Pirates lose 5 overtime thriller
In a very intense game for a non-league season opening affair, the Prairie Pirates and Kamiah Kubs battled through 5 overtime periods before the Kubs prevailed 76-80 Friday, Dec. 1 at Kamiah.Corey Schaeffer yells as he goes after a loose ball. At left is J.D. Riener.
Prairie had controlled the tempo and the scoreboard through the first 3 quarters as they led 10-2 after one period, 24-16 at the half and 29-23 after 3 quarters.
Prairie had pounded the ball inside in the first half as Corey Schaeffer scored 10 and J.D. Riener 7.
In the third quarter Prairieís shooting touch deserted them as they hit just 2 of 11 attempts but their defense kept them in the lead as they allowed Kamiah just 6 field goal attempts.
A free throw by David Sigler and a basket by Kyle Daly to open the fourth quarter gave Prairie a 32-23 lead with 6:32 left.
At that point Kamiah turned up the intensity of their defense and started forcing Pirate turnovers as they went on a 0-12 run to take their first lead of the game at 32-35.
Prairie fought back through with Sigler going 4 for 4 from the line in the final 2 minutes and scored on a breakaway lay-up with 6 seconds left to give Prairie a 43-40 lead.
Kamiah answered back though with Tony Tallbull draining a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left from the left wing to send the game into the first overtime.
Both teams held the lead in the first overtime with Kamiah looking like they would win it as Tallbull scored a putback with 9 seconds left for a 49-52 lead. Sigler forced a second overtime though with a 3-pointer from 5 feet beyond the top of the key.
Corey Schaeffer rebounds a missed free throw. Other Prairie players shown are Kyle Daly, #5, and Tyler Forsmann.By that time Prairie had lost both Riener and Tyler Forsmann to fouls while Kamiah had lost 3 starters.
In the second overtime Prairie lost both starting guards as Nate Kaschmitter and Sigler both fouled out.
Prairie still led late though as Corey Schaeffer scored from in close with 32 seconds left to cut the lead to 1 and then added a shot from 14 feet out on an inbounds play under the Prairie basket for a 60-59 lead with 11 seconds left in the second overtime. Kamiahís Darin Ball got fouled though with 5 seconds left and missed the first free throw but made the second to force a third overtime.
Prairie took the early lead in the third overtime on a free throw by Kyle Daly and a putback by Ryan Daly. Prairie then held onto the lead until the final 43 seconds when Tallbull connected on a pair of free throws to tie the score at 65. A couple of shot attempts by Prairie missed and the game went to a fourth overtime.
Prairie again took the early lead on a free throw by Kyle Daly. Tallbull answered with a basket but Schaeffer put Prairie back on top with a 3-point play as Tallbull picked up his fourth foul.
Kamiah tied it on a basket by Ball and 2 free throws. And then Schaeffer picked up his fifth foul, sending Tallbull to the line for 2 free throws and the lead.
Branden Waller tied it with a lay-up but Kamiah took back the lead with a free throw. 
Ryan Daly then tied it again with a free throw with 19.4 seconds left and Ballís 3-point attempt missed, forcing a fifth overtime.
Ryan Daly was Prairieís only remaining starter in the fifth overtime with Kyle Daly, Daniel Sigler and JV players Kyle Holthaus and Waller joining him on the floor. The only other player available to the Pirates was Ben Forsmann. Coach Jerry Uhling had JV player Eric Daly go suit up just in case as Ryan Daly and Daniel Sigler were both playing with 4 fouls. Daly had picked up his fourth in regulation and played all 5 overtimes without fouling out.
Kamiahís only remaining starters were Doug Schlader and Tallbull. Schlader came up big in the fifth overtime as he connected on a pair of 3-pointers and Tallbull added a basket for a 72-80 Kamiah lead.Three Prairie players surround Kamiah's Thomas Tallbull. Clockwise from left are David Sigler, #23, Corey Schaeffer and Ryan Daly.
Prairie fought back with Kyle Daly scoring after a steal by Ryan Daly and Ryan Daly then scoring a driving lay-up but that was it.
Schaeffer wound up with 30 points to lead Prairie in scoring with 16 of those coming in the overtime periods. David Sigler scored 12 even though he didnít get his first point until the final second of the third quarter.
Riener scored 9, Ryan Daly 7, Kyle Daly 6, Kaschmitter 5, Forsmann and Waller 3 each and Holthaus 1.
Tallbull led Kamiah with 42 points.
Prairie held a 53-49 rebounding edge with Ryan Daly grabbing 14 and Schaeffer 13.
Schaeffer had 5 steals and Ryan Daly had 4. Ryan Daly had 5 assists while David Sigler had 4.
Prairie was 27 for 73 from the field, 37%, and 20 for 51 from the line. Kamiah was 25 for 58 from the field, 43%, and 27 for 51 from the line.
In the JV game Kamiah never trailed as they won a low-scoring contest 22-32.
Prairie struggled from the field in the first half as they hit just 2 of 17 shots.
Kamiah led just 2-4 at the end of the first quarter with Eric Daly scoring Prairieís only points on a driving lay-up.
Branden Waller got Prairieís only second quarter points as the Pirates trailed 4-12 at the half.
They put 11 points on the board in the third quarter as Kyle Holthaus scored 5 and Waller 4 but they couldnít get any closer than 5 points.
Waller wound up with 8 points to lead the Pirates with Holthaus adding 7. Daly scored 5 and Connor Rieman and Ben Forsmann scored 1 point each.
Prairie held a slim 28-27 rebounding edge with Waller collecting 9 rebounds and Daly 8.
Holthaus had 5 steals while Daly and Waller had 3 each.
Prairie was 8 for 37 from the field and 4 for 17 at the line. Kamiah was 13 for 32 from the field and 6 for 15 at the line.
Prairie     10 14 5 14 9 8 5 7 4 -76
Kamiah     2 14 7 20 9 8 5 7 8 -80
Prairie-Kaschmitter 2-11, 0-0, 5; Schaeffer 13-25, 4-6, 30; David Sigler 2-9, 7-15, 12; R. Daly 3-12, 1-7, 7; Riener 4-7, 1-6, 9; Forsmann 0-1, 3-4, 3; K. Daly 1-4, 1-4, 3; Daniel Sigler 0-0, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 0-2, 1-4, 1; Waller 1-3, 1-4, 3. 3-pointers-Kaschmitter, David Sigler.
Kamiah-Harding 3-8, 0-3, 6; Schlader 3-6, 1-1, 9; Murphy 0-0, 2-5, 2; Whittle 1-2, 1-5, 3; Tallbull 15-28, 11-16, 42; Ball 2-10, 8-12, 12; Hopper 1-3, 4-8, 6; Langston 0-0, 0-0, 0; Gunn 0-1, 0-2, 0; Roberts 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Tallbull, Schlader 2.
J.D. Riener shoots a lay-up at Kamiah. Back to the camera is Corey Schaeffer.
Pirates beat Nezperce in double overtime
One night after losing in 5 overtimes, the Prairie Pirates bounced back to win in double overtime at Nezperce, 78-73, Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Pirates faced a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter but rallied in the fourth to force overtime.
Prairie led most of the first half but never by more than 4 points and the score was tied 11 times including at the half at 27-all.
Prairie led 11-8 after the first quarter thanks to a steal by Corey Schaeffer for a lay-up and subsequent foul shot. 
Nezperce came out firing in the third quarter as Devon Zenner got blistering hot, hitting 6 of 6 in the quarter including three 3-pointers. Damon Leitch was 2 for 2 from 3-point range as well as the Indians built a 42-52 lead with 18 seconds left in the quarter.Tyler Forsmann goes up for a shot at Nezperce.
J.D. Riener helped Prairie keep it within 10 by scoring 8 points in the quarter including a putback at the buzzer that made it 44-52 heading into the fourth.
Kyle Daly got Prairie going in the fourth with a 3 pointer and Schaeffer and David Sigler each added a basket to cut the lead to 1 at 51-52 with 4:57 left.
Nezperce pushed the lead back to 4 at 53-57 with 2:05 left but a 3-pointer and a driving lay-up by Sigler gave Prairie their first lead of the second half at 58-57 with 53 seconds left. 
Unfortunately for the Pirates they fouled Leitch with 48 seconds left but Leitch made just the second of two free throws to tie the score. Neither team could score in the final seconds despite several chances each and the game went into overtime.
Zenner hit another 3 to open the overtime scoring but a steal by Sigler led to a 3-point play by him and he followed with a 3-pointer for a 64-61 lead with 2:15 left.
Nezperce forced a second overtime when Nathan Seitz bombed in a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left.
The Indians had a chance to win it at the line but missed the front end of a 1 and 1 with 2 seconds left.
Leitch scored to give Nezperce the lead in the second overtime but then Prairie took over.
Sigler rebounded his own missed shot and was fouled as he made it. He added the free throw to put Prairie ahead for good.
He then added a driving layup and fed Schaeffer for a short bank shot to make it 71-66.
The teams traded free throws to make it 73-68 with Tyler Forsmann scoring a pair for the Pirates.
Nezperce then scored 3 straight free throws to pull within 2 at 73-71.
Sigler scored a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left but Nezperce answered with a driving layup by Seitz.
Sigler was then fouled on the inbounds with Nezperce being called for an intentional foul, which meant Prairie would get the ball after the free throws.
Sigler made 1 of 2 and then was fouled again after the ball was inbounded. This time he made both to make the final score 78-73.
Sigler wound up with 29 points to lead the Pirates despite not scoring at all until midway through the third quarter. He scored 16 points in the 2 overtime periods.
Schaeffer wound up with 17 points while Riener scored 10, Kyle Daly 7, Nate Kaschmitter 6, Forsmann 4 and Ryan Daly 1.
Prairie dominated the boards 61-39 led by Schaeffer with 17. Riener added 11, Forsmann 8 and Sigler 7.
Forsmann had 4 steals while Schaeffer had 3. Sigler had 4 assists and Ryan Daly had 3.
Prairie was 26 for 87 from the field, 30%, and 15 for 28 at the line. Nezperce was 22 for 59 from the field, 37%, and 21 for 30 from the line.
With the win Prairie improves to 1-1 on the season.
The JV team also picked up their first win as they had 4 players in double figures in a 61-42 win over the Indians.
Kyle Holthaus got the offense started as he connected on his first 4 shots and scored 9 points in the first quarter.
Nezperce took a 3-5 lead early but Holthaus scored 6 straight points and Prairie ended the first quarter on an 11-0 run.
They outscored Nezperce 17-5 through the first 6 minutes of the second quarter as Connor Rieman took over the scoring load with 9 points in the quarter. Branden Waller chipped in 6 points in the quarter.
Nezperce rallied with a 0-7 run late in the quarter but Prairie still led 35-17 at the half.
Nezperce managed to cut the lead down to 10 points in the third quarter but a 13-2 run at the start of the fourth put the game away for the Pirates.
Holthaus and Rieman each scored 15 points for Prairie with Waller adding 12 and Eric Daly 11. 9 of Dalyís 11 points came on 3-pointers.
Ben Forsmann added 4 points and Derek Schaeffer and Vit Spanhel scored 2 each.
Prairie controlled the boards 55-40 with Waller grabbing 12 rebounds. Rieman added 8 boards while Holthaus and Daly had 6 each.
Rieman had 7 steals and Waller had 4. Holthaus had 5 assists and Daly had 4.
Prairie was 27 for 65 from the field, 42%, and 4 for 14 at the line. Nezperce was 16 for 49 from the field, 33%, and 10 for 20 at the line.
The JVís improved to 1-1.
Prairie      11 16 17 14 6 14 -78
Nezperce   8 19 25   6 6   9 -73
Prairie-Kaschmitter 3-13, 0-2, 6; Schaeffer 8-23, 1-1, 17; David Sigler 8-19, 11-12, 29; R. Daly 0-5, 1-6, 1; Riener 5-10, 0-2, 10; K. Daly 3-6, 0-1, 7; Forsmann 1-11, 2-4, 4; Daniel Sigler 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-David Sigler 2.
Nezperce-Seitz 5-15, 3-4, 14; D. Zenner 8-15, 4-4, 24; Leitch 6-13, 6-8, 21; Mosman 1-8, 4-6, 7; Baldus 2-2, 0-0, 4; Baskett 0-5, 4-6, 4; Scott 0-1, 0-0, 0; G. Zenner 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-D. Zenner 4, Leitch 2, Seitz, Mosman.

Riener named offensive player of the year
Dan Riener has been named the White Pine Leagueís Offensive Player of the Year for the recently completed football season.
He was also named a first team running back and first team linebacker on the All-League football team.
Joining Riener on the first team offense is lineman J.D. Riener.
Making the second team offense were Ryan Daly at running back and David Sigler at receiver.
Making the second team defense were Daly at linebacker and Corey Schaeffer on the defensive line.
Making honorable mention on defense were Sigler at defensive back and J.D. Riener on the defensive line.
Dan Riener, J.D. Riener, Daly and Schaeffer are seniors while Sigler is a freshman.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  8-C.V., here
13-vs. Sitka, AK, at Kendrick
15-Prairie Christmas Tourn., 8:15
16-Prairie Christmas Tourn., TBA
19-Grangeville, there
  4-Kamiah, here
  5-Kendrick, there*
  8-Grangeville, here
11-C.V., there*
13-Deary, there*
19-Timberline, there*
25-Lapwai, here*
27-Highland, here*
30-Nezperce, here*
  5-Genesee, there*
  8-Culdesac, here*
14-Troy, here*
15,17,19,23,24,25-District at LCSC

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