Pirates lose opener
An ice-cold start from the field and too many fouls did in the Prairie Lady Pirates in their season opener against Lewis County at Nezperce as they lost 47-52 to the Eagles Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Prairie hit only 1 of 18 shots from the field in the first quarter but still took the early lead thanks to free throws as they led 4-1 and 6-3.
Lewis County caught fire late in the quarter though as a pair of 3-pointers gave them a 7-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Fran Johnson quickly tied the score in the second period with her first of five 3-pointers and MaKayla Schaeffer gave Prairie the lead with a basket.
Lewis County retied the game then Prairie took control with a 9-0 run. Johnson hit another 3-pointer to put Prairie up 15-12.
NaTosha Schaeffer then stole the inbounds pass and deflected it to Megan Sigler who scored to make it 17-12.
Johnson then stole the ball and drove downcourt for a lay-up and MaKayla Schaeffer finished off the run with a lay-up off an inbounds pass from her sister NaTosha.
The Eagles came back with a free throw and a basket to cut the lead to 6 but MaKayla Schaeffer finished off the scoring in the first half with another basket to make it 23-15.
Prairie hit another cold spell shooting in the third quarter and the Eagles took advantage with a 0-10 run that gave them a 23-25 lead with 4:12 left in the quarter.
Mary Shears finally broke the scoring drought with a turnaround shot in the lane and Johnson hit another 3-pointer to give Prairie a 28-27 lead.
Two baskets by MaKayla Schaeffer and a free throw by Shears allowed Prairie to take a 33-32 lead into the fourth quarter.
Johnson hit another 3 to open the fourth and put Prairie up 36-32 but the Eagles then put together a 0-6 run to take the lead back at 36-38.
Prairie bounced back with a 6-1 run as Shears, Sigler and MaKayla Schaeffer each scored to give Prairie a 42-39 lead but they then went scoreless for over 2 minutes.
Lewis County scored 8 straight until Johnson hit another 3 to cut the lead to 45-47 with 42 seconds left.
Two free throws by the Eagles were answered by a basket by Kayla Johnson from 16 feet out.
Prairie fouled the Eagles’ Taylor Wemhoff who hit the first of 2 free throws. Prairie rebounded the miss and called timeout to set up a play.
The Eagles’ Michelle Seitz had been keeping Fran Johnson under wraps much of the quarter, jumping any passes headed her way.
Prairie had Haleigh Schmidt set a pick on Seitz so she couldn’t jump the pass but Johnson wasn’t able to handle the pass anyway and Prairie turned the ball over.
They wound up fouling Seitz with 0.2 seconds left and Seitz made both free throws to end it.
Johnson wound up with 20 points to lead all scorers while MaKayla Schaeffer added 12 points. Sigler scored 7, Shears 6 and Kayla Johnson 2.
Seitz led the Eagles with 18 points, 17 of them in the second half after she spent most of the first half in foul trouble.
Sigler and NaTosha Schaeffer both fouled out for Prairie and 3 other players ended the game with 4 fouls each.
The Eagles took advantage of the foul differential to outscore Prairie 6-19 at the line.
Prairie was 18 for 69 from the field, 26%, and 6 for 17 at the line, 35%. Lewis County was 15 for 48 from the field, 31% and 19 for 36 at the line, 53%.
Rebounding was even at 52 each with MaKayla Schaeffer leading Prairie with 13 rebounds while Shears had 11 and Fran Johnson 9.
NaTosha Schaeffer had 3 steals and 4 assists while Sigler also had 4 assists and Fran Johnson also had 3 steals.
The JV game was similar to the varsity game in that Lewis County came from behind late thanks in large part to foul shooting, 29-34.
Prairie jumped out to an 11-1 lead as Taylor Heitman scored 4 points and Sam Keating added 3.
The Eagles closed within 11-5 by the end of the first quarter and 11-9 early in the second before Kendal Schumacher broke the run with a basket.
Leslie Nida added a basket to put Prairie back on top by 6 at 15-9.
Prairie led 20-14 midway through the third quarter but their two point guards, Callie Mader and Jenny Gimmeson were both getting into foul trouble.
Lewis County end the quarter on a 0-6 run to tie the game and took their first lead with a basket to open the fourth quarter.
Prairie came back with a 3-point play by Heitman and a basket by Schumacher to take a 25-22 lead but the Eagles answered back with a 0-5 run.
Jenny Gimmeson tied the score with a basket with 2:19 left and Schumacher tied the score at 29 after 2 Eagles free throws with 1:10 left.
Lewis County though scored the final 5 points of the game at the free throw line to pull out the win.
Heitman scored 7 to lead Prairie with Schumacher scoring 6, Keating 5, Tanna Schlader 3 and Gimmeson, Nida and Mader 2 each.
Lewis County had a 34-38 rebounding edge thanks to a 15-24 second half advantage. Schlader and Heitman had 9 each to lead Prairie.
Mader had 4 steals and Keating and Gimmeson had 3 steals each. Schlader had 3 assists.
Prairie was 13 for 47 from the field, 28%, and 3 for 6 at the line, 50%. Lewis County was 10 for 38 from the field, 26%, and 14 for 27 at the line, 52%.
Prairie 7 16 10 14 -47
L.C. 10 5 17 20 -52
Prairie-F. Johnson 6-17, 3-4, 20; Sigler 3-9, 1-3, 7; N. Schaeffer 0-11, 0-0, 0; M. Schaeffer 6-17, 0-2, 12; Shears 2-9, 2-8, 6; K. Johnson 1-4, 0-0, 2; Bruner 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 0-1, 0-0, 0; Keating 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-F. Johnson 5.
L.C.-Seitz 4-11, 9-10, 18; Wemhoff 2-6, 1-4, 5; Meek 1-3, 0-0, 2; Leitch 4-11, 3-4, 12; Thomason 1-7, 4-6, 6; Marker 1-3, 0-3, 2; Kuther 0-2, 2-7, 2; Wilson 2-4, 0-0, 5; Miller 0-1, 0-2, 0. 3-pointers-Seitz, Leitch, Wilson.
Lady Pirates lose big at Grangeville
The Prairie Lady Pirates stayed with Grangeville in the first quarter but the Bulldogs pulled away after that for a 27-63 win at Grangeville Thursday, Nov. 19.
Prairie kept it close in the first quarter and trailed 9-13 at the end of the period.
In the second quarter though Grangeville started hitting their shots and pulled away to a 19-36 halftime lead.
It got worse in the second half as Grangeville outscored Prairie 8-27.
Megan Sigler led Prairie in scoring with 8 points while Francesca Johnson scored 7. Amber Holthaus added 4 points, Mary Shears and NaTosha Schaeffer 3 each and Kayla Johnson scored 2.
With the loss Prairie takes a 0-2 record into the Thanksgiving Break.
Their next game will be their home opener against Kamiah on Monday, Nov. 30 at the Middle School gym.
The JV team won their game 33-17.
Prairie 9 10 2 6 -27
Grangeville 13 23 14 13 -63
Prairie-F. Johnson 2, 1-2, 7; Bruner 0, 0-0, 0; Sigler 3, 0-1, 8; N. Shaeffer 0, 3-4, 3; M. Schaeffer 0, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 1, 2-2, 4; Shears 1, 1-6, 3; Schmidt 0, 0-0, 0; K. Johnson 1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-F. Johnson 2, Sigler 2.
Grangeville-M. Sullivan 2, 5-6, 9; L. Sullivan 1, 0-0, 2; Stewart 3, 0-0, 6; Holman 1, 0-0, 2; Adams 6, 0-0, 12; Brown 4, 3-4, 14; Kaschmitter 1, 0-1, 2; Rad 1, 4-8, 6; Canaday 1, 0-0, 2; Solberg 1, 4-6, 6; DeFord 1, 0-1, 2. 3-pointers-Brown 3.
PIRATES GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2009-10
*indicates league game
19-at Grangeville, lost 27-63
30-Kamiah, here, at Middle School gym
10-Lewis County, here*
12-Timberline, there, 1 p.m.*
19-Genesee, here, 1 p.m.*
22-Potlatch, there, 1 p.m.*
29 & 30-Kamiah Tournament
9-Culdesac (V only), here, 6 p.m.
16-C.V., there, 1 p.m.*
22-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m.
Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8 & 10-District at LCSC
Feb. 18-20-State at Boise