Lady Pirates win at Kendrick
The Prairie Lady Pirates had an 8-0 run to take the lead at the end of the first half and were able to hold on for a 39-34 win at Kendrick Tuesday, January 19.
Kendrick had a 0-8 run in the first quarter that gave them a 4-12 lead but Prairie fought back to within 3 by the end of the quarter.Mary Shears goes up for a lay-up at Kendrick as Kayla Johnson, NaTosha Schaeffer and Amber Holthaus watch.
Amber Holthaus connected on a 3-pointer and a short hook shot for 5 of Prairieís 12 first quarter points. Mary Shears and MaKayla Schaeffer each added a basket and Meaghan Bruner had a pair of free throws.
Kendrick pushed the lead back to 7 points at 14-21 in the second quarter and still led 16-22 with 40 seconds left in the half.
At the 38 second mark Megan Sigler connected on a 3-pointer to cut the lead in half.
With 12 seconds left Holthaus was fouled and made the first of 2 free throws. She missed the second but Shears rebounded the miss and put it back to tie the game at 22.
Holthaus then stole the ball on defense and passed ahead to Sigler who made a lay-up to put Prairie ahead 24-22 with 4 seconds left.
Kendrick came out and took the lead right back on a pair of free throws and a basket as Prairie went scoreless for nearly 3 minutes.
Shears broke the scoring drought with a putback to tie the game at 26 and Holthaus stole the ball again and fed NaTosha Schaeffer for a layup. 
Nearly 2 minutes later Sigler drove into the lane and tossed in a running 1-hander and 30 seconds later did it again to put Prairie up by 6 at 32-26.
Kendrick cut the lead back down to 2 but Kayla Johnson scored a putback to give Prairie a 34-30 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Kendrick opened the fourth quarter with a basket but Prairie then held them scoreless for 7 minutes as they built a 7 point lead.
Shears scored a free throw and MaKayla Schaeffer drove into the lane for a running 1-hander to make it 37-32 with 4:03 left. 
With 2:51 left Johnson fed Holthaus for a lay-up to make it 39-32.
Prairie wouldnít score again but Kendrick would add only a basket with 30 seconds left to trim the final margin to 5 points.
Shears had another double-double as she had 11 points and 20 rebounds to lead Prairie in both categories. Sigler added 10 points while Holthaus scored 8, MaKayla Schaeffer 4 and NaTosha Schaeffer, Johnson and Bruner had 2 points each.
Prairie outrebounded Kendrick 43-35 with Sigler and Johnson contributing 6 rebounds each.
Holthaus had 5 steals and 4 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 46 from the field, 33%, and 7 for 14 at the line, 50%. Kendrick was 13 for 52 from the field, 25%, and 7 for 13 at the line, 54%.
Of note is the fact that Kendrickís Darryl Kirby and Brooke Brown combined to hit 5 of 8 shots, nearly all lay-ups, in the first quarter but were held to just 3 points combined after that, none in the second half.
MaKayla Schaeffer, 14, sets a pick for Megan Sigler in the girls game at Kendrick.With the win Prairie finishes their league slate with a 3-6 mark and are 6-12 overall.
The JV game was limited to just 2 quarters because Kendrick has only JV players that arenít also on the varsity. Prairie outscored Kendrick 14-2 in the second quarter to pull out a 19-11 win.
The game was scoreless until Shelby VonBargen put Prairie up 2-0 with a lay-up at the 3:20 mark of the first quarter.
Kendrick then outscored Prairie 2-9 the rest of the quarter to take a 4-9 lead. Demetria Riener had Prairieís only points in that run as she scored a putback with 30 seconds left in the quarter.
Prairie amped up the full court pressure in the second quarter and reeled off 10 straight points to take a 14-9 lead.
Kendal Schumacher scored inside to cut the lead to 3. After a Prairie turnover on the offensive end, Tanna Schlader stole the inbounds pass and scored to cut the lead to 1.
Another Kendrick turnover on their next possession led to a basket by Schumacher that put Prairie in the lead.
Schlader again stole the ball and scored and Schumacher added a basket to make it 14-9.
With 2:45 left in the game, Kendrick finally got on the scoreboard but Prairie ended the game with a 5-0 run.
Schumacher scored a basket and a free throw and VonBargen scored on an inbounds play as she had both the first and last points of the game.
Schumacher scored 9 to lead the JVís while Schlader and VonBargen scored 4 each and Riener scored 2.
Rebounding was even at 17-17 with Schumacher having 5 to lead Prairie.
Schumacher and Callie Mader had 3 steals each and Schlader had 3 assists.
Prairie was 9 for 31 from the field, 29%, and 1 for 3 at the line, 33%. Kendrick was 5 for 15 from the field, 33%, and 1 for 2 at the line, 50%. Kendrick was limited to just 4 shot attempts in the second quarter.
Prairie forced Kendrick into 23 turnovers in 2 quarters of play, 14 in the second quarter.
Prairie      12 12 10 5 -39
Kendrick 15   7   8 4 -34
Prairie-Sigler 4-14, 1-4, 10; N. Schaeffer 1-4, 0-1, 2; M. Schaeffer 2-4, 0-1, 4; Holthaus 3-7, 1-2, 8; Shears 4-13, 3-4, 11; K. Johnson 1-4, 0-0, 2; Bruner 0-0, 2-2, 2; F. Johnson 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Holthaus, Sigler.
Kendrick-Kerby 2-8, 1-2, 5; Utke 1-4, 1-2, 3; Deeds 2-6, 0-2, 4; Brown 4-9, 0-0, 8; Smith 3-21, 5-7, 11; Vakoch 0-2, 0-0, 0; Ireland 1-2, 0-0, 3. 3-pointers-Ireland.

Lady Pirates lose at Kamiah
It was a case of the Prairie Lady Pirates not making their shots and Kamiah making theirs as Prairie lost at Kamiah 23-52 Friday, Jan. 22.
Kamiah jumped out to a 0-8 lead in the game with Prairie not getting in the scoring column until Mary Shears connected from the perimeter at the 3:35 mark.
A 3-pointer by Amber Holthaus and a putback by Kayla Johnson enable Prairie to cut the lead to 7-10 but Kamiah hit a 3-pointer to make it 7-13 at the quarter break.
In the second quarter Prairie hit just 1 of 9 shot attempts while Kamiah was hitting 7 of 13 as the Kubs took a 16-30 halftime lead. The only thing that kept it from being a bigger margin was 7 free throws scored by Prairie including 5 out of 6 by MaKayla Schaeffer.Amber Holthaus puts up a shot against Kamiah.
In the third quarter it was even worse as Prairie was 0 for 11 from the field while Kamiah again hit 7 of 13. That led to a 17-47 deficit by the end of the third quarter and a running clock in the fourth quarter.
MaKayla Schaeffer wound up with 8 points to lead Prairie in scoring with Holthaus scoring 5, Fran Johnson 3, Megan Sigler, Shears and Kayla Johnson 2 each and NaTosha Schaeffer 1.
Kamiah had a 27-38 rebounding edge as well. Kayla Johnson led Prairie with 7 rebounds while Shears and MaKayla Schaeffer had 6 each.
Shears had 3 steals.
Prairie was 6 for 39 from the field, 15%, and 9 for 19 at the line, 47%. Kamiah was 22 for 47 from the field, 47%, and 1 for 4 at the line, 25%. It wasnít all lay-ups for their high percentage shooting as they were 7 for 12 on 3-point attempts.
With the loss Prairie drops to 6-13 on the season.
The JV and C teams also lost their games as the JVís fell 35-44 and the C team lost 18-29.
In the JV game Prairie fell behind 4-15 by the end of the first quarter and 4-17 early in the second.
Prairie rallied back in the second quarter though as Tanna Schlader and Kendal Schumacher scored 7 points each. Prairie finished the half with a 14-0 run to take a 22-19 halftime lead.
Kamiah had a couple of players that were also on the varsity team that sat out the second quarter and they turned the game back their way with those two players back in action in the third quarter. Kamiah quickly regained the lead with a 2-13 run to open the second half and they later had a 0-10 run to take a 28-44 lead in the fourth quarter.
Prairie then scored the final 7 points of the game to close the final gap to 9.
Schumacher scored 12 to lead the JVís with Schlader scoring 11. Taylor Heitman scored 8 and Shelby VonBargen and Hope Vanator scored 2 each.
Prairie dominated on the boards 52-25 with 3 players in double figures. Heitman led with 15 rebounds with Schumacher adding 13 and Schlader 11.
Schlader also had 6 steals and 2 assists and Callie Mader also had 2 assists.
In the C game Prairie was outscored in each quarter as they trailed 2-4 at the end of the first quarter, 7-12 at the half and 12-21 after 3 quarters.
Hope Vanator and Leslie Nida were Prairieís leading scorers with 4 points each with Stephanie Gimmeson and Amanda Stinson scoring 3 each, Amanda Dinning 2 and Betty Clark and Cheryl Gehring 1 each.
The C team had a 45-36 rebounding edge led by Nida who had 10. Gehring and Tyler Workman added 8 rebounds each.
Vanator had 4 steals.
Prairie     7   9   1 6 -23
Kamiah 13 17 17 5 -52
Prairie-Sigler 0-5, 2-4, 2; N. Schaeffer 0-3, 1-2, 1; M. Schaeffer 1-6, 6-7, 8; Holthaus 2-5, 0-2, 5; Shears 1-6, 0-2, 2; Bruner 0-0, 0-0, 0; F. Johnson 1-4, 0-0, 3; Schmidt 0-1, 0-1, 0; Keating 0-0, 0-0, 0; Riener 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Holthaus, F. Johnson.
Kamiah-Bl. Jacobs 4-9, 0-0, 9; Br. Jacobs 0-2, 0-0, 0; Cloninger 6-9, 1-2, 15; Lloyd 2-3, 0-0, 4; Nygaard 4-6, 0-0, 10; Harper 4-8, 0-0, 9; Lane 2-5, 0-2, 5; Messenger 0-1, 0-0, 0; Pineda 0-0, 0-0, 0; Williams 0-3, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Cloninger 2, Nygaard 2, Bl. Jacobs, Lane, Harper.

District Tournaments to start Monday
The Prairie Lady Pirates start District Tournament action next week at the LCSC Activity Center.
The tournament starts on Monday, Feb. 1 with the #1 vs. #8 and #4 vs. #5 games at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. respectively.
With a 3-6 league record Prairie will be either the #6 or #7 seed and would start play on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The #2 vs. #7 game is at 6:15 and the #3 vs. #6 game is at 7:45.
With one league game left to play on Saturday between Timberline and Potlatch, the seedings are as follows: 1) Lapwai; 2) C.V.; 3) Troy; 4) Genesee; 5) Lewis County are locked in at those positions. If Timberline wins Saturday it creates a 3-way tie for 6th between Prairie, Kendrick and Timberline. In that event Kendrick would be #6, Prairie #7 and Timberline #8 according to the tiebreakers. If Potlatch wins Prairie would be #6, Kendrick #7 and Timberline #8. Prairie gets the #6 nod over Kendrick in a 2-way tie due to the fact they beat them head-to-head. Deary and Potlatch finished 9th and 10th and will not compete at District.
There will be four games on Saturday, Feb. 6.
At noon and 1:30 p.m. will be the two loser-out games. The two winners bracket games will be played at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.
On Monday, Feb. 8 will be two more loser-out games starting at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.
The tournament will conclude on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with the third place game at 6:15 p.m. The winner of that game will play the District 1 winner, either Lakeside or Wallace, on Feb. 13.
At 7:45 p.m. will be the championship game. Both teams will advance to State.
The State Tournament will be Feb. 18-20 at Columbia High School in Nampa.
Summit Academyís girls district tournament is just a 2-team playoff between them and Culdesac with the winner advancing to state at Nampa High School Feb. 18-20.
The two teams will play best 2 out of 3 on Feb. 1 and 3 with a third game on Feb. 8 if needed. Games will be played at Highland High School.

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
19-Genesee, here* lost 32-45
22-Potlatch, here* WON!! 53-23
29 & 30-Kamiah Tournament. lost to Troy 32-41, beat North Idaho Christian 60-48
  5-Summit, here, lost 37-49
  8-Deary, there*, won 44-32
  9-Culdesac (V only), here, won 50-26
12-Troy, here*, lost 35-50
14-Orofino, here, won 51-28
16-C.V., there, 1 p.m.*, lost 48-29
19-Kendrick, there*, won 39-34
22-Kamiah, THERE, lost 23-52
28-Genesee, there
Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8 & 10-District at LCSC
Feb. 18-20-State at Boise
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