Lady Pirates lose to Grangeville
TIn their league opener the Prairie Lady Pirates suffered a tough loss as they fell to Lewis County 46-47 in overtime Thursday, Dec. 10 at Cottonwood.
Prairie led most of the way in the game as they were ahead 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, 14-11 at halftime and 28-24 after 3 quarters.
They led by 8 points in the fourth quarter but saw Lewis County rally to send the game into overtime.
In overtime the Eagles edged Prairie 5-6 to pull out the win and deny Prairie their first win of the season.
Prairie couldn’t stop the Eagles’ Caiti Thomason in the final minutes of regulation as she score 13 points in a five minute span to force the extra period.
Fran Johnson and Megan Sigler led Prairie in scoring with 12 points each. Johnson had a pair of 3-pointers in the game while Sigler had 3 of them. 
Mary Shears was also in double figures with 10 points while Amber Holthaus scored 5, MaKayla Schaeffer scored 2 and NaTosha Schaeffer and Kayla Johnson scored 2 each.
In the JV contest Prairie avenged an earlier loss to the Eagles.
Prairie 9 5 14 13 5 -46
L.C.    7 4 13 17 6 -47
Prairie-F. Johnson 4, 2-2, 12; Bruner 0, 0-0, 0; Sigler 4, 1-2, 12; N. Schaeffer 1, 0-0, 2; M. Schaeffer 1, 1-3, 3; Holthaus 2, 0-2, 5; K. Johnson 1, 0-0, 2; Shears 1, 8-14, 10. 3-pointers-Sigler 3, F. Johnson 2, Holthaus.
LC-Seitz 5, 0-0, 10; Wilson 0, 0-0, 0; Marker 1, 2-2, 4; Meek 1, 0-0, 2; Kuther 0, 0-0, 0; Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Leitch 4, 3-6, 11; Thomason 7, 6-8, 20. 3-pointers-none.

Lady Pirates lose by 3 at Timberline
The Prairie Lady Pirates suffered another close loss as they fell at Timberline 46-49 in a league game Saturday, Dec. 12.NaTosha Schaeffer puts up a shot at Timberline.
Prairie trailed most of the way but never by more than 6 points as they managed to keep it close.
That 6 point deficit came right at the end of the first quarter as Timberline took an 8-14 lead due mostly to ice-cold shooting by the Pirates who were 4 for 20 from the field and 0 for 4 at the line in the opening frame.
They turned it around in the second quarter as Kayla Johnson opened the period with a putback and Megan Sigler followed with a basket. Fran Johnson then hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give Prairie their first lead at 15-14.
After a Timberline score Mary Shears connected from the 15 feet out and NaTosha Schaeffer hit 2 free throws to give Prairie a 19-16 lead.
Timberline outscored Prairie 2-8 the rest of the quarter though to take a 21-24 halftime lead.
Timberline led 25-30 with 5:30 left in the third when Prairie rallied. Sigler drove in for a lay-up and Fran Johnson hit another 3-pointer to tie the score. Sigler then stole the ball and drove downcourt for another lay-up and MaKayla Schaeffer scored a putback to give Prairie their biggest lead of the game at 34-30 with 1:18 left in the third quarter.
Timberline cut the lead to 35-34 by the end of the period.
Early in the fourth period Timberline guard Tess Jared took over and scored 6 of Timberline’s first 8 points in the quarter as the Spartans took a 37-42 lead.
Prairie rallied back to tie the game though as MaKayla Schaeffer scored a basket and 2 free throws and Shears added a free throw to knot the score at 42 with 2:28 to play.
Timberline countered by hitting 5 of 8 free throws against a single free throw by Shears to take a 43-47 lead with 38 seconds left.
Fran Johnson then hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead to 1 with 23 seconds left but Timberline answered with 2 more free throws and Prairie was unable to score again.
Fran Johnson led Prairie in scoring with 14 points with Sigler and Shears adding 10 points each. MaKayla Schaeffer scored 8 while NaTosha Schaeffer and Kayla Johnson scored 2 each.
Prairie held a 47-40 rebounding edge led by MaKayla Schaeffer who had 16 while Shears added 8.
Kayla Johnson battles a Timberline player for a loose ball. Back to the camera is MaKayla Schaeffer.Timberline was led in scoring by 6’1” post Lundyn Jared who hit 8 of her first 9 shots and then was sent to the line for 11 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. She wound up with 22 points.
Sigler had 5 steals while Shears and Fran Johnson had 3 each. Sigler also had 4 assists while Amber Holthaus had 3.
Prairie was 18 for 74 from the field, 24%, and 7 for 18 at the line, 39%. Timberline was 18 for 36 from the field, 50%, and 13 for 26 at the line, 50%.
With the loss Prairie drops to 0-6 on the season and 0-2 in league play.
In the JV game Prairie forced 48 Timberline turnovers and won 38-23.
Prairie jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the game and led 12-6 at the quarter break as Callie Mader and Taylor Heitman scored 4 each in the quarter.
Tanna Schlader scored 6 points in the second quarter as Prairie extended the lead to 22-10 by halftime. Prairie scored the final 6 points of the half.
In the third quarter Timberline hit 75% of their shots from the floor, 3 of 4, while Prairie was a dismal 4 for 21 but the Pirates still added a point to their lead as they forced 15 turnovers in the quarter. Prairie led 30-17 going into the fourth.
They outscored the Spartans 8-6 in the fourth quarter as Mader scored 4 and Heitman and Demetria Riener scored 2 each.
Schlader was the leading scorer with 10 points with Heitman scoring 9, Mader 8, Shelby VonBargen 5, and Riener and Samantha Keating 3 each.
Timberline held a 31-37 rebounding edge. Heitman led Prairie with 7 boards.
Mader and Schlader had 7 steals each while Keating had 6.
Prairie was 15 for 61 from the field, 25%, and 8 for 20 at the line, 32%. Timberline was 11 for 30 from the field, 37%, and 1-5 at the line, 20%.
Prairie         8 13 14 11 -46
Timberline 14 10 10 15 -49
Prairie-F. Johnson 5-18, 1-4, 14; Sigler 5-16, 0-2, 10; N. Schaeffer 0-3, 2-2, 2; Holthaus 0-4, 0-0, 0; Shears 4-17, 2-6, 10; M. Schaeffer 3-11, 2-4, 8; K. Johnson 1-2, 0-0, 2; Bruner 0-3, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-F. Johnson 3.
Timberline-McCollum 0-2, 0-0, 0; A. Jared 1-4, 0-0, 2; T. Jared 5-14, 2-2, 12; Cook 1-1, 0-1, 2; L. Jared 8-12, 6-13, 22; Newcome 0-0, 4-6, 4; McIntosh 3-3, 0-2, 6; Hutchins 0-0, 0-0, 0; Kleinsmith 0-0, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-none.
Megan Sigler shoots from the perimeter at Timberline.
Mary Shears is ready to shoot against Timberline.

Prairie Hoop Shoot winners named
Representing Prairie in the Elks National Hoop Shoot on January 9th at Grangeville will be Bryson Higgins (21) and Ali Hoene (14)  in the 12 and 13 year old division,  Brandon Higgins (14) and Hailey Danly (15) in the 10-11 year old division,  and Molly Schwartz (6)  and Sam Mager (16) for the 8 and 9 year olds.  
This program is designed to provide an interesting, character-building, competitive program for all girls and boys in the contest regardless of their previous athletic competition or abilities. This nationwide, sanctioned program gives these youngsters an opportunity for spirited competition, fine relationships with their peers, and travel statewide, regionally and nationally- at a minimal expense to their parents.
Not only are the participants involved in this wholesome, individual-effort program, but parents, classmates, teachers and community are included.  Good luck to all the participants!

Prairie’s Elks Hoop Shoot winners are top from left: Sam Mager, Brandon Higgins and Bryson Higgins. Bottom from left are Molly Schwartz, Hailey Danly and Ali Hoene.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
17-Lewis County, at Nezperce, lost 47-52
19-at Grangeville, lost 27-63
30-Kamiah, here, lost 30-51
  4-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout, lost 14-50
10-Lewis County, here*, lost 46-47 in overtime
12-Timberline, there, 1 p.m.*, lost 46-49
15-Lapwai, here*, lost 36-69, details next week
19-Genesee, here, 1 p.m.* varsity only
22-Potlatch, here, JV 2 p.m., Varsity 5 p.m.
29 & 30-Kamiah Tournament. Dec. 29-vs. Troy, 1 p.m. Dec. 30-vs. North Idaho Christian, 1 p.m.
  5-Summit, here
  8-Deary, there*
  9-Culdesac (V only), here, 6 p.m.
12-Troy, here*
14-Orofino, here
16-C.V., there, 1 p.m.*
19-Kendrick, there*
22-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m.
28-Genesee, there
Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8 & 10-District at LCSC
Feb. 18-20-State at Boise
Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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