Pirates clinch state berth
The Prairie Pirates clinched their second straight trip to State with a 64-50 win over C.V. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
As far as we know this is the first time ever that Prairie has qualified for state in back-to-back years. We know for sure that since 1970 they have gone in 1972, 1977, 1982 and last year.David Sigler puts up a shot against C.V. as Branden Waller watches.
With the win they advance to the District Championship game against Kendrick at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Activity Center in Lewiston. Kendrick was a surprise winner over Troy.
In the game Prairie jumped out to a 17-4 lead on C.V. in the first quarter as David Sigler hit a pair of 3-pointers and Andrew Gabica scored 3 baskets. 
C.V. scored late in the quarter to make it 17-6 at the break.
Branden Waller scored a basket and 2 free throws and Sigler added a basket as Prairie upped their lead to 23-6 in the second quarter.
They led by as many as 19 late in the quarter after a steal by Sigler led to a putback by Waller that made it 29-10.
Prairie led 29-12 at the half.
In the third quarter Prairie connected on 7 of 10 shots from the floor with Sigler scoring 9 points, but lost ground to the Rams who hit an amazing 8 of 9 shots including two 3-pointers to pull within 47-33 by the end of the quarter.
C.V. scored the first 4 points of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 10 at 47-37 but could never get any closer. Each time they cut the lead to 10, Prairie was able to answer. 
Prairie pushed the lead to 53-38 only to see C.V. hit a basket and a 3-pointer to cut the led back to 10 at 53-43. 
Two free throws by Devin Schmidt were answered by a steal and a basket by C.V.ís Jesse Davis that cut the lead to 55-45 with 2:14 left.
After Davisí basket Prairie pushed the ball hard up the floor and Conner Rieman scored. Rieman then stole the ball and drove in for another baskets to make it 59-45 Conner Rieman shoots a jumper against C.V. as Branden Waller looks on.with 1:47 left. Sigler added a free throw to make it 60-45 with 1:13 left.
C.V. was able to cut the lead to 11 at 61-50 but there was only 26 seconds left on the clock. 
A free throw by Schmidt and 2 free throws by Sigler made the final margin 14.
Prairie hit 12 of 17 shots from the field in the second half to offset the 15 for 21 performance by the Rams.
Sigler wound up as the leading scorer with 24 points as he hit 8 of 13 from the field and 5 of 7 at the line. Waller scored 12 points in the first half and 15 in the game. Schmidt meanwhile did the reverse as 10 of his 11 points were in the second half.
Gabica scored 6 and Rieman and Kyle Holthaus scored 4 points each.
Prairie outrebounded C.V. 33-22 with Sigler grabbing 11 rebounds while Waller had 7.
Sigler also had 5 steals while Waller had 4 steals and 5 assists. Rieman and Schmidt added 4 assists each.
Prairie was 23 for 46 from the field, 50%, and 15 of 26 at the line, 58%. C.V. was 19 for 40 from the field, 48%, and 8 for 19 at the line, 42%.
With the win Prairie improves to 21-1 on the season.
If they beat Kendrick on Thursday it would be their first District title since 1982.
Prairie 17 12 18 17 -64
C.V.     6   6 21 17 -50
Prairie-Schmidt 3-10, 5-8, 11; Rieman 2-6, 0-0, 4; Gabica 3-5, 0-0, 6; Sigler 8-13, 5-7, 24; Waller 5-9, 5-10, 15; Holthaus 2-3, 0-0, 4; Schaeffer 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schlader 0-0, 0-0, 0; Guyer 0-0, 0-0, 0; Heath 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 3.
C.V.-C. Squires 2-2, 2-5, 6; HeavyRunner 2-8, 1-5, 6; Walker 5-10, 2-4, 13; J. Squires 3-5, 0-1, 6; Davis 3-7, 2-2, 9; Owens 2-5, 0-0, 5; Paul 2-3, 1-2, 5. 3-pointers-HeavyRunner, Walker, Davis, Owens.
Branden Waller is surrounded by defenders as he puts up a shot. Also shown is Conner Rieman.
Devin Schmidt contorts his way around a defender as he puts up a shot. In the back is Kyle Holthaus.

Pirates are state academic champs
Itís guaranteed that the Prairie boys basketball team will be picking up hardware at the State tournament as for the second straight year they have been awarded the 1-A Division 1 State Academic Award as the team with the highest cumulative grade point average in their division.
PHS principal Todd Shumway announced at the school board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16 that he had received word about the award. 
The team has a gpa of 3.498. They will pick up the award prior to the championship game Saturday, Feb. 27. The plan is to do like last year and be there in uniform ready to play in that game.

Only 1 perfect 25 this week
We had 40 shooters, weather was sunny.  We had a club score of 73.5.  25 - Andy Uhlorn.  24's Gordon Harman, Rod Sheets, Scott Jungert, Mitch Jungert, Andy Terhaar and Derek Schaeffer. 
For Junior's, we had a score of 71.  24's-Derek Schaeffer and Mitch Jungert. 23-Jake Rowland.

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, beat C.V. 64-50, beat Kendrick 66-37 to win District Title - details next week.
March 4-6-State at Caldwell - Opening game against Cascade, 6:15 MST at Vallivue High School, Caldwell, March 4.

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