Pirates beat Lapwai in overtime
The Prairie Pirates led Lapwai for 3 seconds in their non-league battle Tuesday, Dec. 14, but they were the final 3 seconds as they edged Lapwai 62-59 in overtime.
Prairie was not ready to play at the start while Lapwai came out on fire as the Wildcats were up 0-9 and 2-16 on the Pirates in the first quarter.Devin Schmidt handles the ball in the lane as David Johnson sets a pick.
At about the midway point of the first quarter, down by those 14 points, the Pirates finally decided maybe they need to play some defense and get going on offense. They managed to outscore Lapwai 8-4 the remainder of the quarter to pull within 10-20.
In the second quarter the Pirates quickly cut the lead to 7 on a free throw and then a basket by Devin Schmidt but Lapwai seemed to have an answer for every Pirates basket the rest of the half as it was still a 9 point game at the half, 22-31.
In the third quarter Lapwai still led 24-35 with 6:48 left when things started to turn around for the Pirates.
A free throw by Devin Schmidt started a 10-0 Pirate run.  David Johnson added a basket. Then Seth Guyer stole the ball, which led to a driving lay-up by Devin Schmidt. Another Lapwai turnover led to another basket by Devin. The run was capped off when Seth Guyer finally scored after the Pirates had 4 tries at the basket. He was fouled and converted the free throw to cut the lead to 34-35.
Lapwai responded though with a 0-6 run of their own to pus the lead back to 7 before Beau Schlader scored to end the quarter and cut the lead to 36-41.
A steal and subsequent basket by Schlader opened the fourth quarter scoring but Lapwai responded with a 3-pointer.
A lay-up by Schlader and an inside basket by Guyer cut the lead to 2 at 42-44 with 5:30 to play.
Lapwai was able to push their lead back to 6 points a couple of times and they still led by 5 at 48-53 with 1:29 to play in the game.
Twelve seconds after that Devin Schmidt scored a putback to cut the lead to 3.
David Johnson puts up a shot in the lane against Lapwai.Lapwai turned the ball over 9 seconds later. With over a minute to play you would think Prairie would play for a basket and then led their defense get the ball back but at the 50 second mark Schlader, who had missed badly from 3-point range the whole game, sank a tying 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Neither team scored after that as the game went in to overtime.
In the overtime period it was I score-you score as Lapwai would score but Prairie would tie it through most of the period.
Lapwai took their final lead at the 10 second mark but they then fouled Justin Schmidt who had missed the front end of a 1 and 1 earlier in the overtime. Justin sank both free throws this time to tie the game. After his second shot went through a Lapwai player called a timeout. Unfortunately for Lapwai they were out of timeouts, resulting in a technical foul.
Devin Schmidt missed the first one but made the second to give Prairie their first lead of the game.
The ball was then inbounded to Devin, who was quickly fouled. He made both free throws this time to give Prairie their final margin of victory as Lapwai’s desperation 3-pointer missed at the buzzer.
Devin Schmidt had 19 points to lead four Pirates in double figures. Johnson and Schlader each scored 13 and Justin Schmidt scored 10 while Guyer added 7 points.
14 of Devin Schmidt’s points and 11 of Schlader’s came after halftime.
Prairie was helped out considerably by Lapwai’s poor free throw shooting as the Wildcats missed 4 of 5 fourth quarter attempts and were just 1 of 6 in the game.
Prairie held a 44-36 edge on the boards led by Devin Schmidt with 12. Schlader and Justin Schmidt added 8 each while Johnson had 7.
Guyer and Schlader had 3 steals each while Schlader had 5 assists.
Prairie was 25 for 63 from the field, 40%, and 11 for 20 at the line, 55%. They were 7 for 9 from the line in overtime. Lapwai was 27 for 67 from the field, 40%.
In the JV game Prairie had an 8-0 run in the first quarter to take the lead and held on for a 48-33 win.Beau Schlader comes to a jump stop in the lane.
Chris Hoene had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the way for the Pirates.
Lapwai scored first in the game but that was their only lead. Troy Lorentz was able to tie it by hitting 2 of 4 free throws then Jarrod Higgins gave prairie the led with a basket. Hoene scored inside and Jarrod Higgins added another basket to make it 8-2. A Lapwai free throw made it 8-3 at then end of the first quarter.
Baskets by Hoene and Seth Chaffee to start the second quarter made it 12-3. 
Lapwai was able to cut the lead to 4 at 15-11 but Prairie scored the final 6 points of the half to take a 21-11 halftime lead.
Prairie led by as many as 13 in the third quarter but a 0-5 close to the quarter made it 30-22 entering the fourth. 
Prairie responded with an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter then emptied the bench as all the freshman got playing time as did Josh Schlader who missed the early part of the season due to a football injury.
Lapwai managed to trim the 19-point deficit down to 11 but Prairie scored the final 4 points for the 15-point win.
In addition to Hoene’s 15 points, Lorentz scored 6, Marcus Higgins and Jake Rowland 5 each, Jarrod Higgins and Chaffee 4 each, Dylon Bruegeman 3, Tyler Hankerson, Casey Danly and Schlader 2 each and Dakota Wilson 1.
Prairie dominated the boards 62-35 as Chaffee and Marcus Higgins each added 12 rebounds to Hoene’s team high total.
Marcus Higgins had 2 steals and 5 assists.
Prairie was 19 for 50 from the field, 38%, and 10 for 36 at the line, 28%. Lapwai was 14 for 61 from the field, 23%, and 3 for 10 at the line, 30%.
Lapwai  20 11 10 12 6 -59
Prairie   10 12 14 17 9 -62
Prairie-Schlader 5-19, 2-5, 13; Guyer 3-9, 1-1, 7; Johnson 6-10, 1-3, 13; D. Schmidt 7-14, 5-8, 19; Heath 0-2, 0-0, 0; J. Schmidt 4-10, 2-3, 10. 3-pointers-Schlader.
Lapwai-Leighton 8-16, 0-4, 16; Terry 1-2, 0-0, 3; Orton 5-11, 1-2, 11; Moore 7-17, 0-0, 16; Wheeler 3-9, 0-0, 7; Campbell 0-2, 0-0, 0; Penney 0-2, 0-, 0; Ellenwood 3-7, 0-0, 6; Bomar 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Moore 2, Terry.
Justin Schmidt is double-teamed but still looks for an open shot.

Pirates win at Timberline
The Prairie Pirates won a non-league encounter at Timberline Thursday, Dec. 16 by a score of 66-57.
Prairie jumped out to a 22-14 lead after the first quarter but Timberline rallied back to within 2 points at halftime 38-36.
The game stayed close through the third quarter as Prairie took a 50-47 lead into the final period before creating some separation with a 16-10 final frame.
Devin Schmidt scored a season high 24 points to lead the Pirates in scoring. He was 8 for 11 from the field and 7 for nine at the line
Beau Schlader scored 12 and Seth Guyer and Justin Schmidt 11 each as four Pirates hit double figures. David Johnson added 8 points.
Johnson had 10 rebounds and Schlader had 6 assists in the contest.
Colton Jared kept Timberline in the game with a game-high 29 points.
With the win Prairie goes into Christmas break with a 5-2 record.
Prairie        22 16 12 16 -66
Timberline  14 22 11 10 -57
Prairie-Schlader 4, 3-4, 12; Guyer 5, 1-3, 11; Lorentz 0, 0-0, 0; J. Schmidt 4, 3-11, 11; Johnson 3, 2-2, 8; D. Schmidt 8, 7-9, 24; Heath 0, 0-0, 0; Hoene 0, 0-0, 0; Higgins 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader.
Timberline-K. Jared 4, 3-5, 11; Syed 0, 0-0, 0; Aeschliman 0, 0-0, 0; Meyer 0, 0-0, 0; Stemrich 0, 0-0, 0; C. Jared 10, 5-9, 29; Anderson 4, 1-2, 9; L. Jared 1, 4-4, 6; Fleming 0, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-C. Jared 4.

Pirates named to All-State Football team
Recently the Idaho Statesman announced their 1-A All-State football team with several Prairie players making the squad.
Making the first team offense were Justin Schmidt at wide receiver and Colton Nuxoll at offensive lineman. Making the first team defense were Josh Roeper on the line and Devin Schmidt at linebacker.
Devin Schmidt was also named to the second team offense at running back.
The 1-A all state team includes players from both Division 1 and Division 2.
Also making the first team from the White Pine League were Marshall Williams (RB), Nate Illi (WR) and Nick Acord (OL) from Troy on offense and Kaiden Hoskins (LB) from Troy on defense. Making the second team were Alan Berry (WR) of Genesee and Grant Yenney (OL) and Mike Dunworth (K) of Troy on offense and Williams (LB) of Troy and C.J. Keasel (DL) of Potlatch on defense.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
29-Nezperce, here, lost 29-37
  3-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout, lost 36-39
  4-Troy, there, won 45-35
10-Kendrick, here*, won 47-34
13-Orofino, there, won 66-34
14-Lapwai, here, won 62-59, OT
16-Timberline, there, won 66-57
28-Kamiah there
  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*
  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

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