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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Post Falls opens with solid win at CV

| November 29, 2023 1:22 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY — The offensive efficiency was up, the turnovers were down, and the Post Falls Trojans were winners in their season opener Tuesday night.

Junior Tyras Blake scored 13 points to lead three Trojans into double figures in a 67-53 victory over the Central Valley Bears.

“We did a really good job sharing the ball, moving side to side, did a good job creating easy scoring opportunities for teammates,” Post Falls coach Mike McLean said.

Neil McCarthy hit two 3-pointers and added 12 points and five rebounds for the Trojans. Alex Shields had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds, Connor Carver 10 points, Trenton McLean five steals.

“We didn’t turn the ball over; the first quarter and the fourth quarter we got a little sloppy,” Mike McLean said. “The second and third quarter, we really dialed in defensively, and forced CV to take some tough shots. Overall we did a really good job of sharing the ball.”

Post Falls shot 63 percent from inside the arc. 

“We showed a lot of composure not settling for shots CV wanted us to take,” McLean said.

Freshman Orland Axton led Central Valley (0-1) with 11 points.

Post Falls plays Bishop Kelly on Thursday at 7 p.m. PST in the first round of the Capital Tip-off Tournament at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

Post Falls    20    15    20    12    —    67

Central Valley    15    11    7    20    —    53

POST FALLS — Lysne 0, McLean 2, McCarthy 12, Cameron 4, McEwan 7, Carver 10, Blake 13, Shields 11, Bowie 8.

CENTRAL VALLEY — Bernhardt 4, Imes 0, Davis 8, Walls 8, Olson 10, Axton 11, Preugschat 4, Lippoldt 0.

Lakeland 67

Kellogg 40

KELLOGG — Leading by just two points late in the first quarter, the visiting Hawks outscored the Wildcats 27-8 the rest of the half in the nonleague season opener for both teams at Andrews Gymnasium.

“They turned us over quite a bit in the first half,” said Kellogg coach Mike Martin, whose squad had 14 turnovers in the first two quarters. “They threw a press at us early, then they mixed up their half-court stuff … they threw a lot at us. We have four guys back, but only one guy who played significant minutes. But once we settled in and got through that stretch, the kids continued to compete.” 

Junior Gabe Harris scored a game-high 15 points for Lakeland. Junior Mason Hensley hit three 3-pointers and added 13 points, and senior Kenton Ferguson chipped in 12 points.

Sophomore Draeden Taylor led Kellogg with 11 points. 

Lakeland plays host to East Valley on Friday.

Kellogg plays host to the Silver Valley Tournament this weekend, opening vs. Coeur du Christ on Friday at 7 p.m. Lakeside takes on Wallace in the opener at 5:30.

Lakeland    18    21    16    12    —    67

Kellogg    10    8    15    7    —    40

LAKELAND — Hensley 13, Ferguson 12, Ryan 6, Tebbe 5, Varner 4, Weil 0, Roth 3, Cook 4, Hillman 0, Carrel 3, Harris 15, Yager 2.

KELLOGG — Robinson 8, Whatcott 4, Coburn 8, Taylor 11, Blalack 2, Fields 0, Lewis 7, McDonald 0, Cheney 0, Vindasius 0.

Genesis Prep JV 68

Mullan 32

POST FALLS — Freshman Sawyer Bateman scored 18 points for the Jaguars JV in a win over the Tigers at The Courts at Real Life.

Talon Rupp-Connors scored 12 points for Mullan in its season opener.

“Our kids did not fold tonight,” Mullan coach Paul Elston said. “We got into a little bit of a rhythm in the second half. Genesis Prep is a good program and play fundamentally strong.”

Junior Landon Gintz scored 16 points for Genesis Prep, which plays at Bonners Ferry tonight.

Mullan hosts the Lake City ‘C’ team on Monday.

Mullan            10    0    11    11    —    32

Genesis Prep JV    23    16    17    12    —    68

MULLAN — L. Petit 6, Appiah 9, Rupp-Connors 12, C. Imes 3, Calvert 0, Ayers 0, Morgan 2.

GENESIS PREP JV — Swanson 4, Bateman 18, Gintz 16, Miller 5, Hatten 0, Stetzelberger 0, Morast 13, Tucker 12.

Timberlake at

West Valley, ppd.

SPOKANE VALLEY — The game was postponed and moved to next Tuesday at West Valley High.