Pirates out in 2 games at State
For only the second time ever, the Prairie Pirates boys team went 0-2 at the State Tournament as they lost their opener to Riverstone, 64-73, on Wednesday, March 3, and then were eliminated by Oakley, 38-59, on Thursday, March 4. Both games were played at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.
The only other time Prairie was out in 2 games was 2016. Every other time the Pirates brought home some kind of trophy, either consolation, third, second or first.
Vs. Riverstone
In the opener against the Riverside Otters, the Pirates played even with the taller, undefeated Otters for 3 quarters. Things fell apart in the fourth quarter as the Otters pounded the ball insidCole Schlader won the opening tap from Riverstone’s 6’6” Charlie DeBoer. Photo by Shelley Schlader.e to their twin towers, 6’6” Charlie DeBoer and 6’5” Nick Liebich.
Prairie opened the game with Zach Rambo driving to the hoop after 5’11” Cole Schlader somehow won the opening tap against DeBoer. Schlader then stole the ball and drove for a lay-up and a 4-0 lead.
Riverstone then tied it on a dunk by DeBoer and a basket off a Prairie turnover. Riverstone was assessed a technical foul after making the tying basket. Schlader put Prairie back on top by making both free throws. Schlader then drove in for a basket on the ensuing possession to make it 8-4.
After a Riverstone basket, Tyler Wemhoff scored a short jumper on a feed from Wyatt Ross.
Riverstone tied it again on a basket and 2 free throws. 2 more free throws by Schlader put Prairie back on top.
However Riverstone scored a basket and then a 3-pointer by DeBoer for their first lead of the game.
Prairie took back the lead on as Schlader and Ross each drove the lane for lay-ups. Schlader then sank a 17 foot jumper for an 18-15 lead.
After a basket by Liebich, Brody Hasselstrom hit a 3-pointer than gave Prairie a 21-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
DeBoer and Liebich each scored to open the second quarter and tie the game.
Prairie then put together a 7-0 run to take their biggest lead of the half. Hasselstrom made a free throw. A steal by Schlader led to a 3-point play. Lane Schumacher then sank a 3-pointer to make it 28-21.
Riverstone came right back with a 1-9 run to retake the lead at 29-30. Wemhoff had Prairie’s only point in a 2:30 stretch.
Schlader scored to put Prairie back on top but Riverstone made a basket and a free throw to retake the lead at 31-33 with 2:28 left in the half.
A basket by Rambo tied it and the Schumacher hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 36-33 halftime lead.
Schlader had 17 of Prairie’s 36 first half points but also had 3 personal fouls.
The two teams alternate scores in the third quarter. Liebich scored but Wemhoff answered with a 3. Another Liebich basket was answered by a basket by Rambo. A DeBoer basket was answered by a short jumper by Wemhoff. With 3:46 left in the quarter Schlader picked up his fourth foul and Riverstone made 1 of the 2 free throws to make the score 43-40.
Prairie then put together a 6-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game. Hasselstrom connected from just inside the 3-point line and then added a lay-up. Schumacher made 2 free throws for a 49-40 lead with 2:56 left in the quarter.
From that point on the game was controlled by Riverstone.
After 2 Riverstone baskets, Schumacher hit a 3 to make it 52-44. Riverstone then closed the third quarter with a 0-6 run shaving Prairie’s lead to just 2 points at 52-50 after 3 quarters.
Liebich tied it early in the fourth. Schlader put Prairie back on top with a free throw but that turned out to be his only point of the second half.
DeBoer scored the game’s next 6 points as Riverstone took the lead for good. During that stretch Schlader picked up his fifth foul.
Rambo made a short jumper to cut the lead to 3 at 55-58 but Liebich answered with a lay-up. Wemhoff made 2 free throws to again cut the lead to 3 but Riverstone then finished the game with a 7-16 run.
Rambo scored 5 of those final Pirate points with Kyle Schwartz scoring the other 2.
DeBoer and Liebich combined for 16 points in the fourth quarter for Riverstone, 7 for DeBoer and 9 for Liebich.
Schlader wound up leading Prairie with 18 points with Rambo scoring 13, Schumacher 11, Wemhoff 10, Hasselstrom 8 and Ross and Schwartz 2 each.
Riverstone had a 32-43 edge on the boards. Schlader led the Pirates with 8 rebounds while Rambo had 6.
Schlader had 3 steals while Ross had 5 assists.
Liebich had 31 points to lead the Otters while DeBoer had 23. Liebich also had 14 rebounds.
The Pirates were 22 for 47 from the field, 47%, and 15 for 20 at the line, 75%. Riverstone was 30 for 66 from the field, 45%, and 10 for 17 at the line, 59%.
Riverstone went on to lose to Lapwai in the state championship game.
Prairie        21 15 16 12 -64
Riverstone 17 16 17 23 -73
Prairie-Schlader 6-9, 6-7, 18; Ross 1-4, 0-0, 2; Rambo 5-6, 3-5, 13; Schumacher 3-10, 2-2, 11; Wemhoff 3-8, 3-4, 10; Hasselstrom 3-9, 1-2, 8; Schwartz 1-1, 0-0, 2; Alfrey 0-0, 0-0, 0; Hanson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schumacher 3, Wemhoff, Hasselstrom.
Riverstone-DeBoer 9-20, 2-2, 23; Baird 2-7, 2-2, 6; Hurt 3-9, 2-2, 8; Smith 0-2, 1-2, 1; Liebich 14-21, 3-9, 31; Coyle 2-7, 0-0, 4. 3-pointers-DeBoer 3.

Vs. Oakley
In a loser out game Thursday against Oakley, the Pirates seemed unable to really ever get going with the chance for a state championship gone.
Zach Rambo goes for 2 of his 24 points against Oakley. Photo by Shelley Schlader. Schlader was unableto get going offensively and wound up playing just over 11 minutes due to foul trouble. Oakley throwing a double team at him whenever he got the ball didn’t help either.  They made a conscious effort to make sure he didn’t beat them.
Rambo was the only one for the Pirates to come through on offense. He gave Prairie their only lead of the game when scored a lay-up off a feed from Schlader.
Prairie didn’t score again until Schumacher scored his only 2 points of the game over 4 minutes later after Oakley had taken a 2-7 lead.
Schlader picked up his second foul at the 3:35 mark and spent the rest of the quarter on the bench.
Rambo followed Schumacher’s basket with a free throw but then Oakley scored 5 straight points for a 5-12 lead.
A blocked shot by Shane Hanson led to a drive to the hoop by Hasselstrom that made it 7-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Oakley opened the second quarter with a basket and Rambo answered but the Hornets then scored 9 straight to take a 23-9 lead. Rambo broke that run with a 3 pointer but Oakley answered with a pair of baskets.
Schlader had come back into the game but picked up his third foul with 1:51 left in the half.
A basket by Rambo, who scored all 7 of Prairie’s second quarter points, made it 14-27 at the half.
Rambo opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer but Oakley scored a basket. Schlader then scored his only points of the game when he converted a 3-point play to make it 20-29 with 5:17 left in the third quarter. That was as close as Prairie got in the second half. A minute later Schlader picked up foul #4 and sat out the final 4:10 of the third quarter.
Two baskets by Rambo and a basket by Ross kept Prairie within range as they trailed 26-38 after 3 quarters.
Two free throws by Rambo to open the fourth got Prairie back within 10.
Schlader fouled out with 6:08 left and was called for either a flagrant or intentional foul which gave Oakley 2 free throws plus the ball. They turned that into 5 points and then added another basket to go up 17.
Wemhoff made a free throw to cut the lead to 16 with 4:44 left but  2-9 run quickly put the Hornets up by 23 with 2:23 to play.
A 3-pointer each by Rambo and Hasselstrom got the margin momentarily back under 20 at 37-56 with 1:36 left but Oakley wound up winning by 21.
Rambo had 63% of Prairie’s point total with 24 points, a season high. Hasselstrom with 5 was the next highest scorer with Schlader scoring 3, Schumacher and Ross 2 each and Wemhoff and Lee Forsmann 1 each.
Oakley had a 28-30 edge on the boards. Ross and Wemhoff each had 6 to lead the Pirates.
Schumacher had 4 steals and Ross had 3 assists.
Prairie was 14 for 40 from the field, 35%, and 6 for 18 at the line, 33%. Oakley was 22 for 46 from the field, 48%, and 9 for 16 at the line, 56%.
Cole Schlader and Zach Rambo were named honorable mentions on the Idahosports.com all-tournament team.
Prairie ends their season with a 17-7 record.
Prairie    7   7 12 12 -38
Oakley 12 15 11 21 -59
Prairie-Schlader 1-1, 1-2, 3; Ross 1-3, 0-3, 2; Rambo 9-18, 3-5, 24; Schumacher 1-5, 0-2, 2; Wemhoff 0-5, 1-3, 1; Hasselstrom 2-3, 0-0, 5; Schwartz 0-4, 0-1, 0; Hanson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Alfrey 0-0, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 0-0, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-Rambo 3, Hasselstrom.
Oakley-Wybenga 3-7, 0-0, 7; S. Pickett 0-0, 0-0, 0; Bedke 6-10, 2-7, `4; Beck 4-9, 6-6, 16; A. Cranney 2-8, 0-0, 5; Robinson 5-7, 0-0, 11; R. Pickett 0-0, 0-1, 0; I. Cranney 2-5, 1-2, 6; Gonzalez 0-0, 0-0, 0; Crocker 0-0, 0-0, 0; Saegers 0-0, 0-0, 0; Lara 0-0, 0-0, 0; Praegitzer 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Beck 2, Wybenga, A. Cranney, Robinson, I. Cranney.

Cole Schlader goes for a basket against Riverstone as Zach Rambo watches.

Tyler Wemhoff goes for a transition lay-up against Riverstone.

Wyatt Ross goes after a loose ball in the Riverstone game.

Zach Rambo goes for a lay-up against Riverstone.

Lane Schumacher puts up a shot against Oakley. Also shown is Wyatt Ross. 

Kyle Schwartz on defense against Oakley. Also shown is Tyler Wemhoff.

Brody Hasselstrom looks to pass in the Oakley game. All photos by Shelley Schlader.


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, won 56-34
11-Logos*, here, Facebook Live-lost 58-65
15-Orofino, here, Senior Night, Facebook Live-cancelled due to snow-Since the Senior Night game was cancelled the seniors will be honored prior to their District game On Feb. 24.
18-Potlatch*, there, V only, 6 p.m., NFHS Network, won 62-23
20-Kamiah*, there, NFHS Network, 1:00 p.m., rescheduled due to school closures Feb. 16, won 52-34
24-27-District, beat Genesee 56-49, lost to Lapwai 54-83, beat Genesee 63-58
March 3-5-State at Caldwell, lost to Riverstone 64-73, lost to Oakley 38-59
*League Game

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