Medical Lake earned the district championship and No. 1 seed from the Northeast A League to the boys Bi-District tournament, and Lakeside and Riverside claimed the final two spots with high school basketball victories Monday night.
Medical Lake 51, Chewelah 48: The Cardinals (15-7) bolted to a 43-31 lead after three quarters at Chewelah, then held on to snap the regular-season champion Cougars’ (17-4) 15-game winning streak.
Austin Garza hit 3 of 4 free throws in the fourth quarter for the Cardinals. Adam Paulson led ML with 22 points, hitting six 3s, including 5 of 6 in the first half. Garza added 14 points.
Derek Smith led Chewelah with 14, which takes the No. 2 seed into Bi-District when play starts Friday at West Valley.
Lakeside 76, Newport 30: Conner Moffatt had 22 points, eight assists and four steals as the Eagles (11-11) dispatched the visiting Grizzlies (6-15) to claim the No. 3 seed. Jeron Konkright led Newport, which was eliminated, with 14 points.
Riverside 63, Freeman 53: The Rams (6-14), led by Tyler Axtell’s 26 points, broke open a tight game in the second quarter and cruised to a win at Freeman (4-17), giving Riverside the No. 4 seed. Axtell, Andrew Kramer (16 points) and Dallas Shuler (14) combined for 12 3-pointers and 17 of the Rams’ 22 points in the second quarter. Colin Ayers led Freeman with 13 points.
NE District 2B
Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 60, Northwest Christian 54: Led by Dylan Hartz, who hit 8 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter, the Broncos (18-6) made 12 of 16 from the line in the final period to hold off the Crusaders (15-9) at Mt. Spokane and claim the district’s No. 3 seed to subregionals on Saturday. The Broncos will play Asotin at Waitsburg.
NWC, which got 30 points from Jonathan Morris (16) and Nick Kiourkas (14), is the No. 4 seed, facing Walla Walla Academy at Dayton on Saturday.
NE District 2B
Colfax 44, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 20: The Bulldogs (20-4) broke open the game with a 20-point third quarter that earned them the No. 3 seed to subregionals on Saturday while the Broncos (9-15) will be No. 4. Nicole Sheer had 16 points, five blocked shots, five steals and four assists for the Bulldogs. Dalyn Killian led LRS with six points.
St. George’s 41, Springdale 31: The Dragons (11-13) turned to full-court pressure defense in the fourth quarter and held the host Chargers (11-13) scoreless from the field in overcoming a three-point deficit and claiming a berth in the subdistrict on Thursday while eliminating Springdale.
Taryn Stamper led balanced St. George’s with 11 points. Taylor Smith led Springdale, which was eliminated, with nine.
Idaho District I 3A
Priest River 46, Timberlake 25: The Spartans (14-6) trumped the Tigers’ (3-16) 9-2 start with a 10-0 run to take control and win the first-round game at Lakeland. Jill Weimer led the Spartans with 16 points. Jessica Norlander had eight for Timberlake. PR will play in the winners’ bracket game at 7:30 Wednesday at Lakeland while Timberlake plays at 5:45.
Idaho District I-II 2A
Coeur d’Alene Charter 49, St. Maries 40: The Panthers (17-3), led by Lexi Turkenburg’s 27 points, used a full-court press in the second half to hold off the upset-minded Lumberjacks (4-14) in Coeur d’Alene. They advance to a winner-to-state game on Wednesday against Grangeville in Troy.
St. Maries will play that loser on Thursday trying to stay alive for a trip to state.
Turkenburg hit 14 of 18 free throws and added six rebounds, four assists and five steals. Kerstin Auer scored 13 and Lakin Anxo 12 for St. Maries.
Idaho 1A Division II
Kootenai 43, Mullan 42: The Warriors (3-15) prevailed over the Tigers (7-8) at Lake City in a loser-out game in which the lead changed hands three times in the final 30 seconds.
Katey Mae McInturff scored Kootenai’s last four points to cap a 13-point night, hitting a jumper with 30 seconds left for a 41-39 lead before Robbyn Trogden’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds left put the Tigers up 42-41.
McInturff then dribbled the length of the floor and banked in a jump shot with 4 seconds left to decide it. Kami McKinnon led Mullan with 12 points and Trogden finished with 11.
Kootenai faces Clark Fork at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Lake City, winner-to-state, loser out.