Pirates fall at Highland
A cold shooting third quarter hurt the Prairie Pirates in their league opener as they lost at Highland 43-47 Saturday, Dec. 11.The Pirates play defense at Highland.
The Pirates hit just 2 of 16 shots in that quarter which helped turn a 3-point halftime deficit into an 11-point deficit by the end of the quarter.
The Pirates rallied back in the fourth but fell short.
The first quarter saw the lead change hands 4 times as Chad Arnzen scored all 8 of Prairie’s first quarter points. 
Arnzen hit a pair of baskets to turn a 4-7 deficit into an 8-7 lead with 1:23 left but Highland scored on a putback for an 8-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
Highland scored the first 4 points in the second quarter but Prairie answered back at the free throw line by hitting 7 of 8 attempts as Prairie took a 15-13 lead.
After Highland tied the scored, Seth Crane scored on a driving lay-up. Corey Schaeffer added a lay-up to make it 19-15.
After a pair of Highland free throws, Arnzen scored inside for a 21-17 lead with 1:26 left in the half.
Highland roared back though with 7 straight points to take a 21-24 halftime lead. Their full-court pressure led to several turnovers and scoring opportunities.
Highland kept that run going into the third quarter as they scored the first 7 points of the second half to build a 21-31 lead before Arnzen scored on a tip-in to break the scoring drought.
Highland held their biggest lead of the game at the end of the quarter at 28-39.
Four free throws by the Pirates and a perimeter shot by Schaeffer helped the Pirates cut the lead to 34-39 in the fourth quarter.
Chad Arnzen leaps high for a defensive rebound.Highland then answered with a 2-5 run to build the lead back to 36-44.
Crane, who’d had a terrible night shooting to this point, finally heated up hitting a pair of baskets to help cut the lead back to 4 at 40-44.
It looked like Prairie had then cut the lead to 2 when Sean Daly scored a putback but a violation was called on the previous shot turning the ball over to Highland.
The Huskies then connects on 3 of 5 free throw attempts to push the lead back to 7 at 40-47. Crane ended the scoring with a 3-pointer with a second to play.
Arnzen had a huge game for the Pirates with 20 points and 21 rebounds while Crane added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Schaeffer chipped in with 9 points and 7 boards. Kevin Funke added 2 points and Daly had 1.
Highland was led by Brett Arnzen who had 17 points.
Highland held a slim rebounding advantage at 44-45. 
Arnzen had 3 steals and Funke had 3 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 55 from the field, 27%, and 14 for 28 at the line while Highland was 17 for 55 from the field, 31%, and 10 for 18 at the line.
The loss drops Prairie to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in league play. 
The JV team also lost by a 48-58 total.
Ryan Daly got the JV’s off to a hot start with a 3-pointer and a fast break lay-in but then got into foul trouble and wasn’t much of a factor the rest of the way.
Prairie fell behind by 5 points but came back with a 7-0 run to take the lead at 15-13 as Phil Henry scored 5 of those 7 points on a 3-pointer and a steal and drive for a lay-up.
Highland tied it at the end of the quarter.
Prairie took back the lead when Sam Forsmann hit a free throw to open the second quarter scoring but a 2-6 run by Highland put them back into the lead for good.
The Huskies built a 23-28 lead by halftime and outscored the Pirates 6-9 in the third quarter.
A 0-11 run in the fourth quarter by Highland pretty much put the game away. 
Prairie answered back with a 12-3 run but could get no closer than 9 points.
Jacob Holthaus wound up as Prairie’s leading scorer with 14 points with Henry scoring 8, Daly 7, Devan Cornett 6, Chris Schumacher, Daniel Sigler and Nate Kaschmitter 4 each and Forsmann 1.
Highland held a 39-45 rebounding edge. Schumacher led Prairie with 14 boards with Holthaus and Henry adding 7 each. 
Holthaus and Henry each had 4 steals and Holthaus had 4 assists.
Prairie was 16 for 52 from the field, 31%, and 13 for 31 at the line. Highland was 20 for 52 from the field, 38%, and 16 for 28 at the line.
The loss drops the JV team to 0-2 on the season.
Prairie    8 13   7 15 -43
Highland 9 15 15   8 -47
Prairie-Crane 4-18, 4-7, 13; Funke 0-5, 2-4, 2; Wilson 0-4, 0-0, 0; Daly 0-8, 1-4, 1; Arnzen 8-11, 4-7, 20; Schaeffer 3-9, 3-6, 9. 3-pointers-Crane.
Highland-Southern 1-11, 2-2, 4; Behler 4-8, 0-2, 8; Arnzen 6-15, 2-3, 17; Lunders 3-6, 3-5, 9; Bovey 2-3, 0-2, 4; Robertson 0-4, 0-0, 0; Eaton 0-4, 0-0, 0; Dill 0-1, 3-4, 3; Heath 1-1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Arnzen 3.

Christmas tournament set for this weekend
The annual Prairie Christmas Basketball Tournament is set for this Friday and Saturday at the Prairie High School gym.
Action starts at 3:15 p.m. Friday when the Kamiah varsity girls face the Lewiston JV girls. 
Following that game at about 5 p.m. will be the Kamiah varsity boys against the Lewiston JV boys.
At about 6:45 p.m. the Prairie girls will be facing the Council girls and at about 8:15 p.m. the Prairie boys will face the Council boys.
On Saturday at 1 p.m. the two girls game losers will play followed by the two boys game losers at about 2:45 p.m.
At 4:15 p.m. will be the girls championship game followed by the boys championship game at about 6 p.m.
There will be an all-tournament team based upon coaches’ selections.

Alumni games set for Dec. 28
Alumni basketball games for all alumni of Prairie High School and St. Gertrude’s Academy are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 28 at the Prairie Middle School gym.
The women’s game will start at 6:30 p.m. with the men’s game to follow.
There will also be a 3 point shooting contest, a cake drawing and concessions.
Any alumni are welcome to play, you didn’t have to have been on the school basketball team.
Admission is $2 for spectators with a $5 player charge.
Proceeds will go to the Tri-Parish Youth Ministry.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
17-Prairie Christmas Tourn., TBA
18-Prairie Christmas Tourn., TBA
  4-Kamiah, there
  6-Timberline, here
  8-Kendrick, here, 4 p.m.
11-Deary, there
13-Nezperce, here
18-Culdesac, there
22-Timberline, there
27-Troy, there
28-Grangeville, here
  1-Nezperce, there
  4-Lapwai, here
  8-Highland, here
10-Culdesac, here
12-Genesee, here

16-Kamiah/Lew. JV, away, 6 p.m.
18-Grab Bag Invitational, Pullman
30-Pomeroy Invitational
  7 & 8-Kamiah Invitational
13-CV, there, 6 p.m.
14 & 15-Wendell Invitational
21 & 22-New Plymouth Invitational
25-Grangeville/Orofino, here, 6 p.m.
  1-Potlatch/G’ville, home, 6 p.m.
  3-Oro./G’ville, away, 6 p.m.
  4 & 5-Weiser Invitational
11-CV/Kam./Pot. Away, 6 p.m.
19-Districts, at Orofino
24-26-State at Nampa

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