Pirate comeback falls short
The Prairie Pirates fell behind by as many as 14 points and nearly erased it before falling 50-54 to Grangeville at Cottonwood Thursday, Dec. 11.
Grangeville led 12-15 at the end of the first quarter but built their lead to 20-29 by half time and 34-46 by the end of the third quarter.
Grangeville started to crack under Prairieís full-court pressure in the fourth quarter as the Pirates nearly erased the deficit but came up short by 4 points.
Branden Waller led the Pirates in scoring with 14 points with Tyler Forsmann also in double figures with 12. David Sigler scored 9, Kyle Daly 8, Conner Rieman 3 and Devin Schmidt and Derek Schaeffer 2 each.
Prairie won the JV game but no score was available.
Grangeville 15 14 17   8 -54
Prairie        12   8 14 16 -50
Prairie-E. Daly 0, 0-0, 0; K. Daly 3, 2-3, 8; Holthaus 0, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 1, 0-0, 2; Rieman 1, 1-1, 3; Schaeffer 1, 0-0, 2; Sigler 4, 0-1, 9; Forsman 5, 2-2, 12; Waller 4, 6-8, 14. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Grangeville-Laufenberg 5, 2-4, 12; Clark 3, 1-4, 7; Bailey 0, 0-0, 0; Kunkel 4, 0-4, 8; Lorentz 3, 0-0, 6; Eckert 1, 0-0, 2; Stewart 1, 0-0, 2; Solberg 5, 5-7, 15; Dreadfulwater 1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-none.

Pirates win at Kamiah
The Prairie Pirates and Kamiah Kubs put on a shooting clinic in the first half but the Pirates were just a little bet hotter from the field and pulled out a 54-45 win at Kamiah Monday, Dec. 15.Tyler Forsmann shoots for two of his 14 points from the elbow in the second quarter. He was 7 for 8 from the field in the game.
The Kubs connected on their 6 of their first 7 shots in the game including a pair of 3-pointers as they jumped out to a 6-14 lead.
Prairie came back though, after a couple of early turnovers, by hitting 7 of 9 shots in the quarter including a pair of 3-pointers by David Sigler and another by Branden Waller. Tyler Forsmann also connected on a pair of shots as Prairie took a 17-16 lead into the second quarter.
The lead changed hands 4 times in the second quarter before Kamiah finally cooled off. The Kubs hit 4 of their first 5 shots of the period but missed their final 3 attempts. Meanwhile Prairie connected on 6 of 8 attempts in the quarter and finished the half with an 8-0 run. 
Forsmann and Sigler each hit a pair of baskets in the quarter while Eric Daly and Kyle Holthaus each scored a basket and Conner Rieman added a pair of free throws as Prairie took a 31-24 lead to the break.
Both teams cooled off from the field in the third quarter as each team was 3 for 13.
Kamiah outscored the Pirates 2-8 over the first 6 minutes of the quarter to trim the Piratesí lead to 1 at 33-32 but Prairie answered by scoring the final 5 points of the quarter on a basket by Devin Schmidt, a putback by Waller and a free throw by Schmidt. 
Prairie made it a 10-0 run overall as Schmidt opened the fourth quarter with a shot from the baseline and Waller then drained a 3 from the corner to make it 43-32.
Kamiah never got any closer than 8 points after that.
Forsmann kept up his hot shooting connecting on 3 more baskets in the final period to help hold off the Kubs.
Forsmann was 7 for 8 from the field for 14 points.
Sigler was the leading scorer with 16 points  and Waller also was in double figures with 12. Schmidt scored 5, Eric Daly 3 and Rieman and Holthaus 2 each.
Prairie wound up hitting 22 of 40 from the field for the game, 55%, but just 6 of 18 at the line, 33%. Kamiah was 19 for 40 from the field, 48%, and 4 for 12 at the line, 33%.
David Sigler drives his defender into a pick set by Branden Waller.Kamiah had a small rebounding edge of 22-25. Waller led Prairie with 8 rebounds.
Rieman and Kyle Daly each had 2 steals and 7 different players had at least 1 assist led by Sigler with 4 and Waller with 3.
With the win Prairie improves their record to 2-2.
The JV team jumped out to an 11-2 lead by the end of the first quarter then had to hold on for a 36-31 win.
Derek Schaeffer scored 7 points in the opening period, all resulting from offensive rebounds. 
Prairie built their lead by forcing 13 turnovers from Kamiah and holding them to 1 for 7 shooting in the period.
In the second quarter the Kubs inserted two players who also suit up for varsity and the game changed dramatically.
The Kubs scored only 6 points in the quarter but held Prairie to just 2 points as they cut the lead to 13-8 at the half.
Andrew Gabica opened the second half scoring with a 3-pointer on an inbounds play but Kamiah answered with a 2-8 run that cut the lead to 18-16.
Schaeffer scored on another putback and after a Kamiah basket, a basket by Gabica and 2 free throws by Brock Heath put the lead back at 6 at 24-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
Joe Schumacher and Heath each scored to open the fourth quarter and push the lead to 10 at 28-18.
After a pair of Kamiah free throws, Justin Schmidt scored a lay-up and Heath added a free throw to give Prairie a 31-20 lead with 4:32 left.
At that point Kamiah ramped up the defensive pressure and reeled off 8 straight points, most as the result of turnovers, to get back into the game.
Gabica scored a free throw to break the run but another turnover led to a Kamiah basket that cut the lead to 2 with 1:12 to play.
A lay-up by Gabica put the lead back at 4 and Kamiah managed only a free throw in the final minute while Schumacher and Gabica each added a free throw to make the final margin of 5 points.
Schaeffer and Gabica each scored 11 to lead the JVís with Heath scoring 5, Schumacher 3 and Beau Schlader, Schmidt and Ryan Dalgliesh each scoring 2.
Prairie held a 47-36 rebounding edge led by Gabica with 11. Schaeffer and Seth Guyer each added 9 rebounds.
Heath had 4 steals while Gabica and Schaeffer had 3 each. Schlader had 2 assists.
Prairie was 14 for 46 from the field, 30%, and 7 for 16 at the line, 44%. Kamiah was 10 for 50 from the field, 20%, and 10 for 21 at the line, 48%.
The JV team improves to 4-0 on the season.
Prairie   17 14 7 16 -54
Kamiah 16   8 8 13 -45
Prairie-E. Daly 1-1 1-4, 3; K. Daly 0-1, 0-4, 0; Sigler 6-13, 2-2, 16; Forsmann 7-8, 0-2, 14; Waller 5-8, 0-2, 12; Schmidt 2-6, 1-2, 5; Rieman 0-2, 2-2, 2; Holthaus 1-1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Sigler 2, Waller 2.
Kamiah-Ball 6-9, 0-2, 14; Langston 2-3, 0-0, 4; Murphy 1-2, 1-4, 3; Welch 4-9, 0-0, 8; Broncheau 4-12, 2-2, 11; Roberts 1-3, 1-4, 3; Higgins 1-1, 0-0, 2; Millward 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Ball 2, Broncheau.
David Sigler scores on a lay-up after driving the baseline under the basket.

Alumni games set for Jan. 2
The Tri-Parish Youth are hosting the Alumni Basketball Games again this year.
All alumni of PHS or Summit are invited to come play on January 2, 2009, at the Prairie Middle School gym.
The womenís game will begin at 6 p.m. with the menís game to follow.
Proceeds will go to the 2010 mission trip to Mexico.

PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2008-09
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
DECEMBER
  5-Nezperce, there, won 62-59 in OT
  8-Genesee, here, lost 35-53
11-Grangeville, here, lost 50-54
15-Kamiah, there, won 54-45
18-Troy, there
19-Council, here, 8 p.m.
29-Wilder Tournament, TBA
30-Wilder Tournament, TBA
JANUARY
  8-Kendrick, there*
10-C.V., there*
13-Troy, here*
15-Grangeville, there
16-Deary, there*
22-Timberline, there*
24-Lapwai, here*
27-Highland, here
29-Nezperce, here
FEBRUARY
  5-Genesee, there*
  9-Culdesac, here
13-Highland, there
16,20,24,26-District at LCSC
28-State Play-in Game, TBA
March 5-7-State at Boise

PIRATES WRESTLING SCHEDULE FOR 2008-09
DECEMBER
20-Grab Bag Invitational, Pullman, cancelled
30-Pomeroy Invitational
JANUARY
  6-Home match, 6 p.m.
9 & 10-Kamiah Invitational
13-at Orofino, 6 p.m.
16 & 17-Orofino Invitational
29-at Kamiah, 6 p.m.
30 & 31-New Plymouth Tournament
FEBRUARY
  3-at Potlatch, 6 p.m. Originally scheduled for Dec. 18.
10-at Orofino, 6 p.m.
20 &21-Districts, at Grangeville
26-28-State at Pocatello

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