Pirates hold on to beat Troy
The Prairie Lady Pirates led Troy by as many as 15 points early in the fourth quarter but had to hang on for a 45-44 win in loser-out District action at Lewiston Friday, Feb. 11.
Turnovers and fouls by the Pirates helped Troy get back into the game and nearly win it as a 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.
The first quarter of the game was played close as Prairie took a 4-2 lead on baskets by Briget Long and Bridget Enneking only to see Troy come back to take a 4-7 lead.
Prairie managed to pull within 1 by the end of the quarter at 8-9.
In the second quarter Brittny Behler heated up as she started a 7-0 run with a crossover move in the lane for a basket.
Long added a free throw and Behler made that a 3-point play as she rebounded Long’s miss and put it in. Lauren Merrill made it 15-9 with a steal and drive for a lay-up.
Behler and Enneking each added 4 more points as Prairie built their lead to 25-15. Troy cut it to 25-17 at the half as Tiffany McCall putback a missed 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Prairie built their lead to 13 in the third quart with a 5-0 run. Natalie Arnzen scored a free throw, Vanessa Sonnen followed with a steal and drive and Long hit a turnaround shot in the lane to make it 30-17.
After a Troy basket Enneking drove in for a lay-up and Arnzen connected to make it 34-19 with 2:52 left in the third quarter. Arnzen’s basket turned out to be the final points from the field for Prairie.
Shortly after that Ashley Jackson picked up her fourth foul and before coach Dave Snodgrass could decide who he wanted to put in for her, the ball was inbounded and Jackson wound up drawing her fifth foul as she went after a loose ball with 2:13 left in the quarter.
Jackson’s loss showed up in the fourth quarter as Prairie struggled against Troy’s press. Troy had been pressing for most of the game but Jackson had been able to dribble through it. Also missed was Jackson’s defense at the point.
By the end of the third quarter Prairie still led 34-21. They pushed the lead back to 15 when Enneking sank a pair of free throws early in the fourth.
That was all for Prairie for nearly 4 minutes though as they suddenly went cold from the field and couldn’t seem to play defense without getting whistled for a foul.
Troy converted a 3-point play and then scored 6 straight points at the free throw line. A basket cut the lead to 36-32 with 3:25 left.
Trailing by only 4 with that much time left, Troy was still resorting to quick fouls on Prairie. The strategy had helped earlier as Prairie had missed two front ends of 1 and 1’s but it seemed a questionable strategy once Troy had pulled within 4 points.
Behler was fouled just 5 seconds after Troy had pulled within 4 and sank both free throws. After a missed shot by Troy, Enneking was fouled and also made both free throws to push the lead back to 8 points.
Arnzen connected on 2 of 4 free throws and Prairie still led 42-35 with 1:44 left.
Troy then converted a pair of free throws and then banked in a 3-pointer to pull back within 2 with 42 seconds left.
Behler was quickly fouled and made the second of a pair of free throws.
Troy then cut the lead to 1 with 25 seconds left with a basket and Behler was again fouled. This time she made both free throws.
With 9 seconds left Behler fouled out sending Troy’s Rachael Scharnhorst to the line where she made both free throws to again cut the lead to 1.
Two seconds later Merrill was fouled but missed both free throws. Long rebounded the second miss but missed her putback attempt. Troy rebounded but had only 3 seconds to get the ball upcourt for a desperation shot and the attempt came up short giving Prairie the win.
Prairie had attempted 22 free throws in the fourth quarter, making 11, while Troy had attempted 20 free throws, making 12.
Prairie was whistled for 26 fouls in the game while Troy was assessed 23 times.
Enneking wound up as Prairie’s leading scorer with 14 points with Behler right behind with 13. Arnzen scored 8, Long 5, Sonnen and Merrill 2 each and Jackson 1.
Prairie outrebounded Troy 44-33 in the game, a turnaround from their loss earlier to the Trojans. Behler had 12 rebounds, Arnzen 11 and Enneking 10.
Arnzen had 3 steals and 4 assists to lead the team in both categories.
Prairie was 14 for 35 from the field, 40%, and 15 for 31 at the line. Troy was 13 for 56 from the field, 23%, and 17 for 28 at the line.
Prairie had 31 turnovers in the game, 13 of those in the final 10 minutes after Jackson fouled out.
Prairie 8 17 9 11 -45
Troy 9 8 4 23 -44
Prairie-Long 2-3, 1-2, 5; Enneking 5-11, 4-7, 14; Jackson 0-2, 1-2, 1; V. Sonnen 1-4, 0-1, 2; Arnzen 2-3, 4-8, 8; Schaeffer 0-0, 0-0, 0; Merrill 1-3, 0-3, 2; Behler 4-10, 5-9, 13; T. Sonnen 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Troy-Bohman 3-13, 0-0, 7; McCall 4-9, 4-6, 12; L. Sharrock 0-8, 5-8, 8; Scharnhorst 3-10, 5-6, 11; Hokanson 2-9, 2-5, 6; Hoskins 0-3, 0-0, 0; Sullins 1-3, 1-3, 3; J. Sharrock 0-1, 0-0, 0; Iverson 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Bohman.
Genesee ends Prairie's season
The Prairie Lady Pirates were held to just 9 points in the second half as their season came to an end against Genesee 26-52 at the District Tournament at Lewiston Saturday, Feb. 12.
With the loss Prairie winds up in fourth place at the tournament, one win shy of advancing to State.
Prairie having a tougher game the night before may have contributed to their loss but turnovers and poor shooting definitely did them in.
Prairie had trouble getting shots to fall the entire game as they hit just 8 of 37 shots, 22%, 2 for 20 in the second half.
In the first half Brittny Behler was the only Prairie player who could find her shot as she scored 11 first half points to keep Prairie in the game. She was 5 for 8 from the field in the half while the rest of the team was 1 for 12.
Prairie scored first in the game when a steal by Ashley Jackson led to a free throw by Natalie Arnzen but Genesee then scored 7 straight points and never trailed again.
Prairie trailed 8-12 at the end of the first quarter and cut the lead to 2 as Behler scored on an inbounds play with the assist from Bridget Enneking.
Genesee answered with a 0-5 run to push their lead to 7.
Prairie closed back within 4 with 2:07 left in the half after a basket and then a free throw by Enneking but Genesee ended the half with a 0-5 run and then started the third quarter with a 0-12 run as Prairie went scoreless for over 8 minutes.
By the time Prairie scored in the third quarter on Briget Long’s putback, they were trailing by 21 points.
A pair of free throws by Arnzen to end the quarter were Prairie’s only other points in the third.
Behler meanwhile was held to just 1 point in the second half before fouling out with just over 7 minutes to play.
Enneking had Prairie’s only other basket of the second half.
Behler scored 12 to lead the Pirates with Enneking scoring 6, Arnzen 5, Long 2 and Jenna Nida 1.
Genesee also outrebounded Prairie 35-43. Arnzen led Prairie with 11 rebounds.
Jackson and Behler had 3 steals each.
Prairie was 10 for 24 at the line. Genesee was 18 for 48 from the field, 37%, and 15 for 29 at the line.
With the loss Prairie ends their season with an 18-6 record.
Prairie 8 9 4 5 -26
Genesee 12 14 15 12 -52
Prairie-Long 1-2, 0-0, 2; Enneking 2-9, 2-7, 6; Jackson 0-4, 0-0, 0; V. Sonnen 0-3, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 0-5, 5-8, 5; Behler 5-11, 2-5, 12; Schaeffer 0-2, 0-0, 0; VanderPas 0-1, 0-0, 0; Merrill 0-0, 0-0, 0; N. Nida 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Nida 0-0, 1-4, 1; Schultz 0-1, 0-0, 0; T. Sonnen 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0-0, 0-0, 0; Uhlorn 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Genesee-Skow 2-6, 3-5, 7; Floch 2-7, 2-2, 7; Udy 2-6, 0-0, 4; Davis 4-5, 1-2, 9; Herman 3-11, 3-9, 9; Jones 1-3, 0-0, 2; Gartner 2-4, 1-2, 5; Cramer 2-4, 0-1, 4; Kinyon 0-0, 2-2, 2; Sobczyk 0-1, 3-4, 3; Becker 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Floch.
Dance team performs during halftimes
The Prairie High School Dance team performed a couple times last week. In the upper photo they're performing at halftime of the boys game against Culdesac. In the lower photo during the girls District game against Troy. They also performed during the girls District game against Culdesac.