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Girls win Battle of the Border, Demolish Knights

Staff Writer | January 26, 2023 1:00 AM

EUREKA, Mont. — Badger girls basketball (10-8) won the Battle of the Border against Lincoln County High School on Jan. 21, 64-39.

The Badgers attacked in the first quarter scoring 24 points to take a 13-point lead.

Bonners Ferry head coach Travis Hinthorn said junior Asha Abubakari continued to do her thing with another solid game.

Abubakri had 23 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three assists.

Rylie Kimball added 15 points for the Badgers.

Hinthorn said Kimball is improving in skill and confidence.

“I was a little concerned after a late Friday night game and then an early morning travel [to Eureka], but we responded well with a big first quarter.”

The Badger girls are on a two-game winning streak and face Timberlake at the Backwoods Brawl on Friday.

BONNERS FERRY — 24 11 16 13 — 64

LINCOLN COUNTY — 11 8 3 19 — 39

Bonners Ferry: Petesch 2, Kimball 15, Pluid 4, Blackmore 8, Abubakari 23, Baisden 2, B. Bayer 6, Sumpter 4.

Lincoln County: Miller 0, Sharp 10, Trumer 0, Webb 2, VanOrden 3, Guckenberg 0,K. Stanger 17, Bozarth 0, Casazza 0, Conrad 0, Poch 2, Hawkens 3, R. Stanger 2.

Badgers demolish Knights by 37

BONNERS FERRY — For Senior Night, the Badger girls basketball pulled up all the stops, defeating the 1A Division II Lakeside Knights on Jan. 20, 64-27.

Lakeside kept looking for three-point opportunities, but the shots only fell twice during the night. The Badgers grabbed the defense boards and executed off the fast break, leading 37-15 at the half.

In the second half, Bonners Ferry senior Mia Blackmore attacked the hoop, scoring off three consecutive possessions and adding seven points for the Badgers.

Junior Markynn Pluid, for the Badgers, was the lead scorer of the game with 18 points. She also had 12 rebounds and was five for eight at the free-throw line. Asha Abubakari added 18 and Blackmore added 17.

Arrianna Havier-Gorr, of Lakeside, scored 15 points for the Knights.

“It was a nice win on Senior Night with a great crowd,” Hinthorn said. “We had a pretty good practice yesterday and knew we needed to work on rebounding and we rebounded well today.”

He said defensively the Badgers talked and communicated on screens, well running down the straight and moving the ball in order to hit the post.

Kaylee Sumpter was back for the Badgers after recovering from an injury.

Bonners Ferry 17 20 17 10 — 64

Lakeside 8 7 9 3 – 27

Bonners Ferry: Petesch 0, Kimball 2, Pluid 19, Blackmore 17, Abubakari 18, Baisden 0, B. Bayer 0, Sumpter 8.

Lakeside: C. Gorr 0, Pluff 1, Wolfe 0, Rivera 6, Wienclaw 0, Thomas 0, K. Allen 0, Mott 4, Lowley 0, Havier-Gorr 15, A. Allen 0, Hodgeson 0, Lambert 0.

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