Pirates hold off Potlatch rally
A 16-3 third quarter enabled the Prairie Pirates to avenge their only loss of the season as they knocked off Troy 53-41 at the Kamiah Christmas Tournament Tuesday, Dec. 29.
The game didnít start real well for the Pirates as they trailed 11-12 at the end of the first quarter. They came on better in the second quarter and too a 25-22 lead at the half.
In the third quarter they stepped up the defensive intensity and started hitting their shots as they dominated the quarter and took a 41-25 lead into the fourth.
Troy outscored the Pirates in the fourth but the Pirates were able to hold off any attempt at a rally.
Devin Schmidt led the scoring with 20 points while Branden Waller added 15. David Sigler and Andrew Gabica scored 6 each while Conner Rieman scored 4 and Derek Schaeffer 2.
Although Siglerís shooting eye was off he contributed 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
It was Troyís first loss of the season.
Prairie 11 14 16 12 -53
Troy    12 10   3 16 -41
Prairie-Schmidt 8, 4-4, 20; Guyer 0, 0-0, 0; Schaeffer 1, 0-1, 2; Rieman 2, 0-0, 4; Gabica 3, 0-1, 6; Sigler 1, 4-6, 6; Schlader 0, 0-0, 0; Waller 6, 3-5, 15; J. Schmidt 0, 0-0, 0; Heath 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Troy-Kanikkeberg 4, 4-5, 15; Hoskins 0, 0-0, 0; McGraw 4, -15, 9; Malm 1, 2-2, 5; Williams 1, 1-2, 3; Gash 1, 2-2, 5; Schultz 1, 0-0, 2;  Bull 1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Kanikkeberg 3, Malm, Gash.

Pirates win 8th straight
The Prairie Pirates fought off a talented Moscow JV team 57-48 at the Kamiah Christmas Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The Moscow JVís had shown they would be a force to be reckoned with when they beat Kamiah the night before. Moscow JV was a late replacement for Coeur díAlene Project which wasnít able to attend the tournament.Andrew Gabica puts up a shot from the low block against the Moscow JV. At left is Branden Waller and at right is Devin Schmidt. In the background behind Gabica is Conner Rieman.
Prairie took an early 8-5 lead as Andrew Gabica scored 4 points only to see Moscow tie it with a 3-point play. 
Devin Schmidt hit a 3-pointer to put Prairie back on top  but Moscow came back to take a 16-17 lead by the end of the quarter.
They added a free throw and a basket to open the second and expand their lead to 16-20 but then Prairieís defense shut them down the rest of the half, holding them to just 3 free throws.
Prairie got on the board in the quarter as a result of a defensive play as Gabica drew an offensive foul. That led to a basket by Schmidt.
Baskets by Branden Waller and Schmidt put Prairie back into the lead at 22-21.
After Moscow tied it, Brock Heath put the Pirates back on top as Prairie rushed the ball down the court after rebounding the missed second free throw by Moscow.
A basket by David Sigler and a free throw by Seth Guyer closed out the half putting Prairie up 27-23.
Moscow came back to tie the score twice in the third quarter but was never able to retake the lead. After they tied the score at 29, a basket by Sigler put Prairie back on top. After Moscow tied it at 31, Waller hit a pair of baskets to put Prairie up by 4. Prairie led 37-33 heading into the final period.
Prairie hit only 3 baskets in the fourth quarter but converted 14 of 20 free throws including 4 of 4 after technical fouls, to pull away to the 9-point win.
The first technical was against the Moscow bench with the score at 42-38. Sigler made both free throws and Schmidt later added another for a 45-38 lead.
Moscow was able to get back within 4 points on 3 occasions, the last with 20 seconds left. Sigler then went 5 for 6 at the line in the final 17 seconds to put the final margin at 9. The final 3 points came with just 5 seconds left when a Moscow player said something he shouldnít have when he picked up his fourth foul. Sigler was 1 for 2 on the regular foul then sank both technical free throws.
Sigler wound up leading the team in scoring with 19 points after going 9 for 12 at the line in the fourth quarter. Waller added 15 points while Schmidt scored 11. Gabica scored 6 with Conner Rieman scoring 3, Heath 2 and Guyer 1.
Prairie held a 38-28 rebounding edge led by Waller with 9. Rieman, Gabica and Derek Schaeffer added 6 rebounds each. 
Rieman had 2 steals and Sigler had 5 assists.
Prairie was 20 for 45 from the field, 44%, and 16 for 27 at the line, 59%. Moscow was 15 for 42 from the field, 36%, and 12 for 23 at the line, 52%.
With the win Prairie improves to 9-1 on the season and have won 8 straight games.
Prairie           16 11 10 20 -57
Moscow JV  17   6 10 15 -48
Prairie-Schmidt 4-7, 2-4, 11; Rieman 1-2, 1-4, 3; Gabica 2-4, 2-3, 6; Sigler 5-15, 9-12, 19; Waller 7-15, 1-2, 15; Schaeffer 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schlader 0-0, 0-0, 0; Guyer 0-0, 1-2, 1; Heath 1-1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Schmidt.
Moscow JV-Lewis 4-12, 4-6, 15; La. Brooks 2-8, 4-6, 9; McGurkin 2-6, 0-0, 4; Helbling 2-4, 1-1, 6; Jung 0-2, 0-2, 0; Lo. Brooks 1-2, 2-2, 4; Parkins 1-3, 1-3, 3; Langfield 0-0, 0-0, 0; Wilder 3-4, 1-3, 7; Farnsworth 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Lewis 3, La. Brooks, Helbling.
David Sigler rises up for a jump shot against the Moscow JV at the Kamiah Tournament.
PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2009-10
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
DECEMBER
  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
29 & 30-Kamiah Tournament, beat Troy 53-41; beat Moscow JV 57-48
JANUARY
  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*
FEBRUARY
  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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