Lady Pirates win at Culdesac
The Prairie Lady Pirates jumped out to a 9 point lead by the end of the first quarter and then held off Culdesac the rest of the way to win 39-33 at Culdesac Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Prairie wasted little time in scoring as Natalie Arnzen tapped the ball toward Bridget Enneking who drove in for a lay-up and a quick 2-0 lead.
Enneking made it 4-0 when she converted a putback.
After a Culdesac free throw Natalie Arnzen connected on a short jumper, Brittny Behler hit a pair of free throws and added a short jumper of her own for a 10-1 Prairie lead.
A basket each by Arnzen and Behler against a pair of baskets by Culdesac made it 14-5 at the quarter break.
Prairie increased their lead in the second quarter as Nicole Nida opened the scoring by stealing the ball and taking it all the way for a lay-up.
After a Culdesac score, Prairie scored 5 straight points for a 21-7 lead late in the first half. They led 21-9 at the break.
In the third quarter Prairieís offense cooled off while Culdesacís heated up.
A pair of 3-pointers helped the Wolves cut the lead to just 5 points at 24-19 before baskets by Enneking and Behler made it 28-19 at the end of the third quarter.
A full-court drive for a lay-up by Behler opened the fourth quarter scoring and Enneking added a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 13 at 32-19.
Culdesac rallied again as they again cut the lead to just 5 points at 33-28.
Prairie was able to score enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the Wolves as Tiffany Schaeffer hit a pair of free throws and Ashley Jackson was 4 for 6 at the line in the final 1:30.
Behler wound up as Prairieís leading scorer with 13 points. Enneking scored 8, Jackson 6, Schaeffer 5, Arnzen 4, Nida 2 and Kylie Uhlorn 1.
Culdesac held a slim 37-39 rebounding edge. Arnzen and Behler each had 9 rebounds to lead Prairie with Enneking adding 8.
Schaeffer had 5 steals and Behler and Enneking had 4 apiece as Prairie forced the Wolves into 25 turnovers.
Jackson had 3 assists.
Prairie was 13 for 42 from the field, 31%, and 13 for 26 at the line. Culdesac was 13 for 46 from the field, 28%, and 6 for 17 at the line.
With the win Prairie goes into the Christmas break with a 5-1 record in league play and 9-2 record overall.
In the JV game Prairie scored the first 26 points in the game on their way to an easy 44-15 win.
Prairie led 12-0 at the end of the first quarter with Sarah Arnzen scoring half of Prairieís points while Mandi Geis had 4.
Prairie made it 26-0 late in the second quarter before Culdesac finally got on the board with a 3-pointer with just 14 seconds left in the half.
Jennifer Enneking and Geis each had 4 points in the second quarter while Kaylee Uhlenkott, Kara Guyer and Kristi Poxleitner each scored 2.
With their game in cruise control after building the big lead, it took most of the third quarter for Prairie to get back on the scoreboard.
In that time Culdesac was only able to score 6 to cut the lead to 26-9 before Prairie ended the quarter with a basket by Geis and a free throw by Arnzen.
Prairie got going again in the fourth as they scored the first 8 points of the period. Uhlenkott had 4 of those and Emily Lerandeau and Arnzen split the other 4 points.
Culdesac scored 4 straight free throws then Prairie got a basket each from Kim Schaeffer and Geis and Geis ended Prairieís scoring with a 3-pointer. Culdesac got a basket at the buzzer for the final points.
Geis had 15 points to lead Prairie in scoring while Arnzen added 9, Uhlenkott 7, Enneking 4, Schaeffer 3 and Guyer and Poxleitner 2 each.
Prairie had a 38-33 rebounding advantage with Schaeffer grabbing 8 rebounds to lead Prairie. Poxleitner added 7 and Uhlenkott had 6.
Enneking had 7 steals while Uhlenkott had 4 and Lerandeau, Geis and Guyer had 3 each as Prairie forced Culdesac into 44 turnovers.
Enneking and Arnzen had 3 assists each.
Prairie was 20 for 67 from the field, 30%, and 3 for 10 at the line. Culdesac was 5 for 26 from the field, 19%, and 4 for 13 at the line.
The JVís remain unbeaten at 9-0.
Thanks go to Morris and Julie Arnzen for providing a DVD of the game.
Prairie       14 7   7 11 -39
Culdesac     5 4 10 14 -33
Prairie-Enneking 3-6, 2-5, 8; Schaeffer 1-4, 3-4, 5; Jackson 1-4, 4-6, 6; Arnzen 2-5, 0-3, 4; Behler 5-14, 3-6, 13; Nida 1-4, 0-0, 2; Sonnen 0-4, 0-0, 0; Gehring 0-0, 0-0, 0; Uhlorn 0-1, 1-2, 1; VanderPas 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Culdesac-Stowers 2, 1-3, 5; Lane 4, 1-2, 12; C. Zenner 2, 0-0, 4; J. Zenner 1-1-2, 3; Fender 3, 2-6, 8; Remsburg 0, 1-3, 1; Block 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Lane 3.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
  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

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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