Cold shooting dooms Lady Pirates against Genesee
The Prairie Lady Pirates suffered through a horrible shooting night as they fell to Genesee 25-41 in their White Pine League opener Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Cottonwood.
Prairie was getting good shots in their offense all game long but couldn’t get them to fall.Jennifer Enneking drives inside for a lay-up against Genesee.
Prairie took the early lead when Mary Shears made a great catch of a pass inside and scored. After a score by Genesee tied it, she put Prairie back on top with a lay-up off of an inbounds play.
Genesee came back to take a 4-6 lead but Prairie tied it when Jennifer Enneking stole the ball and drove in for a lay-up. That was it for Prairie though as Genesee scored 11 straight points to take control.
Genesee wound up hitting on 7 of 10 shots in the first quarter and 10 of 16 in the first half.
Prairie couldn’t get anything going inside the lane in the second quarter and their only basket from the outside was a 3-pointer by Megan Sigler. Prairie wound up just 1 for 12 from the field in the second quarter with 9 of those shots coming from the perimeter.
Genesee led 12-26 at the half.
The third quarter wasn’t any better as Prairie hit 1 of 12 again from the field. Kaylee Uhlenkott scored Prairie’s only 3 points, the first 2 on a nice spin move that enabled her to get a shot past the block attempt of Genesee’s athletic 6 footer Nikki Long. The other point came on a free throw.
Prairie finally broke loose in the fourth quarter as Uhlenkott was 3 for 3 from the field for 6 points in the final frame while Kara Guyer and Amber Holthaus each added a basket. 
Prairie still couldn’t hit anything from the outside though as they wound up just 1 for 21 from 3-point range. And they weren’t just jacking up 3’s to be doing it, they were nearly all good open looks.
Uhlenkott wound up with 11 points to lead the scoring with Shears scoring 5, Sigler 3 and Enneking, Holthaus and Guyer 2 each.
Prairie held a 34-30 rebounding edge with Shears collecting 7 boards and Uhlenkott and Sigler 5 each.
Prairie forced 20 turnovers while committing 15. Shears and Uhlenkott had 3 steals each. Enneking had 3 assists.
Prairie was 10 for 51 from the field, 20%, and 4 for 10 at the line, 40%, while Genesee was 12 for 28 from the field, 43%, and 15 for 23 at the line, 65%.
The JV game was a close battle all the way with Genesee pulling out a 34-36 win.
Prairie led early 8-6 as Meghan Bruner scored a pair of baskets but Genesee came back to take an 8-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and then scored the first 7 points of the second quarter.
Francesca Johnson broke the scoring drought for Prairie with a lay-in and then added a pair of free throws. Kayla Johnson added a basket and Bruner a free throw as Prairie trailed 15-20 at the half.
Prairie started the third quarter with a 7-0 run that gave them the lead. Francesca Johnson connected from 15 feet our and Haleigh Schmidt scored from the corner on an inbound play to cut the lead to 1. Francesca Johnson then popped in a 3-pointer to make it 22-20.
Genesee answered right back with their own 0-7 run to retake a 5-point lead before Francesca Johnson drove the lane for a lay-up. Francesca added 2 free throws and a putback as Prairie cut the lead to 28-29 by the end of the period.
After a basket by Genesee to open the fourth quarter, Francesca Johnson connected on another 3-pointer to tie the score at 31 with 5:55 to play.
Kayla Johnson added a free throw then stole the ball and drove for a lay-up to make it 34-31 with 3:40 left.
That was it for Prairie’s scoring though as they missed 4 free throws and several shots in the final 3 minutes while Genesee was scoring 5 straight points. Genesee took the lead with a 3-pointer with 1:25 to play and added a free throw in the final seconds.
Francesca Johnson wound up with 20 points to lead Prairie’s scoring while Kayla Johnson scored 7, Bruner 5 and Schmidt 2.
Genesee held a 33-38 rebounding edge. Francesca Johnson led Prairie with 12 rebounds while Kayla Johnson had 8 and Schmidt 7.
Kayla Johnson had 7 steals while Francesca Johnson had 4 as Genesee committed 29 turnovers.
The Pirates were 13 for 35 from the field, 37%, and 6 for 15 at the line, 40%. Genesee was 15 for 54 from the field, 28%, and 5 for 11 at the line, 45%.
Genesee 15 11 8   7 -41
Prairie      6   6 3 10 -25
Prairie-Poxleitner 0-0, 0-0, 0; Enneking 1-13, 0-0, 0; Shears 2-6, 1-2, 5; Guyer 1-8, 0-0, 2; Uhlenkott 4-9, 3-6, 11; Holthaus 1-2, 0-0, 2; Sigler 1-8, 0-0, 3; Schaeffer 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hoene, 0-0, 0-2, 0; Bruner 0-2, 0-0, 0; F. Johnson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 0-0, 0-0, 0; K. Johnson 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Genesee-Brown 1-1, 2-2, 5; Dahmen 5-10, 1-4, 11; Ghiglieri 0-1, 0-0, 0; Long 4-8, 0-0, 8; Johnson 1-4, 5-6, 7; Kinzer 0-1, 3-4, 3; Kelnhofer 1-2, 1-3, 4; Lichti 0-0, 3-4, 3; Hovey-Smith 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Brown, Kelnhofer.

Lady Pirates win big at Culdesac
The Prairie Lady Pirates had little trouble winning a non-league matchup at Culdesac as they won 50-13 Thursday, Dec. 11.
Prairie led 13-4 after the first quarter and 28-4 by half time. 
They kept rolling in the third quarter as they took a 46-10 lead into the fourth quarter before easing up.
Mary Shears scored 18 points to lead Prairie in scoring while Kaylee Uhlenkott was also in double figures with 11.
NaTosha Schaeffer scored 7, Megan Sigler and Kara Guyer 4 each, Amber Holthaus 3, Jennifer Enneking 2 and Alena Hoene 1.
Culdesac has no JV team so the JV team played at Grangeville where they got beat 30-54 by the Bulldogs.
Prairie     13 15 18 4 -50
Culdesac   4   0   6 3 -13
Prairie-Poxleitner 0, 0-0, 0; Enneking 1, 0-0, 2; Sigler 2, 0-0, 4; Schaeffer 3, 0-0, 7; Holthaus 1, 1-2, 3; Shears 8, 2-6, 18; Guyer 1, 2-2, 4; Hoene 0, 1-2, 2; Uhlenkott 5, 0-3, 11. 3-pointers-Schaeffer, Uhlenkott.
Culdesac-T. Hewett 3, 1-2, 7; Gibbs 0, 0-1, 0; S. Hewett 1, 0-0, 2; S. Dau 1, 0-1, 2; K. Dau 1, 0-1, 2; Stolte 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.

Lady Pirates hold off Kendrick for win
The Prairie Lady Pirates jumped out to a big early lead and then held off a Kendrick rally for a 45-38 win over the Tigers in a league matchup Friday, Dec. 12 at Cottonwood.
Prairie started the game with a 7-0 run as Kaylee Uhlenkott connected from the corner for 2 and Jennifer Enneking followed with a pair of free throws then added a 3-pointer from the corner on an inbounds play.
Kristi Poxleitner drives toward the hoop against Kendrick.Kendrick finally scored at the 5:00 mark of the first quarter but Prairie then had another 7-0 run to push the lead to 14-2. Uhlenkott started this run with a pair of free throws, Mary Shears added a lay-up and Enneking capped it with another 3-pointer.
Prairie then cooled off but still led 16-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Scoring was hard to come by in the second quarter as Prairie hit just 2 of 11 shots from the floor but added 3 of 4 free throws.
Kendrick was able to close within 4 points but Prairie held a 6 point lead at the half, 23-17.
Prairie’s cold shooting carried into the third quarter as Kendrick opened the second half with a 0-5 run that cut the lead to just 1 point.
Prairie finally broke through when Uhlenkott scored off of a press break with 2:16 left in the quarter.
Kendrick then tied the score with a 3-pointer but a free throw and a short shot over Kendrick’s 6’3” post Myriah Deeds by Uhlenkott put Prairie up 28-25. 
A basket by Kendrick’s Morgan Jo Wolff at the buzzer cut the lead to 28-27.
Kendrick then opened the fourth quarter with a 0-5 run to take their first lead of the game at 28-32.
Prairie broke their scoring drought with 4:50 left in the game on a free throw by Kara Guyer.
Kendrick answered with a free throw to put the lead back at 4.
A defensive rebound by Guyer led to a breakaway lay-up by Uhlenkott that cut the lead to 2. Uhlenkott was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Mary Shears rebounded the miss and that led to Amber Holthaus getting fouled. Holthaus made both shots to tie the score at 33.
Fifteen seconds later Megan Sigler stole the ball and drove in for a lay-up to give Prairie back the lead.
A steal by Enneking led to her getting fouled and she made both free throws to make it 37-33 with 2:28 left.
Prairie sent Kendrick to the free throw line 3 straight trips down the floor but each time Kendrick made the first and missed the second with Kristi Poxleitner grabbing the rebound on each miss. 
The first one led to a putback by Shears and the third led to a free throw by Enneking that made it 40-36 with 1:07 left.
Wolff then drove in for a wild bank shot lay-up that cut the lead to 2 but Holthaus came up with a big offensive rebound and score to make it 42-38 with 32 seconds left.
On Kendrick’s ensuing trip down the floor, Enneking rebounded a missed shot and was fouled. She made both free throws.
Nine seconds later Enneking knocked the ball loose and Amber Holthaus wound up with it in a jump ball with possession going to Prairie.
That turnover led to a free throw by Shears.
Wolff then drove to the hoop for a lay-in and was fouled as the buzzer went off but both the basket and foul were waved off as being after the buzzer giving Prairie the 7-point win.
Enneking scored 16 to lead Prairie in scoring which included hitting 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. Uhlenkott added 15 points while Shears scored 5, Holthaus 4, Poxleitner and Sigler 2 each and Guyer 1.
Prairie held a 40-33 edge on the boards led by Shears with 9 rebounds. Poxleitner added 7 boards and Holthaus and Enneking had 6 each.
Guyer had 5 steals and Enneking had 3 as each team finished with 21 turnovers.
Poxleitner and Uhlenkott had 2 assists each.
Prairie was 13 for 52 from the field, 25%, and 17 for 24 at the line, 71%. Kendrick was 12 for 34 from the field, 35%, and 13 for 27 at the line, 48%.
With the win Prairie improves to 1-1 in league play and 5-3 overall.
In the JV game Prairie came back from a 10 point deficit early in the game to win 41-33 over the Tigers.Kaylee Uhlenkott scores a lay-up against Kendrick.
In the first quarter Prairie connected on just 1 of 7 shots from the field and added 2 free throws as they fell behind 4-14. 10 turnovers and a 4-12 deficit on the boards contributed to their slow start.
Prairie started turning things around in the second quarter as Kayla Johnson got hot, connecting on 4 straight shot attempts and 5 of 7 in one stretch as Prairie outscored Kendrick 14-6 to pull within 2 points by halftime.
MaKayla Schaeffer scored Prairie’s other 4 points in the period.
In the third quarter Prairie took their first lead as they opened the period with a 9-0 run. Haleigh Schmidt tied the game with a shot from just inside the 3-point line and Francesca Johnson hit 3 of 4 free throws to give Prairie the lead. Kayla Johnson scored on a putback and Schaeffer stole the ball and drove in for a lay-up to make it 27-20.
Kendrick rallied back to within 2 with two free throws and a 3-pointer but a shot from the side by Schmidt on an inbounds play made it 29-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the middle quarters Prairie turned things around both turnover-wise and on the boards as they outrebounded the Tigers 29-18 and forced Kendrick into 25 turnovers in the second and third quarters.
A free throw by Schmidt and a putback by Schaeffer opened the fourth quarter scoring and after a Kendrick basket, Demetria Riener, Schaeffer and Francesca Johnson each scored to give Prairie an 11-point lead at 38-27.
Prairie then held on for the 8-point win.
Schaeffer and Kayla Johnson each scored 12 points in the game while Francesca Johnson scored 10, Schmidt 5 and Riener 2.
Prairie wound up with a 43-40 rebounding edge led by Kayla Johnson with 10. Francesca Johnson had 9 rebounds, Schaeffer had 8 and Schmidt had 7.
Schmidt had 8 steals and 3 assists.
Prairie connected on 17 of 66 shots, 26%, and 7 of 13 free throws, 54%. Kendrick was 13 for 40 from the field, 32%, and 6 of 13 at the line, 46%.
Junior forward Katie Renfrow, who also suits up for the varsity, had 22 of Kendrick’s 33 points including 16 of their 20 first half points.
Kendrick    6 11 10 11 -38
Prairie       16   7   5 17 -45
Prairie-Poxleitner 1-5, 0-0, 2; Enneking 3-8, 8-10, 16; Shears 2-6, 1-3, 5; Guyer 0-5, 1-2, 1; Uhlenkott 5-18, 5-7, 15; Holthaus 1-2, 2-2, 4; Sigler 1-7, 0-0, 2; N. Schaeffer 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bruner 0-0, 0-0, 0; F. Johnson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 0-0, 0-0, 0; M. Schaeffer 0-0, 0-0, 0; K. Johnson 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Enneking 2.
Kendrick-Wolff 5-20, 8-14, 18; N. Deeds 0-0, 0-0, 0; Weiss 1-1, 0-0, 2; Smith 2-7, 0-0, 5; M. Deeds 3-5, 3-9, 9; Walton 0-0, 0-0, 0; Cirka 1-1, 2-4, 4. 3-pointers-Smith.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
18-Kamiah, here, won 48-47
22-Notus, there, won 43-29
25-Genesee, there, lost 40-48
  2-Troy, here, won 39-27
  4-Lapwai, there, lost 35-59
  9-Genesee, here*, lost 25-41
11-Culdesac, there, won 50-13
12-Kendrick, here*, won45-38
16-C.V., here*, lost 32-48, details next week
19-Council, here, 6:30 p.m.
22-Lewis County, here
  6-Troy, there*
  9-Deary, here*
12-Grangeville, there
15-Lapwai, here*
20-Timberline, here*
22-Grangeville, there
23-Lewis County at Highland*
26-Kamiah, there
Jan. 31, Feb. 6,10,12-District at LCSC
Feb. 14-State Play-in game TBA
Feb. 19-21-State at Boise
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