Pirates outlast Kendrick
The Prairie Pirates won their league opener as they pulled out a 56-50 win at Kendrick Thursday, January 8.
Prairie took a 15-10 lead after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 27-18 by halftime.
Kendrick came out with three 3-pointers early in the third quarter to erase the lead but Prairie built the lead back to as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter helped by an 11 for 18 showing at the free throw line, before Kendrickís final rally pulled them within 6.
David Sigler scored 13 points and had 6 assists to lead the Pirates while Devin Schmidt came off the bench to score 12.
Branden Waller added 9 points, Tyler Forsmann and Eric Daly 7 each, Kyle Daly 4 and Kyle Holthaus and Conner Rieman 2 each.
Tyler Forsmann had 9 rebounds to lead the team while Kyle Daly made 4 steals.
Prairie also won the JV contest 40-37.
Prairie      15 12   8 21 -56
Kendrick 10   9 15 16 -50
Prairie-E. Daly 2, 3-6, 7; K. Daly 1, 2-4, 4; Holthaus 1, 0-0, 2; Schmidt 4, 4-5, 12; Rieman 0, 2-2, 2; Schaeffer 0, 0-0, 0; Sigler 3, 7-10, 13; Forsmann 3, 1-2, 7; Waller 4, 1-4, 9; Gabica 0, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Kendrick-Boyle 4, 0-0, 10; May 0, 0-0, 0; Liedkie 5, 1-3, 11; Burke 4, 0-2, 11; Hardin 0, 0-0, 0; Ireland 0, 0-0, 0; Free 3, 0-0, 6; Warner 5, 0-0, 12; Christopher 0, 0-0, 0; Hammond 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Burke 3, Boyle 2, Warner 2.

Pirates pull away in fourth to beat C.V.
It was a tie game heading into the fourth quarter but Prairie outscored C.V. 18-4 in the final period to pull out a 48-34 win at Kooskia despite losing 3 players in the third period.David Sigler scores his only points in the first half on a lay-up. He bounced back with 15 second half points.
Prairie led early in the game, 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and 15-10 in the second, but C.V. rallied to outscore Prairie 4-11 the rest of the second quarter to take a 19-21 halftime lead and scored the first four points of the third quarter to extend the lead to 19-25.
Kyle Daly broke the 6½ minute scoring drought when he was fouled on a putback and converted the 3-point play with 4:39 left in the third quarter.
David Sigler stole the ball on the ensuing C.V. possession and was fouled, making both free throws to cut the lead to 24-25.
A half minute later Prairie had the ball on offense and Tyler Forsmann got involved in a jump ball. Forsmann and the C.V. player got to wrestling the ball around and Forsmann wound up losing his temper and was called for a technical and ejected from the game. Such an ejection means heíll also miss the game against Troy Jan. 13.
C.V. made one of the free throws to extend their lead to 24-26. 
Prairie came back to tie the game on a lay-up by Eric Daly and took the lead on a basket from the short corner by Devin Schmidt.
Prairie then lost within a couple of minutes of each other both Conner Rieman and Branden Waller to ankle injuries.
C.V. tied the score but Prairie took back the lead on a pair of free throws by Schmidt.
6 seconds later C.V. scored 2 free throws to tie the score at 30, which is where it stood at the end of the third quarter.
Sigler opened the fourth quarter with the only 3-pointer by either team off a skip pass from Kyle Daly.
Prairie then scored their next 9 points at the free throw line as they made it 14 consecutive made free throws going back into the third quarter.
At the end of that run of free throws Prairie held a 42-30 lead as the defense shut down the Rams.
C.V. finally broke through with a basket with 1:47 left in the game but Sigler countered with another pair of free throws and added 4 more to cap off Prairieís scoring.
Sigler was 10 for 10 from the line in the fourth quarter and 12 for 12 for the game. He wound up with 17 points with 13 of those in the final period.
Schmidt added 8 points and was 4 for 4 at the line. Forsmann scored 6, Kyle Daly 5, Rieman 4, Waller and Kyle Holthaus 3 each and Eric Daly 2.
Prairie held a 30-24 rebounding edge, 11-2 in the decisive fourth quarter despite missing big men Forsmann and Waller.
Kyle Holthaus makes a jump pass across the lane. At left is Conner Rieman and at right is Devin Schmidt.Sigler had 8 rebounds to lead the team while Kyle Daly had 7. 
Sigler had 4 steals and 7 assists in the game.
Prairie was 13 for 35 from the field, 37%, and 21 for 27 at the line, 78%. C.V. was 14 for 39 from the field, 36%, and 6 for 10 at the line, 60%.
With the win Prairie is 5-3 on the season and 2-0 in league play.
The JV team didnít fare as well against C.V.ís tight man defense as they lost 23-31.
Defensively C.V. anticipated Prairieís passes and was able to force many turnovers.
Prairie scored just 1 point in the first quarter, a free throw by Seth Guyer as they fell behind 1-9.
They outscored C.V. 6-2 in the second quarter as Joe Schumacher scored 4 points and Derek Schaeffer added the other 2 but still trailed 7-11 at the half.
Beau Schlader scored 3 in the third quarter, all from the free throw line, while Ryan Dalgliesh scored 2. Prairie trailed 13-18 after 3 quarters.
In the fourth C.V. built at 17-28 lead with 2:33 to play.
With 1:55 left one of C.V.ís players fouled out and they finished the game with just 4 players on the court as their other available players also played varsity and they didnít want to use any more of their eligibility.
Prairie got a 3-pointer each in the final minute from Guyer and Schumacher but couldnít get any closer than 8 points.
Schumacher led the scoring with 9 points with Guyer scoring 6, Schlader 3, Schaeffer and Dalgliesh 2 each and Justin Schmidt scored 1.
Guyer had 11 rebounds to lead the team while Brock Heath had 4 steals. Schlader had 2 assists.
Prairie was 8 for 44 from the field, 18%, and 5 for 13 from the line, 38%. C.V. was 11 for 39 from the field, 28%, and 7 of 16 at the line, 44%.
Prairie 13   6 11 18 -48
C.V.     8 13   9   4 -34
Prairie-E. Daly 1-3, 0-2, 2; K. Daly 2-2, 1-3, 5; Sigler 2-8, 12-12, 17; Forsmann 3-7, 0-0, 6; Waller 1-6, 1-2, 3; Rieman 2-2, 0-0, 4; Schmidt 2-6, 4-4, 8; Holthaus 0-0, 3-4, 3; Schaeffer 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
C.V.-C. Squires 3-3, 0-0, 6; Heath 2-2, 2-2, 6; Sommerfelt 4-11, 0-0, 8; Davis 2-12, 1-2, 5; Campbell 0-4, 1-2, 1; Heavy Runner 2-4, 2-4, 6; Paul 1-3, 0-0, 2; Walker 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Squires 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Branden Waller is surrounded by C.V. defenders but managed to get through for a lay-up.

Prairie Pee Wee Basketball Signups
The Prairie coaches, Teel Bruner and Steve Wilson, along with many high school players are offering the Prairie Peewee basketball program again this year.  This is an opportunity for our area youth grades 2 Ė 4 to learn fundamentals in a low-key atmosphere.  The clinics will be held January 24th & 31st.  The games will be held the four Saturdays in February, 2009.  Cost is $25 to participate.  This program will be held at the Prairie Elementary School Gym.  If you are interested and need a sign up form contact Denise Uhlenkott at the Cottonwood School District, 962-3971.  Registration deadline is January 23, 2009.    

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, postponed, no makeup date yet set
29-Wilder Tournament, lost, no opponent or score available
30-Wilder Tournament, won 74-28 over Idaho City
31-Council, there, cancelled
JANUARY
  8-Kendrick, there*, won 56-50
10-C.V., there*, won 48-34
13-Troy, here*, won 55-34, details next week
15-Grangeville, there
16-Deary, there*
22-Timberline, there*
24-Lapwai, here*
27-Highland, here
29-Nezperce, here
FEBRUARY
  2-Highland, there (schedule change from Feb. 13)
  5-Genesee, there*
  9-Culdesac, here
13-Kamiah, here (addition to schedule)
16,20,24,26-District at LCSC
28-State Play-in Game, TBA
March 5-7-State at Boise

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