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.