Pirates lose District opener
The Prairie Pirates led by as many as 9 points but couldnít close out Nezperce as they wound up losing 37-41 in their district tournament opener Saturday, Feb. 17 at Lewiston.
Prairie took a 13-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and still led 22-17 by halftime.
Nezperce cut only a point off the lead in the third quarter as Prairie still led 30-26 after 3 quarters.
They held the lead until the 2:33 mark when Nezperce freshman Mitchell Scott scored a jump shot for a 35-36 Nezperce lead.
David Sigler answered with a driving lay-up to put Prairie right back on top.
That was to be the Piratesí final points though.
Nezperce took the lead right back with a score and added another basket for a 37-40 lead.
Sigler managed to fire up three 3-point attempts late in the game in an attempt to tie the score but none connected. Nezperce rebounded the third miss and that led to a free throw for the gameís final point.
Sigler wound up with 24 points to lead all scorers. He didnít get a lot of help offensively though as the second high scorer was Ryan Daly with 5. Corey Schaeffer and J.D. Riener added 4 points each.
Prairie had beaten Nezperce in their two previous meetings although the first win went to double overtime.
Prairie        13   9 8   7 -37
Nezperce     6 11 9 15 -41
Prairie-Kaschmitter 0, 0-0, 0; K. Daly 0, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 0, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 0, 0-1, 0; Schaeffer 2, 0-1, 4; Sigler 9, 3-6, 24; R. Daly 1, 3-4, 5; Waller 0, 0-0, 0; Riener 2, 0-3, 4. 3-pointers-Sigler 3.
Nezperce-Seitz 3, 3-9, 10; Zenner 2, 3-4, 8; Leitch 1, 1-2, 3; Mosman 1, 2-2, 4; Scott 2, 2-6, 6; Baldus 1, 2-3, 4; Howard 3, 0-2, 6. 3-pointers-Seitz, Zenner.

Pirates beat Highland to advance
The Prairie Pirates stayed alive at District with a 57-46 win over Highland Monday, Feb. 19 at Lewiston.
The Pirates put the clamps to Highlandís offense in the first half as the Huskies didnít hit double figures until the 1:21 mark of the second quarter. By then the Pirates had built a 20-point lead at 28-8.David Sigler ignites a fast break after a Highland turnover. At left are Tyler Forsmann and Corey Schaeffer.
The game was tied at 5-5 with 3:54 left in the first quarter but Prairie then went on a 16-0 run to take control of the game.
David Sigler started the run with a short jumper from the side. Corey Schaeffer added a putback and Tyler Forsmann a lay-up off a high post pass from J.D. Riener. Forsmann added a free throw and then another lay-up to close out the first quarter with Prairie up 14-5.
A basket each by Schaeffer and Riener, 2 free throws by Schaeffer and a free throw by Forsmann made it 21-5 with 6:22 left in the half.
Highland broke the run with a free throw but Prairie then got 3 free throws from Branden Waller, 2 free throws from Sigler and a basket from Schaeffer to make it 28-8.
Highland scored the final 6 points of the half to cut the lead to 28-14.
Prairie opened the second half with a 5-0 run to push the lead back to 19 at 33-14.
Highland answered right back though with a pair of 3-pointers to cut the lead to 13.
Sigler scored a pair of baskets to make the lead 17, but a 0-5 run by Highland again cut the lead, this time to 12 at 37-25.
It's a battle for a loose ball. From left are Branden Waller, Kyle Daly and J.D. Riener.Schaeffer and Forsmann each scored a basket to put Prairie up 41-25 at the end of the quarter.
Highland was able to trim the lead down to 10 at 46-36 but Prairie then went on a 9-0 run to put the lead right back at 19.
Sigler started the run with a 3-pointer then added a free throw. After a free throw by Riener, Ryan Daly scored a lay-up and Schaeffer added a short jumper to make it 55-36.
Highland then finished the game with a flurry, outscoring the Pirates 2-10 the rest of the way, but it was too little too late.
Prairie will now play Lapwai on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will play the Nezperce-Kendrick winner at 11 a.m. on Saturday for third place and a berth in the state tournament.
Prairie had 4 players score at least 9 points led by Schaeffer with 16. Sigler scored 12, Forsmann 10 and Riener 9.
Also scoring were Ryan Daly and Waller with 5 points each.
Prairie had a 52-40 rebounding advantage led by Schaeffer who had 18 rebounds. Riener added 11 with Sigler getting 7 and Kyle Daly 6.
Schaeffer and Kyle Daly had 3 steals each while Ryan Daly had 5 assists and Sigler had 3.
Prairie was 20 for 58 from the field, 34%, and 16 for 35 from the line. Highland was 14 for 53 from the field, 26%, and 14 for 26 at the line.
The Pirates are now 14-8 on the season.
Prairie      14 14 13 16 -57
Highland    5   9 11 21 -46
Prairie-Kaschmitter 0-1, 0-0, 0; C. Schaeffer 6-16, 4-8, 16; David Sigler 4-15, 3-5, 12; R. Daly 1-4, 3-7, 5; Riener 4-7, 1-3, 9; K. Daly 0-4, 0-0, 0; T. Forsmann 4-8, 2-4, 10; Holthaus 0-1, 0-2, 0; Waller 1-1, 3-6, 5; E. Daly 0-1, 0-0, 0; Daniel Sigler 0-0, 0-0, 0; D. Schaeffer 0-0, 0-0, 0; B. Forsmann 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-David Sigler.
Highland-Coursey 3-14, 4-8, 10; Stigum 4-15, 1-3, 10; D. Thomason 0-2, 1-2, 1; Figgins 3-9, 0-0, 9; Heath 1-5, 3-6, 5; Pentzer 1-1, 2-2, 4; S. Thomason 1-4, 1-2, 3; Pratt 1-2, 1-2, 3; Hill 0-0, 0-0, 0; Hart 0-1, 0-0, 0; Widmier 0-0, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-Figgins 3, Stigum.
Kyle Holthaus battles a Highland player for the ball as Branden Waller swoops in.

PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2006-07
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
FEBRUARY
23-vs. Lapwai at District, 6:00 p.m.
24-if they win Friday they play the Nezperce-Kendrick winner at 11 a.m. for third place and a trip to state.

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