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Badgers steamroll Priest River

January 5, 2018
Kristie Campbell photo
Seth Bateman scored early and often Friday night, including shots fired in the game's opening minutes from free throw land.
The Badgers shone Friday in their first league basketball games as each Badger team hosted the Priest River Spartans and each team went 1-0 in Intermountain League in what amounted to blowouts.

Seth Bateman scored a game high 29 points to lead the boys varsity to a very one-sided 82-54 win, and he wasn't the only hot-handed scorer in the game. Dylan Hittle hit for 17 and Ty Bateman hit 14 before an injury early in the final quarter put him out of the game.

The Badger romped to a 29-12 lead in the first quarter and cruised along in the second, with both the Badgers and the Spartans putting up 11 points, giving the Badgers a commanding lead going into the locker room, 40-23.

The Spartans, led by Caden Brennan's 16 points, put up a fight in the third, but still fell short as the Badgers scored 21 to Priest River's third quarter points, and the Badgers closed the game out in style, shooting 21 to the Spartans 11 for the win.

Also adding points to the Badger side of the scoreboard were Hayden Stockton and Caleb Petersen, both with eight, Matt Morgan with four and Chrid Durette with two.

The win puts the Badgers at 5-5/1-0 on the season and has them at the top of the IML standings, with Timberlake, tied with Kellogg at 2-7, in second.

No results for the JV boys game, but they did get a big win.

The boys travel to Post Falls Middle School today to take on Genesis Prep; JV action starts at 5:30 and the varsity squad is up a 7 p.m.
  1 2 3 4 Final
Priest River (0-7, 0-1) 12 11 20 11 54
Bonners Ferry (5-5, 1-0) 29 11 21 21 82
Priest River: Anselmo 0, Bell 1, Brennan 16, Hegel 13, Kreager 0, Lucas 8, Mathews 0, McCracken 14, Parks 0, Zapfe 2
Bonners Ferry: Durrette 2, Foster 0, Hittle 17, Hines 0, S. Bateman 29, T. Bateman 14, Stockton 8, Petersen 8, Morgan 4

Kristie Campbell photo
Jerzie Pluid nails one as the Lady Badgers smash the Priest River Spartans Friday night, 52-21.
On the girls side, it was Holly Ansley putting on a scoring exhibition with a game high 21 points to lead the Lady Badgers to a 52-21 blowout, with Baylee Blackmore scoring 13 and Jerzie Pluid putting up 10.

Bonners Ferry held the Spartans scoreless in the first quarter while scoring 18, then edged their lead margin up another point to stay just ahead of Priest River, outshooting them 12-11 to go to the locker room 11-30.

In was another Badger quarter in the third, with the Badger shooting 18 points to the Spartan's five, and the Lady Badgers coasted in the final, letting Priest River win one round, five points to four.

Also scoring for the Badgers were Grace Villelli, 4, Sierra Hill, 2, and Maecie Liermann, 2.

The win improves the Lady Badgers to 11-2/1-0 on the season and also puts them at the top of the IML, sharing their 11-2 record with Timberlake, who the Badgers play Tuesday in an away game, with the JV playing at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m.

The Badger JV also stopped the Spartans 32-23.

Kellogg visits for another Badger four-game on Saturday, January 12, with JV girls action beginning at 3 p.m., the varsity squad at 6 p.m., boys JV at 4:30 p.m. and varsity boys playing at 7 p.m.
  1 2 3 4 Final
Priest River (1-8, 0-1) 0 11 5 5 21
Bonners Ferry (11-2, 1-0) 18 12 18 4 52
Priest River: Kren 4, Rusho 2, Pound 0, Fink 2, Fitzmorris 6, Palfrey 0, Barnes 0, Minish 3, Martin 4
Bonners Ferry: Ansley 21, Blackmore 13, Jackson 0, Liermann 2, Pinkerton 0, Pluid 10, Sa.Hill 2, Si.Hill 0, Villelli 4

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