CALDWELL — Tyler Wilcoxson came off the bench to score 14 points while Brayden Hadaller and a sore-ankled Dacota Hadaller added 12 each as Potlatch capitalized on depth to edge Liberty Charter 53-50 on Thursday in the first round of the Idaho 1A Division I boys’ basketball tournament at Vallivue High.

Brayden Hadaller convered two insurance free throws with about three seconds left to snuff out a Charter rally from a 10-point deficit.

Dacota Hadaller, a standout post, turned an ankle in the first half and spent considerable time on the bench before giving the Loggers a boost in the second half. He’s undergoing continual treatment as the Loggers prepare for a semifinal game against Valley of Hazelton in the semifinals at 5:15 p.m. PST today.

Potlatch gave up 18 points in the first quarter, and after Hadaller’s injury coach Ryan Ball reluctantly went to a zone defense that, as it turned out, proved effective.

“We didn’t match up well with them,” Ball said. “We had some mental and physical issues, and we toughed it out.”

The Loggers outscored the Patriots 18-2 off the bench and tallied 17 assists on 21 field goals, with Jerrod Nicholson leading the way with four assists and Brayden Hadaller adding three.

Dacota Hadaller shot 5-for-6 for the Loggers, who hit 50 percent overall.

LIBERTY CHARTER (18-7)

Dionicio Elton 6 2-2 18, Daniel Colbert 1 0-0 2, Michael Corkish 1 0-0 2, Alex Bistriceanu 6 0-0 12, Cole Hinnenkamp 6 1-2 14, Kaden Gardner 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 3-5 50.

POTLATCH (18-6)

Brayden Hadaller 4 3-3 12, Justin Nicholson 0 0-0 0, Jerrod Nicholson 2 0-0 4, Braden Morris 0 0-0 0, Tyler Wilcoxson 6 2-3 14, Connor Akins 2 0-0 5, Ty Svancara 2 2-2 6, Dacota Hadaller 5 2-8 12. Totals 21 9-16 53.

Liberty Ch 18 10 5 17—50

Potlatch 11 15 12 15—53

Three-point goals — Elton 4, Bistriceanu 2, Hinnenkamp, B. Hadaller, Akins. Total fouls — Liberty Charter 16, Potlatch 14. Fouled out — Colberg, Akins.

GIRLS

Colton 70, Selkirk 16

SPOKANE — Powerhouse Colton opened the Washington Class 1B state tournament with one of its trademark sprees, as the Wildcats made short work of Selkirk of Ione in the quarterfinals at Spokane Arena.

The first quarter was “kind of like an avalanche,” Colton coach Clark Vining said, as the Wildcats jumped ahead 16-2 early and lead 26-3 by the end of the period.

For the game, Colton (22-2) connected on 26 of 47 floor shots, including 10 of 17 from 3-point range, and went 8-for-9 at the foul line. Dakota Patchen led with 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Rylee Vining added 10 points, 10 assists and three steals. Emily Schultheis tacked on 15 points, four boards, four assists and two steals, and Jordyn Moehrle tallied 12 points.

The Wildcats’ defense was effective, limiting Selkirk to 3-for-30 shooting and goading the Rangers into 25 turnovers. Jenna Couch, who led Selkirk with 27 points in a play-in win Wednesday, went scoreless against Colton, with Moehrle being the primary defender on her.

Colton, which is trying for its second consecutive state title and 10th in 11 years, will face Neah Bay in the semifinals at 3:45 p.m. today.

SELKIRK-IONE (16-10)

Nicol Lyons 1 0-0 2, Jenna Couch 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Chantry 0 0-0 0, Bree Dawson 2 1-4 6, Whitney Dawson 0 4-6 4, Madison Chantry 0 2-4 2, Mailei Jungblom 0 0-0 0, Brittney Lyons 0 2-3 2, Angie Sandell 0 0-0 0, Alexa Harris 0 0-0 0, Valexia Seeman 0 0-0 0, Sydnee Pettis 0 0-0 0. Totals 3 9-17 16.

COLTON (22-2)

Rylee Vining 3 2-3 10, Josie Schultheis 0 0-0 0, Taylor Thomas 2 2-2 6, Jordyn Moehrle 5 0-0 12, Maggi Pluid 0 2-2 2, Emily Schultheis 6 2-2 15, Dakota Patchen 8 0-0 21, Addison Kinzer 0 0-0 0, Abby Kelly 2 0-0 4, Maggie Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 8-9 70.

Selkirk 3 5 3 5—16

Colton 26 12 13 19—70

Three-point goals — Dawson, Vining 2, Moehrle 2, E.Schultheis, Patchen 5. Total fouls — Selkirk 7, Colton 14. Fouled out — none.

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