blow out Kendrick for District title
The Prairie Pirates gave Kendrick no chance at pulling off another upset in the District Tournament as they raced out to a 29-2 lead on their way to a 66-37 rout of the Tigers in the District Championship game Thursday, Feb. 25 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
A year ago the Pirates beat Kendrick to clinch their first state berth in 27 years. This year they beat them to win their first District basketball championship since 1982.
With the win they will go to state as the #1 seed from District 2 and will face District 3 runner-up Cascade at 6:15 MST Thursday, March 4 at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.
Prairie opened the game with a full-court press and forced 12 first quarter turnovers, most of which led to easy baskets.
Andrew Gabica scored Prairie’s first two baskets, the first on a drive to the hoop from the 3-point line and the second on a lay-up after a steal by Conner Rieman.
David Sigler then stole the ball near halfcourt and drove to the hoop for a lay-up leading to a Kendrick timeout.
Sigler scored another driving lay-up and then connected on a 3-pointer to make it 11-0.
Kendrick finally got on the board at the 5:14 mark with a pair of free throws.
That was followed by another steal and drive for a lay-up by Sigler and another 3-pointer leading to Kendrick’s second timeout of the quarter.
That did little to stem the tide as Prairie eventually scored 18 straight points for a 29-2 lead with 1:43 left in the quarter. The Pirates had hit 8 of their first 10 shots of the game and eventually hit 12 of 18 in the quarter.
Kendrick finally got their first basket of the game at the 1:26 mark when Kole Hardin hit a 3-pointer. He added another basket to make it 29-7 at the quarter break.
Prairie’s offense took a breather for the first 4 minutes of the second quarter as Kendrick outscored the Pirates 1-4 but Prairie then put the press back into action and scored 4 baskets off of steals as part of a 13-0 run that extended their lead to 43-11 with 1:16 left in the half.
Kendrick scored the final points of the half to make it 43-13 at the break.
Kendrick had 19 turnovers in the first half but just 5 in the second half as Prairie took the press off after the halftime break.
For all intents and purposes the game was over at that point and the second half was played mostly just to determine the final score.
The starters played through most of the third quarter and led 56-17 with 2:33 left in the third quarter. The subs played pretty much the rest of the game although Devin Schmidt got some fourth quarter playing time.
Kendrick scored the final 7 points of the third quarter and the first 4 of the fourth as they cut the lead to 28 at 56-28 but never got any closer than 27.
Sigler led the team in scoring with 18 points, 14 of which he scored in the first quarter.
Devin Schmidt wasn’t far behind with 16 points as he hit 5 of his first 6 shots in the game and wound up hitting 7 of 11.
Gabica wound up with 10 points on 5 for 6 shooting. Branden Waller score 8, Beau Schlader 4, Rieman 3, Seth Guyer, Brock Heath and Ryan Dalgliesh 2 each and Derek Schaeffer 1.
Prairie outrebounded Kendrick 39-28 with Schmidt grabbing 11 rebounds. Waller added 8.
Sigler had 5 steals 5 assists while Gabica had 3 steals and 3 assists. Waller also had 3 steals.
The Pirates were 28 for 56 from the field, 50%. They were 18 for 29 in the first half, 62%. The one weak point of the game for the Pirates was their free throw shooting as they were just 7 for 19 at the line, 37%. Kendrick was 15 for 47 from the field, 32%, and 3 for 4 at the line, 75%.
With their 21st straight win, Prairie takes a 22-1 record into the state tournament.
Prairie 29 14 13 10 -66
Kendrick 7 6 11 13 -37
Prairie-D. Schmidt 7-11, 2-3, 16; Rieman 1-2, 1-2, 3; Gabica 5-6, 0-0, 10; Sigler 7-14, 2-6, 18; Waller 4-10, 0-0, 8; Holthaus 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schaeffer 0-1, 1-2, 1; Guyer 1-4, 0-2, 2; Schlader 1-2, 1-2, 4; Heath 1-2, 0-0, 2; Dalgliesh 1-1, 0-0, 2; J. Schmidt 0-1, 0-2, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 2, Schlader.
Kendrick-Hall 0-2, 0-0, 0; Christopher 1-10, 2-2, 4; Sal Dana 5-7, 0-1, 10; Curtis 1-4, 0-0, 2; Hammond 1-5, 0-0, 2; Hardin 3-7, 0-0, 7; Free 4-9, 1-1, 9; Callahan 1-2, 0-0, 3; Boyle 0-1, 0-0, 0; Olson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wolff 0-0, 0-0, 0; Scott 0-0, 0-0, 0; Cirka 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Hardin, Callahan.
Kneeling from left are Brock Heath, Beau Schlader and Justin Schmidt. Standing from left are coaches Kevin Chaffee and Pat Holthaus, Kyle Holthaus, David Sigler, Andrew Gabica, Conner Rieman, Branden Waller, coach Scot Schlader, Devin Schmidt, head coach Teel Bruner, Seth Guyer, Derek Schaeffer and Ryan Dalgliesh.
Gun Club scores a perfect 75
Today was a beautiful day which made for some beautiful scores. The sun was shining and the birds were out, literally.
We had a perfect club score of a 75 with 40 shooters, but five 25's. Rod Sheets, Gary Riener, Derek Schaeffer, Jim Ewing and Clint Riener were among the 25's this week.
Junior shooter Derek Schaeffer was the lone 25 for the Juniors but Brandon Poxleitner shot a 24 and Matt Jungert with a 23 for a team score of 72. Good shooting everyone.
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
28-Grangeville, there, won 69-43
29-Deary, there*, won 56-24
30-Lapwai, there*, 1 p.m., won 67-33
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.
March 4-6-State at Caldwell - Opening game against Cascade, 6:15 MST at Vallivue High School, Caldwell, March 4.