Huge fourth quarter leads to win at Culdesac
A huge fourth quarter turned a close game into a runaway as the Prairie Lady Pirates won 53-41 at Culdesac Tuesday, January 25.
The win gives Prairie a season sweep, 8-0, versus the other four teams in the South Division of the White Pine League.
Prairie led by just 1 point heading into the fourth quarter at 25-24 and Brittny Behler had been shut out of the scoring column. In the fourth quarter though Prairie came up with 28 points as Behler scored 11 and Ashley Jackson connected on 6 of 6 free throws.
As a team Prairie was 12 for 22 at the line in the fourth quarter alone. Culdesac wound up getting whistled for 30 fouls with 4 players fouling out.
The game started well for Prairie as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter as Jackson hit 3 of 4 free throws and Natalie Arnzen also scored 3 points.
Culdesac cut the lead to 8-5 by the end of the period and in the second quarter managed to take the lead at 11-12 and 13-14.
Arnzen connected on a pair of free throws to put Prairie back on top 15-14 and then took a charge that led to a basket by Vanessa Sonnen.
Arnzen then blocked a shot at the Culdesac end and that led to a half-closing 3-pointer by Tiffany Schaeffer that put Prairie up 20-14.
In the third quarter Sonnen scored a free throw for a 21-14 lead but Culdesac quickly erased most of that with a pair of 3-pointers.
A 15 footer from the wing by Bridget Enneking put the lead back to 3 but Culdesac scored twice to take a 23-24 lead.
A lay-up by Enneking gave Prairie back the lead at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter Culdesac tied it with a free throw then Behler scored her first basket of the night on a feed from Arnzen to put Prairie into the lead for good.
A free throw by Arnzen and a short jumper in the lane by Behler put Prairie up 30-25.
Culdesac closed with 2 but Lauren Merrill responded with a 3-pointer and Behler added another basket for a 35-28 lead.
Culdesac again trimmed the lead back to 3 at 35-32 but a basket by Briget Long and a free throw by Arnzen pushed the lead back to 6.
Culdesac pulled back within 39-35 but Prairie responded with a 6-0 run, all at the line. Schaeffer and Arnzen each made 1 of 2 then Jackson made 4 straight for a 44-35 lead.
Culdesac got no closer than 7 after that point as Behler added 5 more points.
Behler and Arnzen led the team in scoring with 11 points each. Jackson scored 9, all at the line as she went 9 for 10. Schaeffer scored 5 while Long and Enneking scored 4 each and Sonnen and Merrill scored 3 each.
Arnzen had 9 rebounds and Enneking had 7.
Jackson had 5 steals.
In the JV game Prairie had little trouble with the hosts as they rolled to a 52-10 win.
Culdesac scored the first 2 points of the game but Prairie then scored the next 17 for a 17-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Nicole Nida scored 5 in the quarter while Becky Gehring and Randi Schumacher scored 4 each.
The second quarter followed a similar script as Culdesac scored first then Prairie scored 13 straight for a 30-4 halftime lead.
Myken Dahlen scored 5 in the second quarter while Carolyn Sonnen and Meghan VanderPas scored 4 each.
Prairie made it a 23-0 run by scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter as they built their lead to 40-4. Culdesac then found some scoring as Prairie led 41-9 at the end of the quarter.
Prairie completed the rout with an 11-1 fourth quarter.
Scoring was spread throughout the lineup as Dahlen led with 9 points. Nida, Carolyn Sonnen and Schumacher scored 8 each with VanderPas scoring 6, Tiffany Schaeffer 5, Gehring 4 and Tabitha Sonnen and Sarah Arnzen 2 each.
Gehring had 8 rebounds while Dahlen and VanderPas had 7 each and Tabitha Sonnen, Carolyn Sonnen and Arnzen each had 6 rebounds.
VanderPas, Tabitha Sonnen and Nida each had 4 steals while Gehring, Schaeffer and Dahlen had 3 each. Dahlen and Schaeffer had 3 assists each.
Thanks to Morris and Julie Arnzen for the loan of a DVD of the game films for both Culdesac and Troy.
Prairie     8 12   5 28 -53
Culdesac 5   9 10 17 -41
Prairie-Long 3-5, 0-2, 6; Enneking 2-11, 0-1, 4; Jackson 0-4, 9-10, 9; Sonnen 1-3, 1-2, 3; Arnzen 2-6, 7-12, 11; Behler 5-11, 1-3, 11; Schaeffer 1-3, 2-6, 5; VanderPas 0-0, 0-0, 0; Merrill 1-4, 0-2, 3. 3-pointers-Schaeffer, Merrill.
Culdesac-Stowers 1, 3-7, 5; Lane 4, 0-0, 10; Williams 1, 3-6, 5; Remsburg 0, 0-0, 0; Fender 0, 0-0, 0; Heimgartner 5, 6-7, 16; Zenner 1, 0-2, 2; Crawford 0, 1-2, 1; Block 0, 0-0, 0; Patterson 0, 0-0, 0; J. Zenner 0, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-Lane 2.

Lady Pirates lose season finale at Troy
The Prairie Lady Pirates led at halftime but a poor third quarter led to a 26-34 loss at Troy in their regular season finale Friday, Jan. 28.
Prairie ends the regular season with a 16-4 record overall and 10-3 league record, good enough for first place in the South Pod of the White Pine League.
They’ll host the winner of Thursday’s Genesee-Nezperce matchup at the high school gym Friday at 7 p.m.
Prairie jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the game as Natalie Arnzen scored a basket and a free throw and Bridget Enneking added a free throw.
After a Troy free throw Enneking drove into the lane for a basket to make it 6-1.
Troy cut the lead to 6-4 by the end of the first quarter as the Pirates were limited to just 4 shot attempts.
Troy meanwhile gave a hint of things to come by hoisting 15 shots as they got numerous offensive boards. They only made 1 of those 15 attempts in the quarter.
Troy quickly took the lead in the second quarter with a 3-pointer but 6 points in the quarter by Enneking helped Prairie take a 15-11 lead at the half.
Prairie’s offense all but disappeared in the third quarter thanks to turnover troubles against Troy’s press.
Troy started the quarter on a 0-8 run to take the lead. A free throw by Enneking and a basket by Briget Long cut the lead to 1 but 2 free throws by Troy made it 18-21 entering the fourth quarter.
A putback by Brittny Behler and a lay-up off an inbounds play by Arnzen put Prairie back on top at 22-21.
Troy then took the lead for good on a basket and added 3 free throws for a 22-26 lead.
A putback by Enneking cut the lead to 2 but Troy answered with a pair of baskets to extend the lead to 6.
Prairie managed only a pair of free throws after that, one each by Long and Ashley Jackson.
Enneking wound up with 12 points to lead the Pirates in scoring.  Arnzen scored 5, Long and Behler 3 each, Tiffany Schaeffer 2 and Jackson 1.
Troy held the rebounding advantage at 39-50. Behler had 12 to lead Prairie with Long adding 9 and Arnzen 7.
Jackson had 3 steals and 2 assists and Enneking also had 2 assists.
Prairie was 9 for 26 from the field, 35%, and 8 for 17 at the line. Troy shot poorly but hoisted a lot more shots as they were 10 for 56 from the field, 18%, and 13 for 21 at the line.
In the JV game Prairie raced out to a 16-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and held Troy off for a 45-26 win.
Tiffany Schaeffer and Becky scored 5 points each in the opening quarter as Prairie ended the quarter on a 14-0 run.
Troy got right back into the game in the second quarter though with a 4-13 run that cut Prairie’s lead to 20-15.
Prairie answered back though by closing the half on a 9-0 run for a 29-15 lead at the break. Tabitha Sonnen scored 5 of those 9 points.
Two lay-ups by Gehring to open the third quarter put Prairie up 33-15.
After a 0-5 Troy run, Prairie ended the quarter on a 6-0 run to make it 39-20 heading into the fourth quarter.
Defense keyed the win as Prairie had 21 steals, led by Nicole Nida who had 9. Prairie also controlled the boards by a 41-30 count led by Gehring with 9. Tabitha Sonnen added 8 rebounds and Kylie Uhlorn had 7.
Gehring was Prairie’s leading scorer with 11 points with Nida adding 8, Tabitha Sonnen 7, Schaeffer 5, Randi Schumacher and Meghan VanderPas 4 each, Uhlorn 3 and Myken Dahlen 2.
Tabitha Sonnen had 3 assists.
Prairie was 20 for 61 from the field, 33%, and 5 for 14 at the line while Troy was 11 for 42 from the field, 26%, and 2 for 6 at the line.
The JV team ends their season with just 1 loss.
Prairie     6 9   3   8 -26
Troy       4 7 10 13 -34
Prairie-Long 1-2, 1-4, 3; Enneking 4-5, 4-8, 12; Jackson 0-4, 1-5. 1; V. Sonnen 0-0, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 2-5, 1-2, 5; Behler 1-8, 1-4, 3; Schaeffer 1-1, 0-0, 2; Merrill 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Troy-Bohman 1, 4-6, 7; McCall 1, 6-10, 8; Hoskins 0, 0-0, 0; Sullins 0, 0-0, 0; L. Sharrock 0, 1-3, 1; Scharnhorst 2, 0-0, 4; Hokanson 6, 2-2, 14; J. Sharrock 0, 0-0, 0; Iverson 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Bohman.

Local Hallissey teams host tournament
Every year Cottonwood's Release Time Program puts together  teams to go to the Hallissey Basketball tournament in Boise mid-February.  This year the Prairie Angels decided to host a basketball tournament to raise funds to go to this tournament in Boise.  Sixteen teams attended the tournament this past weekend.  Eight boys teams and eight girls teams.  Teams from Lewiston, Genesee, Timberline, Kamiah, Craigmont, Grangeville, Clearwater Valley, and Prairie attended the tourney.  Taking 1st place in the girls tournament was the Highland team from Craigmont. 2nd place went to our Hallissey girls team the Prairie Angels.  Taking 1st place in the boys tournament was a Lewiston team called the Blazers and 2nd place was Genesee.  The first and second place teams received medals.  
The tournament was a great success, thanks to all the parents, volunteers and the players. Both the boys and girls Prairie Hallissey teams will travel to Boise for the Hallissey tournament on February 18-19th.   

Pictured back l to r: Coach Roy Uhlenkott, Kaylee Uhlenkott, Makenzie Moeai, Chelesa Long, Camille Schumacher, Emily Lerandeau, and Coach Ed Holthaus.  Front l to r: Caitlyn Johnson, Rachel Kaschmitter, Jennifer Enneking, Kristi Poxleitner, and Amber Holthaus. They took 2nd place in their first annual Prairie Hallissey Basketball Fundraiser Tournament this past weekend in Cottonwood. 

  4-First round district game at Prairie High School Gym, 7 p.m.
  5-District second round game at Booth Hall, 8 p.m. if they win Friday, 1:30 p.m. if they lose.
11-District loser out games at LCSC
12-District third place and championship games at LCSC-top 3 teams to state

Feb. 4-Districts, TBA
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