Pirates rally to beat Nezperce
Down 6 with just over 5 minutes to play, the Prairie Pirates rallied to beat Nezperce 48-44 in a non-league matchup at Cottonwood Friday, January 4.
In the early going Branden Waller got the Pirates rolling with 8 of Prairie’s first 10 points  and David Sigler added 5 points on a pair of baskets as Prairie took a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.Everyone looks up as Tyler Forsmann's shot bounces on the rim. From left are Kenneth Enneking, Forsmann, Eric Daly and David Sigler.
After hitting 7 of 15 shots from the floor and both free throw attempts in the first quarter, Prairie went ice-cold in the second quarter.
They went 0 for 10 from the field and 0 for 3 from the line as the Indians outscored them 0-11 to take a 5-point halftime lead.
On the positive side, despite a scoreless quarter they were down only by 5 points as they’re defense kept them in the game by limited Nezperce to just 6 shots from the field.
In the third quarter Kyle Daly hit a 3-pointer to kickoff a 9-0 run that put Prairie into the lead. Eric Daly, Waller and Tyler Forsmann each added a basket in the run to make it 28-24.
Nezperce came right back to tie the scored with a pair of baskets by Damon Leitch.
Waller connected on a 3-pointer from the corner but Nezperce answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play to tie the score at 31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Nezperce outscored Prairie 4-10 over the first 2:30 of the fourth quarter with Leitch’s 3-pointer giving the Indians a 35-41 lead with 5:28 to play.
It was another minute before Prairie got on the scoreboard again when Waller connected from the elbow.
Another 40 seconds later, a bad Nezperce pass headed toward the bench area. A Nezperce player saved the ball but right to Forsmann who passed it to Waller for a lay-up.
At the 2:34 mark Sigler drove the baseline for a lay-up to tie the score at 41 and 40 seconds later he hit a 1-hander from the baseline to give Prairie the lead.
Nezperce cut the lead to 1 with 1:22 left and on Prairie’s ensuing possession coach Teel Bruner was trying to call timeout as Sigler launched a 3-pointer from about 25 feet out that gave the Pirates a 4 point lead with a minute to go.
Leitch missed a shot and Prairie got the rebound. Eventually Devin Schmidt was fouled and went to the line for a 1 and 1 with 25 seconds left. He missed the front end but Waller grabbed the rebound and scored for a 48-42 lead.
With a 6-point lead and only 20 seconds to play, Prairie was still applying full-court pressure on the Indians and committed a silly foul leading to a pair of free throws that cut the lead to 4. Prairie was able to then run out the clock for the win.
Waller, despite missing huge chunks of the game with foul trouble, led the team in scoring with 19 points and added 7 rebounds. Sigler scored 14, Kyle Daly 7, Forsmann 4 and Eric Daly and Schmidt scored 2 each.
Kyle Daly led the team in rebounds with 8 as the two teams wound up dead even on the boards with 31 each.
Waller and Forsmann each had 3 steals and Sigler had 3 assists.
Prairie was 21 for 55 from the field, 38%, and 2 for 8 at the line, 25%. Nezperce was 16 for 38 from the field, 42%, and 10 for 14 at the line, 71%.
Tyler Forsmann looks for an opening along the baseline.Leitch for Nezperce led all scorers with 20 points. He hit 8 of his first 10 shots from the field but was 0 for 4 after hitting the 3-pointer that gave the Indians the 6 point lead with 5:28 left.
With the win Prairie improves to 5-5 on the season.
In the JV game Prairie held off the Indians for a 35-31 win.
Prairie jumped out to a 9-2 lead and led 12-7 after one quarter as Bo Schlader scored 7 of Prairie’s 12 points.
In the second quarter though Nezperce turned it around, scoring the first 5 points with Prairie held to just 1 basket, a lay-up by Joe Schumacher with 1:30 left in the half. The score was tied at 14 at halftime.
Nezperce took the lead in the third quarter on a 3-pointer but Prairie came back with a 7-0 run to take back the lead at 31-17. Conner Rieman scored 5 of those 7 points.
Nezperce answered with a 0-5 run of their own to take back the lead but a putback by Rieman in the final minute gave Prairie a 23-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Prairie never trailed again, leading by as many as 6 on 3 different occasions, the final time at 35-29 with just 35 seconds left.
Schlader had a pair of 3-pointers from the corner that help Prairie hold off the Indians.
Schlader wound up with 13 points to lead the team in scoring with Rieman adding 8, Derek Schaeffer 7, Schumacher 6 and Seth Guyer 1.
Rieman Guyer and Schaeffer had 9 rebounds each as Prairie held a 41-40 edge on the boards. 
Schlader had 6 steals and 3 assists while Guyer, Brock Heath and Kyle Holthaus had 2 assists each.
The JV’s were 12 for 48 from the field, 25%, and 8 for 23 from the line, 35%, while Nezperce was 12 for 46 from the field, 26%, and 3 for 7 at the line, 43%.
Nezperce 11 11   9 13 -44
Prairie      17   0 14 17 -48
Prairie-E. Daly 1-3, 0-0, 2; K. Daly 3-8, 0-2, 7; Holthaus 0-2, 0-0, 0; Forsmann 2-6, 0-3, 4; Waller 8-15, 2-2, 19; Sigler 6-16, 0-0, 14; Schmidt 1-4, 0-1, 2; Enneking 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 2, Waller, K. Daly.
Nezperce-D. Zenner 2-7, 0-0, 5; Leitch 8-14, 3-3, 20; Killmar 0-1, 0-0, 0; Scott 2-8, 3-4, 8; Baldus 3-7, 2-2, 8; G. Zenner 0-0, 1-3, 1; Fuchs 1-1, 0-1, 2. 3-pointers-D. Zenner, Leitch.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
27-Grangeville, there, lost 52-54
  1-Kendrick, there, lost 53-67
  6-Highland, here, won 84-57
  7-Lapwai, here, lost 49-62
14-Christmas Tourn. Vs. Horseshoe Bend, won 63-18
15-Christmas Tourn. Vs. Council, won 59-43
20-Troy, there*, lost 46-65
28-Orofino Tournament, vs. Asotin, won 60-59
29-Orofino Tournament, vs. Orofino, lost 44-60
  4-Nezperce, here, won 48-44
10-Culdesac, there*
12-Genesee, here*
17-Highland, there*
22-Grangeville, here
24-Nezperce, there*
29-Lapwai, there*
31-Timberline, here*
  4-Deary, here*
  7-C.V., here*
11-Kendrick, here*
14,16,18,22,23-District at LCSC
27-March 1-State at Boise

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