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Nichols sparks fast-starting Lakeland

| December 13, 2005 11:00 PM

Prep basketball

? GIRLS

RATHDRUM — Junior point guard Natalie Nichols scored six of her 16 points in the first quarter to start Lakeland toward a 69-32 victory over Newport in nonleague action Monday night.

Nichols also had seven assists and five steals for Lakeland (7-2), which led 25-6 after one quarter and 36-12 at halftime.

"She played really well tonight — as well as I've seen her play," Lakeland coach Steve Seymour said.

Bridgitt Bohannon scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Hawks. Brigitte Boucher had 10 points, and Kayla Stiegemeier added seven points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Newport is 1-4.

Lakeland plays at Sandpoint on Thursday.

Newport 6 6 13 7 — 32

Lakeland 25 11 17 16 — 69

NEWPORT — Jones 2, Tate 0, Hahn 4, Armour 0, Alkire 5, Barranco 10, Lewis 4, Clemenson 0, Buckley 0, Smith 4, Hass 0, McDonald 3.

LAKELAND — Smith 4, Nichols 16, Sanders 0, Reynolds 6, North 3, Findlay 4, Stiegemeier 7, Corsi 3, Boucher 10, Bohannon 16.

? BOYS

N. Idaho Christian 77

Grace Bible 43

HAYDEN — Anthony Brandel scored 18 points, Chad Platt 17 to lead the Royals past the visitors from Coeur d'Alene.

Grey Beaudry added 11 points and nine rebounds for North Idaho Christian, and Matt Chambers had five steals.

North Idaho Christian plays host to The Oaks tonight at 6.

Grace Bible 8 7 7 17 — 43

N.I. Christian 25 25 19 8 — 77

GRACE BIBLE — no scoring provided.

NORTH IDAHO CHRISTIAN — Brandel 18, Levi Warbrick 0, Platt 17, Beaudry 11, Chambers 5, Switzer 4, Inabnet 5, Stoddard 9, Straw 8.