Pirates crushed by Troy
The Prairie Pirates couldn’t ever find a way to get past the Troy defense as they were drubbed 19-47 at Troy Thursday, Jan. 27.Corey Schaeffer battles for a rebound at Troy.
Even though they had major difficulties scoring, they were still able to hang with Troy for much of the first half thanks to their own defense. Troy’s big men were held in check but their outside shooting allowed them to jump into the lead as Troy’s Tyler Bollman connected on three 3-pointers in the first quarter.
That was the difference as Troy led 7-15 at the end of the quarter.
The Pirates held Troy to just 3 for 14 shooting in the second quarter but could never get any closer than the 8-point deficit they started the quarter with.
The Pirates managed just 7 points in the second half, 4 of those by Seth Crane, as Troy steadily pulled away. A 0-11 run in the third quarter turned a relatively close 11-point lead into a 22-point lead.
Prairie just didn’t match up well anywhere against the Trojans. Post players Crane and Corey Schaeffer had to battle against players 2 to 4 inches taller than they were as Troy has two 6’5” players and one 6’7” player. Bollman kept Mat Forsmann in check, not allowing him any open shot attempts.
Crane and Schaeffer wound up leading Prairie in scoring with 7 points each with Forsmann scoring 4 and Kelby Wilson 1.
Prairie kept it close on the boards as Troy had just a 24-27 edge. Wilson had 6 rebounds to lead Prairie with Crane and Forsmann collecting 5each. 
Prairie hit just 7 of 32 shot attempts, 22%, and 5 of 7 free throws. Troy was 20 for 46 from the field, 43%, and 1 for 1 at the line.
There were only 10 total fouls called in the game, just 2 on the Pirates.
The loss drops Prairie to 4-3 in league play and 5-8 overall.
The JV team also had their problems scoring as they were limited to just 1 point in the first quarter in a 20-57 loss.
The Prairie JV’s were 0-13 from the field in the first half as they mustered just 4 points, all at the free throw line.
Troy meanwhile rolled to a 1-19 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 4-30 at the half.
Prairie finally got their first field goal with 7:10 left in the third quarter when Ryan Daly scored on a feed from Jacob Holthaus.
The JV’s added a couple more baskets in the quarter but trailed 10-47 heading into the fourth.
They doubled their score in the fourth quarter as Daly came up with 6 more points but couldn’t gain any ground on the Trojans. 
Daly wound up with 9 points to lead the JV’s in scoring. Chris Schumacher scored 4 with Nate Kaschmitter scoring 3 and Devan Cornett and Holthaus scoring 2 each.
Rebounding was even at 29 each with Daly grabbing 9 boards to lead the Pirates.
Holthaus had 3 assists.
Prairie was 8 for 37 from the field, 22%, and 4 for 13 at the line. Troy was 25 for 49 from the field, 51%, and 6 for 10 at the line.
Prairie    7 5   4   3 -19
Troy     15 8 13 11 -47
Prairie-Crane 3-9, 1-2, 7; Schaeffer 2-9, 3-3, 7; Funke 0-3, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 2-7, 0-0, 4; Wilson 0-2, 1-2, 1; Daly 0-2, 0-0, 0; Riener 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Troy-Bollman 6-15, 1-1, 16; Geidl 3-4, 0-0, 8; Smith 5-9, 0-0, 10; Mann 1-5, 0-0, 2; Williams 1-4, 0-0, 2; Osborn 3-6, 0-0, 6; Buzga 0-2, 0-0, 0; Nelson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Acord 1-1, 0-0, 3. 3-pointers-Bollman 3, Geidl 2, Acord.

Pirates lose to Grangeville
The Prairie basketball team had too many turnovers and missed free throws and wound up on the short end of a 45-50 score against the Grangeville Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 28 at Cottonwood.
The Pirates had a huge advantage in free throw attempts in the game at 24 to 9 but converted just 11 of those 24 attempts. That and 22 turnovers along with better shooting by Grangeville were the difference.
Mat Forsmann leads the break against Grangeville as Corey Schaeffer fills a lane.Neither team shot well in the first quarter as Prairie trailed 8-9 at the break. Seth Crane had 5 of Prairie’s 8 points with a Mat Forsmann 3-pointer accounting for the rest.
Crane scored 4 more in the second quarter with his pair of free throws and basket each giving Prairie a 1-point lead. Grangeville then hit a 3-pointer to take back the lead and never relinquished it.
The Bulldogs led by 4 on a couple occasions in the quarter including 15-19 with 13 seconds left, but Sean Daly drilled a 3-pointer from 22 feet as the half expired to cut the lead to 18-19.
The first 4 minutes of the third quarter went back and forth then Grangeville put together a 0-7 run to take a 22-30 lead.
Prairie came right back though on a lay-up by Crane and a basket and a free throw by Forsmann to pull within 27-30.
Grangeville pushed the lead back to 8 but another 3-point buzzer beater by Daly, this time from at least 10 feet behind the arc, cut the lead to 32-37 at the end of the third quarter.
Kevin Funke drove inside for a lay-up and was fouled to open the fourth quarter. He converted the 3-point play to cut the lead to 2 at 35-37.
Grangeville gradually built the lead back to 8 though at 37-45 with 3:42 to play.
Prairie then stated to rally. Crane scored a putback to cut the lead to 6. A steal by Funke led to a driving lay-up by Daly and Crane added a free throw to pull the Pirates within 3 at 42-45.
Grangeville answered with a basket and had their own chance at the free throw line with 1:03 left. They missed the front end of a 1 and 1 and Crane rebounded. That led to a 3-pointer by Forsmann that cut the lead to 45-47 with 50 seconds left.
Grangeville again was put on the line for a 1 and 1. This time they made the first and missed the second with Funke coming away with the rebound with 23 seconds left.
Prairie tried to set up an open 3-point shot for either Daly or Forsmann in the final seconds but wound up turning the ball over with 8 seconds left. Grangeville added 2 more free throws for the final 5-point margin.
Crane and Forsmann each scored 15 points to lead the Pirates in scoring with Daly scoring 8, Funke 4, Kelby Wilson 2 and Corey Schaeffer 1.
Prairie held a 43-29 rebounding edge led by Schaeffer with 15. Crane added 11 boards.
Forsmann and Funke had 3 steals each and Funke had 4 assists and Forsmann 3 assists.
Crane had 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.
Prairie was 15 for 47 from the field, 32%, and 11 for 24 at the line while Grangeville was 21 for 48 from the field, 44%, and 4 for 9 at the line. Each team had four 3-pointers.
The loss drops Prairie to 5-9 on the season.
In the JV game Prairie got off to a terrible start, scoring just 3 points in the first quarter and wound up losing 26-55.
Prairie scored all 3 first quarter points in the first 3 minutes and trailed just 3-4 at the time but a 0-9 run by Grangeville ended the quarter with Prairie trailing 3-13.
Prairie fell behind by as many as 13 in the second quarter but cut the lead to 8 before Grangeville ended the half with a 3-pointer and a 14-25 lead.
Ryan Daly had 10 of Prairie’s 14 first half points.
Grangeville started the third quarter with a 0-8 run and just pounded the Pirates in the quarter outscoring them 8-22 to take a 22-48 lead into the final period. Grangeville hit 11 of 15 field goal attempts in the quarter. Prairie shot very well in the quarter, they just didn’t get many shot attempts as they were 4 of 6.
Daly was limited to 2 points in the second half but still wound up leading Prairie with 12 points. Jacob Holthaus scored 6 with Daniel Sigler scoring 4 and Chris Schumacher and Nate Kaschmitter added 2 points each.
Grangeville held a 22-31 rebounding edge. Daly led Prairie with 5 with J.D. Riener adding 4 rebounds.
Schumacher had 2 steals and Riener had 2 assists.
Prairie was 12 for 30 from the field, 40%, and 2 for 10 at the line. Grangeville was 23 for 46 from the field, 50%, and 7 for 23 from the line.
Prairie        8 10 14 13 -45
Grangeville 9 10 18 13 -50
Prairie-Crane 5-15, 5-9, 15; Schaeffer 0-6, 1-5, 1; Funke 1-1, 2-3, 4; Forsmann 5-16, 3-7, 15; Wilson 1-3, 0-0, 2; Daly 3-6, 0-0, 8. 3-pointers-Forsmann 2, Daly 2.
Grangeville-Kisner 4-8, 2-3, 12; Mignerey 4-14, 0-2, 9; Monniere 0-2, 0-0, 0; Allen 1-3, 0-1, 2; Church 5-8, 1-1, 11; Wassmuth 3-5, 0-0, 6; Stears 3-5, 1-2, 8; McElhiney 1-4, 0-0, 2; Silveria 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Kisner 2, Mignerey, Stears.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
  3-Timberline, here (rescheduled from earlier)
  8-Highland, here
10-Culdesac, here
12-Genesee, here 
14-Lapwai, here (date changed due to girls district)
17-District play-in games at higher seeded school
19-First round District games at higher seeded school
21-Second round District games at LCSC
25-Loser out District games at LCSC
26-Third place and championship District games at LCSC-top 3 teams to state

  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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