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Williams comes up big for Viks

COEUR d'ALENE - Big-time players often make plays in big-time games to help their team charge toward a championship.

On Friday night, the tallest player on the Coeur d'Alene High girls basketball roster did exactly that.




Williams' final eight points came from the free-throw line as the Vikings outscored the Bengals 8-2 in the final two minutes.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” Williams said of shooting free throws late in the game. “I was just ready to put the ball in the hoop. I just took my time, took a deep breath, did my routine and put the ball in.”

The first three quarters were anything but routine for the Vikings, shooting 7 of 14 from the foul line and scoring 17 points in the first half.

“(Lewiston coach) Pat (Teichmer) is a great coach,” Coeur d’Alene coach Dale Poffenroth said. “He has a style that’s different than anyone else’s and if you don’t adapt, you’re in trouble. They used the same style last year and you saw what happened (won the state 5A championship against Centennial). If you get behind a boatload of points, it’s tough to come back. You just have to adjust and try to turn them into the aggressor, and once you can do that, then you’ve got a chance. It’s tough because it’s the old Princeton style of offense and he runs it to a T. We just had to fight through it and make some adjustments.”

Coeur d’Alene (15-3, 4-1 5A IEL) took a 34-33 lead on a layup by Caelyn Orlandi early in the fourth quarter and never trailed again.

“The basket to start the fourth quarter was huge,” Poffenroth said. “We were just having a night where nobody could make a lay-in and just couldn’t make anything. We had to get the ball into those that were scoring in the second half, and that’s what we did. To come back and get the lead, it was a real team effort to make it happen.”

Coeur d’Alene, which lost in overtime at Lewiston on Dec. 11, finished the game 17 of 30 from the foul line.

“It’s a good thing Sydney made her free throws, because the rest of us sure weren’t,” Poffenroth said. “She’ll probably be here at 5 a.m. shooting them tomorrow, but you’ve got to make them against them (Lewiston) because they don’t give you a lot of opportunities to score. Sydney’s pretty good at making free throws and making things happen. She hadn’t been that big of a contributor as she wanted to be, but that was her chance, and she didn’t fail.”

Lewiston (13-4, 2-2) led 24-17 at halftime, despite having Karlee Wilson — who has signed with Idaho — on the bench with foul trouble for most of the second quarter.

“We’ve got a pretty good team, but we can’t just rely on one kid,” Teichmer said. “Not having Karlee on the floor happens occasionally, and everyone else needs to be prepared for that. But I thought our kids played well when she was on the bench. Coeur d’Alene’s a very good team and we battled the best we could.”

Paige Wells and Emily Schlader scored 10 points each for Lewiston, which hosts second-ranked Post Falls today at Booth Hall.

Kendalyn Brainard and Brittany Tackett scored 10 points each for Coeur d’Alene, which travels to Post Falls on Friday.

Lewiston 13 11 9 4 — 37

Coeur d’Alene 8 9 13 15 — 45

LEWISTON — K. Wilson 9, L. Wilson 2, K. Schlader 0, Teichmer 0, E. Schlader 10, Hobart 2, Wells 10, White 2, Hastings 2.

COEUR d’ALENE — Parker 1, Sumner 5, Chalich 0, Orlandi 2, Tackett 10, Brainard 10, Wellstandt 1, Williams 16.