out for girls basketball
Coach Dave Snodgrass feels the Prairie girls basketball team should be in the mix for one of the district’s 3 state berths this season.
Kendrick, Lapwai and Genesee look to be the major competition for those state spots.
There are 22 girls out for basketball this year with Prairie having a lot of experience returning. 4 players return who started most of the time last year. They are seniors Natalie Arnzen, Brittny Behler, Bridget Enneking and Ashley Jackson.
Juniors Meghan VanderPas and Nicole Nida and sophomore Tiffany Schaeffer will also get plenty of court time. Right now Snodgrass says it looks like VanderPas will be the fifth starter with Nida also getting a lot of time at VanderPas’ 2-guard spot. Snodgrass also said Schaeffer is pushing Jackson at the point guard position. Arnzen and Behler look like the starting posts with Enneking at the small forward spot.
Rounding out the varsity squad are juniors Becky Gehring and Kylie Uhlorn, who will back up the post positions with Tabitha Sonnen filling in at the 2 and 3 positions.
Snodgrass said the strength of the team looks to be their quickness as they’ll run and press a lot.
At the Jamboree last week it appeared their perimeter shooting had been upgraded.
Steve Wilson has moved from the boys JV coaching position to the girls JV position. He’ll have 12 players, all freshman and sophomores.
Sophomores are Alli Holthaus, Kim Schaeffer, Mandy Geis and Sarah Arnzen. Freshmen are Kristi Poxleitner, Jennifer Enneking, Caitlyn Johnson, Leora Laurino, Kara Guyer, Emily Lerandeau, Kaylee Uhlenkott and Camille Schumacher.
Prairie played their first regular season game this past Tuesday at Grangeville. They’ll play again this Friday and Saturday at the C.V. Tip-Off Tournament. They’ll face Kamiah at 6 p.m. Friday evening with the Saturday game determined by whether they win or lose.
Their first league game will also be their home opener next Tuesday, Nov. 22. All girls home games will be at the high school gym this year.
Even though Nezperce has no JV team, the JV’s will still get to play as they’ll face the Jenifer Jr. High team from Lewiston, starting at 6 p.m.
Snodgrass said they’ll have to scramble for some JV games as Nezperce isn’t the only White Pine League school without a JV team. He said they’ll try to have JV games at all home games.
Lady Pirates do well at Jamboree
The Prairie Lady Pirates looked good at a 5-school Jamboree at Clearwater Valley Thursday, Nov. 10.
They started off the night against C.V. and raced out to a 14-4 lead at the end of the first period and then did better than that in the second period as the final score was 32-6.
Teams played two 8-minute periods of running clock.
Against Nezperce they led 9-4 at the break and then outscored the Indians 7-0 in the second period for a 16-4 final.
Nezperce was supposed to play Culdesac at that time but the Wolves arrived late so organizers switched the Prairie-Nezperce matchup to the earlier time.
In their final test they faced Timberline and had a tougher time scoring as they led just 4-1 at the break. They led 13-2 late in the second period but Timberline picked up a couple of baskets off turnovers to make the final score 13-6.
Prairie wasn’t scheduled to face Culdesac.
The Lady Pirates had their first regular game this past Tuesday night and this weekend will travel to C.V. again for the C.V. Tournament. Their first league game will be next Monday, Nov. 22 against Nezperce. That will also be their home opener.
All the girls home games this year will be at the high school gym.
PIRATES GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2005-06
16-Prairie Christmas Tourn. 6:45
17-Prairie Christmas Tourn. TBA
7-C.V., here, 3 p.m.
Feb. 1-11-District at LCSC
PHS DANCE TEAM
SCHEDULE FOR 2005-06
Dec. 21-at Grangeville, TBA
Jan. 7-Home meet, 10 a.m.
Jan. 14-at Lewiston, 10 a.m.
Jan. 21-at Kamiah, 10 a.m.
Jan. 28-Districts, at Orofino, 10 a.m.