Lewis and Clark’s game Saturday night against Richland at The Fitz tournament was a tale of two halves.
After a sluggish first half, the host Tigers exploded in the third and fourth quarters and beat Richland 51-46.
LC managed just 13 first-half points, but scored 38 after halftime. With about 3 minutes left in the third quarter, the Tigers (2-0) took their first lead – one they didn’t relinquish.
Tanner Johnson scored 22 points – 11 in the decisive third quarter – to lead Lewis and Clark.
Austin Damon added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Shadle Park 60, West Valley (Yakima) 57: Skyler Boese scored 16 points and made two free throws with 8 seconds left, giving the Highlanders (2-0) a win over the Rams at The Fitz. Shadle held a commanding 12-point lead at the half, but had to thwart off a West Valley rally in the second half.
Kionte Brown tallied a team-high 18 points for Shadle. Boese added nine rebounds to his 16 points.
Cheney 70, Kelso 64 (OT): C.J. Skillingstad scored six consecutive points in overtime and the Blackhawks (2-1) pulled away to beat Kelso at The Fitz. A Cheney turnover in the final minute led to the game-tying bucket by Kelso.
The Blackhawks had a long opportunity to win it in the fourth, but the shot was no good. John Gingrich had a team-high 22 points for Cheney. Gingrich scored six straight points in the momentum-changing third quarter. Cheney outscored Kelso 14-6 in the third to erase a 10-point halftime deficit.
Camas 49, Mead 40: Trent Johnson had 15 points and the Papermakers edged the Panthers (0-2) at The Fitz. Forrest Baker led Mead with 13 points. Camas outscored Mead in every quarter. The Papermakers went 1-1 at the two-day tournament and the Panthers lost both of their games.
Ferris 75, Sandpoint 38: The Saxons (1-0) opened the season with an impressive win over the visiting Bulldogs (0-3). Chase Haack led four players in double figures with 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Ferris. Jeff Hahn had 13 points, Nathan Galgalo had 11 and Cody Benzel chipped in 10 for the Saxons. Ferris held a 19-point halftime lead, then closed the door on Sandpoint by outscoring the Bulldogs 17-9 in the third.
Northwest Christian 78, Freeman 61: Kwinn Hanson scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter and the Crusaders’ (2-0) big men dominated the paint in a win over the visiting Scotties (0-2). Hanson also grabbed 14 rebounds. Kellen Miller had 22 points and Cody Unfred had 19 for Freeman.
St. George’s 77, Republic 21: The Dragons (2-0) overwhelmed the Tigers (0-2) from the opening tip and cruised to the easy win at Republic. St. George’s outscored the Tigers 26-1 in the first quarter. The Dragons’ Will Tender led four players in double figures with 18 points. Mark Kenney had 13 points, Dexter Sienko had 12 and Karl Muelheims chipped in 11 for St. George’s.
Kellogg 73, Wallace 22: The Wildcats (1-1) dominated from the start and crushed the host Miners (0-1). Kellogg’s Garret Wendt led five players in double figures with 14 points.
Timberlake 51, Medical Lake 47: Trevor Masterson scored 14 points and Brian Cronnelly added 11 as the Tigers (2-0) held on to beat the host Cardinals (0-2). Adam Paulson had 13 points and Kendyl Dunn chipped in 10 for Medical Lake.
Newport 77, Priest River 63: Jake Wiley had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies (2-0) to a win over the visiting Spartans (0-3). Jeron Konkright added 13 points for Newport. Dalton Sommer had 19 points, including three 3-pointers, for Priest River.
Davenport 57, Odessa-Harrington 32: Joey Gunning scored 16 points and Cole Evers added 11 as the Gorillas (1-0) beat the host Titans (0-1). Davenport outscored Odessa-Harrington 17-4 in the second quarter and led 27-8 at halftime.
Warden 55, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 40: Victor Flores hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter and the Cougars pulled away to beat the visiting Broncos (1-1). Dylan Hartz had 13 points and Jake Dewald added 10 for Lind-Ritzville/Sprague.
St. Michael’s 49, Curlew 47: Gabe Durazo scored 23 points and Chris Shelley had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Warriors (1-1) edged the host Cougars (0-3). St. Michael’s took a two-point lead with less than a minute to play and held on in the final seconds. Jamie Zerck led Curlew with 12 points.
Valley Christian 44, Liberty 41: Nick Cox scored 15 points and the Panthers (2-0) slid past the host Lancers (1-1). Dylan Salsbury had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Liberty.
Potlatch 59, Tekoa-Oakesdale 42: The Loggers dominated in the first half and eased past the visiting Nighthawks (0-3). Potlatch led 31-10 at the half. Max Mueller and Marcus Pluff had 14 points apiece to lead Tekoa-Oakesdale.
Springdale 74, Selkirk 48: The Chargers’ face-paced offense was clicking in a win over the host Rangers (0-3) in Ione. Springdale (1-0) outscored Selkirk 25-10 in the third quarter to take a 61-39 lead into the fourth. Nick Gardner had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Rangers.
LaCrosse-Washtucna 53, Garfield-Palouse 35: Darcy Stamper scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Tigercats (1-0) to a win over the visiting Vikings (0-2). Jake Aune had 11 points and Jed Zimmer chipped in 10 for LaCrosse-Washtucna. Jesse Lopez led Garfield-Palouse with 14 points.