Pirates come back to beat Patriots
In their second ever meeting and first regularly scheduled meeting the Prairie Pirates came from behind in the fourth quarter for a 56-45 win over the Summit Patriots Thursday, Dec. 17 at Prairie High School.
The first time the two teams met was in the third place game at the Orofino Christmas Tournament in 2005 with Prairie winning that game as well.
Summit pulled out to a 10-11 lead after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 20-26 at halftime.
Prairie outscored the Patriots 15-10 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 35-36 at the end of 3 quarters and then dominated the fourth, outscoring Summit 21-9 to pull away for the 11 point win.
Prairie made their free throws down the stretch and the line was difference as the Pirates outscored the Patriots 21-11 at the free throw line.
David Sigler led all scorers with 20 points for Prairie and added 7 steals while Branden Waller added 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Devin Schmidt added 6 points with Derek Schaeffer scoring 5, Kyle Holthaus and Andrew Gabica 4 each and Conner Rieman 3.
Summit was led by Dylan Prigge with 18 points with David Johnson scoring 12, Josh Frei 7, Austin Chmelik 4, and Josh Schlader and Derek Nuxoll 2 each.
Prairie handily won the JV game by a score of 56-20 in the first ever meeting between JV squads from the 2 schools.
Prairie   10 10 15 21 -56
Summit 11 15 10   9 -45
Prairie-Schmidt 3, 0-2, 6; Holthaus 1, 2-2, 4; Schaeffer 1, 3-4, 5; Rieman 1, 1-2, 3; Gabica 1, 2-4, 4; Sigler 4, 9-10, 20; Waller 5, 4-4, 14. 3-pointers-Sigler 3.
Summit-An. Chmelik 0, 0-0, 0; Nuxoll 1, 0-0, 2; Wemhoff 0, 0-0, 0; Au. Chmelik 1, 0-1, 4; Johnson 4, 4-5, 12; Frei 2, 3-4, 7; Prigge 7, 4-10, 18; Schlader 0, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-none.

Pirates beat Genesee in OT
David Sigler hit the tying 3-pointer with 7 seconds left in regulation and Prairie went on to beat Genesee 47-42 in overtime in a non-league game Saturday, Dec. 19 at Cottonwood.David Sigler drives past a Genesee defender
It was Prairie’s first win over the Bulldogs since January of 2004 when Prairie was still in the Central Idaho League.
Genesee scored the first 4 points in the game and although Prairie was able to tie the score several times they weren’t able to take the lead in regulation.
Prairie tied the score at 6, 8 and 10 in the first quarter but trailed 10-12 at the end of the quarter.
Prairie tied the score to open the second quarter when Conner Rieman lobbed the quarter-opening inbounds pass from halfcourt to Branden Waller down near the basket. Waller took the pass and scored a lay-up.
Genesee came right back though with a pair of 3-pointers from Sam Druffel to quickly open a 6-point lead.
Prairie fought back to tie the game at 20 with an 8-2 run with David Sigler and Rieman each scoring a basket and Devin Schmidt scoring twice.
Genesee took the lead but Sigler again tied it at 22 with 2:54 left in the half.
Prairie then went ice-cold as Genesee went on a 0-8 run to end the half.
Genesee scored to open the third quarter and take their biggest lead of the game at 22-32.
An 8-1 run by the Pirates cut the lead to 3.
They switched up from their man defense in the first half to a zone in a second half and it helped them get out on the perimeter shooters better. Genesee’s Druffel and Alan Berry scored 12 points each in the first half but combined for just 3 points in the second half.
Prairie still trailed 33-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
The defense really clamped down on Genesee in the fourth, forcing 5 turnovers and holding them to just 3 points. The Bulldogs also helped the Pirates out by connecting on just 1 of 5 free throws.
Meanwhile Prairie was having their own trouble scoring. Waller scored on an inbounds play to open the quarter and cut the lead to 2 with 6:56 left. It wasn’t until the 3:13 mark that Prairie scored again when Sigler scored following a steal by Andrew Gabica. That again cut the lead to 2 at 37-39.
Berry scored a free throw with 1:12 left to increase the Bulldog lead to 3.
With 11 seconds left Schmidt was fouled and went to the line for a 1 and 1. He missed the first shot but Gabica rebounded and got the ball to Sigler who dribbled back behind the 3-point arc and swished a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to tie the score at 40.
Genesee inbounded the ball but were called for a double dribble near their foul line with 2 seconds left. The ball was inbounded to Waller but his long 3-point try caromed off the rim and the game went to overtime.
Waller controlled the opening tap in overtime sending the ball right to Rieman who drove in for a lay-up to give Prairie their first lead of the game.
Genesee turned the ball over on their next possession leading to a basket by Waller.
After trading turnovers, Schmidt rebounded a missed Genesee shot and made the first of two free throws for a 45-40 lead with 1:27 left.
Conner Rieman grimaces as he gets ready to go up for a shot against Genesee. At left is Kyle Holthaus.Genesee answered with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 3 but those were their final points. 
Sigler scored a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to push the lead back to 5 and all but clinch it.
Sigler wound up with 23 points to lead all scorers. He hit 9 of 14 shots in the game, including 4 of 4 in the third quarter, and was 4 for 5 at the line.
Waller added 11 points with Schmidt scoring 7 and Rieman 6.
Genesee held a 25-30 rebounding edge with Gabica leading Prairie with 8 rebounds. Waller added 6 and Sigler had 5.
Waller, Rieman and Gabica had 2 steals each while Sigler had 5 assists.
Prairie was 20 for 39 from the field, 51%, and 6 for 13 at the line, 46%. Genesee was 15 for 42 from the field, 36%. They were just 3 for 19 from the field after halftime. The Bulldogs were 9 for 15 at the line, 60%.
With the win Prairie improves to 6-1 on the season. They are 1-0 in league play.
The JV team had a much easier time of it as they won 46-27
Prairie jumped out to a 10-1 lead and led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. Seth Guyer had 5 first quarter points while Brock Heath added 4.
Prairie scored the first 4 points of the second quarter to extend the lead to 22-6 and led 28-15 at the half.
Guyer scored the first 6 points of the second half and Beau Schlader added 4 in the third quarter as Prairie doubled up Genesee, 38-19 after 3 quarters.
Each team scored 8 in the final period.
Guyer wound up with 12 points to lead the team in scoring with Heath scoring 9. Justin Schmidt scored 8 with Schlader and Ryan Dalgliesh scoring 6 each, Troy Lorentz 3 and Marcus Higgins 2.
Genesee outrebounded Prairie 34-39 with Dalgliesh leading the Pirates with 7 rebounds. Lorentz and Schmidt added 6 apiece.
Heath had 5 steals while Schmidt had 4 and Schlader had 6 assists.
Prairie was 19 for 51 from the field, 37%, and 8 for 21 at the line, 38%, while Genesee was 11 for 41 from the field, 27%, and 4 for 18 at the line, 22%.
Prairie    10 12 11 7 7 -47
Genesee 12 18   7 3 2 -42
Prairie-Schmidt 3-4, 1-4, 7; Rieman 3-5, 0-0, 6; Gabica 0-4, 0-0, 0; Sigler 9-14, 4-5, 23; Waller 5-11, 1-2, 11; Holthaus 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schaeffer 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schlader 0-0, 0-2, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Genesee-Druffel 3-5, 3-4, 12; S. Hermann 4-13, 3-5, 11; Nelson 1-4, 0-0, 2; Berry 7-16, 1-4, 15; J. Hermann 0-0, 0-0, 0; Borth 0-0, 0-0, 0; Stout 0-1, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-Druffel 3.
David Sigler shoots against Genesee.
Devin Schmidt scores a lay-up against Genesee.

Kamiah Tournament schedule
The Prairie boys and girls basketball teams will be competing at the Kamiah Holiday Tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29-30.
On Tuesday, Dec. 29 the Prairie girls will play Troy at 1 p.m. followed by the boys game against Troy at approximately 2:30 p.m.
On Wednesday the girls will play the North Idaho Christian girls at 1 p.m. while the boys will play Project Coeur d’Alene at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Kamiah plays the Coeur d’Alene teams on Tuesday and Troy on Wednesdays.

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,*, won 57-43
17-Summit, here, won 56-45
19-Genesee, here, won 47-42 in overtime
22-Potlatch, here*, won 78-68, details next week
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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