Lady Pirates win at Nezperce
The Prairie Lady Pirates ended a long lay-off by beating Nezperce 30-14 at Cottonwood Thursday, Jan. 8.
The shooting touch was apparently a little rusty for both teams but Prairie was able to come up with enough putbacks and inside shots to defeat the Indians.
Bridget Enneking led the Pirate scoring effort with 9 points with Brittny Behler scoring 6, Briget Long 5, Karel Wassmuth and Ingrid Dahlen 4 each and Natalie Arnzen 2.
Prairie held a huge advantage on the boards of 42-20 with Maureen Tacke leading the Pirates with 8 rebounds.
Prairie used a full-court press in the first quarter to jump out to a 12-2 lead and led 18-4 at the half.
Prairie also won a short JV game, 15-5 as they played just a half.
Nezperce     2 2 5 5 -14
Prairie        12 6 9 3 -30
Prairie-Nida 0, 0-0, 0; Long 2, 1-1, 5; Enneking 2, 5-6, 9; Holthaus 0, 0-0, 0; Sonnen 0, 0-2, 0; Merrill 0, 0-0, 0; Wassmuth 2, 0-1, 4; Arnzen 1, 0-0, 2; Dahlen 2, 0-2, 4; Schultz 0, 0-0, 0; Tacke 0, 0-0, 0; Behler 3, 0-0, 6; Jackson 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Nezperce-Braun 2, 0-0, 4; Calhoun 0, 0-0, 0; Baldus 2, 0-0, 4; Schaefer 0, 0-0, 0; Savage 0, 3-4, 3; Mizer 0, 1-2, 1; Anastasi 1, 0-0, 2; Young 0, 0-0, 0; Howard 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.


Lady Pirates beat Potlatch
The Prairie Lady Pirates used a dominating second quarter to help them beat Potlatch 44-37 and avenge an earlier loss Saturday, Jan. 10 at Cottonwood.Briget Long looks for a shot as Natalie Arnzen, 23, and Lacey Wargi, 10, watch.
Potlatch jumped out to a 2-8 lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter but from that point through the end of the half Prairie took control.
Lacey Wargi and Brittny Behler, two players who due to injury and illness didnít play at Potlatch earlier this season, each scored a pair of free throws and Natalie Arnzen scored a lay-up to tie the score at the end of the first quarter.
Behler put the Pirates ahead with a basket 10 seconds into the second quarter and Karel Wassmuth made it 12-8 with a basket.
Potlatch broke that 10-0 run with a basket off a turnover but Prairie then ran off another 10-0 run to take a 22-10 lead. Ashley Jackson started that run with a pair of free throws. Briget Long added a free throw and Wargi scored a putback and later a free throw. Long scored a putback and Arnzen hit a turnaround 10 ft. shot to make it 22-10. Behler added another basket and Wassmuth ended the half with a perimeter shot that gave prairie a 26-13 halftime lead.
Full court pressure and turnovers off of that helped the Pirates take control. Wargi had 4 steals as Prairie forced 9 Potlatch turnovers in the quarter.
Prairie took their biggest lead at 30-15 early in the third as Behler scored a basket and a pair of free throws but then the scoring stalled.
There was nearly a 4 minute span in the third quarter when neither team scored and Prairie went 5 minutes without scoring until Enneking hit a driving lay-up with 1:17 left in the period.
Arnzen scored on an inbounds play for the final points of the quarter as Prairie took a 34-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
Potlatch turned up the intensity on their press in the fourth quarter and forced Prairie into several turnovers but 2 baskets by Wargi and a basket by Behler still had Prairie up 40-27 with 4:50 to play.
The press then started getting to the Pirates and Potlatch put together a 0-8 run to cut the lead to 5 with 1:57 left.
Wassmuth broke the scoring drought with a pair of free throws and Wargi added another pair in the final seconds as Prairie held on for the win.
Ashley Jackson, Natalie Arnzen and Karel Wassmuth play defense against Potlatch.Behler wound up with 14 points to lead the Pirates in scoring with Wargi adding 11. Wassmuth and Arnzen scored 6 each with Long scoring 3 and Enneking and Jackson 2 each.
Prairie dominated on the boards 46-26 with Behler grabbing 9 boards, Wargi 8, Wassmuth 7 and Long and Enneking 6 each.
Prairie forced the Loggers into 27 turnovers, 16 on steals as Wargi had 4 steals and Arnzen and Kayla Holthaus had 3 each. Prairie had 30 turnovers but that was 10 fewer than they had at Potlatch.
Enneking had 3 assists and Holthaus had 2 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 51 from the field and 14 for 20 at the line while Potlatch was 15 for 45 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line.
With the win Prairie improves to 7-5 on the season and 3-4 in league play.
Prairie also won the JV game 28-19 as they pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Prairie scored the first 4 points of the game but led just 5-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Potlatch scored the first 6 points of the second quarter to take the lead but Prairie came back to take an 11-10 lead at the half.
Prairie had a 5-0 run to start the second half and led 18-14 at the end of the third peiord.
In the fourth quarter Prairie went to the free throw line 20 times and although they struggled, making just 6 of them, it was enough to help them pull away as Potlatch scored just 5 points in the quarter.
Nicole Nida came off the bench to score 9 points and lead the scoring with Ashley Schaeffer and Meghan Vandepass scoring 5 each. Kylie Uhlorn scored 4, Ashley Jackson and Ashley Schultz 2 each and Sarah Forsmann 1.
The defense forced 38 Potlatch turnovers with 10 different players accounting for 22 steals. First cousins Tabitha Sonnen and Nida each had 5 steals to lead the team.
Prairie also had a slight rebounding edge of 44-42 thanks to a big 18-10 edge in the fourth quarter. Vanderpass had 9 rebounds while Shaeffer had 7 and Randi Schumacher had 6.
The JVís were 8 for 46 from the field and 12 for 35 from the line while Potlatch was 8 for 36 from the field and 2 for 12 at the line.
Potlatch 8   5 8 16 -37
Prairie    8 18 8 10 -44
Prairie-Long 1-6, 1-3, 3; Enneking 1-5, 0-0, 2; Holthaus 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wassmuth 2-2, 2-2, 6; Behler 5-14, 4-5, 14; Arnzen 3-13, 0-0, 6; Wargi 3-10, 5-8, 11; Jackson 0-0, 2-2, 2; Sonnen 0-1, 0-0, 0; Merrill 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Potlatch-Poesy 4-12, 0-0, 8; Reynolds 3-8, 2-2, 8; Sheffler 1-3, 0-0, 2; Gunderson 1-5, 0-0, 2; Hoidal 4-8, 2-2, 10; Alexander 1-4, 0-0, 2; Kramer 0-3, 0-0, 0; Davis 0-0, 2-2, 2; Lisher 1-1, 0-0, 2; Nagle 0-1, 0-0, 0; Moore 0-0, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-none.


Lady Pirates Basketball schedule
January 15th   Away   Moscow  6:00
January 16th    Home   C.V.   6:00
January 20th   Home   Orofino  6:00
January 22nd  Away   Lapwai  6:00
January 26th   Away   Genesee  6:00
January 27th   Home  (PHS) Moscow  6:00
January 30th   Home (PHS) Grangeville  6:00
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