Pirates win at Troy in overtime
The Prairie Pirates clinched the White Pine League regular season championship and a #1 seed in the District Tournament with a 49-45 win in overtime at Troy Tuesday, Feb. 9.Branden Waller passes into the low post to Devin Schmidt at Troy.
With the win Prairie finished a perfect 8-0 against WPL Division 1 teams and 10-0 in the race for overall White Pine League champion. (11-0 if you count Highland. which was technically a JV game).
The win was also the 17th straight for the 18-1 Pirates whose only loss was to Troy in their second game of the season.
Troy came out fired up on senior night and jumped out to a 4-9 lead against the Pirates as Prairie was slow to get their offense going.
They managed to tie the score in the final 1:22 of the first quarter as Andrew Gabica connected on a pair of free throws and David Sigler was fouled after putting back his own miss. He converted the 3-point play to leave the score knotted at 9 at the end of the first quarter.
Troy scored the first 4 points of the second quarter and led by as many as 7 at 13-20. Prairie pulled back within 4 by halftime at 18-22.
Prairie came out strong in the third quarter with a 10-2 run as they held Troy to just 1 basket in the first 5 minutes of the quarter.
Gabica and Devin Schmidt each had 4 points in that run while Conner Rieman added a pair of free throws as Prairie tooka 28-24 lead.
Prairie still led 32-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
Troy tied the score on a steal but Prairie took back the lead on a free throw and a basket by Branden Waller who was held to just 1 shot attempt in the first half.
Sigler added a driving lay-up with 4:28 left to make it 37-32.
Troy answered with a basket then Prairie went into a delay to try and shorten the game.
David Sigler drives past Troy's Hayden Kanikkeberg.They got the clock down to 1:22 before a turnover led to a Troy free throw that cut the lead to 2.
Prairie went back to the spread and this time Troy stole the ball and drove for the tying lay-up with 52 seconds left.
Prairie then ran the clock down to 17 seconds and called a timeout to set up a win or overtime shot attempt.
Gabica got a good look from 15 feet out and missed. Rieman rebounded and also missed with Waller grabbing the rebound and apparently getting fouled as the clock  ran out. No foul was called and Waller had to get taped up where a Troy played had raked his shoulder on the non-foul.
Prairie controlled the tap in overtime and Sigler bombed in his first 3-pointer of the game off a set play with Rieman getting the assist.
22 seconds later Sigler hit another 3-pointer after a Troy turnover to put Prairie up 43-37 just 42 seconds into the extra frame.
Troy scored on a driving lay-up but Gabica answered with a lay-up off a feed from Sigler to put the lead back at 6 with 1:38 left.
Troy scored a pair of baskets to cut the lead to 2 with 32 seconds left, the second after Waller missed the front end of a 1 and 1. 
Sigler was quickly fouled after the inbounds and made both free throws to put Prairie up 47-43 with 29 seconds left.
Troy scored again with 19 seconds remaining and then got the ball back but Sigler stole the ball with 10 seconds left and that led to two free throws by Schmidt that put Prairie up again by 4 with 7 seconds left.
Troy missed on a 3-point try and Prairie rebounded as the clock ran out.
Sigler scored 8 of his game-high 15 points in the overtime period. Gabica and Schmidt also were in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. Waller scored 5, Rieman 4 and Derek Schaeffer 2.
Prairie held a 29-21 rebounding edge despite Troy’s twin towers, seniors Dillon McGraw and Clayton Schultz, both 6’5”.
Waller had 10 rebounds to lead the team while Schmidt added 7.
Sigler had 3 steals while Rieman and Gabica had 2 each. Sigler had 4 assists and Rieman had 3.
Prairie was 17 for 40 from the field, 43%, 10 for 21 in the second half and overtime, 48%. They were 13 for 17 at the line, 76%. Troy was 19 for 39 from the field, 49%, but just 10 for 24 in the second half, 42%. They were just 5 for 12 at the line, 42% and just 2 for 9 in the second half and overtime.Derek Schaeffer scores after making an offensive rebound at Troy. At right is Devin Schmidt.
In the JV game Prairie led by just 3 points at halftime but broke the game open with an 18-0 run that started in the third quarter to pull away to a 57-33 win.
Prairie led 12-10 after the first quarter with Seth Guyer scoring 4 points and Beau Schlader, Justin Schmidt, Brock Heath and Ryan Dalgliesh scoring 2 each. 
Troy took their only lead of the game on a 3-pointer to open the second quarter Marcus Higgins tied it with a free throw and Schlader connected from the perimeter to put Prairie up by 2. Prairie led 23-20 at the half.
In the third quarter Dalgliesh scored to make it a 5-point lead and Troy answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 2.
Prairie took control from that point as they scored the next 18 straight points and 23 of the next 24 to blow the game open.
Troy was just 1 for 10 from the field in the third quarter while Prairie hit on 8 of 16 attempts.
Prairie made only 3 baskets in the fourth quarter but converted 9 of 15 free throws to pull away to the 24 point win.
Prairie spread the scoring around as Heath had 10 to lead the team in scoring while Guyer and Higgins scored 9 each. Schlader and Dalgliesh scored 7 each, Schmidt scored 6, Tim Frei 4, Chris Hoene 3 and Seth Chaffee 2.
Prairie dominated the boards 42-23 with Hoene coming off the bench to grab 10 rebounds, all in the second half, to lead the team. Schmidt had 8 rebounds and Guyer had 6.
Heath and Schlader had 4 steals apiece while Schlader had 4 assists and Heath had 3.
Prairie was 22 for 50 from the field, 44%, and 11 for 22 at the line, 50%. Troy was 12 for 40 from the field, 30%, and 5 for 10 at the line, 50%.
Prairie 9   9 14 5 12 -49
Troy    9 13   8 7   8 -45
Prairie-Schmidt 3-10, 5-6, 11; Rieman 1-3, 2-2, 4; Gabica 5-7, 2-3, 12; Sigler 5-10, 3-3, 15; Waller 2-8, 1-3, 5; Schaeffer 1-1, 0-0, 2; Holthaus 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 2.
Troy-Kanikkeberg 1-5, 0-0, 2; McGraw 3-6, 3-3, 9; Williams 3-6, 1-4, 7; Gash 3-7, 0-0, 7; Schultz 7-9, 0-4, 14; Malm 2-5, 1-1, 6; Bull 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Malm, Gash.

Pirates finish regular season at 19-1
The Prairie Pirates celebrated senior night with a 43-35 win over Kamiah Friday, Feb. 12 at Cottonwood.Conner Rieman draws a lot of defenders as he puts up a shot against Kamiah.
With the win the Pirates finished the regular season with a 19-1 record, their best since the 1976-77 team that finished with the same record.
Kamiah took the early lead at 4-2 but Prairie outscored them 10-4 the rest of the first quarter to take a 12-8 lead. Devin Schmidt was the big scorer in that run with 8 of those 10 points as he was 3 for 3 from the field and 2 for 2 from the line in the quarter.
Prairie led by as many as 6 in the second quarter at 16-10 but Kamiah rallied to within 1 point at 20-19. Conner Rieman scored late in the half to give Prairie a 22-19 halftime lead.
Kamiah came out strong in the second half as they held Prairie scoreless for over 4 minutes while they scored 8 to take a 22-27 lead.
Prairie finally broke through at the 3:44 mark when David Sigler found Kyle Holthaus open for a basket. That kicked off an 11-0 run by the Pirates with 7 of those points by Sigler.
Kamiah scored the first 4 points of the fourth quarter but Prairie answered with a 6-0 run of their own and were able to hold off the Kubs down the stretch.
Sigler wound up with 15 points to lead the team in scoring while Schmidt scored 14. Branden Waller scored 8 and Rieman, Andrew Gabica and Holthaus scored 2 each.
Kamiah was led in scored by Jack Nygaard, son of former Cottonwood resident Carrie Riener Nygaard. He had 12 points.
Prairie controlled the boards 31-26 with Waller grabbing 13 rebounds to lead the team.
Gabica had 1 steal and Sigler had 5 assists.
David Sigler puts up an outside shot against Kamiah as Branden Waller watches the flight of the ball.Prairie was 17 for 37 from the field, 46%, and 8 for 11 at the line, 73%. Kamiah was 14 for 44 from the field, 32%, and 9 for 15 at the line, 60%.
In the JV game Prairie avenged an overtime loss they suffered at Kamiah with a 36-24 win.
Kamiah jumped out to a 0-4 lead but Prairie answered back with an 8-0 run with Justin Schmidt scoring 6 of those 8 points.
Prairie led 8-7 at the quarter break.
Kamiah took their final lead of the game at 12-13 with 1:50 left in the second quarter as both teams had trouble finding the hoop.
Beau Schlader put Prairie ahead for good with a tip-in with 53 seconds left in the half and then added a 3-pointer. 
Troy Lorentz closed out the scoring in the first half with a pair of free throws to make it 19-13.
Justin Schmidt scored a basket and a free throw to open the second half scoring and Prairie built on their lead through the third quarter as they took a 28-17 lead into the fourth quarter.
They opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to increase their lead to 34-17 and then coasted to the 12 point win.
Schmidt scored 11 to lead the team in scoring with Schlader scoring 9, Ryan Dalgliesh 6, Marcus Higgins 4 and Seth Guyer, Chris Hoene and Lorentz 2 each.
Rebounding was nearly even with Kamiah holding a 41-42 edge. Guyer had 10 to lead the Pirates while Hoene added 7 rebounds.
Schlader had 6 steals and 3 assists.
Prairie was 14 for 56 from the field, 25%, but Kamiah was even worse at 7 for 41, 17%. Prairie was 7 for 15 at the line, 47%, while Kamiah was also 7 for 15.
Turnovers were a key for the JV’s as they committed 15 but forced Kamiah into 27 turnovers.
Prairie       12 10 11 10 -43
Kamiah       8 11   8   8 -35
Prairie-Schmidt 5-7, 4-5, 14; Rieman 1-3, 0-0, 2; Gabica 1-1, 0-0, 2; Sigler 5-11, 4-4, 15; Waller 4-12, 0-1, 8; Schaeffer 0-0, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 1-2, 0-1, 2; Schlader 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Kamiah-Nygaard 5-17, 2-2, 12; Ball 1-9, 4-6, 6; Higgins 0-2, 2-2, 2; Langston 3-7, 0-1, 6; Harding 1-3, 0-2, 2; K. Hill 2-4, 0-0, 4; E. Hill 1-2, 1-2, 3. 3-pointers-none.

29-0 run leads to win in District opener
A 29-0 run after a ragged start helped the top seeded Prairie Pirates get past Timberline 72-49 in their District opener Monday, Feb. 15 at the LCSC Activity Center.
Next action for the Pirates is Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6:15 p.m. against Clearwater Valley, who beat Genesee in their District opener. The winner of that game clinches a trip to State.David Sigler scores one of many lay-ups the Pirates scored in the second quarter against Timberline.
It was a ragged first 11 minutes for the Pirates who turned the ball over, couldn’t shoot and didn’t rebound. Other than that they did okay.
Despite that they led most of the first quarter but a 3-pointer by C.V. with 23 seconds left gave the Rams an 8-10 lead going into the second quarter.
Prairie took a 14-12 lead in the second quarter but C.V. then got consecutive 3-pointers from Austin Blain to take a 14-18 lead with 5:28 left in the first half.
At that time Prairie regrouped and put on a full-court press. They spent the rest of the first half do a spot-on imitation of the old Lapwai powerhouses that used their press to fuel their offense.
A basket by David Sigler started the run. Devin Schmidt then stole a backcourt pass and drove in for a lay-up.
Timberline got the ball into their end on their next possession but threw the ball away. Prairie converted that turnover into a lay-up by Branden Waller.
Another Timberline turnover led to a putback by Schmidt. 
A tip-in by Schmidt, 4 straight baskets by Waller, another steal and drive by Schmidt and a lay-up by Sigler finished the half with Prairie having scored 21 straight points to take a 35-18 lead.
Waller had scored 14 second quarter points and his 18 first half points equaled Timberline’s total.
Prairie kept it going in the second half as Waller blocked a Timberline shot which led to him scoring a lay-up on the other end.
A steal by Sigler led to another Waller lay-up. Schmidt then scored a pair of baskets to make it 29 straight points.
Timberline finally scored again at the 5:20 mark of the third quarter after going just over a full quarter without scoring.
With 3:01 left in the third, Waller scored a free throw for his 27th point, putting Prairie up 51-26. Timberline finally got ahead of Waller for good on their following possession.
Prairie led 57-33 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter the subs got the bulk of the playing time but Timberline outscored Prairie just 15-16 in the period.Branden Waller scores 2 of his game-high 29 points against Timberline.
Waller wound up with 29 points on 14 for 22 shooting. At one point he hit 9 straight shots.
Schmidt had 19 points on 8 for 12 shooting and hit 5 of 6 in the first half. Sigler had 14 points with Derek Schaeffer scoring 4 and Beau Schlader, Seth Guyer and Brock Heath 2 each.
Timberline outrebounded Prairie 32-41. Waller had 9 rebounds to lead the team while Andrew Gabica had 7. 
Sigler had 6 steals and 8 assists. Schmidt had 4 steals and Conner Rieman had 3 assists.
Prairie was 33 for 61 from the field, 54%, 24 for 36 in the middle two quarters (67%). They were 7 for 9 at the line, 78%. Timberline was 18 for 60 from the field, 30%, and 7 for 14 at the line, 50%.
With the win Prairie improves to 20-1 on the season.
Prairie         8 27 22 15 -72
Timberline 10   8 15 16 -49
Prairie-D. Schmidt 8-12, 3-3, 19; Rieman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Gabica 0-1, 0-0, 0; Sigler 6-13, 1-2, 14; Waller 14-22, 1-2, 29; Schlader 1-4, 0-0, ; Schaeffer 2-2, 0-0, 4; Guyer 0-1, 2-2, 2; Heath 1-3, 0-0, 2; J. Schmidt 0-1, 0-0, 0; Dalgliesh 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Timberline-Blain 5-14, 2-3, 15; K. Jared 2-6, 1-1, 6; C. Jared 2-15, 2-4, 8; J. Jared 1-6, 0-0, 2; Hodges 4-12, 0-2, 8; Anderson 3-5, 1-2, 7; L. Jared 1-2, 1-2, 3. 3-pointers-Blain 3, C. Jared 2,K. Jared.
Devin Schmidt goes up strong for a lay-up against Timberline at District. Other Pirates from left are Conner Rieman, Andrew Gabica and Branden Waller.

3 perfect 25's this week
The skies were clear and the wind was breezy which made for a cool day.
The club had 37 shooters turn out despite the Valentine/Presidents Day weekend.  
We had three 25's and six 24's Sunday.  Although we only needed four scores for the club, we had some great scores overall. The club shot a 74.25 for the day’s events.  
Junior shooters also did their part in keeping the scores up for the overall ending.  Juniors Derek Schaeffer and Jake Rowland both shot a 24 with Sam and Frank Spencer shooting 21's. 
For adult club members, Ralph Terhaar, Gary Riener, and Gordon Harman shooting 25's.  With 24's, Rod Sheets, Andy Terhaar, Derek Schaeffer, Andy Harman, Darrel Uhlorn and Jake Rowland.  
Happy shooting to all who didn't make it or shot in other clubs.

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
29 & 30-Kamiah Tournament, beat Troy 53-41; beat Moscow JV 57-48
  7-Genesee, there*, won 37-34
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
28-Grangeville, there, won 69-43
29-Deary, there*, won 56-24
30-Lapwai, there*, 1 p.m., won 67-33
  4-Kendrick, here*, won 74-45
  9-Troy, there*, won 42-38 in overtime
12-Kamiah, here, won 43-35
15, 20, 23 & 25-District at LCSC-beat Timberline 72-49, play CV at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 20, winner clinches state berth.
March 4-6-State at Caldwell

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