174) and Bradley Whitwright (197) won by pin for the Cardinals in a 37-9 win over Snow College of Ephraim, Utah, in the Battle of the Rockies duals tournament at the University of Providence.

Later, NIC fell 32-16 to the Providence No. 2 team.

Sophomore Kobi Johnson (125) won by major decision and Bidelman won via pin against the Argos.

NIC will compete in the Battle of the Rockies bracketed tournament today starting at 8 a.m. PST.