Lady Pirates edge Highland
The Prairie Lady Pirates came from behind in the second half to edge the Highland Huskies 31-28 at Craigmont Tuesday, January 10.
Prairie quickly fell behind in the game 0-6 and 2-9 before rallying to within 2 by the end of the quarter on Ashley Jackson’s 3-pointer.Ashley Jackson lines up for a shot against Highland.
Highland again pushed the lead to 7 in the second quarter at 9-16. Prairie managed to trim the lead to 4 by halftime at 14-18.
Neither team could score to open the third quarter as Highland posted the first point with a free throw with 4:51 left.
Prairie finally got on the board 30 seconds later when Nicole Nida hit from the perimeter. Nida added another basket 30 seconds later after Brittny Behler stole the ball and passed ahead to Nida for a lay-up. 
With 2:17 left in the quarter Prairie took their first lead of the game on a basket inside by Behler.
Highland broke their scoreless drought to retake the lead at 20-21.
Natalie Arnzen got an open look with a nice spin move to open the fourth quarter scoring and put Prairie back into the lead.
Behler added a free throw to make it 23-21 but Highland grabbed back the lead with a 3-pointer.
With 4:14 left Prairie took back the lead when Tiffany Schaeffer scored a pair of free throws. She then added a putback with 3:40 left to make it 27-24.
Highland answered with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 1. Arnzen made it a 2-point game with a free throw with 2:28 left.
Highland tied the score at 28 with 1:35 left.
Soon after Behler left the game with an injury and Schaeffer was moved down to the post position. She took a pass in the low block from Nida and put Prairie ahead with 1:00 left.
In the next 30 seconds the teams traded turnovers as neither team could take advantage. 
Highland had a chance to tie at the line but missed the front end of a 1 and 1. Nida rebounded the miss for Prairie.
Tiffany Schaeffer puts up a shot as she is surrounded by Troy defenders.Prairie missed their own chance at the line a few seconds later. 
In the final seconds Nida missed on a shot from the left side but Schaeffer rebounded and was fouled with 1.6 seconds left. She hit the second of 2 free throws to give Prairie a 3-point edge.
Highland tried a long pass but Arnzen was able to bat the ball toward Nida who grabbed it as the clock ran out.
Schaeffer and Arnzen scored 7 points each to lead Prairie with Behler and Nida added 6 each and Jackson 5.
Leah Severson of Highland led all scorers with 9 points.
Prairie dominated the boards 47-25 including a 19-4 advantage in the fourth quarter. Arnzen led the team with 13 rebounds with Behler grabbing 12, Schaeffer 10 and Nida 9.
Behler had 4 steals while Schaeffer, Nida and Arnzen had 3 each. Jackson and Nida had 3 assists each.
Prairie survived a horrible shooting night as they hit just 10 of 48 shots from the field, 21%. They were 10 for 20 at the line. Highland didn’t shoot much better as they hit 9 of 33 from the field, 27%, and 9 of 13 free throws.
The JV team played at Culdesac  and posted a 48-10 win.
Prairie         7 7 6 11 -31
Highland     9 9 3   7 -28
Prairie-Schaeffer 2-6, 3-4, 7; Jackson 2-6, 0-2, 5; Gehring 0-0, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 1-4, 5-6, 7; Behler 2-20, 2-8, 6; Nida 3-12, 0-0, 6; Sonnen 0-0, 0-0, 0; Uhlorn 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Jackson.
Highland-S. Thomason 1-4, 5-6, 7; Hoffman 1-2, 0-0, 2; Severson 4-7, 0-1, 9; Riggers 1-6, 0-0, 2; M. Thomason 1-7, 2-3, 4; N. Thomason 1-7, 2-2, 4; Tiede 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Severson.

Lady Pirates beat Troy by 21
The Prairie Lady Pirates broke free from the offensive doldrums that had plagued them since the Christmas break as they defeated Troy 43-22 Friday, Jan. 13 at Cottonwood.
Prairie made their first 5 shots in the game and hit 6 of 8 in the first quarter as they took a 12-8 lead. 
Brittny Behler was 4 for 4 in the quarter.Brittny Behler gets in the face of a Troy player.
Troy was able to keep it close but hitting a couple of 3-point shots.
Behler kept her hot streak going as Prairie dominated the second quarter by opening with a 16-0 run. Behler made 9 straight shots before finally missing on a quarter ending long 3-point attempt.
Prairie led 28-13 at the half. 
Troy hit a couple of 3-pointers in the third quarter as they cut the lead down to 9 at 30-21 but inside baskets by Behler and Natalie Arnzen gave prairie a 34-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Prairie dominated the fourth quarter as they outscored Troy 9-1.
Prairie’s smothering defense allowed Troy only 5 shot attempts in the final quarter and forced 8 turnovers.
Behler wound up with 25 points as she outscored Troy all by herself. She hit 12 of 15 shots from the field. Arnzen and Tiffany Schaeffer scored 6 points each. Nicole Nida added 4 points and Tabitha Sonnen scored 2.
Prairie dominated the boards 30-18. Arnzen had 13 to lead Prairie with Behler adding 6.
Nida had 4 steals while Schaeffer and Ashley Jackson had 3 apiece. Nida Behler and Schaeffer had 4 assists each. Prairie had assists and 11 of 14 baskets in the first half and 15 of 20 in the game.
Prairie was 20 of 40 from the field in the game, 50%, 14 for 20 in the first half, 70%. They were 3 for 11 at the line. Troy was 8 for 29 from the field, 28%, and 1 for 5 at the line.
With the win Prairie improves to 12-3 on the season and 8-2 in league play.
In the JV game Prairie rolled to a 43-25 win.
Their game was tied at 4-4 late in the first quarter but a free throw by Jennifer Enneking and 2 free throws by Emily Lerandeau gave Prairie at 7-4 lead at the quarter break.
After Troy cut the lead to 1 to start the second quarter, Lerandeau scored a free throw and Enneking a basket for a 4-point edge.
Prairie pushed the lead to 6 at 19-13 by halftime.
They took control in the third quarter as they outscored Troy 8-4 to take a 27-17 lead into the fourth quarter. Mandi Geis scored 6 of Prairie’s 8 third quarter points.
Prairie opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run and outscored he Trojans 16-8 in the final period. Enneking had 8 of Prairie’s 16 points including a 3-pointer.
Natalie Arnzen rebounds a missed free throw.Enneking wound up with 14 points to lead the team in scoring with Geis adding 12 points. Kaylee Uhlenkott and Kristi Poxleitner scored 4 each, Lerandeau 3 and Kim Schaeffer, Sarah Arnzen and Kara Guyer scored 2 each.
Prairie held a 46-29 rebounding advantage led by Alli Holthaus with 7. Enneking, Geis and Lerandeau had 6 rebounds each and Guyer and Poxleitner had 5 apiece. 
Uhlenkott and Enneking had 7 steals each while Arnzen had 4. Prairie forced 40 turnovers from Troy. 
Enneking had 2 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 58 from the field, 26%, and 12 for 26 at the line. Troy was 12 for 38 from the field, 32%, and 0 for 1 at the line. Troy’s only free throw attempt came with 3:33 left in the game.
Troy      8   5 8 1 -22
Prairie 12 16 6 9 -43
Prairie-Nida 1-3, 2-4, 4; Schaeffer 3-7, 0-0, 6; Jackson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 3-7, 0-0, 6; Behler 12-15, 1-6, 25; Sonnen 1-3, 0-1, 3; VanderPas 0-0, 0-0, 0; Uhlorn 0-3, 0-0, 0; Gehring 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Enneking 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointrs-none.
Troy-Kanikkeberg 2-4, 1-2, 7; Sullins 1-7, 0-1, 3; Howe 1-1, 0-0, 2; Sharrock 3-7, 0-0, 7; Iverson 0-4, 0-0, 0; Kirk 1-3, 0-2, 3; Ward 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schwartz 0-1, 0-0, 0; Leachman 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Kanikkeberg 2, Sullins, Sharrock, Kirk.
Nicole Nida whips a pass toward the lane while driving downcourt after a steal.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
19-Grangeville, here
21-Deary, here
24-Nezperce, there
27-Timberline, there
Feb. 1-11-District at LCSC

Jan. 21-at Kamiah, 10 a.m.
Jan. 28-Districts, at Orofino, 10 a.m.
Cottonwood, Idaho 83522



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