Lady Pirates beat Nezperce by 10
The Prairie Lady Pirates won their home and league opener 36-26 over Nezperce Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Cottonwood.Natalie Arnzen defends the ball with Bridget Enneking behind her.
Prairie used full-court pressure and solid shooting to jump out to a 12-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Tiffany Schaeffer scored Prairieís first 6 points and wound up with 8 in the quarter.
Prairieís pressure forced 8 turnovers from the Indians in the quarter.
Nicole Nida added a basket to start the second quarter and put Prairie up 14-0.
Prairie then took off their press and ran into problems getting into their offense as they attempted only 5 more shots in the quarter and were fouled on 2 of those.
Nezperce didnít do much better offensively but hit 5 of 6 free throw attempts as they cut the lead to 15-9 by halftime.
Nezperce started the second half with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to just 4 but then went cold.
Prairie was able to put together a 10-0 run with Natalie Arnzen and Nida scoring 4 points each in the run.
Prairie led 27-14 entering the fourth quarter.
Ashley Jackson drives past a Nezperce defender.Prairie was able to expand the lead to 16 at 34-18 as Bridget Enneking scored 5 points.
At that point Nezperceís press started forcing some turnovers and the Indians put together a 0-8 run that cut the lead to 8 points, but with just 10 seconds to play.
Ashley Jackson scored the gameís final 2 points from the free throw line for the final 10-point margin.
Brittny Behler suited up but didnít play in the game due to having had surgery done. 
Schaeffer wound up as Prairieís leading scorer with 10 points. Enneking scored 9, Arnzen 8, Nida 7 and Jackson 2.
Prairie held a 39-26 rebounding advantage led by Arnzen with 8. Nida added 7 rebounds and Schaeffer and Tabitha Sonnen had 6 each.
Nida had 5 steals and Schaeffer and Jackson had 3 assists each.
Prairie was 15 for 44 from the field, 34%, and 6 for 19 at the line while Nezperce was 7 for 31 from the field, 22%, and 11 for 16 at the line.
With the win Prairie is 1-0 in league play and 3-1 overall.
Since Nezperce doesnít have a JV team the Prairie JVís played the Jenifer Junior High 9th graders from Lewiston. Prairie broke open a close game in the second half for a 33-19 win.
Alli Holthaus got Prairie off to a good start with a pair of backdoor lay-ups on passes from Mandy Geis. Prairie built an 8-2 lead in the first quart only to see Jenifer close it to 8-5 by the end of the period.
Jenifer outscored Prairie 2-6 early in the second quarter to take their only lead at 10-11.
Jennifer Enneking responded with a steal and drive for a lay-up to give Prairie the lead. She added a free throw for a 2 point lead but Jenifer tied it at 13. Enneking added another basket to give Prairie a 15-13 lead at the half.Natalie Arnzen grabs a rebound away from Nezperce. At left is Tabitha Sonnen.
Enneking added a basket from the baseline to start the second half and Sarah Arnzen scored a basket and a free throw to give Prairie a 20-13 lead.
Kaylee Uhlenkott added 5 points in the period as Prairie took a 27-16 lead into the fourth quarter.
Prairieís pressure defense helped blow the game open as they forced Jenifer into 16 turnovers in the third quarter alone.
Jenifer was held to just 1 for 11 shooting in the second half.
Enneking and Holthaus each scored 7 to lead the JVís with Arnzen scoring 6, Uhlenkott 5 and Geis and Kim Schaeffer 4 each.
The bigger visitors outrebounded Prairie 27-40. Uhlenkott led the Pirates with 6 rebounds while Holthaus added 5.
Enneking had 9 steals and 2 assists.
Prairie hit 12 of 49 shots in the game, 24%, and 9 of 20 free throws while Jenifer was 6 for 25 from the field, 24%, and 7 for 20 at the line.
Prairie forced Jenifer into 40 turnovers.
Nezperce     0 9   5 12 -26
Prairie        12 3 12   9 -36
Prairie-Nida 3-10, 1-3, 7; Enneking 3-4, 3-7, 9; Schaeffer 5-13, 0-2, 10; Jackson 0-3, 2-2, 2; Arnzen 4-10, 0-3, 8; Sonnen 0-3, 0-2, 0; VanderPas 0-0, 0-0, 0; Gehring 0-1, 0-0, 0; Uhlorn 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Nezperce-Baskett 2-6, 0-1, 4; Mizer 2-6, 5-6, 9; Seitz 0-4, 0-0, 0; Scott 1-2, 3-4, 5; Savage 2-8, 4-6, 8; Kuther 0-3, 0-0, 0; Riggers 0-2, 0-0, 0; Miller 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
  2-Lapwai, here
  8-Timberline, here
10-Kendrick, there
12-Highland, here
16-Prairie Christmas Tourn. 6:45
17-Prairie Christmas Tourn. TBA
20-Culdesac, there
  5-Genesee, there
  7-C.V., here, 3 p.m.
10-Highland, there
13-Troy, here
17-Culdesac, here
19-Grangeville, here
21-Deary, here
24-Nezperce, there
27-Timberline, there
Feb. 1-11-District at LCSC

Dec. 10-at Lewiston, 10 a.m.
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.
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