Lady Pirates lose opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates rallied late but couldnít overcome a 16-point deficit as they fell 35-41 at Nezperce in their season opener Friday, Nov. 12.
Nezperce never trailed in the game as they scored the first 3 points of the contest and then had a 2-10 run in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 4-13 lead.
Kendal Schumacher scored at the first quarter buzzer on a feed from MeShel Rad to make it 6-13.Kayla Johnson dribbles away with a rebound as MeShel Rad, Kendal Schumacher head upcourt and Megan Sigler, 10, gets ready to take a pass.
Rad then scored to open the second quart and Schumacher and Rad each added a basket as Prairie cut the lead to 12-14.
Nezperce connected on 2 free throws while MaKayla Schaeffer scored 1 free throw to make it 13-16 with 1:29 left in the half.
Nezperce then got a 4-point play from Michelle Seitz and finished the half with a 1-7 run to make it 14-23 at the break.
Schaeffer hit a short bank shot and Kayla Johnson connected from 16 feet out to open the second half and cut the lead to 5 but Nezperce then went on a 2-12 run to open the lead up to 15 points.
A basket each by Schumacher and Tanna Schlader to close out the third quarter cut the lead to 23-35.
Nezperce went on a 2-6 run to start the fourth though and pushed their lead to 16 at 25-41 with 3:37 left to play. Unfortunately 2 of those Nezperce points were scored by Prairieís Schaeffer who rebounded a Nezperce miss and put it back in their basket.
Prairie was able to score the final 10 points, 8 of them by Rad and the other two by Schaeffer who scored in the right basket this time, but it was too little, too late.
Rad led the Pirates in scoring with 16 points and also had 14 rebounds. Schumacher and Schaeffer scored 5 each while Johnson scored 4, Schlader 3 and Haleigh Schmidt 2.
Seitz led Nezperce with 25 points.
Prairie held a 35-27 rebounding edge. 
The Pirates were 15 for 41 from the field, 37%, and 5 for 17 at the line, 29%. Nezperce was 14 for 40 from the field, 35%, and 11 for 19 at the line, 58%.
MeShel Rad makes a move on offense. In the background is Tanna Schlader.Rad had 3 assists and 3 steals while Megan Sigler and Callie Mader each had 2 assists.
With the loss Prairie is 0-1 on the season.
The JV game was just a 2 quarter game due to lack of numbers on the Nezperce squad with Prairie winning 15-10.
Prairie jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter only to see Nezperce come back to tie the game at 6 by the end of the quarter. Demetria Riener had 4 of Prairieís 6 first quarter points.
Nezperce took their only lead at 6-8 as they scored first in the second quarter but Prairie then held them scoreless for nearly 7 full minutes as they tallied 9 straight points.
Keely Schmidt tied the score with a basket at the 4:44 mark of the second quarter and Riener put Prairie into the lead for good with a perimeter shot at the 3:51 mark. 
Shaney Perrin added a free throw and a basket and Schmidt and Kayla Frei each scored a free throw as Prairie took a 15-8 lead with 1:26 left to play.
Nezperce closed out the scoring with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
Riener scored 6 to lead the JVís in scoring with Perrin and Schmidt scoring 3 each, Samantha Keating 2 and Frei 1.
Tyler Workman and Frei each had 4 rebounds to lead Prairie although Nezperce had a 21-24 rebounding edge.
Schmidt had 3 steals and Riener had 2.
Prairie was 6 for 22 from the field, 27%, and 3 for 10 at the line, 30%, while Nezperce was 4 for 24 from the field, 17%, and 2 for 6 at the line, 33%.
Prairie        6   8   9 12 -35
Nezperce 13 10 12   6 -41
Prairie-Mader 0-0, 0-0, 0; Sigler 0-7, 0-0, 0; Schaeffer 2-4, 1-2, 5; Rad 7-11, 2-4, 16; Johnson 2-5, 0-0, 4; Schumacher 2-4, 1-4, 5; Schlader 1-7, 1-6, 3; Schmidt 1-2, 0-0, 2; VonBargen 0-1, 0-0, 0; Heitman 0-0, 0-0, 0; Bruner 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Nezperce-M. Seitz 8-17, 7-8, 25; Leitch 1-8, 2-2, 4; Wemhoff 2-7, 1-2, 5; Miller 2-3, 1-4, 5; A. Kuther 0-2, 0-2, 0; K. Seitz 0-0, 0-0, 0; S. Kuther 0-1, 0-1, 0; Lycan 0-0, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 0-1, 0-0, 0; (also 2 scored by Prairie player). 3-pointers-M. Seitz 2.
MaKayla Schaeffer gets a shot away over a block attempt.
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
12-Nezperce, there, lost 35-41
16-Culdesac, here, postponed due to power outage, yet to be rescheduled.
18-Grangeville, here
22-Orofino, here
23-Kamiah, here
29-Culdesac, there
30-Lapwai, here*
  3-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout
  4-Genesee, there, 1 p.m.
  7-Deary here*
  9-Nezperce, here
17-Kendrick, there*
  4-Summit, here
10-Orofino, there
11-Timberline, there
13-C.V., here*
15-Potlatch, there, 1 p.m.*
22-Genesee, here, 1 p.m.*
24-Kamiah, there
25-Troy, there*
Jan. 31, Feb 2, 5, 7  & 9-District at LCSC
Feb. 12-State Play-In game at St. Maries
Feb. 17-19-State at Nampa
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