Colvilleâs Courtney Rainer defends the post.
Top-ranked Post Falls up next
The Colville High girlâs basketball team (4-3) won its fourth straight game last Thursday night, holding off visiting Priest River (6-5) and posting a 38-35 win.
Colville got off fast in this one. The Indians put together one of their best opening quarters of the season to date in running to an early 18-6 lead.
CHS turned over the Spartans frequently in the early-going with their full court pressure. But PR battled back, outscoring Colville 10-6 in the second quarter before the Indians regained some momentum with an 8-4 third quarter run.
PR outscored Colville 15-6 in the fourth quarter, but the Indians were able to do just enough down the stretch to hold on.
Junior 5-10 post McKenna Cabbage led Colville with 10 points. Junior guard Taryn Main added eight points. Sadie Learn added seven points.
Priest River was led by junior 5-10 post Jill Weimerâs game-high 19 points.
CHS head coach Ray Clark was pleased with his young teamâs impressive first quarter. He just wished it could have continued.
âThatâs the first time weâve run the floor, passed and caught,â he said. âWe were finishing playsâŠthatâs the best first quarter weâve played (so far this season).â
It didnât help Colville any that tough CHS defender Malia Luu was still under the weather physically and didnât have her usual high-energy motor. And with Teryn Main in second half foul trouble, the Indians were short in their rotation in the backcourt.
âThat first quarter was really snappy and goodâŠwe saw who we really are and need to be,â Clark added.
Colville faces a formidable task this week when top-ranked Idaho 5A power Post Falls (14-0) visits Thursday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Post Falls has rarely been tested this season. Prior to the New Yearâs holiday, the Trojans won the Archbishop Murphy holiday tournament at Everett. Prior to Christmas, PF easily downed Idaho 5A no. 2-ranked Highland, 57-44 in a non-league showdown.
Only Kamiakin of Kennewick has come within 10 points of the high-powered Trojans so far this season.
This talented Post Falls team, who lost to Colville 65-62 last January in one of the Indiansâ best outings of the 2011-2012 season, is led by Brooke Litalien, Dani Failor and Hallie Gennett.
âPost Falls is very good,â Clark said of Thursdayâs formidable opponent. âThey have three Division 1 kids.
âOur challenge is in our ability to competeâŠand our toughness.â
On Saturday, the Indians will get Great Northern League play underway with the long road trip to Clarkston. Game time is 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, West Valley will visit (7:30 p.m.).
Colville 38, Priest River 35
PR 6 10 4 15â35
CHS 18 6 8 6-- 38
Priest RiverâLuckey 3, Douglas 2, Pavey 6, Weimer 19, Trost 5.
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ColvilleâBrons 4, Wittmeyer 4, Learn 7, Main 8, Taft 1, Rainer 2, Cabbage 10, Lee 2.