Lady Pirates lose District opener
Poor shooting in the opening quarter led to a double digit deficit and Prairie never was able to recover as they lost to Troy 30-42 in their District Tournament opener Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.Mary Shears looks to shoot against Troy.
Prairie fell behind 1-10 and didn’t sink their first 2-point basket until MaKayla Schaeffer scored at the 3:34 mark. She added a driving lay-up a minute later and Megan Sigler dropped in a hook shot to cut the lead to 7-12 but Troy scored 4 in the final 46 seconds to make it 7-16 at the quarter break.
Troy extended the lead to 9-24 in the second quarter and led 11-26 at the half as Prairie connected on just 5 of 28 first half shots (18%). It didn’t help that they were just 1 for 6 at the line.
Kayla Johnson got Prairie off to a strong start in the third quarter as she twice rebounded misses by NaTosha Schaeffer and scored putbacks. She rebounded a third miss and missed the putback but was fouled and made the first free throw to cut the Troy lead to 16-26.
After a Troy 3-pointer, Prairie was able to get the lead down to single digits after a hook shot by Amber Holthaus and a fast break lay-up by Sigler.
Troy answered with a free throw and basket and led 21-32 after 3 quarters.
In the fourth quarter Troy connected on 8 of 9 free throw attempts to keep Prairie from gaining any ground.
Sigler had 9 points to lead Prairie in scoring with Kayla Johnson scoring 6, Holthaus and MaKayla Schaeffer 4 each, Mary Shears 3 and Fran Johnson and Haleigh Schmidt 2 each.
Troy also controlled the boards 31-42. Shears had 8 and NaTosha Schaeffer 6 for Prairie.
Kayla Johnson and Shears had 2 steals each.
Prairie hit just 12 of 55 shots from the field, 22%, and 5 of 14 free throws, 36%. Troy was 13 for 38 from the field, 34%, and 12 for 15 at the line, 80%.
Prairie     7   4 10   9 -30
Troy     16 10   6 10 -42
Prairie-Sigler 4-16, 0-2, 9; N. Schaeffer 0-7, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 2-7, 0-0, 4; K. Johnson 2-3, 2-4, 6; Shears 1-12, 1-6, 3; M. Schaeffer 2-5, 0-0, 4; Bruner 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 0-1, 2-2, 2; F. Johnson 1-4, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Troy-Anderson 2-5, 0-0, 6; Griffin 4-10, 0-0, 10; Pearson 1-2, 0-0, 2; Jensen 5-11, 7-9, 17; Smith 0-2, 0-0, 0; Johnson 0-3, 0-0, 0; Case 0-2, 1-2, 1; Yockey 0-1, 2-2, 2; Reagan 0-0, 2-2, 2; Knott 1-2, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Anderson 2, Griffin 2.

Lady Pirates eliminate Kendrick
Megan Sigler scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Prairie Lady Pirates to a 32-28 win Saturday, Feb. 6 at the District Tournament in Lewiston.
Megan Sigler puts up a 3-point shot against Kendrick. At right is Mary Shears.With the win Prairie was able to eliminate the team that had ended their season the past couple of years.
Prairie scored first to open the game as Mary Shears scored a putback but Kendrick then scored 8 straight points as a combination of missed shots and turnovers kept Prairie scoreless for nearly 6 minutes.
Shears scored again to end the quarter with Prairie down 4-8.
Sigler hit a 3-pointer to open the second quarter scoring and cut the lead to 1 at 7-8. That score held for almost 3 minutes before Kendrick scored a basket. 
This time Prairie came right back with another basket by Sigler on a feed from Amber Holthaus.
Prairie then went scoreless for nearly 3 minutes as Kendrick scored 5 points to push the lead to 6.
Holthaus broke the scoring drought with a 3-pointer that cut the lead in half with 55 seconds left in the half.
Kendrick scored a free throw but Kayla Johnson answered with a putback in the final seconds that pulled Prairie within 2 at the half at 14-16.
In the third quarter a defensive rebound by Holthaus led to a fast break lay-up by Sigler that tied the score at 16.
Kendrick’s Hannah Smith scored a driving lay-up to give Kendrick back the lead at the 6:31 mark of the quarter.
That score held for over 2 and a half minutes until Sigler stole the ball and scored to re-tie the game. 
A minute later Sigler scored a lay-up on a feed from NaTosha Schaeffer that gave Prairie their first lead since the opening basket.
Kendrick was able to tie the score by the end of the quarter on two free throws as Prairie went scoreless for the final 2:54 of the quarter.
Sigler had scored all 6 of Prairie’s third quarter points while Kendrick was 1 for 15 from the field in the quarter.
Sigler made it 8 straight points for Prairie when she scored on a feed from Shears to put Prairie into the lead for good at the 6:20 mark of the fourth quarter.
Kayla Johnson made it a 4 point lead a minute later with a 15 footer from the baseline on a feed from Fran Johnson.
Smith was called for traveling on Kendrick’s ensuing possession which led to a 3-pointer by Fran Johnson that put Prairie up 27-20 with 5:06 left.
Kendrick answered with a 3-point play that cut the lead back to 4.
On the ensuing possession Sigler scored her final points of the game on a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to 7 with 4:16 to play.
After another Kendrick turnover Fran Johnson was fouled on a shot attempt and went to the line for Prairie’s first free throws of the contest at the 3:36 mark of the fourth quarter. She made the second of the 2 shots for a 31-23 lead.NaTosha Schaeffer gets caught up in a double team by Kendrick. In the background is Megan Sigler and at right is Kayla Johnson.
Over the final 3 minutes of the game it appeared that the officiating took a turn toward favoring Kendrick as several calls went Kendrick’s way on fouls against Prairie with Kendrick not being called, such as when Sigler got pushed from behind while taking the ball downcourt leading to the ball going out of bounds. No foul was called with the ball going to Kendrick.
Smith hit a 3-pointer that cut Prairie’s lead to 5 with 1:39 to play.
Fran Johnson was fouled with 42 seconds left and made the first of 2 free throws to push the lead back to 6.
Kendrick scored with 12 seconds left but that was it as Prairie held on for the win.
Sigler scored 16 points to lead the Pirates as she was 5 for 5 from the field in the second half.
Fran Johnson came off the bench to score 5 points in the fourth quarter in her best outing in quite some time. Kayla Johnson and Mary Shears scored 4 points each and Holthaus scored 3.
Prairie controlled the boards 49-34 with Shears collecting 17 rebounds to lead the team. She had 11 of those in the second half. Sigler and Kayla Johnson added 7 rebounds each while Fran Johnson had 6.
Sigler had 4 steals and Kayla Johnson had 3 assists.
Prairie managed to win despite 32 turnovers. Kendrick had 22.
Prairie was 13 for 45 from the field, 29%, and 2 for 6 at the line, 33%. Prairie was 7 for 17 from the field in the second half, 41%. Kendrick was 10 for 52 from the field, 19%, including a 4 for 29 showing in the second half, 14%. They were 7 for 22 at the line, 32%.
Prairie      4 10 6 12 -32
Kendrick 8   8 4   8 -28
Prairie-Sigler 7-12, 0-1, 16; N. Schaeffer 0-2, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 1-6, 0-0, 3; K. Johnson 2-6, 0-0, 4; Shears 2-4, 0-0, 4; M. Schaeffer 0-3, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 0-3, 0-0, 0; Bruner 0-2, 0-0, 0; Mader 0-1, 0-0, 0; F. Johnson 1-6, 2-5, 5. 3-pointers-Sigler 2, Holthaus, F. Johnson.
Kendrick-Kerby 1-8, 3-7, 5; Utke 2-5, 1-3, 5; Deeds 1-7, 0-2, 2; Brown 1-10, 0-5, 2; Smith 5-22, 3-5, 14; Vakoch 0-0, 0-0, 0; Ireland 0-0, 0-0, 0; Stamper 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Smith.

Genesee ends Prairie's season
The Prairie Lady Pirates’ season came to an end Monday, Feb. 8 with a 30-44 loss to Genesee at the District Tournament at Lewiston.
MaKayla Schaeffer scores a lay-up against Genesee. At left is Meaghan Bruner.Another poor shooting performance doomed the Pirates who never led in the game.
Neither team scored early on as Genesee put the first points on the board at the 4:50 mark of the first quarter. They jumped out to a 2-7 lead but a basket and a free throw by MaKayla Schaeffer cut the margin to 2 with 12 seconds left at 5-7.
Genesee managed to hit a buzzer beater to take a 5-9 lead at the quarter break.
Genesee led by as many as 9 points in the second quarter and Prairie trailed 15-22 at the half. The second quarter was the best shooting quarter of the game for Prairie at 5 for 12 but they still lost ground.
They came out strong to open the third quarter as NaTosha Schaeffer scored a putback then added a pair of free throws. At the 5:14 mark, Mary Shears scored a free throw to cut the lead to 20-22. The rally stalled there though as Prairie made just 1 more basket in the rest of the quarter as Genesee outscored them 2-9 to take a 22-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
Prairie couldn’t get any closer than 8 points in the fourth quarter as they hit just 1 for 12 from the field. A 6 for 8 performance at the free throw line was the only thing keeping them in it. Megan Sigler and Amber Holthaus were both 3 for 4 in the quarter.
MaKayla Schaeffer wound up as Prairie’s leading scorer with 7 points. Sigler and Shears scored 5 each with NaTosha Schaeffer scoring 4, Holthaus 3 and Meaghan Bruner, Haleigh Schmidt and Callie Mader 2 each.
Prairie held a 44-38 rebounding edge led by Shears with 10. Holthaus had 8 rebounds and Sigler and MaKayla Schaeffer had 7 each.
Holthaus had 3 steals and MaKayla and NaTosha Schaeffer each had 2 assists.
Prairie was just 10 for 52 from the field, 19%, and 10 for 17 at the line, 59%. Genesee was 18 for 52 from the field, 35%, and 5 for 13 at the line, 39%.
With the loss Prairie ends their season with a 7-16 record.
Prairie    5 10 7   8 -30
Genesee 9 13 9 13 -44
Prairie-Sigler 1-10, 3-4, 5; N. Schaeffer 1-3, 2-2, 4; Holthaus 0-8, 3-4, 3; K. Johnson 0-3, 0-0, 0; Shears 2-12, 1-4, 5; M. Schaeffer 3-7, 1-3, 7; Bruner 1-3, 0-0, 2; Schmidt 1-2, 0-0, 2; Mader 1-1, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schlader 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Genesee-Dahmen 3-10, 0-1, 6; Ghiglieri 0-2, 0-0, 0; Phillips 3-5, 0-0, 8; Carlson 1-3, 2-5, 5; Johnson 6-15, 3-5, 15; Kelnhofer 4-11, 0-2, 8; Bennett 1-6, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Phillips 2, Carlson.
Haleigh Schmidt puts up a shot against Kendrick.
Amber Holthaus goes for a lay-up against Troy. At right is Megan Sigler.

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, lost 18-43
Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8 & 10-District at LCSC, lost to Troy 30-42, beat Kendrick 32-28, lost to Genesee 30-44, season over.
Feb. 18-20-State at Boise
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