Pirates win 3 league games
The Prairie Pirates won 3 league games this past week, all at Cottonwood. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, they beat Troy 72-22. On Thursday, Jan. 28, they beat C.V. 58-23. Finally, on Friday, Jan. 29 they beat Potlatch 57-24.
Vs. Troy
The game against Troy was originally scheduled for Jan. 9 but got rescheduled due to Covid-19 protocols at Troy. Cole Schlader drops a pass back to Wyatt Ross for an easy lay-up against Troy.
The game was a mismatch from the start as Prairie jumped out to leads of 6-0 and 8-2 and led 16-5 at the end of the first quarter. Cole Schlader and Wyatt Ross each scored 4 points in the opening quarter with Brody Hasselstrom making a 3-poointer and Zach Rambo ad Lane Schumacher each adding 2 points.
Prairie kept adding to their lead in the second quarter as they outscored the Trojans 16-9 with Rambo adding 8 points while hitting 4 of 4 at the free throw line. Schlader scored 4 and Kyle Schwartz and Shane Hanson added 2 each as Prairie took a 31-15 halftime lead.
Prairie finished the third quarter with a 23-0 scoring run as they took a 57-20 lead into the fourth quarter.
Schlader scored 7, Schumacher 6, Ross 5 and Rambo and Hasselstrom 4 each in the quarter.
Prairie was 8 for 8 as a team at the free throw line and wound up an amazing 16 for 16 at the line for the game, something we have never seen from a Prairie team with that many free throws attempted.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock but Prairie continued to score at will rolling up a 15-2 advantage in the final frame.
The Pirates had 4 players score in double figures led by Rambo with 19 points. Schlader scored 15 and Ross and Hasselstrom scored 12 each. Schumacher scored 8 while Schwartz, Hanson and Lee Forsmann scored 2 each.
Prairie also dominated on the boards 38-23 with Schlader and Ross each collecting 8 rebounds to lead the team.
Schlader had 4 steals and 3 assists while Schwartz also had 3 assists.
Prairie was 25 for 60 from the field, 42%, and the aforementioned 16 for 16 at the line, 100%. Troy was 9 for 34 from the field, 26%, and 2 for 3 at the line, 67%.
The JV game was just as lopsided and although Troy outscored Prairie 9-14 in the running clock fourth quarter, Prairie still won 63-31.
Troy never led in the game as Colton McElroy opened the scoring with a putback. Troy tied the score but Prairie took the lead for good on a shot from the elbow by Lee Forsmann. After a Troy free throw cut the lead to 1, Prairie outscored Troy 16-2 the rest of the first quarter for a 20-5 lead.
They then scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to complete a 20-0 scoring run. Prairie led 40-13 at the half.
Shane Hanson scored 8 points in the second quarter and had 12 in the half. Forsmann scored 6 in each of the first 2 quarters and also had 12 points in the first half. Neither played much in the second half.
Weston Riener opened the third quarter scoring then Troy scored 4 straight points. Prairie then finished the quarter with a 12-0 scoring run. Levi Walsh and Morgan Poxleitner each scored 4 in that run while Riener and Colton McElroy scored 2 each. Prairie led 54-17 after 3 quarters.
It was pretty much the C team that played the fourth quarter for the Pirates with Benny Elven scoring 4 while Alex McElroy made a 3-pointer and Trenton Lorentz add a basket.
Prairie led 61-22 after McElroy’s 3 but were outscored 2-9 the rest of the way.
Hanson and Forsmann led the scoring with 12 points each. Riener scored 9, Poxleitner 6, Walsh 5, Travis Alfrey, Colton McElroy and Elven 4 each, Alex McElroy 3 and Noah Behler and Lorentz 2 each.
Prairie had a 37-23 advantage on the boards led by Forsmann and Poxleitner with 6 each.
Alfrey and Forsmann each had 3 steals and Colton McElroy had 5 assists.
The JV’s were 26 for 52 from the field, 50%, and 9 for 12 at the line, 75%. Troy was 12 for 43 from the field, 28%, and 4 for 6 at the line, 67%.
Prairie 15 16 26 15 -72
Troy     6   9   5   2 -22
Prairie-Schlader 5-11, 4-4, 15; Ross 5-8, 1-1, 12; Rambo 4-13, 10-10; Schumacher 3-6, 1-1, 8; Wemhoff 0-3, 0-0, 0; Hasselstrom 5-8, 0-0, 12; Schwartz 1-5, 0-0, 2; Hanson 1-1, 0-0, 2; Alfrey 0-2, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 1-3, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Hasselstrom 2, Schlader, Ross, Rambo, Schumacher.
Troy-Johnson 4-7, 1-2, 9; Codr 2-7, 0-0, 6; Blazzard 3-7, 0-0, 6; Demeerleer 0-2, 0-0, 0; Baier 0-3, 0-0, 0; Phillis 0-3, 1-2, 1; Buchanan 0-2, 0-0, 0; Stoner 0-1, 0-0, 0; Van Pelt 0-1, 0-0, 0; McCully 0-0, 0-0, 0; Archibald 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Codr 2.

Vs. CV
Clearwater Valley kept the game close in the first quarter against the Pirates but Prairie opened the second quarter with an 14-0 run and outscored the Rams 24-2 in the quarter to blow the game open.
Priarie scored first in the game on a short jump shot by Schlader but C.V. answered with a pair of baskets to take their only lead of the game.
A basket by Schumacher tied it and Prairie took the lead for good on 2 free throws by Hasselstrom. Schlader added 2 free throws and Ross a 3-pointer for an 11-4 lead.
C.V. closed out the first quarter with a 3-pointer of their own to cut the lead to 4 points, 11-7.
Schlader made 6 straight free throws to open the second quarter scoring and give Prairie a 10-point lead. Hasselstrom scored then Rambo converted a 3-point play. Schlader closed out the 14-0 run with a 3-pointer for a 25-7 lead.
After C.V. scored their only points of the quarter, Hasselstrom hit a 3 and then 2 free throws. Wemhoff scored a basket and Schumacher closed out the first half with a 3-pointer as Prairie took a 35-9 halftime lead.
Ross opened the second half scoring with a drive to the hoop. C.V. then put their only real rally of the game together as they outscored Prairie 5-9 over the next 3:30. A 3 by Wemhoff and a lay-up by Schlader were Prairie’s points while C.V. had two 3’s, a basket and a free throw. However they still trailed 18-42.
Prairie then put together an 11-3 run to push the lead to 32 at 53-21. Schlader made a pair of free throws which made it 33 straight made free throws for the Pirates. They made their final 2 against Genesee, 16 straight against Troy and their first 15 against C.V. The string broke at the 40 second mark of the third quarter when Hanson was unable to complete a 3-point play.
C.V. scored a basket to make it 53-23 after 3 quarters, invoking the running clock mercy rule for the fourth quarter.
Prairie outscored C.V. 5-0 in the final quarter.
Schlader wound up with 24 points to lead the Pirates. He was 11 for 12 at the line, missing his final attempt and breaking a personal string of 15 straight. Hasselstrom scored 7, Ross and Wemhoff 5 each, Hanson 4, Rambo 3 and Schwartz 2.
C.V. held a 24-28 edge on the boards with Schlader leading the Pirates with 9 rebounds.
Wemhoff, Schumacher and Schlader each had 3 steals and Schlader had 4 assists.
Prairie was 18 for 36 from the field, 50%, and 16 for 22 at the line, 74%. C.V. was 9 for 38 from the field, 24%, and 1 for 10 at the line, 10%.
There was no JV game but the C team had a game and beat the Grangeville C team  42-40.
Prairie 11 24 18 5 -58
C.V.     7   2 14 0 -23
Prairie-Schlader 6-10, 11-12, 24; Ross 2-3, 0-0, 5; Rambo 1-5, 1-1, 3; Schumacher 3-5, 0-0, 8; Wemhoff 2-3, 0-0, 5; Hasselstrom 1-6, 4-4, 7; Schwartz 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hanson 2-2, 0-5, 4; Alfrey 0-0, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schumacher 2, Schlader, Ross, Wemhoff, Hasselstrom.
C.V.-Jackson 2, 0-0, 4; Olsen 0, 0-0, 0; Kolb 1, 0-0, 3; Lat. Schlieper 1, 1-8, 3; Willis 0, 0-0, 0; Curtis 0, 0-0, 0; Lan. Schlieper 4, 0-0, 11; Fox 0, 0-0, 0; Amerman 0, 0-0, 0; Anderson 1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Lan. Schlieper 3, Kolb.

Vs. Potlatch
IZach Rambo scores a lay-up against Potlatch as Tyler Wemhoff watches.n the game against Potlatch, the Loggers kept the game close throughout the first half but Prairie broke it open with an 18-4 third quarter.
Prairie jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game as Schumacher made a pair of baskets and Schlader a pair of free throws. Potlatch got on the board with a 3-point play but Wemhoff answered with a 3-pointer. Schlader followed with abasket at the 3:10 mark then Prairie went ice-cold, not scoring for the rest of the quarter. Potlatch didn’t score either though until hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 11-6.
Potlatch scored the first 2 baskets of the second quarter to cut the Priarie lead to 11-10. Schlader then broke a 6-minute scoring drought with a basket after Wemhoff had made a steal. Schlader then made a free throw but Potlatch answered with a 3-pointer to again pull within 1 point at 14-13 with 2:53 left in the half.
Neither team scored until Schumacher made a steal and drove in for a lay-up with 1:10 left in the half. Schlader added a free throw and Ross drove in for a lay-up to make it 19-13 at the half.
Rambo, who was shut out in the first half, had a big third quarter and got the scoring started with a layup. Potlatch answered but Rambo and Wemhoff each scored to make it 25-15. After another Potlatch basket, Prairie closed the third quarter with a 12-0 run to finally put some distance between them and the Loggers. Rambo started the run with a drive to the hoop. Wemhoff and Schumacher each scored a 3-pointer and then Rambo scored a basket and a pair of free throws to give Prairie a 37-17 lead. Rambo had scored 1q of Prairie’s 18 third quarter points. Schlader, who had 8 first half points, became a facilitator in the third quarter as he didn’t score but picked up 3 assists.
Rambo opened the fourth quarter with a basket on a feed from Schlader to make it 39-17.
Potlatch scored a basket and 2 free throws then Prairie went on a 14-0 run to put the game away and invoke the running clock mercy rule. Rambo started the run with a lay-up. Ross scored after making a steal. Schwartz sank a 3-pointer. Schlader scored a pair of baskets, Rambo hit a free throw and then scored  a lay-up after making a steal to make it 53-21 with 3:37 to play. Rambo’s missed free throw ended a streak of 17 in a row he had made dating back to the Genesee game.
Potlatch broke the run with a 3-point play but Wemhoff and Travis Alfrey each scored to give Prairie a 57-24 win.
Rambo had 17 points to lead the scoring with Schlader adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. Wemhoff scored 10, Schumacher 9, Ross 4, Schwartz 3 and Alfrey 2.
Prairie had a 23-22 edge on the boards led by Schlader’s 10.
Schumacher had 5 steals while Wemhoff had 4 and Schlader and Schwartz had 3 each. Schlader had 7 assists.
The Pirates were 24 for 50 from the field, 48%, and 5 for 14 at the line, 36%. Potlatch was 9 for 21 from the field, 43%, and 4 for 5 at the line, 80%.
Prairie is now 12-3 overall and 8-2 in league play.
Again, there was no JV game.
Prairie     11 8 18 20 -57
Potlatch    6 7   4   7 -24
Prairie-Schlader 4-8, 2-5, 12; Ross 2-3, 0-0, 4; Rambo 7-11, 4-5, 17; Schumacher 4-6, 0-1, 9; Wemhoff 4-10, 0-0, 10; Hasselstrom 0-4, 0-0, 0; Hanson 0-3, 0-3, 0; Schwartz 1-3, 0-0, 3; Alfrey 1-2, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Wemhoff 2, Schumacher, Schwartz.
Potlatch-Brown 1-4, 1-1, 3; Vowels 0-3, 0-0, 0; Howard 3-5, 0-0, 8; McManus 2-3, 0-1, 4; Barnes 1-3, 2-2, 4; Clark 1-1, 1-1, 3; Lusby 1-2, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Howard 2.

Cole Schlader goes for a lay-up against Troy as Wyatt Ross watches.

Wyatt Ross goes between two Troy defenders for a shot.

Tyler Wemhoff puts up a shot against Potlatch.

Brody Hasselstrom goes for a lay-up against Potlatch.

 Kyle Schwartz goes for a transition layup against Potlatch.

Lane Schumacher shoots for 3 against Potlatch.

Shane Hanson goes for a putback against Potlatch.

Benny Elven, 2nd Prairie player from left, has just put up a shot in the JV game against Troy. Also shown are Dylan Forsmann, Morgan Poxleitner and Noah Behler.

Ethan Thompson with the ball in the JV game agaisnt Troy.

Levin Walsh scores against the Troy JV.

Morgan Poxleitner shoots against the Troy JV. Also shown are Levi Walsh and Noah Behler.

Travis Alfrey puts up a shot against the Troy JV as Shane Hanson watches.

Weston Riener goes for a lay-up after making a steal in the JV game against Troy.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  1-Timberline, there, FB Live, won 58-47
  2-Grangeville, there, NFHS Network, won 61-52
  8-Lapwai*, there, Streaming TBD, lost 57-85
11-Genesee*, here, FB Live, won 57-56
15-Orofino, there, Streaming TBD, won 60-46
17-C.V.*, there, FB Live, Varsity only, 6 p.m., won 64-31
19-Potlatch*, here, 1 & 2:30, NFHS Network, cancelled
  5-Grangeville, here, NFHS Network, lost 58-59
  8-Timberline, here, Facebook Live, won 73-44
14-Kamiah*, here, Facebook Live , won 63-58
16-Logos*, there, NFHS Network, won 62-46
19-Lapwai*, here, Facebook Live, lost 60-94
22-Genesee*, there, NFHS Network, won 58-40
26-Troy here, Facebook Live, won 72-22
28-C.V.*, here, Facebook Live, won 58-23
29-Potlatch*, here, 6 p.m, V only, Facebook Live, won 57-24
  5-Troy*, there, NFHS Network
11-Logos*, here, Facebook Live-moved up a day due to conflict with girls District game.
15-Orofino, here, Senior Night, Facebook Live
16-Kamiah*, there, NFHS Network
18-Potlatch, there, V only, 6 p.m., Only if necessary for District seedings, NFHS Network
March 3-5-State at Caldwell
*League Game

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