2017 Avista Holiday Tournament Preview
LEWISTON, ID —
Thursday marks the first day of the Avista Holiday Tournament. 16 boy’s and girl’s teams from both Idaho and Washington will battle it out at the Lewis-Clark State Activities Center.
The very first game of the tournament: Lapwai vs. Moscow (boys).
Lapwai is the smallest team in the tournament (in terms of conference level), representing the Idaho 1A D1.
The Wildcats come in to the tournament with an 8-1 record with their only loss being a 3-point one.
Best believe Lapwai is ready to pull a few upsets this weekend.
For the 4A Moscow Bears, they haven’t been as lucky.
The Bears are 1-5, suffering close losses to Pullman and Lewiston in back-to-back games.
For this tournament, the Bears might be able to end 2017 with fireworks or Lapwai could cement themselves as one of Idaho’s best overall teams.
Both Clarkston boy’s and girl’s teams will be playing in this tournament.
The Bantams have seen success early this season, girls are 4-1 while the boys are 3-2.
The girls will have a big test early in the tournament, taking on Washington’s 4A Wenatchee.
Clarkston has blown almost everyone out who’s faced them, with its last win coming against Shadle Park last week, winning 64-12.
The boys will also start with no slouch. First game they’ll take on North Central of Spokane.
Bantam boys are 3-2 on the season, with their two losses coming from Shadle Park (which they avenged last week), and Pullman which they lost by 2-points.
In the boys and girls brackets, the championship round could be a Golden Throne bout.
Now, the Lewiston Bengals; both girls and boys teams will be playing.
It’s almost been a tale of two teams so far.
The girls are 9-1, riding a seven-game winning streak, while the boys are 3-3.
Obviously the girls are having success on the court, and that’s without Kendyll Kinzer.
She’s been out dealing with a knee injury; she’s not expected to play in the tournament.
No matter, the other Bengals have stepped up and it’s working on the court.
The boys have been up and down, most recently, snapping a two-game losing streak, beating Moscow by 3-points.
Maybe playing an essential home-game will help get them out of their funk.
Both girls and boys teams will end the first day of the tournament, taking on Walla Walla.