Pirates play Nezperce at 1:30 p.m. Saturday to start District Tournament
The Prairie boys basketball team will be the #4 seed in the District tournament and will play at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 17 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
Prairie wound up in a 3-way tie for fourth with Lapwai and Nezperce but owns league wins against both teams earning them the fourth seed.
The Pirates will be facing Nezperce, who defeated Lapwai in their league matchup.
Troy is the #1 seed with Genesee at #2 and Kendrick #3. 
Lapwai will play Culdesac, Timberline will play Deary and Highland will play Clearwater Valley in the single elimination play-in games on Thursday, Feb. 15 at LCSC. Lapwai 6th, Timberline 7th, Highland 8th, C.V. 9th, Deary 10th and Culdesac 11th in the seedings.
The first game Saturday will have Troy facing the lowest seeded play-in survivor, probably the Highland-C.V winner. The Prairie-Nezperce winner will face the winner of that game at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. The losers will play at noon on Monday.
In the lower half of the bracket, Genesee will face the second lowest seeded play-in survivor, probably Timberline, at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Kendrick will play the highest seeded play-in survivor, probably Lapwai, at 7:30.

Pirates win big over Culdesac
The Prairie Pirates had big first and third quarters as they cruise to a 70-43 win over Culdesac at Cottonwood Thursday, Feb. 8.
The Pirates raced out to a 19-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
They lead 27-15 at the half and then doubled their score with a huge third quarter as they outscored the Wolves 27-12 in that period.
Prairie’s bench players got most of the playing time in the fourth quarter as both teams scored 16 points.
David Sigler had a big night offensively with 27 points which included four 3-pointers. Tyler Forsmann scored 12 points with Nate Kaschmitter scoring 8, Branden Waller 5, Corey Schaeffer, Ryan Daly and J.D. Riener 4 each, and Kyle Daly and Daniel Sigler 3 each.
Coached Jerry Uhling praised Kyle Daly for his outstanding defensive play.
There was no JV game played.
Culdesac     2 13 12 16 -43
Prairie       19   8 27 16 -70
Prairie-Kaschmitter 3, 0-2, 8; K. Daly 0, 3-4, 3; Holthaus 0, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 5, 2-4, 12; Schaeffer 2, 0-1, 4; David Sigler 11, 1-2, 27; R. Daly 1, 2-4, 4; Daniel Sigler 1, 1-2, 3; Waller 2, 1-2, 5; Riener 2, 0-0, 4. 3-pointers-David Sigler 4, Kaschmitter 2.
Culdesac-Nichols 1, 0-0, 2; Layes 4, 0-0, 10; Palmer 0, 0-2, 0; Weber 6, 1-2, 15; Schumaker 5, 2-5, 12; Huddleston 0, 0-0, 0; Biggers 0, 0-0, 0; Finnell 1, 0-0, 2; Lane 0, 0-0, 0; Allen 0, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-Layes 2, Weber 2.

Pirates lose big to Troy
On senior night the Prairie Pirates ended their regular season with a 40-66 loss to Troy Monday, Feb. 12 at Cottonwood.
Before the game the senior dance team members, statisticians and boys basketball players were all honored. Dance team seniors were Kayla Uhlenkott, Jackie Bowman and Vanessa Hylton. Senior statistician was Cassie Chandler. Senior ballplayers were Corey Schaeffer, Ryan Daly, Nate Kaschmitter, Daniel Sigler, J.D. Riener and Ben Forsmann. Corey Schaeffer battles several Troy players for a rebound.
Prairie fielded an all-senior starting lineup of Kaschmitter, Schaeffer, Daly, Daniel Sigler and Riener with Ben Forsmann being one of the first subs off the bench with David Sigler being the only non-senior to get playing time in the first quarter.
Prairie got the opening tap and Corey Schaeffer banked in a shot to give Prairie the lead. As it turned out that was their only lead of the game as Troy came back with 2 baskets for a 2-4 lead.
Schaeffer scored again on an inbounds play to tie the score then Troy hit a 3-pointer to take the lead for good.
Prairie kept it close through the rest of the quarter, pulling within 1 at 11-12 on a bank shot from the elbow by Riener.
Troy led 11-14 at the end of the quarter.
Riener scored to open the second quarter and again cut the lead to 1 but then Troy took control.
Before Prairie again the Trojans had reeled off 15 straight points.
Prairie broke the scoring run when Daniel Sigler got downcourt behind Troy’s press and David Sigler made a full-court pass to him for a lay-up.
Daniel Sigler then stole the ball which led to a driving lay-up by David Sigler.
That was it for the half though as Troy finished the half with a 0-8 run for a 17-37 halftime lead.
Troy started the second half with a 2-9 run to build their lead to 27 points.
Prairie then started to rally as Kaschmitter scored a pair of free throws, Kyle Daly scored a putback, Schaeffer hit another short bank shot and then scored on an inbounds play and was fouled for a 3-point play to pull the Pirates back within 18 at 28-46.
Prairie still trailed by 18 entering the fourth quarter at 33-51.
The rally died out in the fourth as Troy again outscored Prairie 7-15 to make for the final 26-point margin.
Schaeffer wound up with 15 points to lead the Pirates, hitting 7 of 11 shots from the field.
David Sigler added 9 points, Kaschmitter 6, Riener 4 and Daniel Sigler, Ben Forsmann and Kyle Daly 2 each.
Troy held the rebounding edge 25-33. Riener led Prairie with 6 rebounds with Ben Forsmann grabbing 5.
Schaeffer had 3 steals and Ryan Daly had 3 assists.
J.D. Riener puts up a shot against Troy.Prairie hit 17 of 45 shots from the field, 38%, and 5 of 9 free throws. Troy was 24 for 52 from the field, 46%, and 14 for 19 at the line.
With the loss Prairie ends their regular season with a 6-4 record in league play and 13-7 record overall.
The JV team finished up their season by breaking open a close game in the fourth period for a 42-27 win.
The game started very slowly on offense as the first points of the game came on a 3-point play by Branden Waller with 4:22 left in the quarter. A minute later Waller added a lay-up for a 5-0 lead.
Troy answered with a basket and a 3-pointer in the final 3 minutes to tie the game at 5-5.
Baskets by Waller and Kyle Holthaus put Prairie back on top 9-5 in the second quarter but Troy again came back to tie the game.
Two baskets and a free throw by Waller put Prairie up 14-9.
A free throw by Waller and a basket by Ben Forsmann allowed Prairie to take a 17-15 lead at the half.
The third quarter scoring was even up at 8 each although Prairie led by as many as 6 at 25-19 before Troy rallied to close the margin to 2 heading into the fourth quarter.
Troy opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point play to take their only lead of the game at 25-26 with 6:47 to play.
Prairie didn’t score until the 5:18 mark when Derek Schaeffer hit the first of 2 free throws to tie the game.
It was another minute before Prairie scored again when Eric Daly took and inbounds pass from brother Kyle Daly and scored a lay-up to put Prairie ahead.
Eric Daly then stole Troy’s inbounds pass and scored again.
Prairie then got a chance at a rare 4-point play when Waller’s shot was batted up through the rim by a Troy player. Goaltending and a technical foul were called on the play. Kyle Daly made the first of the 2 technical free throws. 
Prairie took the ball out and made it a 5-point possession when Waller scored another basket. 
Baskets by Kyle Daly and Waller, a free throw by Kyle Daly and a basket by Vit Spanhel completed a 17-0 run by the Pirates.
Troy added a free throw in the final seconds.
Waller wound up with 23 points to lead the team as he hit 10 of 17 from the field. Eric Daly scored 6, Kyle Daly 4, Holthaus, Spanhel, Joe Schumacher and Forsmann each scored 2 and Schaeffer scored 1.
Prairie had a 32-31 rebounding edge led by Waller who had 9 rebounds. Kyle Daly added 6.
Holthaus had 3 steals while Waller and Eric Daly had 2 each.
Eric Daly also had 3 assists.
Prairie was 18 for 44 from the field, 41%, 7 of 11 in the fourth quarter, and 6 for 20 at the line. Troy was 12 for 38 from the field, 32%, and 2 for 5 from the line.
With the win the JV’s finish their season with a 13-5 record.
Prairie 11   6 16   7 -40
Troy    14 23 14 15 -66
Prairie-Kaschmitter 2-7, 2-2, 6; Schaeffer 7-14, 1-1, 15; R. Daly 0-2, 0-2, 0; Daniel Sigler 1-2, 0-1, 2; Riener 2-7, 0-0, 4; David Sigler 3-7, 2-3, 9; B. Forsmann 1-2, 0-0, 2; T. Forsmann 0-2, 0-0, 0; K. Daly 1-2, 0-0, 2; Holthaus 0-3, 0-0, 0; Waller 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-David Sigler.
Troy-C. Nelson 5-10, 7-9, 17; R. Nelson 5-8, 5-6, 15; Reagan 0-7, 0-0, 0; Bigford 1-4, 0-0, 2; Smith 9-11, 0-0, 21; Carson 2-6, 1-2, 6; Redford 0-3, 1-2, 1; Garrison 2-3, 0-0, 4; J. Nelson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Yockey 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Smith 3, Carson.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
17-vs. Nezperce at District, 1:30 p.m.
19,23,24-District continues at LCSC

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