BONNERS FERRY — The Intermountain League District tournament did not start well for the Lady Badgers with a 31-55 loss to the Kellogg Wildcats. The Badgers recovered with a 60-32 win in a loser out game over the Priest River Spartans. That win set up a rematch with Kellogg who lost to Timberlake 52-19 in the championship game. The district rematch would be a different story with the Badgers winning 58-35 to earn a trip to the 3A state championships Feb. 14-16 at Skyview High School in Nampa, Idaho.
The Badgers were led by their three Intermountain League All-League players. Holly Ansley led the Badgers with 21 points, Jerzie Pluid added 16 points going 6-7 from the free throw line, and Baylee Blackmore had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“We knew if we stayed out of foul trouble, rebounded well, and kept our composure, then we had a great chance of coming out with a win,” said head coach Travis Hinthorn. “This is a great group of girls, and we’re happy to get another week coaching them at the State tournament.”
The Lady Badgers will face defending State champs, Sugar-Salem at 12:15 PST.
Freshman Hailey Cheney led the Wildcats with 13 points.
Bonners Ferry: 14 18 12 14 = 58
Kellogg: 11 6 9 9 = 35
Bonners Ferry: Blackmore 12, Liermann 4, Jackson 0, Sa Hill 3, Pluid 16, Ansley 21, Si Hill 0, Villelli 2, Pinkerton 0.
Kellogg: Bristow 0, Hill 0, Rauenhorst 4, Vanhoose 0, Senteney 4, Sheppard 0, Figueroa 5, Brandt 3, Cheney 13, Nearing 2.