Lady Badgers on to state!

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  • Holly Ansley breaks the Wildcats’ pressure during Friday’s game.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman Miranda Wenk goes for the points.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman With their teamwork and determination, the Lady Badgers have come out on top of the game.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman Bonners Ferry High School cheerleaders Lillian Goad, Kaylee Worley, and Cassidy Chaffin. Cheer and Dance will compete for a chance to go to State on Feb, 24 at Lakeland High School.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman Kassy Skeen aims high to bring home the gold.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman The Lady Badgers brought on a 46-36 victory and earned a second place in districts to qualify for the state tournament.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman The packed bleachers, full of Badger fans, were elated at the end of a great game.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman The Lady Badgers brought their best for the playoff game, coming out on top.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman Getting past the opposing teams defense seemed to be a breeze for the girls.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman Holly Ansley kept her eye on the ball, right along with her teammates, as they strived for the win.

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    Photo by Mandi Bateman The key to many sports is reaching for the goal, which is to win.

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    Photos by Mandi Bateman The Bonners Ferry girls’ basketball team celebrates its 46-36 win over Kellogg, which qualified them for the 3A state tournament.

  • Holly Ansley breaks the Wildcats’ pressure during Friday’s game.

  • 1

    Photo by Mandi Bateman Miranda Wenk goes for the points.

  • 2

    Photo by Mandi Bateman With their teamwork and determination, the Lady Badgers have come out on top of the game.

  • 3

    Photo by Mandi Bateman Bonners Ferry High School cheerleaders Lillian Goad, Kaylee Worley, and Cassidy Chaffin. Cheer and Dance will compete for a chance to go to State on Feb, 24 at Lakeland High School.

  • 4

    Photo by Mandi Bateman Kassy Skeen aims high to bring home the gold.

  • 5

    Photo by Mandi Bateman The Lady Badgers brought on a 46-36 victory and earned a second place in districts to qualify for the state tournament.

  • 6

    Photo by Mandi Bateman The packed bleachers, full of Badger fans, were elated at the end of a great game.

  • 7

    Photo by Mandi Bateman The Lady Badgers brought their best for the playoff game, coming out on top.

  • 8

    Photo by Mandi Bateman Getting past the opposing teams defense seemed to be a breeze for the girls.

  • 9

    Photo by Mandi Bateman Holly Ansley kept her eye on the ball, right along with her teammates, as they strived for the win.

  • 10

    Photo by Mandi Bateman The key to many sports is reaching for the goal, which is to win.

  • 11

    Photos by Mandi Bateman The Bonners Ferry girls’ basketball team celebrates its 46-36 win over Kellogg, which qualified them for the 3A state tournament.

BONNERS FERRY — The Lady Badgers are headed to the 3A state tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they won the consolation trophy.

After being upset by Kellogg in the first round of districts at North Idaho College, the Badgers recovered to beat Priest River 70-22 in the second round. The second-seeded Badgers then hosted the third-seeded Wildcats for the Intermountain League’s second spot at state. It was the third time in nine days that the Lady Badgers and Lady Wildcats played each other.

With a 46-36 victory, the Badgers (18-5) are among eight teams vying for Idaho’s 3A title, and will play the Panthers of Snake River (17-6) at Skyview High School in Nampa at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 15.

Bonners Ferry 70, Priest River 22: Miranda Wenk led the Badgers with 19 points and 10 rebounds as Bonners Ferry jumped out to a 22-3 first quarter lead en route to a blowout victory.

Kadi Bateman contributed 15 points and fellow senior guard Kassy Skeen added 10.

Priest River 3 10 4 5 — 22

Bonners Ferry 22 16 26 6 — 70

Priest River: Kren 3, Rusho 0, Fink 7, Fitzmorris 2, Palfrey 2, Martinez 4, Jo. Martin 0, Minish 2, Meek 0, Ja. Martin 2, Hegel 0.

Bonners Ferry: B. Blackmore 1, Skeen 10, Pluid 8, Villelli 1, Wenk 19, Burt 0, Bateman 15, Ansley 8, Liermann 3, Ram 5, Jackson 0, E. Blackmore 0.

Bonners Ferry 46, Kellogg 36: Freshman Holly Ansley scored 15 points and the Badgers held off a late Kellogg rally for a 46-36 win in front of a packed gymnasium at Bonners Ferry High School.

Ansley made two free throws with 3 minutes left in the third quarter, giving the Badgers a 34-17 lead. Kellogg quickly rallied with a 15-2 run and cut the lead to 36-32 with five minutes remaining in the fourth. But that is as close as the Wildcats would get as the Badgers calmed down to finish the game on a 10-4 run to secure the victory and earn second place in districts to qualify for the state tournament.

Kadi Bateman scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and added 5 steals. Jerzie Pluid continued her dominance on the boards with 13 rebounds to go along with 7 points.

Kellogg: Cates 2, Nusz 3, Riekena 0, Rauenhorst 2, VanHose 0, Senteney 0, Sheppard 0, Figueroa 16, Brandt 13.

Bonners Ferry: Skeen 6, Pluid 7, Wenk 7, Bateman 11, Ansley 15, Liermann 0, Blackmore 0.

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