Prairie hosts Christmas Tournament
Prairie High School will host their annual Christmas Basketball Tournament this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15 at the PHS gym.
Action will start on Friday at 4 p.m. when the Kendrick boys play Council. The Kendrick girls will play Council at 5:30 p.m. The Prairie boys will play Horseshoe Bend at 7 p.m. with the Prairie girls playing Horseshoe Bend at 8:30 p.m. to cap off the night.
Action continues Saturday at 11 a.m. when the Kendrick girls play Horseshoe Bend. The Kendrick boys play Horseshoe Bend at 12:30 p.m. Prairie’s girls will play Council at 2 p.m. and the Prairie boys game against Council at 3:30 p.m. finishes the tournament.
There will be an all-tournament team named with coaches making the selections.

Lady Pirates pull away at end to beat Kamiah
The Prairie Lady Pirates broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and pulled away to a 43-34 win over Kamiah in a non-league game at Cottonwood Tuesday, Dec. 4.Sarah Arnzen battles for the ball.
Prairie never led in the first half of the game but never trailed by more than 6 points as they kept it close.
Hilaree VanderPas scored 4 of Prairie’s 6 first quarter points as they trailed 6-9 at the break.
A 3-pointer put them down 6 early in the second but a 5-1 run cut the lead to 2 at 11-13. 
Kamiah scored 4 straight to push the lead back to 6 at 11-17 but Prairie quickly cut the lead to 1 on a basket by Sarah Arnzen and a 3-pointer by Jennifer Enneking from the corner.
Prairie trailed 18-19 at the halftime break.
Prairie took their first lead of the game when VanderPas scored a putback to open the third quarter scoring. 
The lead changed hands 9 times in the third quarter with Prairie going on top for good when Arnzen hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2 seconds left in the quarter. Prairie took a 32-30 lead into the fourth.
Arnzen scored a putback to open the fourth quarter scoring and after a pair of Kamiah free throws, a free throw each by Arnzen and Kaylee Uhlenkott and a press-break lay-up by Kristi Poxleitner gave Prairie a 38-32 lead.
Kamiah scored to cut the lead to 4 with a minute to go but Prairie hit 5 of 6 free throws, 4 straight by Enneking, to close out the scoring.
Uhlenkott, who had 7 of her 10 points in the third quarter, led the Pirates in scoring. Arnzen added 9 points, Enneking 8, VanderPas 6 and Poxleitner and Kara Guyer 5 each.
Prairie held a 46-38 edge on the boards with Uhlenkott grabbing 10 to lead the team. Right behind with 9 was Guyer while Arnzen, VanderPas and Poxleitner had 7 each.
Hilaree VanderPas looks to make a pass.Uhlenkott had 3 steals while Enneking had 4 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 53 from the field, 28%, and 11 for 20 at the line, 55%, while Kamiah was 12 for 48 from the field, 25%, and 9 for 17 at the line, 53%. Kamiah was just 1 for 14 from the field in the fourth quarter.
With the win Prairie improves to 3-3 on the season.
In the JV game Prairie lost 46-47 despite a huge scoring night from Mary Shears.
Shears wound up with 31 points as she went 11 for 20 from the field and 9 for 18 at the line. 
Prairie’s starters had to play nearly the whole game as Prairie played a C game against Kamiah (which they won 37-26) which used up most of the allowed playing time for their subs.
The game was close through the first 12 minutes of action as a basket by Casey Bruegeman tied the score at 20 with 4:02 left in the first half.
Prairie seemed to run out of gas though as the starting 5 of NaTosha Schaeffer, Alena Hoene, Bruegeman, Amber Holthaus and Shears had to play the entire first half. Kamiah outscored Prairie 0-14 to end the half with a 20-34 lead.
The teams played mostly even in the third quarter as Kamiah took a 29-42 lead into the fourth.
Prairie started the fourth quarter with an 11-1 run with Shears scoring 9 of those 11 points, to cut the lead to 40-43 with 2:25 to play.
The two teams scored a pair of free throws each to make it 42-45.
Kamiah added another free throw and Prairie answered with a lay-up by Shears that cut the lead to 2 with 1:25 left.
Prairie forced a turnover with their press but wasn’t able to score. Prairie forced another turnover with 46 seconds left and a Kamiah assistant coach was called for a technical at that time.
Shears made both free throws to tie the score at 46.
Kamiah answered with a free throw 12 seconds later and Prairie had several chances to answer but couldn’t get a shot to fall.
In addition to Shears’ 31 points, Bruegeman scored 10, Schaeffer 3 and Holthaus 2.
Kamiah had a 43-48 rebounding edge. Shears led Prairie with 13 rebound with Schaeffer adding 8 and Bruegeman and Holthaus 7 each.
Hoene had 6 steals while Shears and Holthaus had 4 each. Schaeffer had 4 assists and Holthaus had 3.
Prairie was 17 for 56 from the field, 30%, and 12 for 35 at the line, 34%. Kamiah was 19 for 50 from the field, 38%, and 7 for 17 at the line, 41%.
Kamiah  9 10 11  4 -34
Prairie   6 12 14 11 -43
Prairie-Enneking 1-6, 5-6, 8; Schaeffer 0-3, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 3-9, 2-6, 9; Uhlenkott 4-10, 1-2, 10; VanderPas 3-7, 0-0, 6; Poxleitner 2-6, 1-2, 5; Guyer 2-11, 1-2, 5; Shears 0-1, 0-1, 0. 3-pointers-Arnzen, Enneking, Uhlenkott.
Kamiah-Bl. Jacobs 2-13, 0-0, 4; Johnson 0-9, 0-1, 0; Br. Jacobs 2-6, 0-0, 4; Cash 5-10, 3-10, 13; Lytle 3-8, 6-6, 13; Rupp 0-1, 0-0, 0; Garcia 0-0, 0-0, 0; Pineda 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Lytle.
Kara Guyer shoots from the corner.
Kaylee Uhlenkott puts up a short jumper.
Sarah Arnzen goes for a lay-up.

Above are a couple of photos from the PHS dance team's halftime performance at the girls game against Kamiah. The lower photo is their finale as the routine ended.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
16-Garden Valley, lost 27-29
17-Greenleaf, there, won 37-25
20-Lapwai, there, lost 34-45
29-Grangeville, here, lost 35-57
30-Timberline, there, won 50-23
  4-Kamiah, here, won 43-34
11-Lewis County, here, won 52-46, details next week
14-Christmas Tourn. Vs. Horseshoe Bend. 8:30 p.m.
15-Christmas Tourn. Vs. Council, 2 p.m.
18-Lapwai, here*
21-Grangeville, there
28-Orofino Tournament, TBA
29-Orofino Tournament, TBA
  3-Kamiah, there
11-Deary, there*
15-Troy, here*
17-C.V., there*
19-Kendrick, there*
25-Culdesac, here*
28-Genesee, there*
Feb. 1,2,5,8,9-District at LCSC
Feb. 13-16-State at Nampa

Dec. 17-here, 6 p.m.
Jan. 5-at Orofino, 10 a.m.
Jan. 12-at Kamiah, 10 a.m.
Jan. 26-Districts at Prairie, 10 a.m.
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