Lady Pirates win by 6 over Highland
The Prairie Lady Pirates fought off a tough Highland squad and held on for a 41-35 victory at Cottonwood Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Two steals by Natalie Arnzen in the final minute of play helped to seal the win for the Pirates. She had a steal on the defensive end that led to a free throw and then stole the inbounds pass and tossed in a long 3-pointer to end the gameís scoring.
Highland led nearly the entire first half, trailing only at 3-2. They led 5-7 after one quarter and 11-16 at the half.
The Huskies extended the lead to 11-19 early in the fourth but Prairie then mounted a comeback. A basket inside by Briget Long and a 3-pointer by Ashley Jackson pulled the Pirates within 16-21. 
A basket by Arnzen and a 3-point play by Long tied the score at 21. Brittny Behler then put Prairie ahead with a putback but Highland ended the third quarter with a pair of free throws to tie the score.
Highland took back the lead with a free throw in the fourth but Long then scored a lay-up on a long pass from Jackson for the lead.
Highland took back the lead at 25-26 but Long answered with a pair of free throws.
Highland tied it with a free throw but Vanessa Sonnen gave Prairie back the lead with a pair of free throws.
After Highland tied it again at the free throw line, Bridget Enneking gave Prairie the lead for good with a basket. 
Highland hit a free throw but a basket by Long put Prairie up by 3.
A Highland free throw was answered by one from Sonnen. After a Highland basket Jackson banked one in and was fouled but missed the free throw to make it 36-33.
Highland scored to cut the lead to 1 but Jackson then got a big defensive rebound and was fouled on converted the second free throw in the double bonus situation.
Then came Arnzenís steals to seal the win.
Long was a force inside scoring 15 points to lead the Pirates. Arnzen added 8 points with Jackson scoring 6, Enneking and Behler 4 each, Sonnen 3 and Tiffany Schaeffer 1.
In the JV game Prairie shut down Highland completely after the first quarter and raced away to a 55-10 victory.
Prairie jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led 13-6 at the quarter break. They built the lead to 23-8 by halftime.
Highland scored the first 2 points of the second half and then didnít score another point as Prairie scored the gameís final 32 points.
Kylie Uhlorn led the scoring with 13 points with Nicole Nida scoring 11 and Meghan VanderPas 10. Becky Gehring added 7 point with Randi Schumacher scoring 4 and Myken Dahlen, Carolyn Sonnen, Shayla Dalgliesh, Tabitha Sonnen and Sarah Arnzen 2 each.
Uhlorn had 11 rebounds and 6 steals while Nida had 5 steals.
Thanks to Morris and Julie Arnzen for loaning a copy of the DVD of the game tapes.
Prairie       5 6 12 18 -43
Highland    7 9   7 12 -35
Prairie-Long 6, 3-6, 15; Enneking 2, 0-0, 4; Jackson 2, 1-5, 6; Sonnen 0, 3-4, 3; Behler 2, 0-0, 4; Schaeffer 0, 1-2, 1; Arnzen 3, 1-2, 8; Merrill 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Jackson, Arnzen.
Highland-S. Thomason 2, 5-8, 9; Hoffman 0, 2-2, 2; Coursey 0, 0-0, 0; Severson 1, 2-2, 4; Riggers 1, 1-3, 3; Stamper 4, 4-9, 12; M. Thomason 1, 0-0, 2; Moore 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Stamper.

Lady Pirates win at Deary
Outstanding second half defense and a strong showing at the free throw line helped the Prairie Lady Pirates to a 45-32 win at Deary Friday, Jan. 14.Prairie defenders swarm to the ball. From left are Meghan VanderPas, Briget Long, Bridget Enneking and Ashley Jackson.
Prairie was held without a basket in the first quarter but a 6 for 6 showing at the free throw line kept them in the game as they trailed just 6-8 at the quarter break. Bridget Enneking, Vanessa Sonnen and Tiffany Schaeffer each converted a pair of free throws in the quarter.
Briget Long scored Prairieís first basket a minute into the second quarter to tie the game at 8. She scored another basket after a Deary score to tie the game again at 10.
Dearyís Kamas Malm killed Prairie in the first half from long distance with three 3-pointers and also converted 3 free throws when she was fouled on a 3-point try.
After Malmís 3 free throws put Deary up 10-13, the Pirates came back to tie on a free throw by Long and 2 more by Brittny Behler.
After Malmís third 3-pointer put Deary up 13-16, baskets by Behler and Bridget Enneking gave Prairie a 17-16 lead. Deary tied the score at the half by hitting a free throw. Prairie was 9 for 10 at the line in the half.
Prairie coach Dave Snodgrass made a defensive adjustment in the second half to shut down Malm as he had either Ashley Jackson, Sonnen or Lauren Merrill chase her all over the floor and make sure she didnít get any more open looks from long distance. Malm was held to just 4 second half points after scoring 12 in the first.
Natalie Arnzen opened the second half scoring with a putback and after Malm hit a pair of free throws, Prairie went on a 6-0 run. Sonnen scored a free throw. Then Arnzen scored a lay-up on a fast break initiated by Behlerís defensive rebound. Sonnen then drilled a 3-pointer from the corner off an inbounds pass from Behler for a 25-19 Prairie lead.
Prairie led 30-23 at the end of the quarter. 
Deary opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer but Prairie answered back with a 7-0 run hitting 5 of 6 free throws plus a lay-up by Long. Merrill was 3 for 4 at the line and Sonnen hit a pair of free throws as Prairie built a 37-26 lead.
Deary outscored Prairie 1-4 over the next 2:40 with all 5 points coming at the line, to cut the lead to 38-30 but Sonnen then scored a putback, Jackson a free throw, Long a lay-up and Tabitha Sonnen a pair of free throws to put the game away.
Prairie wound up hitting 24 of 30 free throws in the game, 80%, far and away their best effort of the season at the line.
Bridget Enneking looks to pass the ball at Deary. Brittny Behler and Natalie Arnzen are in the high and low posts respectively.Long led the scoring with 12 points as she was 4 for 6 from both the field and the line. Vanessa Sonnen scored 10 points with Arnzen scoring 6, Behler 5, Enneking 4, Merrill 3, Schaeffer and Tabitha Sonnen 2 each and Jackson 1.
Prairie led just 12-11 at halftime on the boards but thanks to a 29-9 effort in the second half wound up outrebounding Deary 41-20. Arnzen had 11 rebounds to lead the team with Behler grabbing 8 boards.
Arnzen, Schaeffer and Jackson had 3 steals each and Behler had 4 assists.
Prairie was 10 for 38 from the field, 26%, while Deary was 8 for 35, 23%, and 12 for 14 at the line.
With the win Prairie improves to 13-3 overall and 7-2 in league play.
In the JV game Prairie trailed early at 1-2 but scored 13 straight points to take a 14-2 lead in the second quarter and went on to win 34-17.
Tabitha Sonnen scored 4 and Nicole Nida 3 in the first quarter as Prairie led 10-2 at the break.
Sonnen added 3 more in the second quarter as the Pirates took an 18-9 lead at the half.
Prairie didnít shoot very well in the second half but their defense didnít allow many shots by Deary. While Prairie was hoisting 44 second half shots the Mustangs mustered only 10 shot attempts. 
Many of Prairieís shot attempts came off of offensive rebounds as Prairie out rebounded Deary 35-17 in the second half after a 12-12 first half for a 47-29 edge in the game.
Nida led the Pirates in scoring with 12 points with Sonnen adding 11. Carolyn Sonnen scored 5 with Randi Schumacher and Myken Dahlen scoring 2 each and Kylie Uhlorn and Becky Gehring 1 each.
Uhlorn had 9 rebounds while Dahlen and Carolyn Sonnen had 8 each for Prairie.
Nida and Dahlen had 5 steals each and Tabitha Sonnen and Gehring had 4 each. Carolyn Sonnen had 2 assists.
The JVís hit 14 of 61 shots attempts, 23%, and 5 of 18 free throws while Deary was 5 for 22 from the field, 23%, and 6 for 12 at the line.
Prairie     6 9 13 15 -45
Deary      8 9   6   9 -32
Prairie-Long 4-6, 4-6, 12; Enneking 1-2, 2-2, 4; Jackson 0-6, 1-2, 1; V. Sonnen 2-9, 5-6, 10; Arnzen 2-7, 2-2, 6; Schaeffer 0-2, 2-2, 2; Behler 1-4, 3-4, 5; VanderPas 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schultz 0-1, 0-0, 0; Merrill 0-1, 3-4, 3; Nida 0-0, 0-0, 0; T. Sonnen 0-0, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-V. Sonnen.
Deary-Funke 3-14, 1-2, 8; Dammerman 0-3, 0-0, 0; Malm 4-10, 5-5, 16; Butler 0-6, 0-0, 0; Hennigar 0-0, 0-0, 0; Claffey 0-1, 6-6, 6; McNeilly 0-0, 0-0, 0; Beeman 1-1, 0-1, 2; Hansen 0-0, 0-0, 0; Winter 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Malm 3, Funke.


PIRATES GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2004-05
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
JANUARY
22-Timberline, there
25-Culdesac, there
28-Troy, there
FEBRUARY
  4-First round district game at Prairie High School Gym
  5-District second round game at Booth Hall
11-District loser out games at LCSC
12-District third place and championship games at LCSC-top 3 teams to state

PHS DANCE TEAM
SCHEDULE FOR 2004-05
Jan. 22-at Orofino, 10 a.m.
Jan. 29-at Moscow, 10 a.m.
Feb. 4-Districts, TBA
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