hold off Kamiah
For the second straight Friday the #1 ranked 1-A Division 1 Prairie Pirates matched up with a highly ranked team in another division and came out on top. This time it was the 2-A 2nd ranked Kamiah Kubs at Kamiah with Prairie prevailing 47-44.
Kamiah scored first in the game on a 3-pointer by Jack Nygaard but Prairie answered with an 8-0 run and never trailed again.
Andrew Gabica got the scoring started for Prairie with a shot from the lane. Branden Waller and Devin Schmidt followed with 2 baskets each.
David Sigler finished off a 15-8 first quarter with 2 free throws and a 3-pointer.
Kamiah opened the second quarter with a 0-7 run to tie the score at 15 but Prairie outscored them 12-1 the rest of the quarter to take a 27-16 halftime lead.
Gabica scored to put Prairie back in the lead and Schmidt added 2 free throws after he was fouled attempting a putback.
Kamiah picked up a free throw then Prairie end the half with an 8-0 run.
Conner Rieman scored from just inside the foul line then Waller scored a pair of baskets. Rieman finished out the half’s scoring with a pair of free throws.
A basket by Schmidt with 5:06 to go in the third gave Prairie their biggest lead at 34-22. From that point on Nygaard got hot for the Kubs and scored 7 of Kamiah’s final 11 in the quarter as they cut the lead to just 2 points at 35-33 at the end of the quarter.
He stayed hot in the fourth scoring 3 driving lay-ups and a pair of free throws but Schmidt and Sigler scored enough for Prairie to be able to hang on and win.
Sigler started the second quarter with a steal and passed ahead to Kyle Holthaus for a basket.
After a score by Nygaard, Schmidt hit a pair of baskets to push the lead back to 6.
After another Nygaard basket, Sigler drove to the hoop for a lay-up and was fouled, converting a 3-point play to make it 44-37 with 4:12 left.
At that point Prairie took to running clock when they got the ball and neither team scored until Nygaard went to the hoop for a lay-up with 39 seconds left. Schmidt answered with a free throw but Nygaard scored a pair to cut the lead to 4 with 24 seconds left.
Sigler was fouled and converted both ends of a 1 and 1 with 17 seconds left and the best Kamiah could manage after that was a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the final margin to 3.
Sigler and Schmidt wound up with 13 points each to lead Prairie in scoring. Waller added 8 points, Gabica 5, Rieman 4, Holthaus 2 and Derek Schaeffer 1.
Prairie held a 33-27 rebounding edge led by Waller who had 10.
Sigler had 6 steals and 6 assists and Rieman also had 6 assists.
Prairie was 17 for 45 from the field, 38%, and 12 for 20 at the line, 60%. Kamiah was 18 for 42 from the field, 43%, and 4 for 8 at the line, 50%.
Nygaard, a grandson of Cottonwood’s Rita Riener, scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.
With their 13th straight win the Prairie varsity improves to 14-1 on the season.
In the JV game Prairie lost just their third game of the season, 52-61 in overtime.
The game was played at the Kamiah Middle School gym at the same time as the girls JV game at the high school.
Prairie 15 12 8 12 -47
Kamiah 8 8 17 11 -44
Prairie-Schmidt 5-9, 3-4, 13; Rieman 1-1, 2-2, 4; Gabica 3-5, 0-4, 6; Sigler 3-15, 6-6 13; Waller 4-12, 0-0, 8; Schaeffer 0-0, 1-4, 1; Holthaus 1-2, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Kamiah-Nygaard 9-15, 3-4, 23; Ball 4-13, 0-0, 10; Higgins 2-4, 0-2, 4; Langston 2-8, 0-0, 4; Harding 1-2, 0-0, 2; K. Hill 0-0, 1-2, 1; Ulmer 0-0, 0-0, 0; E. Hill 0-0, 0-0, 0; Millward 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Nygaard 2, Ball 2.
Pirates win at Highland
In what counts as a win for the varsity, a team of predominantly JV players beat Highland 64-28 Thursday, Jan. 21 at Craigmont.
None of the senior starters played although senior varsity reserves Kyle Holthaus and Derek Schaeffer played as did junior starter Devin Schmidt.
JV starter and varsity reserve Seth Guyer wound up as the leading scorer in the game with 18 points while Justin Schmidt scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds.
Beau Schlader added 9 points and 8 assists.
Prairie jumped out to a 21-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and stretched the lead to 38-13 by halftime and 50-19 by the end of the third quarter.
Also in the scoring column were Holthaus and Brock Heath with 7 points each, Schaeffer with 6, Ryan Dalgliesh with 4 and Devin Schmidt with 2.
The JV reserves with some play from the usual starters pulled out a 45-28 win over the Highland JV.
Prairie 21 17 12 14 -64
Highland 7 6 6 9 -28
Prairie-D. Schmidt 1, 0-0, 2; Guyer 7, 4-8, 18; Holthaus 3, 0-0, 7; Schaeffer 3, 0-1, 6; Schlader 4, 0-0, 9; J. Schmidt 5, 1-2, 11; Heath 3, 0-0, 7; Dalgliesh 2, 0-0, 4. 3-pointers-Holthaus, Heath, Schlader.
Highland-Miller 3, 0-0, 7; Briggs 4, 0-0, 8; Behler 1, 0-0, 2; Arnzen 1, 0-0, 2; Lowe 4, 1-2, 9; Eaton 0, 0-0, 0; Mercado 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers- Miller.
Two perfect 25's this week
We had 52 shooters today and the weather was sunny. We had two 25's : Andy Terhaar and Roger Kaschmitter. 24's: Lowell Mader, Ralph Terhaar, Scott Jungert, Rod Sheets, Gary Riener, Gordon Harman, Derek Schaeffer, Butch Spencer, and Gerad Poxleitner for a club score of 72.99.
Our Junior scores were Derek Schaeffer - 24, Brandon Poxleitner - 23 and Kyle Bruegeman - 23 for a total of 70.
We reported our Junior score wrong last week...We should have reported a junior score of a 69 with Brandon Poxleitner - 24, Mitch Jungert - 23 and Derek Schaeffer - 22.
PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2009-10
*indicates league game
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
15-Nezperce, there, won 59-45
16-C.V. there, 4 p.m.*, won 56-39
21-Highland, there, JV, C only, won 64-28
22-Kamiah, THERE, won 47-44
30-Lapwai, there*, 1 p.m., postponed from Jan. 23
15, 20, 23 & 25-District at LCSC
March 4-6-State at Boise