Pirates win District opener
A 20-5 run in the second quarter broke open a close game and propelled the Prairie Lady Pirates to a 63-35 win over Deary in their District Tournament opener Friday, Feb. 3 at Lewiston.
Deary took leads of 2-3 and 9-11 in the first quarter but those were their only leads of the game. Tiffany Schaeffer’s putback with 1:10 left in the first quarter tied the game and Natalie Arnzen’s lay-up with 6 seconds left in the quarter gave Prairie the lead for good.
Brittny Behler scored Prairie’s first six points of the second quarter on a pair of free throws, a driving lay-up and a short jumper from the side. Bridget Enneking scored the next 5 on 3 free throws and a basket. Schaeffer then hit a pair of baskets from the perimeter to give Prairie a 28-13 lead.
Three free throws by Behler and two by Kylie Uhlorn put Prairie up 33-16 with 33 seconds left in the half. Deary scored the half’s final 3 points to cut the lead to 14 at 33-19.
The difference in the second quarter was Prairie’s defense cutting off the inside scoring as 8 of Deary’s 15 second quarter shots were from 3-point distance. They made just 1 of those 8 attempts. Meanwhile Prairie was scoring more at the line that Deary was overall as the Pirates hit 10 of 13 free throws in the second quarter.
Prairie kept up their hot free throw shooting in the second half as they hit 14 of 20 in the second half and 25 of 34 in the game.
Deary outscored Prairie from the field in the third quarter 6-7 but Prairie’s free throw advantage of 6-1 allowed them to extend the lead to 45-27 by the end of the quarter.
In the final quarter Deary was limited to just 2 points from the field while Prairie went mostly with reserves in the quarter and still outscored the Mustangs 18-8.
With a nearly 30 point lead Prairie was able to get their JV call-ups all into the game in the late going. They played the final 1:30 with all JV players on the floor.
Tabitha Sonnen had a big second half for the Pirates as she was 6 for 6 at the free throw line and scored 8 points.
Behler wound up with 19 to lead Prairie in scoring with Enneking adding 12. Schaeffer scored 8, Arnzen 5, Meghan VanderPas 4, Jennifer Enneking 3 and Nicole Nida and Uhlorn 2 each.
Prairie dominated the boards to the tune of 43-25. Behler had 9 rebounds to lead the team with Arnzen adding 8 and Nida and Bridget Enneking 6 each.
Arnzen had 3 steals and VanderPas and Bridget Enneking had 2 each.
Ashley Jackson had 5 assists.
Prairie was 19 for 45 from the field, 42%. Deary was 11 for 45, 24%, and 9 for 17 at the line.
The Lady Pirates improved to 17-4 on the season with their fourth straight win. They were to play Kendrick Tuesday with the winner clinching a state berth. If they lost they would play Troy at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. If they won they would play the Genesee-Lapwai winner at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 for the District championship.
Prairie 13 20 12 18 -63
Deary 11 8 8 8 -35
Prairie-B. Enneking 3-6, 6-7, 12; T. Schaeffer 4-9, 0-0, 8; Jackson 0-1, 0-1, 0; N. Arnzen 2-5, 1-2, 5; Behler 6-13, 7-9, 19; Sonnen 1-2, 6-6, 8; Nida 1-4, 0-0, 2; J. Enneking 1-1, 1-2, 3; VanderPas 1-2, 2-5, 4; Uhlenkott 0-1, 0-0, 0; Uhlorn 0-0, 2-2, 2; Geis 0-1, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0; K. Schaeffer 0-0, 0-0, 0; S. Arnzen 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Deary-Funke 2-9, 1-4, 6; Eggers 4-10, 2-2, 12; Leas 0-0, 2-2, 2; Claffy 1-1, 1-2, 3; Butler 0-8, 0-0, 0; Hansen 1-8, 0-0, 2; Malm 3-6, 1-3, 8; Dammerman 0-2, 2-4, 2; Beeman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Winter 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Eggers 2, Funke, Malm.
Jr. High volleyball team wins tournament
Three Prairie Jr. High Volleyball Teams competed in their own tourney this past weekend. Two 8th grade teams were entered so that all players would get the most playing time and one 7th grade team from Prairie coached by Marlene Forsmann. Six 8th grade and six 7th grade teams competed from Orofino, Culdesac, Highland and Nezperce, along with Prairie, competed in the tourney. Prairie A team took 1st place. Players were Amber Holthaus, Kelsey Marker, Makenzie Moea’i, Samantha Frei, Hilaree VanderPas, NaTosha Schaeffer. They were coached by Danette Moea’i.
Prairie B Team 8th grade volleyball won some and lost some in their tournament this past Saturday at Prairie. By the end of the day they had learned to work together and had some very close matches that could have gone either way. Players were Taylor Ratcliff, Amber Frei, Gina Seubert, Kristin Hill, Casey Bruegeman and Samantha Spencer. They were coached by Vikki Duman.
PIRATES GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2005-06
11-if win Friday, vs. Genesee-Highland winner at 1 p.m. at LCSC