Pirates split District games
After two games of the District Tournament the Prairie Lady Pirates are still alive after losing to Lapwai 34-49 then bouncing back to beat Highland 41-33.
The third quarter was the difference in both games.
On Friday, Feb. 4 at the Prairie High School gym Prairie trailed by just 3 points at halftime, 15-18, but saw Lapwai start the third quarter with a 0-11 run to take control of the game. On Saturday, Feb. 5 at Lewiston, Prairie trailed Highland 15-19 at halftime but outscored the Huskies 13-1 in the third quarter to take command.
Lapwai scored first but Prairie tied it on a lay-up by Bridget Enneking.
Lapwai then took the lead for good with a pair of baskets, one off a Prairie turnover.
Prairie was able to get their shots in the first quarter, they just wouldn’t fall as they went 4 for 19 from the field.
Lapwai led 9-12 at the end of the period.
In the second quarter Prairie cut the lead to 1 three different times but Lapwai answered with a score each time.
Prairie wasn’t able to even get shots up this quarter as they attempted just 8 shots.
Ashley Jackson opened the quarter’s scoring with a steal and drive for a lay-up.
After a Lapwai score, Brittny Behler made a pretty crossover move in the lane for a basket.
Qfter another Lapwai score Behler converted both ends of a 1 and 1 at the line to cut the lead to 15-16 with 3:06 left in the half.
The only score in the final 3 minutes was a basket by Lapwai’s Althea Walker, who had 6 of Lapwai’s 18 first half points.
The big player in Lapwai’s third quarter run was sophomore Teresa Higheagle, who didn’t score at all in the first half but pumped in 12 points in the third quarter including a pair of 3-pointers in that 0-11 Lapwai run to open the half.
Prairie never got any closer than 10 points in the fourth quarter as Lapwai scored enough free throws to hold their advantage as Prairie sent them to the line for 17 attempts. Lapwai made 7 of those and connected on 4 of 7 field goals as they outscored Prairie 11-15 in the final period.
Enneking wound up leading Prairie in scoring with 10 points with Behler adding 9. Jackson scored 6, Natalie Arnzen 5 and Briget Long and Nicole Nida 1 each.
Prairie outrebounded Lapwai 48-35 with Arnzen collecting 14 rebounds to lead the Pirates. Enneking had a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Jackson had 4 steals and Tiffany Schaeffer had 3.
Prairie was 14 for 60 from the field in the game, 23%, and 5 for 10 at the line. Lapwai was 18 for 49 from the field, 37%, and 11 for 22 at the line.
Highland came back to tie the score at 6 but a free throw each by Schaeffer and Enneking put Prairie back on top at 8-6.
Highland added a free throw to cut the lead to 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Highland couldn’t miss as they made their first 5 shot attempts in the quarter including a 3-pointer by Leah Severson.
Highland outscored Prairie 4-12 in the first 6 minutes of the quarter to take a 12-19 lead.
The Huskies then missed their final 2 shots of the quarter along with a couple of front ends of 1 and 1’s at the free throw line while Prairie picked up 3 points at the line, 2 by Behler and 1 by Jackson, to cut the lead to 15-19 at the half.
After hitting 7 of 11 shots in the first half at the west basket, Highland couldn’t find the east basket in the second half as they went 0 for 11 in the third quarter. In large part due to a switch in defense by Prairie to a man-to-man from their first half zone.
Prairie meanwhile heated up from the field after hitting just 4 of 20 first half shots, they hit 5 of 9 in the third quarter.
Enneking started the second half scoring with a turnaround bank shot and Vanessa Sonnen tied the game with a lay-up on a feed from Jackson.
Enneking put Prairie into the lead with a pair of free throws with 5:01 left in the quarter.
Behler then drove the baseline for a lay-up to complete an 11-0 run that started at the end of the first half.
Highland’s Spencer Thomason scored a free throw with 2:44 left to break the 9 minute scoring drought for the Huskies.
Prairie then ended the quarter with a 5-0 run to take a 28-20 lead. Behler converted a 3-point play and then scored on another of her crossover moves .
In the fourth quarter Prairie made just 2 field goals but were sent to the line for 15 free throw attempts and converted 9 of those to help hang on to the lead.
At the end of the game things got a little rough with the heavy action involving Arnzen. Arnzen was dribbling the ball across halfcourt to break the Highland press and barreled into Spencer Thomason. Thomason was called for the blocking foul with Arnzen scoring one of the two free throws.
In the final seconds Arnzen again was dribbling across halfcourt when she got clubbed from behind by Highland’s Megan Thomason. An intentional foul was called and Thomason was ejected.
Behler wound up with 19 points to lead all scorers with 15 of those in the second half. Enneking and Arnzen scored 7 points each with Sonnen scoring 4, Long 2 and Jackson and Schaeffer 1 each.
Prairie had a 36-27 rebounding edge with Behler grabbing 12 rebounds and Arnzen 10.
Behler and Jackson had 4 steals each while Arnzen had 3.
Prairie was 11 for 35 from the field, 31%, and 19 for 32 at the line. Highland was 12 for 37 from the field, 32%, and 7 for 12 at the line.
Prairie advances to play Troy in a loser-out contest Friday, Feb. 11 at LCSC at 7:30 p.m.
They now have a 17-5 record on the season.
Prairie 9 6 8 11 -34
Prairie-Long 1-2, 0-0, 2; Enneking 4-10, 2-2, 10; Jackson 3-8, 0-1, 6; Sonnen 0-3, 0-2, 0; Arnzen 2-8, 0-0, 5; Schaeffer 0-8, 0-0, 0; Behler 3-14, 3-4, 9; Merrill 0-0, 0-0, 0; VanderPas 0-3, 0-1, 0; N. Nida 1-4, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Arnzen.
Lapwai-Walker 4-8, 0-0, 8; Buck 1-8, 0-0, 2; Spaulding 4-6, 1-2, 9; White Temple 2-6, 0-2, 4; Wilson 3-8, 4-8, 10; Higheagle 4-10, 3-6, 13; Tapuro 0-2, 1-2, 1; Bourgeau 0-0, 0-0, 0; Samuels 0-1, 0-0, 0; Cree 0-0, 0-0, 0; Wheeler 0-0, 2-2, 2; Spencer 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Higheagle 2.
Prairie 8 7 13 13 -41
Prairie-Long 0-1, 2-2, 2; Enneking 2-5, 3-8, 7; Jackson 0-4, 1-3, 1; Sonnen 2-4, 0-0, 4; Arnzen 1-6, 5-8, 7; Behler 6-13, 7-9, 19; Schaeffer 0-2, 1-2, 1; Merrill 0-0, 0-0, 0; VanderPas 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Highland-S. Thomason 1-6, 4-7, 6; Coursey 1-6, 0-0, 2; Severson 3-4, 2-3, 9; Stamper 1-8, 1-2, 4; M. Thomason 4-8, 0-0, 8; Hoffman 2-4, 0-0, 4; Riggers 0-1, 0-0, 0; Moore 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Severson, Stamper.
PIRATES GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2004-05
12-District third place and championship games at LCSC-top 3 teams to state