There was nothing fishy about the Fight for the Fish spirit doubleheader Friday.
The No. 1-ranked Coeur d’Alene girls concluded the regular season undefeated with their third consecutive victory over Lake City, 65-46, while the top-ranked Lake City boys had no problem dispatching the Vikings for a third straight time, 59-43, before a near-capacity crowd of 2,600 at LC.
LC reeled in the Rainbow trout, the wooden trophy given to the school which is deemed to have demonstrated the most spirit at the basketball games.
The offense is slowly catching up with the defense for LC.
When it does, there’s no telling how good the Timberwolves (12-2) can be.
LC had its best start in the three games against its rival, and the Vikings never really had a chance.
Senior guard Logan Frederickson single-handedly made sure LC got out faster than usual. He made all four of his 3-pointers as the T-Wolves opened a 35-21 lead by halftime.
What stopped LC coach Jim Winger from putting a full stamp of approval on the offense was a 7-minute, 55-second stretch from early in the third quarter into the opening moments of the fourth in which the T-Wolves went scoreless.
A jumper by Jason Wheelock gave LC its biggest lead at 40-21 with 6:30 to go in the third quarter. By the time the T-Wolves scored again, CdA (6-10) had inched back within 12 points. But a driving bucket by Frederickson ended the drought at the 6:35 mark of the fourth and got LC untracked.
“That lapse there (in the second half) … I know they couldn’t hear anything (because of the noise),” Winger said. “But our seniors should know our routine. Other than that, I’m not complaining. That’s the only thing I wasn’t pleased with.”
Frederickson finished with a team-high 18 points and four rebounds. Nate Frisbie had 17 points and eight rebounds.
“Logan was dynamite,” Winger said. “We had a couple of breakdowns, but we’ve been holding a lot of people under 50 points.”
CdA never got the lead to less than 11 points in the second half.
“They were stronger, they were more physical, they were quicker to the ball and, quite frankly, they made their shots,” CdA coach Kent Leiss said. “It seems like it’s becoming more evident each time we play them that they’re getting stronger. It seems like our youth shows more. I thought (in the second half) we battled back and played a lot harder.”
LC senior post Katie Baker not only didn’t foul out, she didn’t commit one foul.
It didn’t matter as the Vikings (20-0) had too much Kama Griffitts and too many other weapons for the T-Wolves to counter.
Baker finished with a game-high 27 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. The problem for LC was it didn’t get many other contributions.
CdA senior guard Sadie Simon saw to that as she played lock-down defense on LC’s second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Sydney Butler. Simon held Butler to five points.
Griffitts had a team-high 24 points, including six 3-pointers. Sophomore post Carli Rosenthal had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots and junior post Kelsey Bybee, who seems to be getting better after missing more than half the season with a stress fracture in a foot, had seven points and nine rebounds off the bench.Now LC (11-7) will see where it ends up in seeding for the Region I tournament. Lewiston is a half game ahead of LC and can secure the third seed with a win at Post Falls today. A Lewiston loss means it finishes tied with LC. A coin flip would then decide fourth seed and which team draws top-seeded CdA in the first round and which team takes on No. 2 Post Falls.
Inland Empire boys
Moscow 61, Sandpoint 57: Mac Stannard had 18 points to lead the visiting Bears (5-7, 2-4) past the Bulldogs (2-9, 0-6).
Tanner French led Sandpoint with 15 points, all in the second half. Spencer Swerin led the Bulldogs with 11 rebounds.
Inland Empire girls
Moscow 52, Sandpoint 45: The visiting Bears (4-14, 2-8) locked up the No. 1 seed to the 4A Region I tournament with the win over the Bulldogs (2-18, 0-10).
That means Sandpoint, as the second seed, will play host to No. 3 Lakeland (12-5) in a first-round game Tuesday at 7.