Pirates hold off Lapwai
The Prairie Pirates led by as many as 13 points but couldnít put the Lapwai Wildcats away as they held on for a 51-44 non-league win at Cottonwood Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Lapwai led early at 2-4 but that was they only time they led in the game. Derek Schaeffer scores in the Lapwai game. At right is Kyle Holthaus.
Prairie scored just 2 points in the first 3 minutes of the game but then scored 7 straight to take a 9-4 lead with 4 different players scoring in that run. 
The Pirates led 13-9 at the quarter break.
Lapwai scored the first 4 points of the second quarter to tie the game but Prairie outscored them 15-6 the rest of the quarter despite hitting just 5 of 23 shots in the period.
David Sigler scored 5 in the quarter while Conner Rieman added 4.
Prairie outscored Lapwai 6-2 to open the third quarter and take their biggest lead at 34-21 but Lapwai then scored 6 straight points to get back within 7.
Prairie answered with 5 straight to push the lead back to 12 but Lapwai was able to pull back within 7 by the end of the quarter.
Lapwai cut the lead to 3 in the fourth quarter at 44-41 but a basket by Branden Waller and another by Andrew Gabica pushed the lead back to 7 with 2:36 to play.
The two teams traded scores in the final 2 minutes with Gabica scoring Prairieís 3 points.
Rieman, Waller and Gabica each scored 10 points to lead Prairie in scoring with Sigler adding 8 and Devin Schmidt, despite game-long foul trouble, adding 6. Derek Schaeffer scored 4 and Kyle Holthaus 3.
Prairie dominated the boards 54-32 with Rieman grabbing 11 rebounds while Gabica, Sigler and Waller had 9 each.
Sigler struggled with his shooting but had 9 assists and 3 steals. Rieman added 4 assists and 3 steals.
Prairie hit just 20 of 64 shots in the game, 31%, and 10 of 21 free throws, 48%. Lapwai was 18 for 48 from the field, 38% and 5 for 15 at the line, 33%.
In the JV game Prairie rolled to a 59-38 win.
Lapwai took a 3-7 lead in the first quarter but Prairie then went on a 17-2 run as they led 14-7 at the quarter break and 20-9 with 2:06 left in the half.
Prairie had an 8-0 run in the third quarter as they built their lead to 16 points but the end of the third.
Lapwai connected on three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter but Marcus Higgins scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the quarter to keep Lapwai from cutting into the Pirates lead.
In addition to Higgins, Beau Schlader and Justin Schmidt both hit double figures with 10 points each. Ryan Dalgliesh added 7 points, Chris Hoene 5, Seth Guyer and Brock Heath 3 each, Troy Lorentz and Seth Chaffee 2 each and Tim Frei scored 1.
The JVís also dominated on the boards by a 67-32 count. Hoene had 17 rebounds to lead the team while Dalgliesh added 16.
Schmidt had 5 steals and Heath had 3 assists.
Prairie was 23 for 67 from the field, 34%, and 12 for 21 at the line, 57%. Lapwai was 14 for 50 from the field, 28%, and 4 for 13 at the line, 31%.
Prairie 13 15 13 10 -51
Lapwai 9 10 15 10 -44
Prairie-Schmidt 2-7, 2-2, 6; Rieman 4-8, 2-3, 10; Gabica 4-10, 2-4, 10; Sigler 2-12, 3-7, 8; Waller 5-16, 0-3, 10; Schaeffer 2-2, 0-0, 4; Holthaus 1-5, 1-2, 3; Guyer 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schlader 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Lapwai-R. Leighton 2-4, 2-4, 6; Williamson 3-6, 0-0, 6; Campbell 1-6, 0-2, 2; Q. Leighton 3-13, 1-2, 8; Taylor 7-14, 0-3, 16; Johnson 1-4, 2-4, 4; White Temple 1-1, 0-0, 2; Terry 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Q. Leighton, Taylor.

Pirates beat Nezperce by 6
The Prairie Pirates broke open a close game with an 18-4 third quarter then held off a late rally to beat Nezperce 52-46 at Cottonwood Friday, Dec. 11 in a non-league game.
Kyle Holthaus scores a lay-up against Nezperce. In the background is Branden Waller.Branden Waller hit 4 of 5 shots in the first quarter while David Sigler was 3 for 4 as Prairie took a 16-13 lead.
A free throw by Derek Schaeffer and a lay-up by Kyle Holthaus to open the second quarter gave prairie a 19-13 lead but Nezperce then went on a 4-12 run to take a 23-25 lead with 1:07 left in the half.
Schaeffer scored on a tip in with 30 seconds left to tie the score at the half.
In the third quarter Prairie played their best ball of the season so far as they combined tough defense, a 16-3 domination of the boards and solid shooting to outscored the Indians 18-4 and take a 43-29 lead.
Devin Schmidt scored 6 points in the quarter while Sigler and Waller scored 4 each.
Prairie led just 29-27 with 5 minutes left in the quarter when they went on a 12-0 run.
Waller started the run with a lay-up on a feed from Sigler. Schmidt followed with a tip-in. Waller scored a putback, Sigler drove in for a lay-up after a steal by Waller, Schmidt scored off an inbounds pass from Sigler and Sigler hit an 8 foot jumper to end the run. Nezperce finally scored again when Damon Leitch hit a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left in the quarter.
Schaeffer ended the third quarter scoring with a short bank shot to make it 43-29.
A basket by Waller and a free throw by Sigler to open the fourth quarter put Prairie up 46-29.
At that point Nezperce started their rally, fueled mostly by Leitch who scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the final period, including three 3-pointers with defenders in his face.
Prairie helped the Nezperce cause by struggling at the free throw line as they hit just 3 of 12 fourth quarter free throw attempts.
Nezperce managed to shrink their 17 point deficit down to 5 with 15 seconds left but that was as close as they got. Waller added a free throw with 11 seconds left to make the final margin of 6.
Waller wound up leading the Pirates in scoring with 18 points with Sigler scoring 13. Schmidt scored 8, Schaeffer 7, and Andrew Gabica, Conner Rieman and Kyle Holthaus 2 each.
Prairie held a 50-24 rebounding edge led by Waller with 10, Sigler with 9 and Schmidt and Rieman with 8 each.
Rieman had 3 steals and Sigler had 4 assists.
Prairie was 24 for 52 from the field, 46%, and 4 for 16 at the line, 25%. Nezperce was 17 for 53 from the field, 32%, and 7 for 13 at the line, 54%.
In the JV game Prairie suffered their first loss of the season 36-48. 
Prairie       16   9 18   9 -52
Nezperce  13 12   4 17 -46
Prairie-Schmidt 4-9, 0-0, 8; Rieman 1-5, 0-0, 2; Gabica 1-3, 0-3, 2; Sigler 6-11, 1-3, 13; Waller 8-14, 2-4, 18; Holthaus 1-6, 0-2, 2; Schaeffer 3-4, 1-4, 7; Guyer 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Nezperce-C. Riggers 0-5, 0-0, 0; Carpenter 3-10, 1-3, 7; Leitch 8-18, 5-5, 25; Scott 3-12, 1-3, 8; S. Wahl 2-4, 0-2, 4; Killmar 1-3, 0-0, 2; R. Wahl 0-0, 0-0, 0; Long 0-0, 0-0, 0; Mizer 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Leitch 4, Scott.

Pirates win at Timberline
The Prairie Pirates jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never trailed as they went on to win their White Pine League opener at Timberline 57-43 Saturday, Dec. 12.
David Sigler opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and Kyle Holthaus closed out the first quarter scoring with another 3-pointer as Prairie took a 14-7 lead at the break.
Prairie scored the first 7 points of the second quarter to open the lead up to 21-7.Andrew Gabica handles the ball at Timberline.
The Spartans then scored 7 straight to trim the lead back to 7 but Prairie finished the half on a 6-2 run to take a 27-16 halftime lead.
The Pirates steadily built on their lead in the third quarter and led by as many as 21 points at 43-22.
Timberline scored the final 2 of the quarter to make it 43-24 heading into the fourth.
Prairie held the Spartans off in the fourth as Branden Waller scored 3 baskets and Sigler hit 6 of 6 free throws as Timberline got no closer than 11 points.
Waller wound up with 20 points to lead the scoring. After a 2-point first quarter he scored 6 points in each of the other 3 quarters.
Devin Schmidt scored 12 points while Sigler had 11. Derek Schaeffer scored 6 points, Kyle Holthaus 5, Conner Rieman 2 and Beau Schlader 1.
Prairie dominated the boards 56-34 with Andrew Gabica grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the team. Waller had 11 while Sigler had 9 and Schmidt had 8.
Gabica had 7 assists while Sigler had 5. Sigler also had 2 steals.
Prairie was 23 for 56 from the field, 41%, and 9 for 22 at the line, 41%. Timberline was 17 for 62 from the field, 27%, and 7 for 14 at the line, 50%.
With the win Prairie improves to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in league.
The JV team had no trouble beating an overmatched Timberline squad as they rolled to a 59-7 win.
Timberline had only 7 players suited up for the JV game and one of those was apparently ineligible to play.
One player got hurt near the end of the first half and when another fouled out early in the fourth quarter they had to play the final 6:18 of the game with just 4 players.
Beau Schlader came out on fire in the first quarter as he scored 10 points including a pair of 3-pointers as Prairie raced to an 11-0 lead and after a Timberline score, finished the quarter with a 13-0 run.
Timberline score a free throw to open the second quarter but Prairie then scored 15 straight to make it 39-3 at the half.
Seth Guyer scored 6 points in the second quarter while Schlader added a rare 4-point play as he was fouled on a made 3-pointer and added the free throw.
Ryan Dalgliesh was the only player to score more than one basket in the third quarter as Prairie extended their lead to 49-7 as he had 4 points.
In the fourth playing mostly 5 on 4 Chris Hoene and Justin Schmidt scored 4 points each as Prairie outscored the Spartans 10-0.
Schlader wound up with 14 points to lead the team while Guyer added 12. Schmidt scored 9 with Hoene and Dalgliesh scoring 6 each. Brock Heath scored 5, Troy Lorentz 4 and Marcus Higgins 3.
Rebounding was even at 31 each with Schmidt, Guyer and Hoene all collecting 6 rebounds each to lead the Pirates.
Guyer had 6 steals while Heath, Lorentz and Dalgliesh had 3 each. Heath had 3 assists.
Prairie was 25 for 60 from the field, 42%, and 5 for 10 at the line, 50%, while Timberline was 3 for 28 from the field, 11%, and 1 for 4 at the line, 25%.
Prairie 14 13 16 14 -57
Timberline 7 9 8 19 -43
Prairie-Schmidt 5-10, 2-5, 12; Rieman 1-2, 0-0, 2; Gabica 0-3, 0-2, 0; Sigler 2-8, 6-6, 11; Waller 10-24, 0-1, 20; Holthaus 2-3, 0-2, 5; Schaeffer 3-5, 0-2, 6; Schlader 0-0, 1-2, 1; Guyer 0-0, 0-2, 0; Heath 0-1, 0-0, 0; J. Schmidt 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler, Holthaus.
Timberline-Blaine 5-13, 3-3, 13; K. Jared 1-15, 1-2, 3; C. Jared 3-18, 2-3, 9; Hodges 5-9, 0-1, 11; Anderson 1-2, 1-4, 3; J. Jared 0-3, 0-0, 0; Stebbins 2-2, 0-1, 4. 3-pointers-C. Jared, Hodges.
David Sigler puts up a shot against Lapwai. At left is Seth Guyer while at right is Branden Waller.
Seth Guyer looks to shoot against Lapwai. At right is Branden Waller.
Devin Schmidt puts up a shot at Timberline.
David Sigler gets inside for a layup at Timberline. To his left is Conner Rieman.

Pirates named to All-State football team
David Sigler, Kyler Shumway and Branden Waller were all named to both the offensive and defensive Idaho Statesman all-state football team for the 1-A division.
Sigler was named as a wide receiver and defensive back, Shumway as both offensive and defensive lineman and Waller as both running back and linebacker. 
Sigler was also named as the first team punter.
All except Waller at running back are repeat winners from last year.
Making the all-state second team was Kyle Holthaus at quarterback.
Earning player of the year honors for the 1-A division was Salmon River running back Dustin Rinker who led the Savages to the Division 2 state title.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  4-Grangeville, here, won 61-30
  5-Troy, here, lost 32-34
  8-Lapwai, here, won 51-44
11-Nezperce, here, won 52-46
12-Timberline, there, 4 p.m.*, won 57-43
17-Summit, here
19-Genesee, here, JV 2:30 p.m., Varsity 4 p.m.
22-Potlatch, here,  JV 3:30 p.m, varsity 6:30 p.m..*
29 & 30-Kamiah Tournament, Dec. 29-vs. Troy at 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 30-vs. Project Coeur d'Alene, 2:30 p.m.
  7-Genesee, there*
15-Nezperce, there
16-C.V. there, 4 p.m.*
21-Highland, there, JV, C only
22-Kamiah, here, 6 p.m.
23-Lapwai, there*
28-Grangeville, there
29-Deary, there*
  4-Kendrick, here*
  9-Troy, there*
12-Kamiah, there
15, 20, 23 & 25-District at LCSC
March 4-6-State at Boise

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