Lady Pirates erase 9-point deficit in comeback win
The Prairie Lady Pirates erased a 9-point halftime deficit as they came back to beat Culdesac 47-41 at Cottonwood Tuesday, Jan. 17.Tabitha Sonnen goes for a steal against Culdesac.
In the opening quarter Prairie couldn’t buy a basket as they hit just 1 of 14 attempts plus a pair of free throws. Meanwhile Culdesac was hitting 6 of 14 attempts as they took a 4-13 lead at the end of the quarter. Natalie Arnzen had all 4 of Prairie’s points.
In the second quarter Prairie amped up their defense and forced 10 turnovers but poor shooting kept them from making any headway as they connected on just 4 of 16 attempts. Culdesac cooled off to 2 for 9 but hit 5 of 7 free throws to keep their lead at 9 points at halftime, 14-23.
In the third quarter Brittny Behler scored a free throw and a basket after a steal to cut the lead to 6 before she picked up her fourth foul and had to sit for the rest of the quarter.
After a Culdesac basket, Bridget Enneking, back from an injured knee, hit a pair of free throws and then Nicole Nida got heated up.
Nida had missed all her shot attempts in the first half but connected on 5 of her first 6 attempts in the second half. She got started with a baseline shot and then scored on a full-court drive for a lay-up, the first of 3 such lay-ups where she took the ball deep in the Culdesac end, either off a rebound or a steal, and just flew downcourt way ahead of the defense. She was usually scoring the lay-up before any Culdesac defenders reached the top of the 3-point circle.
Her first play-up cut the lead to just 2 points at 23-25 with 3:13 left in the third. 
After a Culdesac score, Enneking took a pass from Nida for a lay-up and Nida scored her second full-court driving lay-up to tie the score at 27 with 1:15 left in the quarter.
Culdesac answered with a basket but a perimeter shot by Nida tied the score against and a short turnaround jumper by Arnzen gave Prairie their first lead of the game just before the third quarter buzzer.
Nida opened the fourth quarter scoring with a steal and full-court drive for a lay-up for a 4-point lead.
Culdesac cut the lead to 1 on a 3-point play but Prairie then went on an 8-0 run to take control. Enneking scored to start the run then Tiffany Schaeffer scored the next 6 points on a pair of perimeter shots and 2 free throws.
The free throws came after Prairie went into a spread offense to slow the game down and gave Prairie a 43-34 lead with 3:34 to play.
Prairie stayed in their spread but turnovers and fouls allowed Culdesac to cut the lead to 44-40 with 1:40 left.
Enneking hit a free throw with 57 seconds left to break the run and after a Culdesac free throw, Arnzen rebounded the missed second shot and that eventually led to a pair of free throws by Arnzen with 16 seconds left. She got a second try on the second shot as Culdesac had a brain cramp and had 2 players switch positions on the lane after Arnzen had been give the ball by the referees.
Those turned out to be the final points.
After a 5 for 30 shooting performance in the first half, Prairie bounced back to hit 12 of 23 in the second half.
Arnzen wound up with 12 points to lead Prairie with Schaeffer and Nida scoring 10 each. Enneking scored 7, Behler 6 and Ashley Jackson and Tabitha Sonnen 1 each.
Culdesac held a 37-47 edge on the boards. Arnzen had 13 rebounds to lead the Pirates with Nida adding 6.
Nida had 5 steals and Schaeffer and Behler 3 each. Jackson had 4 assists and Arnzen had 3.
Prairie was 17 for 53 from the field, 32%, and 13 for 24 at the line. Culdesac was 15 for 48 from the field, 31%, and 10 for 19 at the line.
In the JV game Prairie beat Culdesac for the fourth time this year (fifth if you count the hybrid game at the CV tournament), 50-15.
It was mostly due their smothering defense just not allowing many shots by Culdesac. The Wolves attempted only 8 shots in the first half and at one point had hit 3 of 4 from the field but trailed 21 to 6 at that point.
Prairie meanwhile attempted more shots in the first quarter than Culdesac did the entire game, 26 to 22.
They started slow offensively as the game was just 2-2 midway through the first quarter. The freshmen unit sparked the offense as they scored 9 points in the final 3:42 of the quarter to take an 11-4 lead. Kara Guyer had 4 points and Kaylee Uhlenkott had 3 in that span.
Prairie started the second quarter with a 10-0 run that built the lead to 21-4 before Culdesac scored. Their first shot attempt came with 3:17 left.
Uhlenkott scored 6 points in the quarter, 4 of those on putbacks.
In the third quarter Prairie outscored the Wolves 16-4 as Sarah Arnzen and Uhlenkott each hit a 3-pointer and Mandi Geis scored 4 points.
In the fourth quarter Prairie scored only 2 baskets but added 7 free throws as they outscored Culdesac 11-5.
Uhlenkott wound up with 19 points to lead all scorers. Geis added 10 points while Arnzen scored 5, Guyer and Emily Lerandeau 4 each, Kim Schaeffer 3, Alli Holthaus and Kristi Poxleitner 2 each and Jennifer Enneking 1.
Prairie held a 40-35 rebounding edge led by Uhlenkott who had 14.
Lerandeau and Poxleitner had 5 steals each while Uhlenkott had 4. Prairie forced Culdesac into 41 turnovers while committing just 10. 
Enneking had 2 assists.
Prairie was 19 of 74 from the field, 26%, and 10 for 20 at the line. Culdesac was 7 for 22 from the field, 32%, and 1 for 4 at the line. 
Culdesac 13 10   6 12 -41
Prairie       4 10 17 16 -47
Prairie-Enneking 2-5, 3-5, 7; Schaeffer 4-7, 2-2, 10; Jackson 0-4, 1-2, 1; Arnzen 4-12, 4-6, 12; Behler 2-8, 2-4, 6; Nida 5-16, 0-2, 10; Sonnen 0-1, 1-3, 1; Uhlorn 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Culdesac-Stowers 6-14, 2-5, 14; Lane 4-14, 4-7, 13; Remsburg 1-4, 3-5, 5; Block 1-4, 0-0, 2; Pulley 0-0, 0-0, 0; Zenner 2-9, 0-0, 4; Patterson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Marcell 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Lane.

Lady Pirates lose to Grangeville
The Prairie Lady Pirates struggled in the second half as they lost to Grangeville 22-43 at Cottonwood Thursday, Jan. 19.
The game was close throughout the first half as Prairie trailed just 8-10 at the end of the first quarter and 15-16 at halftime.
The third quarter was a completely different story though as Grangeville amped up their full-court pressure after the half and completely shut down Prairie’s offense.
Prairie was only able to score 2 baskets in the second half as they scored just 4 points in the third quarter and 3 in the fourth.
Brittny Behler led the Pirates in scoring with 10 point with Natalie Arnzen scoring 6, Tiffany Schaeffer 5 including a 3-pointer, and Becky Gehring 1.
In the JV game the Lady Pirates cruised to an easy 46-18 victory.
Grangeville 10 6 18 9 -43
Prairie          8 7   4 3 -22
Prairie-Nida 0, 0-0, 0; Enneking 0, 0-1, 0; Schaeffer 2, 0-0, 5; Jackson 0, 0-0, 0; Sonnen 0, 0-0, 0; Uhlorn 0, 0-0, 0; Gehring 0, 1-4, 1; Arnzen 2, 2-2, 6; Behler 5, 0-2, 10; VanderPas 0, 0-2, 0. 3-pointers-Schaeffer.
Grangeville A. Dreadfulwater 2, 0-2, 5; Holman 4, 0-0, 8; Sha. Dreadfulwater 0, 0-0, 0; Leininger 1, 1-2, 4; Shi. Dreadfulwater 2, 0-0, 4; Cervantes 0, 0-0, 0; Smith 0, 1-2, 1; VanderEsch 5, 3-4, 13; Frost 3, 2-2, 8. 3-pointers-A. Dreadfulwater, Leininger.

Lady Pirates beat Deary by 15
The Prairie Lady Pirates jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 45-30 win over Deary Saturday, Jan. 21 at Cottonwood.
Brittny Behler connected on her first 4 shots and was 6 for 8 in the first quarter to lead Prairie to an 18-6 lead.
Kylie Uhlorn looks to pass back outside after getting surrounded by Deary defenders.Deary scored the last basket of the quarter to cut the lead to 10 at the quarter break.
Neither offense could get much going in the second quarter as Tiffany Schaeffer and Tabitha Sonnen had Prairie’s only two baskets but they outscored Deary 7-4 in the quarter thanks to 2 free throws by Bridget Enneking and a free throw by Behler.
Prairie led 25-12 at the half.
Prairie took their biggest lead of the game in the third quarter at 17 points, 31-14 after a putback by Natalie Arnzen. Deary then scored 6 straight points to cut the lead to 11 but a driving lay-up by Nicole Nida gave Prairie a 33-20 lead at the quarter break.
Prairie outscored Deary 9-5 in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter to again take a 17-point lead at 42-25 as Behler found the range again with 3 baskets. 
Deary cut the lead to 14 but a putback by Sonnen and a free throw by Kylie Uhlorn pushed the lead back to 17 with 41 seconds left. 
Deary scored at the buzzer to cut the final margin to 15.
Behler led all scorers with 20 points with Arnzen scoring 8, Schaeffer 6, Enneking and Sonnen 4 each, Nida 2 and Uhlorn 1.
Rebounding was even at 37 each. Behler had 11 to lead Prairie while Arnzen grabbed 9 caroms. 
Sonnen had 4 steals and Behler had 3 steals and 3 assists.
Prairie was 19 for 48 from the field, 40%, and 7 for 18 at the line. Deary was 14 for 48 from the field, 29%, and 1 for 6 at the line.
With the win Prairie improves to 9-2 in league play and 14-4 overall. With 2 league games to play they are part of a 4-way tie for first place with Genesee, Lapwai and Kendrick.
In the JV game Prairie moved a step closer to an undefeated season with a 42-19 win. The JV’s have just one game left against a Timberline squad they defeated easily earlier in the year.
Prairie was slow getting started as they hit just 3 of 14 in the first quarter and led just 6-4 at the break.
Deary tied the score to open the second quarter but Prairie then went on a 10-0 run to grab control of the game.
Sarah Arnzen and Kylie Uhlenkott each scored 5 in that run. Mandi Geis added a basket later in the quarter as Prairie took an 18-10 lead into the halftime break.
Kim Schaeffer scored the first 5 points of the third quarter as Prairie took full control of the game. Prairie outscored the Mustangs 14-1 in the quarter.
Prairie outscored the Mustangs just 10-8 in the final quarter as they cruised to the win.
Arnzen wound up with 12 points to lead the Pirates in scoring with Uhlenkott adding 10 points. Schaeffer scored 7, Jennifer Enneking 5, Kara Guyer 4, Geis 2 and Alli Holthaus and Emily Lerandeau 1 each.
Prairie was 16 for 58 from the field, 28%, and 8 for 23 from the line. Deary was 7 for 33 from the field, 21%, and 5 for 12 at the line.
Prairie held a 43-37 rebounding edge with Enneking, Schaeffer and Kristi Poxleitner each collecting 6 rebounds.
Geis had 5 steals while Schaeffer, Poxleitner, Guyer and Holthaus had 4 steals each as Prairie forced 36 turnovers. Enneking had 5 assists.
Deary    8 4 8 10 -30
Prairie  18 7 8 12 -45
Prairie-Enneking 1-4, 2-6, 4; Schaeffer 3-7, 0-0, 6; Jackson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 3-7, 2-3, 8; Behler 9-19, 2-7, 20; Sonnen 2-3, 0-0, 4; Nida 1-4, 0-0, 2; VanderPas 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schaeffer 0-1, 1-2, 1; Gehring 0-1, 0-0, 0; J. Enneking 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Deary-Funke 2-8, 0-0, 4; Eggers 4-15, 1-4, 9; Dammerman 0-0, 0-2, 0; Leas 2-6, 0-0, 4; Claffy 1-4, 0-0, 2; Malm 1-4, 0-0, 3; Butler 4-6, 0-0, 8; Hansen 0-4, 0-0, 0; Beeman 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Malm.

Camas Prairie USA Volleyball team competes at Spokane
The Camas Prairie USA Volleyball team saw their first round of action this past Sunday in Spokane.  The team is made up of players from Prairie, Grangeville and Nezperce and is being coached by Sarah Remacle and Mary Duuck, with Colleen Sonnen and Miki Holthaus as staff members.  
 During their first game the Camas Prairie team seemed to be a bit intimidated by the Spokane teams.  The team had a bit of trouble during the first set against the Blue Diamonds, losing 7-25. Having been the first time the team played together, the loss was not unexpected.  The girls managed to come back and score 12 points during the second and third sets.  The Blue Diamonds eventually went on to play in the championship game against the Camas Prairie’s second opponent – Splash.  
 During the second game Camas Prairie scored the first point, the girls began to loosen up, and the match was tied at 9-9 until Splash out served Camas Prairie, making the score 20-9.  Carolyn Sonnen was up to serve and scored 2 more points for Camas Prairie, but the girls eventually lost the first set 20-11.  In the second set Brooke Holthaus added 2 points from the serve line, and Samantha Furgeson added an Ace, with the final score being 8-25.  During the 3rd set of the game Alyssa Johnson –the Libero was injured, leaving only one player for substitutions.  The losses put Camas Prairie in the Consolation Bracket phase of the tournament. 
 The Camas Prairie team won their third game with Tessica Nuxoll serving a 5 point spread in the first set, putting Camas Prairie ahead 21-16.  After a few more volleys the game ended 25-19.  Their second set against Sideout was not as easy, with the final score 14 – 25.  During the third set Sonnen started the serves making the score 3-0, Holthaus added 2 more, and Katelyn Tackett added another serve.  Due to USA rules the teams had to switch sides during the 3rd set when the score was 7-8.  After the switch Furgeson went on to serve and ace and added another 2 points putting the score 10-13, But Sideout managed to score another 2 points ending the game. 
In their fourth game, Camas Prairie went up against St. Maries, easily winning the first set 25-15, with a couple great serves by Mindy Mizer.  The second set was not as easy with the score tied during most of the action and the final score putting St. Maries with a tough fought win of 27 to the Camas Prairie 25.
 The Next trip for the team will be back to Spokane on February 19th, then on to Pullman and St. Maries.  Members playing last Sunday for the team were Carolyn Sonnen, Randi Schumacher, Brooke Holthaus, & Tessica Nuxoll from Prairie.  Katelyn Johnson, Samantha Furgeson and Alyssa Johnson from Grangeville and Mindy Mizer from Nezperce. 

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