Pirates beat CV by 20
The Prairie Pirates beat Clearwater Valley 51-31 to end their regular season Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Cottonwood.
The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 7, then Feb. 8 and finally Feb. 13 due to road conditions.
With the win Prairie finished their regular season with a 6-4 league record, good for fourth place, and a 12-8 overall record.
Prairie jumped out to a 13-6 lead by the end of the third quarter but C.V. outscored the Pirates 7-9 in the second quarter to close to 15-20.
Prairie steadily pulled away in the second half against a Rams team that was playing on their third straight night.
David Sigler wound up with 22 points and 6 assists in the game. Branden Waller chipped in with 10 points while Kyle Daly scored 5, Kenneth Enneking and Conner Rieman 4 each, and Kyle Holthaus, Devin Schmidt and Tyler Forsmann scored 2 points each.
The JV team finished their season with a loss as they fell to C.V. 51-56.
Prairie 13 7 14 17 -51
C.V.     6 9   8   8 -31
Prairie-E. Daly 0, 0-0, 0; K. Daly 1, 2-2, 5; Holthaus 0, 2-2, 2; Schmidt 0, 2-2, 2; Rieman 2, 0-0, 4; Enneking 2, 0-0, 4; Sigler 9, 1-1, 22; Forsmann 1, 0-0, 2; Schaeffer 0, 0-0, 0; Waller 5, 0-0, 10; Schumacher 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 3, K. Daly.
C.V.-Allen 2, 0-0, 4; Heath 0, 2-2, 2; Shira 2, 0-0, 4; Roth 4, 2-3, 10; Walker 0, 1-2, 1; Sommerfelt 1, 1-3, 3; Squires 0, 0-1, 0; Hess 1, 0-0, 2; Campbell 0, 0-0, 0; Heavy Runner 0, 1-2, 1; Pickering 2, 0-0, 4. 3-pointers-none.

Pirates hold off Nezperce in District opener
The Prairie Pirates held off Nezperce 55-48 in the District Tournament opener for both teams Saturday, Feb. 16 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
Nezperce scored first then Prairie took the lead with a 10-0 run with Branden Waller scoring all 10 points for the Pirates.
Prairie forced 6 turnovers from the Indians in the quarter and when Nezperce did get into their offense they hit just 2 of 11 shots in the quarter.
Tyler Forsmann scored a lay-up to finish the scoring in the quarter with Prairie ahead 12-4.David Sigler cringes as he expects contact while going into the lane against Nezperce.
David Sigler and Forsmann took over the scoring load in the second quarter with Sigler scoring 3 and Forsmann 2 as Prairie took a 17-6 lead midway through the quarter.
Nezperce was still ice-cold from the field as they hit 2 of 14 in the quarter but free throws and Prairie turnovers helped them stay within 10 points.
Prairie led 23-14 at the half.
Prairie started the third quarter with a 5-0 run to push the lead to 28-14. Forsmann and Sigler each scored a basket while Eric Daly added a free throw.
Prairie still led 31-18 when Nezperce hit their first basket of the game from outside the paint, a 3-pointer by Devon Zenner.
That started a rally that saw Nezperce close within 8 at 33-25 by the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter Prairie got 12 of their 22 points from the free throw line and that was enough to keep the Indians at bay. 
Nezperce was able to cut the lead down to 3 points 3 different times but each time Prairie was able to answer back. Usually it was with Sigler shooting free throws as he was sent to the line for 15 attempts in the fourth quarter alone.
When Nezperce first cut the lead to 3 at 42-39 after consective lay-ups by Gavin Zenner, Sigler answered by hitting both ends of a 1 and 1.
When Nezperce again cut the lead to 3 on a putback by Clark Baldus it was Forsmann who put in a short jumper from the side on an inbounds play. That started a run that saw Prairie push the lead to 8 at 50-42 with 1:13 left. Sigler scored a free throw, Forsmann a putback and Kyle Daly a free throw.
Kyle Daly dribbles away from a Nezperce double-team.Nezperce then rallied back to again cut the lead to 3. The Indians cut the lead to 5 at 51-46 when Sigler was fouled but missed both free throws with 30 seconds left. Nezperce got the rebound and that led to another Gavin Zenner lay-up to cut the lead to 3 with 21 seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds, Sigler was fouled again but this time made both free throws. 
Nezperce came down and jacked up a 3-point attempt that missed with Sigler grabbing the rebound. He was fouled again, and again made both free throws to make the final margin of 7 points. Nezperce missed another 3-point try at the buzzer.
Sigler wound up with 20 points to lead the Pirates with 12 of his points coming at the line in 17 attempts. Forsmann and Waller scored 13 points each while Kyle Daly scored 6, Devin Schmidt 2 and Eric Daly 1.
Prairie held a 36-27 rebounding edge led by Kyle Daly and Sigler who had 8 rebounds each with Waller adding 6.
Sigler had 2 steals and 5 assists.
Prairie was 18 for 34 from the field, 53%, and 19 for 37 at the line, 51%. Nezperce was 18 for 52 from the field, 35%, and 10 for 19 at the line, 53%. 
By the end of the game all 5 of Nezperce’s starters had at least 4 fouls with one fouling out while Prairie had no one with more than 3.
Prairie       12 11 10 22 -55
Nezperce    4 10 11 23 -48
Prairie-E. Daly 0-0, 1-2, 1; K. Daly 2-4, 2-8, 6; Sigler 4-9, 12-17, 20; Forsmann 5-9, 3-4, 13; Waller 6-10, 1-6, 13; Schmidt 1-2, 0-0, 2; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0; Enneking 0-0, 0-0, 0; Rieman 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Nezperce. D. Zenner 2-6, 2-2, 8; Leitch 3-14, 7-14, 13; Scott 4-13, 1-3, 9; Baldus 3-8, 0-0, 6; G. Zenner 4-8, 0-0, 8; Fuchs 2-2, 0-0, 4; Riggers 0-1, 0-0, 0; Killmar 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-D. Zenner 2.

Pirates lose to Lapwai 47-56
It was too much of Lapwai’s Drew Church in the end as the Prairie Pirates fell to Lapwai 47-56 Monday, Feb. 18 at the District Tournament at LCSC’s Activity Center in Lewiston.Branden Waller gets a shot off over Lapwai's Drew Church.
Prairie had twice rallied from double digit deficits in the game, pulling within 1 with 5:22 left in the game. Church though scored 10 of his game-high 27 points in the game’s final 5 minutes to pull Lapwai to the win.
Both teams showed tournament jitters in the first quarter as there were 19 total turnovers, 10 for Lapwai and 9 for Prairie in the opening period.
Prairie couldn’t crack Lapwai’s defense at all, putting up forced shots or turning the ball over as they mustered just 6 points in the opening frame. Lapwai wasn’t doing much better  though as they led just 6-9 at the quarter break.
In the second period Lapwai opened with a 2-10 run that put them up 8-19 as Prairie continued to struggle in their offense.
Lapwai took their biggest lead of the game with 2:38 left in the half at 12-25.
David Sigler finally got going from that point though scoring 12 of Prairie’s next 13 points. 
He hit 3 of 4 free throws with Church picking up his second foul along the way. Church went to the bench the rest of the half and that seemed to help open up the offense for Prairie. 
Lapwai answered with 3 free throws of their own to push the lead back to 13 then Sigler hit a driving lay-up, Branden Waller scored a free throw and then rebounded his missed second shot. His putback attempt missed but Sigler rebounded and was fouled, making both free throws.
Lapwai scored a basket then Sigler answered with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. 
Kyle Daly came up with a steal on the following inbounds play by Lapwai which led to a putback by Sigler that cut the lead to 25-30 at the half.
Prairie likely would’ve hoped the first half would go on longer as the halftime break cut short their momentum. Lapwai came out in the second half with a 3-pointer and a driving lay-up to quickly push their lead back to 10.
Kyle Daly scored to cut the lead to 8 but Lapwai’s Justin Hernandez went for a lay-up with 5:02 left and was fouled. He rolled his ankle on the play and wound up sitting out the rest of the game. His replacement, Lamont Phillips, made both free throws to put Lapwai back on top by 10.
On Prairie’s ensuing possession, Sigler was fouled going to the hoop by Lapwai’s Steven Weber. It was Weber’s fourth foul and when he griped about the foul he was hit with a technical, ending his night with 4:11 left in the third period leaving Lapwai without their two starting guards the rest of the game.
Sigler made 3 of the four free throws to cut the lead to 7 but Prairie couldn’t capitalize on the ensuing possession to cut into the lead further.
Prairie was able to cut the lead down to 4 at 33-37 on a basket by Waller and a free throw by Kyle Daly.
Church answered with a 3-point play and Kyle Daly hit from 15 feet out with 55 seconds left in the quarter to make it 35-40 heading into the fourth.
Two baskets by Waller and a jumper from the elbow by Devin Schmidt against a lay-up by Church pulled Prairie within 1 point at 41-42 with 5:22 left to play.
Lapwai answered with a pair of free throws and then Prairie came down and on two straight possessions got impatient on offense and jacked up 3-point attempts, one from about 25 feet.
Devin Schmidt puts up a rare wide open shot against Lapwai.Church answered both with a basket on the other end to put Lapwai up by 7 with 3:09 left.
Kyle Daly cut the lead to 5 with a pair of free throws but Church answered with a 3-point play.
Up 8 with 1:39 left, Lapwai double teamed Sigler and wound up fouling him going for the steal. Sigler converted the 1 and 1 to cut the lead to 6. 
Lapwai’s Mike Wilson missed the front end of a 1 and 1 on the other end and Kenneth Enneking rebounded. That led to a high bank shot off the glass by Sigler that cut the lead to 4 with 52 second left.
Prairie fouled Wilson again but this time he made both free throws and when Prairie’s 3-point attempt missed, Lapwai rebounded and threw long to Church who had leaked out on the shot. He scored and was fouled, converting the 3-point play to put Lapwai up 9 with 22 seconds left to salt away the game.
Sigler wound up with 22 points to lead Prairie in scoring. Waller scored 12, Kyle Daly 7, Schmidt 4 and Tyler Forsmann 2.
Forsmann wound up missing the end of the third quarter and all of the fourth after taking a shot in a collision that apparently hurt his ribs.
Prairie held a 33-30 rebounding edge led by Kyle Daly who had 8 while Waller had 7 and Sigler 6.
Kyle Daly had 4 steals and Sigler had 3 assists.
Prairie was 14 for 47 from the field, 30%, and 18 for 26 at the line, 69%. Lapwai was 21 for 42 from the field, 50%, and 14 for 22 at the line, 64%.
The loss drops Prairie to 13-9 on the season.
They were to play Kendrick Tuesday, Feb. 19 in a loser out game. If they won they would play the Troy-Nezperce winner on Friday at 6 p.m. for third place and a state tournament berth.
Prairie   6 19 10 12 -47
Lapwai 9 21 10 16 -56
Prairie-E. Daly 0-2, 0-0, 0; K. Daly 2-8, 3-4, 7; Sigler 5-12, 11-15, 22; Forsmann 1-7, 0-0, 2; Waller 4-11, 4-6, 12; Schmidt 2-6, 0-0, 4; Enneking 0-1, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Lapwai-Weber 2-4, 0-0, 4; Church 11-14, 4-5, 27; Hernandez 1-5, 2-5, 4; Taylor 1-3, 0-0, 2; Wilson 1-2, 3-5, 5; Slickpoo 2-6, 0-0, 4; Phillips 3-8, 4-6, 10; Moses 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Church.

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,*, won 71-36
12-Genesee, here*, lost 43-69
17-Highland, there*, won 81-62
22-Grangeville, here, won 49-42
24-Nezperce, there*, won 71-66
29-Lapwai, there*, lost 49-54


  4-Deary, here*, won 59-32

  9-Timberline, here* (rescheduled from Jan. 31. JV start time is 1 p.m.) won 71-51
11-Kendrick, here*, lost 49-52
13-C.V., here*, (rescheduled from 2/8 which was rescheduled from 2/7), won 51-31.
14,16,18,19,22-District at LCSC-vs. Nezperce (won 55-48). vs. Lapwai (lost 47-56); vs. Kendrick (won 55-54 details next week); vs. Troy at 6 p.m. Feb. 22
27-March 1-State at Boise

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