Kamiah ends Pirates win streak
In a matchup of teams ranked #1 in the state in their divisions the Prairie Pirates lost to the Kamiah Kubs 30-47 at Kamiah Tuesday, Jan. 25.
The Kubs came out in the first quarter and put the clamps on Prairie’s offense, forcing 8 turnovers and holding them to just 9 shot attempts. Kamiah played a tight man defense most of the game and had the quickness to stick with the Pirates.Devin Schmidt reaches to grab the ball in the game against Kamiah. The Kamiah player is Jack Nygaard, grandson of Cottonwood’s Rita Riener.
The Kubs meanwhile jumped out to leads of 0-8 and 6-15 behind the 9 first quarter points of Jack Nygaard.
Prairie made an adjustment in the second quarter and held Kamiah scoreless for over 5 minutes but could only muster 4 points in that span as they cut the lead to 13-20.
Nygaard, who had cooled off from the outside, then started driving to the hoop and scored 6 points in the final 2:41 of the half as Kamiah pushed their lead back to 12 by halftime at 15-27.
In the second Prairie was able to cut the lead to 9 points on two occasions, 23-32 in the third and 27-36 early in the fourth, but couldn’t get any closer.
It was Prairie’s first loss after 12 straight wins. They’ll play Kamiah again at Cottonwood to close out their regular season.
Beau Schlader wound up leading the Pirates in scoring with 14 points with Devin Schmidt scoring 8, David Johnson 4, Seth Guyer 3 and Justin Schmidt 2.
Nygaard led Kamiah with 22 points and picked up several assists feeding Eric Hill on cuts to the hoop as Hill scored 15.
Prairie held a 36-32 rebounding edge led by Johnson with 12. Schlader added 10 rebounds.
Brock Heath had 2 steals and Devin Schmidt and Johnson had 2 assists each.
Prairie was 10 for 40 from the field, 25%, and 7 for 14 at the line, 50%.
In the JV game Prairie was held scoreless for the final 3 minutes of the game and lost 26-32.
Beau Schlader passes to Seth Guyer in the Kamiah game.Prairie started strong as they jumped out to leads of 8-2 and 10-4 with Marcus Higgins scoring 4 of those points.
Kamiah then rallied back with a 0-10 run that carried into the second quarter. Kamiah led 12-18 before Prairie started a rally of their own.
Seth Chaffee connected from just inside the 3-point line then Higgins scored a pair of free throws and gave Prairie the lead at the half with a 3-pointer to make it 19-18.
Kamiah took a 19-22 lead in the third quarter as Prairie went scoreless for the first 4 minutes. Prairie finally broke through on a nice screen and roll play between Tyler Hankerson and Marcus Higgins. Hankerson wound up scoring and then added a free throw as he was fouled on the play to tie the game at 22.
Kamiah responded with a 3-pointer to retake the lead and Troy Lorentz scored a putback to make it 24-25 after 3 quarters.
Neither team scored in the first 5:30 of the fourth quarter thanks to turnovers and poor shooting on both sides.
Chaffee finally broke through with a basket at the 3:25 mark to give Prairie a 26-25 lead but that was their only points of the quarter.
Kamiah finally scored with 2:40 left to take back the lead and then added 5 more points down the stretch.
Marcus Higgins scored 9 points to lead the JV’s in scoring and also led in rebounds with 8. Chaffee added 6 points with Jared Higgins and Lorentz scoring 4 each and Hankerson 3.
Rebounding was even at 33 each with Chaffee adding 7 rebounds.
Chris Hoene had 4 steals and Jared and Marcus Higgins each had 2 assists.
Prairie was 11 for 47 from the field, 23%, and 3 for 7 at the line, 43%. Kamiah was 14 for 39 from the field, 36%, and 3 for 9 at the line, 33%.
Prairie     9 6 10   5 -30
Kamiah 20 7   9 11 -47
Prairie-Schlader 5-16, 2-7, 14; Guyer 1-1, 1-2, 3; Johnson 1-7, 2-2, 4; D. Schmidt 3-10, 2-3, 8; Heath 0-3, 0-0, 0; J. Schmidt 1-4, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Schlader 2.
Kamiah-Nygaard 9-18, 2-2, 22; E. Hill 6-11, 3-6, 15; K. Hill 2-10, 0-0, 4; Ulmer 2-5, 0-0, 4; Harding 1-3, 0-0, 2; Millward 0-3, 0-0, 0; Garcia 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Nygaard 2.

Pirates win big over Highland
The Prairie Pirates had little trouble bouncing back from their first loss in 13 games as they handed Highland a 75-32 loss at Cottonwood Thursday, January 27.
Prairie shot 64% from the field, by far their best effort of the year, as they jumped out to leads of 23-10 by the end of the first quarter and 40-18 at the half.
They led 63-22 after three quarters with subs playing most of the fourth quarter under a running clock.
Beau Schlader had 18 points including three 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring and also had 7 assists. Also in double figures were Brock Heath with a season high 14 points and Devin Schmidt with 12. Seth Guyer scored 9, Just Schmidt and Marcus Higgins 8 each and Troy Lorenz, David Johnson and Chris Hoene 2 each.
Devin Schmidt had 6 steals and Justin Schmidt had 7 rebounds.
Prairie also won the JV and C games by scores of 51-20 and 42-9.
Prairie     23 17 23 12 -75
Highland 10   8   4 10 -32
Prairie-Schlader 7, 1-2, 18; Guyer 4, 1-2, 9; J. Schmidt 4, 0-0, 8; Johnson 1, 0-0, 2; D. Schmidt 5, 2-4, 12; Heath 6, 0-0, 14; Hoene 1, 0-0, 2; Higgins 4, 0-0, 8; Chaffee 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader 3, Heath 2.
Highland-Miller 1, 2-3, 5; Webb 0, 0-0, 0; Briggs 1, 3-5, 5; Arnzen 2, 2-2, 6; Lowe 3, 2-5, 8; Toothaker 0, 0-0, 0; Eaton 2, -0-0, 5; Ruiz 0, 0-0, 0; Johnston 1, 0-0, 3. 3-pointers-Miller, Eaton, Johnston.

Pirates win at Lapwai
After a tight first quarter the Prairie Pirates steadily pulled away for a 62-46 win at Lapwai Saturday, Jan. 29.
It was the Pirates’ fifth straight win over Lapwai since losing to them in the district tournament in 2008. Lapwai had dominated the series prior to then.
Brock Heath opened the game’s scoring with a basket then the teams traded 3-pointers with Beau Schlader connecting from the corner for the Pirates. 
Lapwai took back the lead and led 7-9 with 4:11 left in the first quarter.Justin Schmidt goes to the hoop against Kamiah.
A pair of baskets by David Johnson on a putback and a lay-up on an inbounds play put the Pirates up 11-9. 
Lapwai tied it but Prairie then took the lead for good on a back door lay-up by Devin Schmidt on a feed from Schlader. Justin Schmidt then stole the inbounds pass and scored to make it 15-11.
Lapwai hit a 3 to cut the lead to 1 but lay-ups by Schlader and Devin Schmidt made it 19-14. Lapwai scored just before the buzzer to make it 19-16 at the break.
In the second quarter the teams traded scores as the lead went back and forth from 3 to 5 points until midway through the quarter when Schlader connected on 3 of 4 free throws and then after a Lapwai free throw, Heath hit a 3-pointer and Schlader added a basket to put Prairie up by 10 at 33-23.
Prairie led 35-27 at the half as Lapwai outscored them 2-4 in the final 2 minutes.
Prairie dominated the third quarter, outscoring Lapwai 10-2 over the first 6 minutes of play to open up a 45-29 lead. Five different players scored in that run with Heath opening the scoring with a basket, Schlader adding a 3-pointer, Johnson a basket, Justin Schmidt a free throw and Devin Schmidt a basket.
Lapwai closed the quarter with 5 straight points to cut the lead to 45-34 by the end of the period.
The Pirates outscored Lapwai 11-5 over the first half of the fourth quarter to push their lead to 56-38. Lapwai got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Schlader wound up as Prairie’s leading scorer with 16 points as he connected on three 3-pointers. Johnson and Devin Schmidt each scored 14 while Heath and Justin Schmidt scored 7 each and Seth Guyer scored 4.
Lapwai’s Reilly Leighton led their scoring with 15 points but Prairie held him to just 2 in the second half. 
Lapwai had a 30-38 rebounding edge with Schlader and Devin Schmidt grabbing 7 apiece for Prairie with Guyer and Johnson having 6 each.
Justin Schmidt had 3 steals and Schlader had 11 assists. Guyer had 3 assists and Johnson and Devin Schmidt 2 each.
Prairie was 23 for 52 from the field, 44%, and 12 for 15 at the line, 80%. Lapwai was 19 for 53 from the field, 36%, and 4 for 8 at the line, 50%.
Prairie forced 20 Lapwai turnovers while committing just 11.
David Johnson gets ready to go up strong with the ball.With the win Prairie improves to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in Division I league play. They are a perfect 9-0 in overall league games.
In the JV game Prairie fell behind by 15 in the first half and were able to rally to within 4 before falling 52-61.
Prairie fell behind 0-5 but rallied to take a 7-5 lead on Marcus Higgins’ 3-pointer. Lapwai then dominated over the next 8 plus minutes of play as they outscored the Pirates 5-22.
The reserves were put in and they were able to outscore Lapwai 7-2 over the final 2:30 of the half to cut the lead to 19-29.
They cut the lead to 8 at 25-33 in the third quarter after 2 free throws each by Higgins and Tyler Hankerson but Lapwai then connected on a couple of 3-pointers to push the lead back to 14 at 27-41.
A grouping of Higgins, Hankerson, Dakota Wilson and Dylan Bruegeman then were able to cut the lead back to 8 again at 33-41 and trailed 33-42 at the quarter break.
The same players opened the fourth and got the deficit down to 5 at 39-44 after Wilson scored at the 6:06 mark. Starters Jared Higgins, Chris Hoene, Troy Lorentz and Seth Chaffee went back in and for whatever reason they weren’t able to play with Lapwai like the second unit id as Lapwai pushed the lead back to 42-54. After a Lapwai score with 3:10 left, coach Kevin Chaffee put the other players back in and they were able to score 8 consecutive points to trim the lead to 50-54 with 1:40 left after a steal by Wilson led to a basket by Hankerson.
Lapwai though was able to outscore Prairie 2-7 after that for the final 9 point margin.
Marcus Higgins led the JV’s in scoring with 16 points while Hankerson scored 13. Chaffee scored 6 while Bruegeman and Lorentz scored 4 each and Hoene, Danly and Wilson 3 each.
Prairie held a 41-30 rebounding advantage led by Hoene with 14.
Wilson had 3 steals and Marcus Higgins and Bruegeman had 3 assists each.
Prairie was 18 for 53 from the field, 34%, and 15 for 25 at the line, 60%. Lapwai was 25 for 50 from the field, 50%, and 8 for 21 at the line, 38%.
Prairie   19 16 10 17 -62
Lapwai 16 11   7 12 -46
Prairie-Schlader 5-17, 3-4, 16; Guyer 1-3, 2-2, 4; Johnson 7-9, 0-1, 14; D. Schmidt 5-13, 4-4, 14; Heath 3-6, 0-0, 7; J. Schmidt 2-4, 3-5, 7. 3-pointers-Schlader 3, Heath.
Lapwai-Leighton 7-15, 0-0, 15; Campbell 0-3, 0-0, 0; Ellenwood 1-4, 0-0, 2; Orton 6-13, 1-2, 14; Moore 3-5, 1-2, 9; Wheeler 0-0, 1-2, 1; Terry 0-6, 0-0, 0; Johnson 2-6, 0-0, 4; Bomar 0-0, 0-0, 0; Penney 0-1, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-Leighton, Orton, Moore.

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, cancelled
  6-C.V., here*, won 50-49
  7-Deary, there*, won 56-44
11-Genesee, here, won 54-48
15-Potlatch, there, 4 p.m.*, won 58-47
18-Summit, here, won 59-29
20-Grangeville, here, won 57-32
21-Nezperce, there, won 65-59
25-Kamiah, there, lost 30-47
27-Highland, here-C game 4 p.m., JV 5:30, varsity, 7 p.m., won 75-32
29-Lapwai, there*, won 62-46
  1-Troy, here*, won 49-35, details next week
  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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