Lady Pirates lose to Lapwai in overtime
The Prairie Lady Pirates dominated the middle 2 quarters but couldn’t hold off a Lapwai rally as the Wildcats prevailed 58-60 in overtime at Cottonwood Friday, Dec. 2.Nicole Nida leads a break after making a steal.
Lapwai started the game like they were going to blow Prairie out of the gym as they jumped out to a 3-13 lead in the first quarter.
A basket by Natalie Arnzen and 2 free throws by Brittny Behler cut the lead to 6 but Lapwai added a basket late in the quarter for a 7-15 lead at the break.
Tabitha Sonnen scored on a putback and Nicole Nida swished a 3-pointer to pull Prairie within 3 less than 2 minutes into the second quarter.
Lapwai picked up 3 quick points to push the lead back to 3 but then went ice-cold. 
Prairie got a basket each from Behler, Tiffany Schaeffer and Kylie Uhlorn to tie the game at halftime. Uhlorn’s basket with 1:11 left in the half tied the score. She had set up the score with a defensive rebound.
Prairie opened the third quarter with a 13-0 run, making it 19 unanswered points, as they built a 31-18 lead with 4:02 left in the quarter.
Behler scored 5 of those 13 points and Bridget Enneking added 4. 
Lapwai got untracked and outscored Prairie 6-13 over the rest of the quarter to cut the lead to 37-31.
Prairie managed to maintain the lead at about 5-7 points over the first couple of minutes of the fourth as they still held a 7 point lead at 44-37 with 5:53 left after Behler hit 2 of 4 free throws when Lapwai coach Shawn Spencer received 2 technical fouls.
Lapwai then outscored them 3-8 over the next 2:20 of play to cut the lead to just 2 at 47-45.
Schaeffer scored a free throw to give Prairie a 3-point lead but Lapwai answered with a basket to cut the lead to 1 with 2:31 left.
Nida pushed the lead back to 3 with a 10 footer from the wing but Lapwai again cut the lead to 1 with 1:50 to play.
With 1:30 left Nida passed inside to Arnzen for a lay-up and a 52-49 lead.
Prairie got the ball back with just over a minute left and worked the clock. They’d worked the time down to 20 seconds when Behler attempted a shot from about 16 feet out that missed. Lapwai got the rebound and raced downcourt. They tried one 3-pointer that missed, got the rebound and Tiffany Schaeffer guards the ball while Natalie Arnzen battles for position.Freshman Annie Kane drained a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left to tie the score. 
Prairie couldn’t get a shot away before time expired leading to overtime.
Prairie had plenty of opportunities to salt the game away in regulation as they attempted 18 free throws in the fourth quarter but made just 9 of them.
Behler scored to open the overtime scoring but Lapwai tied it with 2 free throws as Behler fouled out.
Schaeffer put Prairie back on top with a driving lay-up but Lapwai again responded with a pair of free throws.
Sonnen again put Prairie on top with a driving lay-up with 1:37 left.
Lapwai scored with 48 seconds left to tie the score again.
With 12 seconds left Prairie turned the ball over as the referees failed to hear Prairie coach Dave Snodgrass calling for a timeout.
Lapwai worked the ball around and Kane again came up big as she tossed up a shot from the elbow that hit nothing but net as time expired.
Behler wound up as Prairie’s leading scorer with 18 points. Enneking added 11 with Schaeffer scoring 9, Arnzen 6, Nida 5, Sonnen 4, Ashley Jackson 3 and Uhlorn 2.
Prairie held a 46-33 rebounding advantage led by Arnzen who had 14 boards. Behler had 8, Schaeffer 7 and Enneking 6.
Behler had 4 steals and Enneking and Schaeffer had 3 each as Prairie forced 27 turnovers. Unfortunately they committed 32.
Jackson had 3 assists and Schaeffer had 2.
Prairie was 21 for 53 from the field, 40%, and 15 for 30 at the line. Lapwai was 24 for 61 from the field, 39%, and 9 for 18 at the line. They were 4 for 4 at the line in overtime.
The loss drops Prairie to 1-1 in league play and 3-2 overall.
The JV team fared better as they beat Lapwai 40-30.
The JV’s jumped out to a 4-0 lead as Sarah Arnzen scored 2 free throws and Mandi Geis scored a driving lay-up.
Prairie led 6-4 at the quarter.
They scored the first 6 points of the second quarter as Geis had 8 of Prairie’s first 12 points.
Lapwai came back to within 2 points at 12-10 but Prairie got 7 points from Arnzen including a 3-pointer as they took a 19-14 lead at halftime.
Lapwai opened the third quarter scoring then Prairie scored the next 7 to take a 10-point lead. They led 26-17 entering the fourth quarter.
Geis and Kim Schaeffer were Prairie’s big scorers in the fourth quarter as Geis scored 9 and Schaeffer 5 in the quarter.
They helped keep Lapwai from getting any closer than 8 points.
Geis wound up with 19 points to lead the Pirates while Arnzen scored 10. Schaeffer added 7 and Jennifer Enneking and Emily Lerandeau had 2 each.
Lapwai held a 49-53 rebounding edge. Geis had 10 to lead the Pirates while Schaeffer had 9 and Arnzen and Kaylee Uhlenkott had 8 each.
Uhlenkott had 5 steals and Arnzen 4. Uhlenkott. Uhlenkott had 3 assists.
The JVs improved to 5-0 on the season.
Lapwai     15   3 13 21 8 -60
Prairie        7 11 19 15 6 -58
Prairie-Enneking 4-10, 3-6, 11; Schaeffer 4-8, 1-2, 9; Jackson 1-3, 1-2, 3; Arnzen 2-7, 2-4, 6; Behler 5-17, 8-16, 18; Nida 2-5, 0-0, 6; Sonnen 2-2, 0-0, 4; Uhlorn 1-1, 0-0, 2; VanderPas 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Nida.
Lapwai-Ramsey 2-5, 1-2, 5; Andrew 0-5, 0-0, 0; Walker 5-11, 3-4, 14; Tapuro 0-2, 0-0, 0; White Temple 3-7, 0-0, 7; Kane 5-9, 2-4, 13; Orton 3-6, 1-2, 7; Bourgeau 3-11, 0-2, 6; Leighton 3-4, 0-2, 6. 3-pointers-Walker, Kane, White Temple.

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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