LAPWAI WILDCATS BASKETBALL TEAM ADVANCES TO THE IDAHO STATE H.S. BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
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LAPWAI WILDCATS BASKETBALL TEAM ADVANCES TO THE IDAHO STATE H.S. BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

By Daily Fly Contributor Brad Bramlet

NAMPA, ID - Last night’s Idaho State Basketball playoff game was a rematch for the Lapwai Wild Cats with The Grace Grizzlies. Last year the Grizzlies bounced the Wild Cats to the consolation bracket in 2020. But that bad memory was completely erased as the Wild Cats won this years match up impressively 69-47.

The score was close at half time 32-27 as the gritty Grizzlies kept finding ways to hang around. In the first half of the Grace offense continued to find a way inside the Wild Cats 2-1-2 zone defense and made several easy buckets.

But Coach Eastman made tight adjustments on defense at the break and the door went shut as Lapwai’s offense went on a 12 to 2 run to start the second half. The rest is history, as they say, as the Lapwai’s stand out junior Titus Yearout explosively elevated and flushed a two handed dunk with 3 minutes to go.

Yearout continues to impress as he leads his talented Wild Cats with his aggressive and confident play which at times can be jaw dropping. Yearout was 11 for 15 from the field with 26 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

The talented and still young Lapwai Wild Cats shot 59% for the field and 51% for the 3 -point line. This is beyond stellar shooting performance and a proven formula for wins on anybody’s stat sheet.

Honorable mention goes to Freshman Kase Wynott who dropped 19 points on the night. Wynott is not the future he is the, right now, for the Wild Cats. The Lapwai Wild Cats are a joy to watch with their aggressive pressing style of defense and attacking offense. The Wild Cat basketball program continues to represent their town with competitive excellence and pride.

The Wild Cats face Riverstone High School in the IHSAA—1A D1 Boys Basketball Championship game today at 2pm MST (Boise time) in the Ford Center in Nampa Idaho.

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