COEUR d’ALENE — Arlaina Stephenson had 20 kills and four aces, Ashley Kaufman 13 kills and the Lake City Timberwolves beat the Coeur d’Alene Vikings 25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 25-16 in the 5A Inland Empire League finale for both schools at Coeur d’Alene High on Tuesday.
“It was a good match,” Lake City coach Mike Summers said. “We didn’t do a good job of starting fast and were down 23-15 in the third set before coming back to win, and that set the tone for the fourth set. We just had trouble getting going all night and had some unforced errors. The gym was pretty loud tonight, and make it hard to communicate on and off the court. Coeur d’Alene did a good job of scrapping and made us earn every point we had.”
Lake City (24-1, 6-0 5A IEL) will be the top seed to the 5A Region 1 tournament and will host Coeur d’Alene (15-11, 1-5) on Saturday. Lewiston (23-5, 3-3) will host Post Falls (23-11, 2-4) in the other opening round match on Saturday.
Emily Kladar had 12 kills for Coeur d’Alene. Ellie Schraeder had 10 kills, Taylin Rowley 19 assists and 17 digs, Lauren Phillips 10 assists and four aces, Sam Swayze 15 digs, Lilli Hare three blocks.
“Effort was great; these girls are hungry for more,” Coeur d’Alene coach Dee Pottenger said. “I am excited about where we are at headed into regionals.”
Lake City concludes the regular season at Lakeland on Thursday.
Coeur d’Alene is off until regionals on Saturday.
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POST FALLS — Allison Munday had 19 kills and six blocks as the Trojans swept the Bengals 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 in 5A IEL play on senior night at The Arena.
Macky Morris had 12 kills and 22 digs for Post Falls (23-11, 2-4 5A IEL), which secured the third seed to the 5A Region 1 tournament with the win. Sydney Parks had 12 kills, Courtney Finney 23 aces, Kayla Mayo 15 assists and three aces, Tessa Sarff four blocks.
“This was a statement win for us,” Post Falls coach Matt Barkley said. “We played with a lot of passion tonight. Senior night can be tough with all the emotions going. Our seniors helped lead the way and didn’t let it be a distraction. I am excited about where we are at heading into the playoffs.”
Lewiston is 23-5, 3-3.
Post Falls travels to second-seeded Lewiston on Saturday in the first round of the regional tournament.
RATHDRUM — After losing to Lakeland last month for the first time since 2005, Sandpoint inflicted some payback, sweeping the host Hawks 25-22, 25-19, 25-14 in 4A Inland Empire League play at Hawk Court.
Mattisyn Cope totaled 12 kills and six digs for Lakeland (12-18, 1-3), which won a five-setter earlier this season at Sandpoint. Brooke Mayberry had 11 assists for the Hawks, Keely DeVore 10 assists, Katy Ryan four blocks, Summer Powell two aces.
Kaitlan Ward had 21 digs for Sandpoint (13-7, 1-2). With the sweep, the Bulldogs clinched the No. 2 seed to next week’s 4A Region 1 tournament, and will play host to Lakeland next Tuesday in a loser-out first-round match.
Lakeland plays host to Lake City on Thursday.
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COEUR d’ALENE — Megan Mackinney had six kills for the host Panthers in a 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 loss to the Spartans in Intermountain League play at Holy Family Catholic School.
Chloe Turnbull had five kills and three digs, and Hannah Burt had three digs for Coeur d’Alene Charter (5-10, 1-6 IML), which plays at Timberlake on Thursday night.
Priest River finished 3-5 in league.
BONNERS FERRY — Kenzie Dean had eight kills and 10 digs and the Tigers overcame a slow start to beat the first-place Badgers 11-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-17 in Intermountain League play.
McKeeley Tonkin had 20 assists for Timberlake (13-16, 6-1 IML). Kylie Marneris had 12 digs, Ashlyn Mallet two blocks.
Bonners Ferry (6-1 IML), can clinch the top seed and host the 3A District 1 tournament with a win at Kellogg on Thursday. Bonners, which swept Timberlake last month, holds the tiebreaker over the Tigers.
Timberlake hosts Coeur d’Alene Charter on Thursday.
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MULLAN — Christa Imanzi had six kills and two aces as the visiting Jaguars swept the Tigers 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 in North Star League play at the Mullan Pavilion.
Rachel Schroeder had 11 digs for Genesis Prep (8-6, 6-3 NSL). Trinity Morrow had nine assists, Bella Murekatete three blocks, Emily Martinez two aces for the Jaguars, who wrap up the league and regular season Friday at Wallace.
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CLARK FORK — Brooke Stevens returned from a hamstring injury to post 32 assists and four kills as the Wampus Cats clinched at least a share of the North Star League title by beating the Knights 25-11, 25-17, 25-15.
Clark Fork is 12-7, 8-1 NSL with a league match at Wallace remaining on Thursday.
Lakeside (4-13, 2-8) is idle until the 1A Division II District 1 tournament next week.