Pirates beat Troy for first win
The Prairie Pirates broke open a close game in the fourth quarter as they defeated the Troy Trojans 45-35 in a non-league game at Troy Saturday, Dec. 4.
Prairie led just 33-32 after 3 quarters but finished the game off with a 10-1 run to win going away.David Johnson got inside for a lay-up against Troy. Also shown from left are Devin Schmidt, Justin Schmidt and Seth Guyer.
Troy jumped on the Pirates early as they took a 2-7 lead. 
Beau Schlader cut the lead to 2 with a 3-pointer at the 3:15 mark but Prairie still trailed 7-11 after one quarter of play. 
Baskets by David Johnson and Justin Schmidt to open the second quarter tied the game at 11. After a Troy basket, Justin Schmidt connected on 2 more baskets, the second after a Troy turnover, to give Prairie their first lead at 15-13.
The lead changed hands 3 more times in the quarter before Johnson converted a 3-point play with 20 seconds left to give Prairie a 21-19 lead at the half.
Devin Schmidt connected from the perimeter to open the second half and a putback by Devin and a runner by Schlader gave prairie a 27-21 lead with 4:32 left in the third quarter. 
The two teams traded baskets with Prairie still leading by 6 at 33-27 with 1:36 left in the period.
Troy then got a 3-pointer and then a pair of free throws from Hayden Kannikeberg to cut the lead to 1 with 38 seconds left and thatís where it stood entering the fourth quarter.
Johnson scored a putback to open the fourth quarter but Kanikkeberg answered with a lay-up. 
After a scoreless possession, Justin Schmidt stole the ball from Troy and drove in for a score with 4:20 left. 
A minute and a half later Justin scored again to push the lead to 5.
After another 30 seconds of play Johnson drove to the hoop for a basket and Devin Schmidt added a free throw to make it 42-34 with 1:15 left.
Justin Schmidt grabs an offensive rebound at Troy. He put it back for 2 of his 12 points in the game.Troy answered with a free throw but another 3-point play by Johnson with 1:04 left made it a 10-point margin and that was it for scoring. 
Devin and Justin Schmidt and Johnson each scored 12 points to lead the Pirates with Schlader adding 5 and Seth Guyer 4.
Prairie held a 29-20 rebounding edge with Johnson and Devin Schmidt each grabbing 9 rebounds.
Schlader had 3 steals and 4 assists while Johnson added 3 assists.
Prairie was 20 for 41 from the field, their best effort of the season so far at 49%, and were 11 for 16 in the second half, 69%. They still struggled at the line at 4 for 12, 33%. Troy was 14 for 37 from the field, 38%, and 5 for 8 at the line, 63%.
The Trojans were without the services of Marshall Williams who was fighting an infection.
With the win Prairie improves to 1-2 on the season.
The Pirates also won the JV game as Prairie outscored the Trojans 12-3 in the second quarter while on their way to a 40-31 win.
The game was close through the first quarter as Troy led 11-12 with 1:39 let. Chris Hoene tied the score with a free throw with 31 seconds left and Prairie opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run to take the lead for good.
Troy Lorentz had the first 5 of those 9 points with Marcus Higgins and Hoene each adding a pair of free throws. Prairie led 24-15 at the half.
A free throw and a basket by Higgins to open the third quarter pushed the lead to 27-15 and after a Troy basket they took their biggest lead of the game on a basket each by Jared Higgins and Seth Chaffee at 31-17.
Troy cut the lead back to 10 by the end of the quarter at 33-23 but the final score was the closest they would get the rest of the way.
Marcus Higgins led the scoring with 15 points with Hoene adding a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Chaffee had 7 points, Lorentz 5 and Jared Higgins 3.
Prairie had a 30-28 rebounding edge led by Hoene. Marcus Higgins added 6 rebounds.
Hoene had 3 steals and Marcus Higgins had 4 assists.
The JVís were 15 for 31 from the field, 48%, and 11 for 26 at the line, 42%, while Troy was 13 for 41 from the field, 32%, and 5 for 19 at the line, 26%.
Prairie    7 14 12 12 -45
Troy     11   8 13   3 -35
Prairie-Schlader 2-7, 0-0, 5; Guyer 2-6, 0-0, 4; Johnson 5-7, 2-3, 12; D. Schmidt 5-10, 2-9, 12; Heath 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Schmidt 6-11, 0-0, 12; Lorentz 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader.
Troy-Kanikkeberg 8-14, 2-2, 20; Malm 3-6, 1-4, 7; Gash 0-5, 0-0, 0; Hoskins 2-5, 0-0, 4; Bull 1-3, 0-0, 2; Nelson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Memmott 0-2, 0-0, 0; McCully 0-1, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-Kanikkeberg 2.

Pirates edged by Grangeville
Grangeville outscored Prairie 1-6 in the final 2:40 to pull out a 36-39 win over the Pirates in the Idaho County Shootout Friday, Dec. 3 at Grangeville.
Just prior to that finish the Pirates had scored 10 straight points to take a 35-33 lead. Beau Schlader passes to Devin Schmidt who is popping out from the keyhole. At left is David Johnson.
They had a turnover and were looking to extend the lead but Devin Schmidt was called for traveling on what he thought should have been a foul. He voiced his displeasure enough that he got slapped with a technical foul, which was his fourth personal of the game.
That seemed to turn the momentum in Grangevilleís favor as they took back the lead with the next 40 seconds and Prairie managed just a free throw the rest of the way.
Like in their opener against Nezperce the Pirates had problems with poor shooting and turnovers although their defense kept the game close.
Grangeville led 8-11 after the first quarter but Prairie scored 5 straight on a free throw by Justin Schmidt and 2 baskets by Beau Schlader to take a 13-11 lead early in the second quarter.
Grangeville answered with a 0-7 run of their own and led 15-19 at the half.
The third quarter saw the two teams alternate scores for the first 5 minutes but Grangeville scored the final 4 points of the quarter to take a 25-31 lead into the fourth.
They scored the first points of the fourth quarter to take an 8 point lead before Prairie rallied.
The Pirates used full-court pressure to force turnovers with 4 steals leading to baskets in their 10-0 run that gave them the lead.
A steal and drive by Schlader tied the score with 3:40 left and Devin Schmidt stole an inbounds pass and scored to give Prairie the lead at the 2:49 mark.
Thatís when things turned around.
Even then Grangeville led just 36-37 with 1:11 to play but Devin fouled out 20 seconds later and Grangeville added a pair of free throws 9 seconds later for the final margin.
Devin Schmidt led the team in scoring with 12 points and added 9 rebounds. Beau Schlader scored 9 points with Justin Schmidt scoring 7, David Johnson 6 and Brock Heath 2.
Grangeville held a 34-35 rebounding edge. In addition to Schmidtís 9 rebound, Johnson and Schlader added 8 each. Schlader had 4 steals and 5 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 46 from the field, 33%, and 6 for 15 at the line, 40%. Grangeville was 16 for 44 from the field, 36%, and 7 for 14 at the line, 50%.
Prairie          8 7 10 11 -36
Grangeville 11 8 12   8 -39
Prairie-Schlader 4-12, 1-3, 9; Guyer 0-4, 0-0, 0; Johnson 3-5, 0-0, 6; D. Schmidt 6-18, 0-4, 12; Heath 1-4, 0-0, 2; J. Schmidt 1-2, 5-8, 7; Lorentz 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Grangeville-Blackmer 3-9, 2-5, 8; Dreadfulwater 3-16, 1-4, 7; Hartman 2-6, 0-0, 4; Rau 0-1, 0-0, 0; Brown 3-5, 0-0, 6; Anderson 2-3, 2-2, 6; Lutz 3-4, 2-3, 8; Haage 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
David Johnson and Seth Guyer put the pressure on a Troy player. In the background is Devin Schmidt.
Beau Schlader scores a lay-up against Grangeville.

Shown are the Prairie High School varsity and JV football award winners for the 2010 season. Awards were given out Wednesday, Dec. 1. Front from left are Josh Roeper, offensive lineman of the year, All-White Pine League offensive guard and defensive end; Brock Heath, Most Inspirational, 2nd team WPL running back; Dakota Wilson, rookie of the year; and Marcus Higgins, JV most improved. Standing from left are Micah Bartlett, JV defensive player of the year; Troy Lorentz, JV offensive player of the year;  David Johnson, WPL honorable mention offensive guard; Westin Crenshaw, JV most inspirational; Devin Schmidt, Offensive player of the year, WPL Player of the Year, WPL first team running back, WPL first team linebacker; Beau Schlader, most improved, WPL 2nd team quarterback; Justin Schmidt, defensive player of the year, WPL 1st team defensive back, WPL 2nd team wide receiver and Colton Nuxoll, Defensive lineman of the year, WPL 1st team center and defensive tackle. Photo provided by Ryan Hasselstrom.


PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2010-11
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
NOVEMBER
29-Nezperce, here, lost 29-37
DECEMBER
  3-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout, lost 36-39
  4-Troy, there, won 45-35
10-Kendrick, here*
13-Orofino, there
14-Lapwai, here
16-Timberline, there
28-Kamiah there
JANUARY
  6-C.V., here*
  7-Deary, there*
11-Genesee, here
15-Potlatch, there, 4 p.m.*
18-Summit, here
20-Grangeville, here
21-Nezperce, there
25-Kamiah, there
27-Highland, here
29-Lapwai, there*
FEBRUARY
  1-Troy, here*
  8-Genesee, there*
10-Kamiah, here
17, 18, 21, 22 & 24-District at LCSC
26-State Play-in game at St. Maries
March 3-5-State at Caldwell

JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
Games start at 4 p.m. unless indicated
December
9-Orofino, here
14-Summit, there
16-Lapwai, here

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