Pirates lose by 4 to Highland
The Prairie Pirates couldn’t overcome a 10-point deficit and lost 45-49 to Highland Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Cottonwood.
The game was very close throughout the first half as Highland took a 13-15 lead by the end of the first quarter and still led by 2 at the half at 23-25.
The third quarter was the killer for Prairie as the Huskies outscored them 8-16 to take a 31-41 lead into the final quarter.
Highland still led by 10 late in the quarter but missed the front end of three straight bonus attempts at the free throw line and Prairie cashed in at the other end to close the gap to 4.
The Pirates, down to just 5 full-time varsity players following a disciplinary suspension, were led in scoring by Corey Schaeffer with 14 points. Seth Crane was right behind with 13 with Mat Forsmann scoring 11. Kevin Funke scored 5 and Kelby Wilson scored 2.
Highland also won the JV game by a 43-48 score.
Prairie     13 10   8 14 -45
Highland 15 10 16   8 -49
Prairie-Crane 6, 1-2, 13; Schaeffer 7, 0-0, 14; Funke 2, 0-0, 5; R. Daly 0, 0-0, 0; Wilson 1, 0-0, 2; Forsmann 4, 1-5, 11; Schumacher 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Forsmann 2, Funke.
Highland-Robertson 1, 1-2, 3; Southern 6, 0-2, 12; Behler 6, 4-5, 16; Arnzen 4, 2-3, 11; Lunders 2, 2-2, 6; Bovey 0, 0-0, 0; Eaton 0, 0-0, 0; Dill 0, 0-0, 0; Heath 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Arnzen.

Culdesac holds off Pirates
The Prairie Pirates were outscored 1-16 in the second quarter and that left them in too big of a hole to rally from as they lost 48-59 to Culdesac Thursday, Feb. 10 at Cottonwood.Seth Crane goes up in a crowd for a shot. J.D. Riener is at left and Kelby Wilson at right.
The loss also dropped the Pirates into fourth place in the South Pod standings of the White Pine League with a 3-5 record within the Pod. They’re actually tied with Highland but since Highland beat them twice the Huskies will get the third seed.
Both teams started the game strong as the Pirates hit 6 of 11 from the field in the quarter but Culdesac was even better as they hit 7 of 9.
The score was tied 6 different times in the quarter, the last time at 15-15 after Mat Forsmann hit a pair of free throws with 1:03 left. Culdesac ended the quarter with a 3-pointer though for a 15-18 lead.
In the second quarter though Prairie’s shooting touch completely deserted them as they were 0-9 from the field and just 1 for 7 at the line. Culdesac cooled off as well but still hit 5 of 14 including two 3-pointers as they started the quarter with a 0-11 run and finished it with another 5 straight points for a 16-34 halftime lead.
Forsmann scored the first 5 points of the third quarter with a 3-pointer and 2 free throws as Prairie quickly cut the lead to 13 but Culdesac led by 12-16 points through the rest of the quarter and led 30-44 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter Prairie still trailed by 12 with 1:31 left but amped up their full-court pressure and got several easy scores.
Corey Schaeffer started things with a putback then Forsmann stole the inbounds pass and scored and Seth Crane stole the next inbounds pass and scored as the Pirates put up 6 points within 15 seconds.
It looked like they had another turnover as Culdesac fumbled the ball out of bounds in front of the Pirates bench. Prairie coach Jerry Uhling went ballistic when the referee said Prairie had last touched the ball and awarded Culdesac the possession. Uhling picked up a technical and that squelched the rally as Culdesac scored the game’s final 5 points.
Forsmann wound up with 19 points to lead the Pirates in scoring with Crane scoring 11, Schaeffer 8, Kevin Funke 6 and Kelby Wilson 4.
Culdesac controlled the boards 26-42. Wilson had 8 to lead Prairie with Crane adding 6 rebounds.
Forsmann had 6 steals and Funke had 4 assists.
Prairie was 17 for 51 from the field, 33%, and 11 for 24 at the line while Culdesac was 19 for 41 from the field, 46%, and 17 for 25 at the line.
The loss drops Prairie to 3-5 against South Pod foes and 6-12 overall.
The JV team picked up a win as they beat Culdesac 44-38.
Prairie trailed after the first quarter at 11-12 but took control with a 17-9 second quarter outburst. 
J.D. Riener put Prairie ahead to start the quarter with a nifty post move for a lay-up. Keith Schultz added a lay-up to give Prairie a 15-12 lead.
Culdesac came back to tie the game but Ryan Daly put Prairie ahead for good with a pair of free throws.
Kelby Wilson battles for a rebound against Culdesac.Daly later hit a 3-pointer that ignited an 8-0 run that put Prairie up by 9 points. Daniel Sigler and Jake Holthaus each had a free throw and Chris Schumacher had a 3-point play to conclude the run. 
A couple of Culdesac free throws made it 28-21 at the half.
Culdesac scored the first 3 points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 4 then Riener took over. First he passed to Sigler for a lay-up then scored the next 6 points himself as Prairie built the lead to 36-24.
Culdesac scored 5 straight then Riener and Holthaus each scored baskets to make it 40-29 at the end of the quarter.
The final 6-point margin was as close as Culdesac could get in the fourth quarter.
Riener wound up with 18 points as he connected on 8 of 12 shots. Schultz scored 7 with Holthaus and Daly scoring 5 each. Schumacher and Sigler scored 3 each and Nate Kaschmitter, Devan Cornett and Sam Forsmann each scored 1.
Prairie held a 40-30 rebounding edge with Riener pulling down 13 boards and Schumacher 12.
Holthaus had 4 steals and 6 assists.
The JV’s were 15 for 40 from the field, 37%, and 13 for 26 at the line while Culdesac was 12 for 44 from the field, 27%, and 11 for 21 at the line.
Prairie     15   1 14 18 -48
Culdesac 18 16 10 15 -59
Prairie-Crane 5-10, 1-6, 11; Schaeffer 4-11, 0-0, 8; Funke 2-3, 0-0, 6; Forsmann 5-19, 8-11, 19; Wilson 1-5, 2-4, 4; Daly 0-1, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0; Riener 0-2, 0-3, 0. 3-pointers-Funke 2, Forsmann.
Culdesac-Schumaker 1-4, 2-2, 4; S. Slickpoo 4-12, 2-3, 10; James 4-8, 4-6, 12; Hagle 2-6, 5-9, 9; Layes 5-8, 2-2, 15; Lockley 1-1, 2-2, 4; King 2-2, 0-0, 5. 3-pointers-Layes 3, King.

Pirates lose to Lapwai
The Prairie Pirates were able to stay with Lapwai for a half but their offense disappeared in the second half as they lost 28-46 Monday, Feb. 14 at Cottonwood.
The Pirates were playing without starter Seth Crane who was sick with the flu. That allowed JV player Ryan Daly to make his first varsity start.Kevin Funke goes in for a layup after making a steal.
Prairie started slowly as they scored just 2 points in the first 7 minutes while Lapwai took a 2-11 lead.
Daly had the only points for Prairie on a putback.
Mat Forsmann converted a 3-point play with 37 seconds left to cut the lead to 5-11 at the end of the quarter.
Kelby Wilson scored a putback to cut the lead to 4 early in the second quarter.
Lapwai answered with a 2-5 run to built their lead back to 9-16 but the rest of the half belonged to Prairie.
Lapwai’s usually potent 3-point shooting was non existent as they were just 1 of 8 in the first half from long distance. Prairie was able to rebound most of the misses and fought back into the game.
Forsmann converted a pair of free throws but Lapwai answered with a basket. 
Kevin Funke then scored his second driving lay-up of the quarter and Forsmann followed with another free throw.
In the final seconds of the half Corey Schaeffer scored a putback to cut the lead to 2 at 16-18 at halftime.
In the second half Lapwai went inside to their 6’5” junior Jay Leighton who scored the first 8 points of the third quarter as Lapwai started the half with a 0-10 run. Prairie had no answer for Leighton who outscored Prairie all by himself in the second half, 14-12.
Prairie finally got on the board when Daly scored from the middle of the lane. Forsmann added a 3-pointer but Prairie trailed 21-32 after 3 quarters.
Schaeffer got the lead back under 10 as he started the fourth quarter scoring with a lay-up but Mat Forsmann looks to drive past a Lapwai defender.Lapwai then went on another 0-10 run to put the game out of reach.
Forsmann wound up with 14 points to lead the Pirates with Schaeffer, Funke and Daly scoring 4 each and Wilson scoring 2.
Lapwai held a 23-33 rebounding edge. Forsmann had 7 and Wilson 6 to lead the Pirates.
Funke had 3 steals in the game.
Prairie hit 10 of 36 shots in the game, 28%, and 6 of 8 free throws while Lapwai was 21 for 50 from the field, 42%, and 2 for 5 at the line.
The loss drops the Pirates to 6-13 on the season.
Prairie also lost the JV game by a 37-53 score.
The JV team was hurt by starters Daly and Jacob Holthaus seeing limited action so they’d be available for the varsity game.
Prairie quickly fell behind 0-7 but rallied back within 7-11 before Lapwai ran off 7 straight to end the quarter.
Lapwai built the lead to 9-28 in the second quarter but Prairie was able to outscore Lapwai 10-6 the rest of the half to make it 19-31 at the break. J.D. Riener, Chris Schumacher and Keith Schultz each scored 4 points in the quarter.
Prairie shaved a point off the lead in the third quarter as they outscored Lapwai 9-8. Schumacher scored 6 of Prairie’s 9 third quarter points.
Schumacher and Schultz each scored a basket early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 32-39 with 6:42 left.
Lapwai answered back with 6 straight points though and steadily pulled away to the 16-point win.
Schumacher scored 12 to lead th Pirates with Schultz scoring 11. Riener scored 7, Daniel Sigler 4, Holthaus 2 and Nate Kaschmitter 1.
Prairie controlled the boards 50-32 with Riener collecting 12 rebounds while Schultz and Sam Forsmann had 9 rebounds each and Schumacher had 8.
Sigler and Kaschmitter had 2 steals each and Kaschmitter had 2 assists.
The JV’s were 16 for 54 from the field, 30%, and 5 for 13 at the line while Lapwai was 19 for 58 from the field, 33%, and 9 for 15 at the line.
Prairie    5 11   5   7 -28
Lapwai 11   7 14 14 -46
Prairie-Schaeffer 2-8, 0-1, 4; Funke 2-4, 0-0, 4; Forsmann 3-16, 6-7, 14; Wilson 1-2, 0-0, 2; Daly 2-5, 0-0, 4; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0-0, 0-0, 0; Riener 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Forsmann 2.
Lapwai-J. Leighton 9-11, 0-2, 19; Moody 0-2, 0-0, 0; Dom Church 3-7, 0-0, 6; P. Leighton 0-6, 0-0, 0; Ellenwood 2-7, 0-0, 4; Taylor 0-3, 1-2, 1; Reuben 4-7, 0-0, 8; Drew Church 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jones 2-2, 1-1, 5; Wilson 1-4, 0-0, 3. 3-pointers-J. Leighton, Wilson.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
17-Kendrick, here, play-in game, 7 p.m.
19-Kendrick/Prairie winner at Troy, 7 p.m.
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

19-Districts, at Orofino, 10 a.m.
24-26-State at Nampa

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