Lady Pirates beat Lewis County by 20
In a non-league matchup at Craigmont the Prairie Lady Pirates defeated the Lewis County Eagles 53-33 Saturday, Jan. 20.
The Piratesí defense clamped down on the Eagles, limiting them to just 5 field goals in the game, none in the second half.Meghan VanderPas drives toward the hoop for a lay-up.
The game was close through the first 5 minutes but Prairie pulled away with a 6-0 run late in the first quarter with Meghan VanderPas scoring 4 of those 6 points. Tiffany Schaeffer scored the other two on a pair of free throws.
Prairie connected on 6 of 12 shots in the opening quarter as they took a 14-8 lead.
Field goals were hard to come by for both teams in the second quarter as Prairieís only field goal was a putback by Schaeffer with 2:58 left while Lewis County had just 2 field goals.
Prairie was able to extend their lead to 27-17 by halftime thanks to an 11 for 14 performance at the free throw line. Becky Gehring had the bulk of those as she was 7 for 8 at the line in the quarter.
Lewis County meanwhile was 6 for 9 at the line in the quarter.
Prairie opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run that expanded their lead to 17 points. Gehring had 5 of those 8 points on a pair of putbacks plus a foul shot after the second one. Schaeffer scored the other 3 on a driving lay-up and a free throw.
Becky Gehring sets a pick while Tabitha Sonnen goes through the lane behind her. Nicole Nida looks to make a pass inthe background.The Eagles were limited to just free throws in the third quarter as they went 0 for 5 from the field. They were 6 for 9 at the line.
Prairie meanwhile hit 6 of 14 shots and were 6 for 7 at the line in the quarter.
Prairie took a 45-22 lead into the final quarter.
The Pirates played their JV starters the entire fourth quarter and they held the Eagles to just free throws as well as Lewis County was 0 for 8 in the final quarter.
Kara Guyer had the only basket of the fourth quarter as 6 of Prairieís 8 fourth quarter points also came from the free throw line.
Schaeffer and Gehring each scored 14 points to lead the Pirates in scoring. VanderPas and Guyer added 6 points each while Tabitha Sonnen had 4, Nicole Nida 3 and Kaylee Uhlenkott, Kristi Poxleitner and Kim Schaeffer had 2 each.
Prairie had a 40-26 rebounding edge led by Sonnen who had 6 while Gehring had 5.
VanderPas and Uhlenkott had 3 steals each and Nida had 2 assists.
Prairie was 14 for 47 from the field, 30%, and 24 for 35 at the free throw line, 69%, while Lewis County was 5 for 24 from the field, 21%, and 23 for 35 at the line, 66%.
With the win Prairie improves to 10-7 on the season.Tiffany Schaeffer shoots from the baseline against Lewis County.
The Prairie C team played the Lewis County JVís and won their game 27-20.
The game was close most of the way but Prairie led from late in the first quarter to the finish.
Lewis County jumped out to a 2-5 lead but Hilaree VanderPas scored 3 straight baskets to put Prairie ahead 8-5.
The Eagles scored late in the quarter to cut the lead to 8-7 at the quarter break.
NaTosha Schaeffer scored a basket to open the second quarter scoring and after an Eagles basket, Amber Holthaus and Mary Shears each scored to make it 14-9.
Christa Wilson scored a pair of free throws to make it 16-11 with 29 seconds left but the Eagles cut the lead to 16-14 at the half with 3 free throws, the final pair coming as the half ended.
VanderPas scored Prairieís first 4 points in the third quarter and Holthaus stole the ball and scored as Prairie took a 22-18 lead into the fourth quarter.
Neither team scored in the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter with Samantha Frei connecting on a pair of free throws with 5:00 left for the first points of the quarter.
Another long scoring drought ensued as the next points came courtesy of Lewis County with 1:31 left on a pair of free throws.
Frei scored a free throw with 1:14 left to make it 25-20 and then scored the gameís final points with 34 seconds left on a basket.
VanderPas wound up as the leading scorer with 10 points with Fri scoring 5, Holthaus 4 and Brianne Stubbers, Shears, Wilson and Schaeffer each scoring 2.
Lewis County outrebounded the C team 38-42. Frei and Shears led Prairie with 10 rebounds each.
Stubbers had 5 steals while Schaeffer had 4. Schaeffer had 3 assists while Stubbers had 2.
Prairie was 10 for 43 from the field, 23%. It was a solid 9 for 26 in the first 3 quarters with a 1 for 17 fourth quarter dragging down the percentage. They were 7 for 22 at the line. Lewis County was 7 for 30 from the field, 23%, and 5 for 16 at the line.
Prairie               14 13 18   8 -53
Lewis County      8   9   5 11 -33
Prairie-Nida 1-4, 0-0, 3; T. Schaeffer 5-10, 4-5, 14; Sonnen 1-4, 2-4, 4; Gehring 3-4, 8-9, 14; Uhlenkott 0-3, 2-2, 2; VanderPas 2-3, 2-2, 6; Arnzen 0-5, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0-0, 0-0, 0; Guyer 2-5, 2-2, 6; Poxleitner 0-2, 2-5, 2; K. Schaeffer 0-2, 2-2, 2; Lerandeau 0-4, 0-0, 0; Boniecki 0-1, 0-2, 0. 3-pointers-Nida.
Lewis County-Seitz 1-2, 1-2, 3; Moore 1-2, 0-0, 2; Mizer 0-4, 7-10, 7; Brian 0-1, 0-0, 0; Thomason 0-3, 6-8, 6; Carpenter 0-3, 1-4, 1; Kuther 3-5, 1-1, 7; Baskett 0-1, 5-8, 5; Hoffman 0-2, 2-2, 2; Miller 0-1, 0-0, 0; Tiede 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Girls District starts January 31
The District II Class 1-A Girls Basketball Tournament gets underway next Wednesday, Jan. 31 with a pair of play-in games.
All games this year are at the LCSC Activity Center.
The teams that finish in places 7 through 10 in the White Pine League will compete in play-in games start at 6 p.m. Jan. 31. #7 will play #10 at 6 p.m. followed by the #8 vs. #9 game.
The lowest seeded winner will enter the 8-team bracket as the #8 seed while the higher seeded winner will go in as #7.
At press time with league games remaining against Lapwai, Timberline and Lewis County, Prairie was in fourth place with a 4-2 league record.
The bracketed portion of the tournament will get underway on Friday, Feb. 2 starting at 4 p.m. with the #1 vs. #8 game. #4 vs. #5 follows at 5:30 with #2 vs. #7 at 7 p.m. and #3 vs. #6 at 8:30 p.m.
The tournament continues on Saturday, Feb. 3 with loserís bracket play starting at noon when the game 1 loser faces the game 2 loser. 
At 1:30 the other two first round losers will face off. At 6 p.m. the game 1 and game 2 winners will play with the game 3 winner vs. the game 4 winner at 7:30 p.m.
Two more loserís bracket game will be played Friday, Feb. 9 starting at 6 p.m.
The third place game will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 with the championship game to followed at 1 p.m.
The top 3 teams all advance to the state tournament.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
26-Timberline, here* - JV game at 4:30; Varsity at 6 p.m.
29-Lewis County, here*
Jan. 31, Feb. 2,3,9,10-District at LCSC

27-District at Potlatch, 10 a.m.
Cottonwood, Idaho 83522



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