Pirates cruise in District opener
The Prairie Pirates jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised past the Deary Mustangs 59-30 Thursday, Feb. 17 in their District Tournament opener at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.Seth Guyer extends for a shot against Deary as Beau Schlader watches and Justin Schmidt tries to pick himself up off the floor. Photo by Kayla Raymond.
Devin Schmidt opened the scoring with a basket and Beau Schlader added a 3-pointer a minute later. Schlader added another basket and David Johnson added 2 free throws to give Prairie a 9-0 lead at the 3:41 mark of the first quarter.
Deary finally scored at the 3:32 mark and outscored the Pirates 4-7 the rest of the quarter.
In the second quarter Prairie held the Mustangs scoreless for 7:41 of the quarter as they scored 17 straight points.
Justin Schmidt scored 7 points in the quarter while Josh Schlader and Beau Schlader scored 4 each. Josh Schlader was filling in for David Johnson who picked up his third foul in the first quarter and sat out the entire second quarter.
Prairie led 32-9 at the half.
The Pirates continued to build their lead in the third quarter as they outscored the Mustangs 21-10. Devin Schmidt broke out with 13 points in the quarter as he made six baskets and a free throw.
In the fourth quarter the subs got a lot of playing time as Prairie cruised to victory.
Devin Schmidt wound up as the leading scorer with 17 points with Beau Schlader scoring 13. Seth Guyer scored 12 and was 8 for 8 at the free throw line. Justin Schmidt scored 7, Josh Schlader 6, and Johnson and Heath 2 points each.
Prairie 13 19 21   6 -59
Deary   7   2 10 11 -30
Prairie-B. Schlader 6, 0-0, 13; Guyer 2, 8-8, 12; Lorentz 0, 0-2, 0; J. Schmidt 3, 1-1, 7; Johnson 0, 2-2, 2; D. Schmidt 8, 1-1, 17; Heath 1, 0-0, 2; Hoene 0, 0-0, 0; Higgins 0, 0-0, 0; J. Schlader 3, 0-1, 6; Chaffee 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-B. Schlader.
Dary-Medlock 4, 0-0, 8; Eggers 2, 1-2, 5; Cannon 1, 0-2, 2; Rathbun 0, 1-2, 1; Stephenson 2, 0-0, 5; McCann 0, 0-0, 0; Rickert 0, 0-2, 0; Beltran 1, 0-0, 2; Halen 1, 2-2, 5; Jones 1, 0-0, 2; Bailey 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Stephenson, Halen.

Pirates clinch state berth
The Prairie Pirates clinched their third straight trip to State with a 58-55 win in overtime over Clearwater Valley Monday, Feb. 21 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
Justin Schmidt looks to put up a shot inside against C.V. at District.They also are in their third straight District Championship game and will face Genesee Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7:45 p.m.
Similar to the game the two teams played at Cottonwood where Prairie pulled out a 1-point win, C.V. led most of the way.
Eugene Heavy Runner scored 13 of C.V’s 14 first quarter points and was 3 for 4 from 3-point range. He hit two of his 3-pointers after Seth Guyer had given Prairie a 10-8 lead with a jumper from the 16 feet.
C.V.’s Stormy Wyman hit a 3-pointer to open the second quarter scoring and give the Rams a 7 point lead.
Prairie four times trimmed the lead to 2 in the quarter. The first time came after Justin Schmidt made a free throw, missed the second but wound up getting the rebound and then drove in for a lay-up to cut the lead to 17-19. 
The teams then alternated baskets as Jake Squires scored twice for C.V. and each time Devin Schmidt answered for Prairie.
Heavy Runner then scored and David Johnson answered for Prairie to make it 23-25 with 1 minute to play.
Heavy Runner made it a 4 point C.V. lead at the half when he put back his own miss.
In the third quarter C.V. built their lead back to 7 points at 28-35 but Prairie then started a run.
Beau Schlader collecting a long offensive rebound and scored from 15 feet out.  He then found Justin Schmidt open down low for a lay up.
Schlader and Devin Schmidt then worked a pretty play as Schlader dished to Schmidt then cut toward the hoop where he took Schmidt’s lob pass and scored a layup to cut the lead to 34-35. Johnson was then fouled by Heavy Runner, who picked up his third foul, and scored the first free throw to tie the game at 35.
Heavy Runner answered with a free throw as Justin Schmidt picked up his fourth foul and C.V. led by 1 at the end of the third quarter.
Prairie finally got back into the lead at the 4:42 mark of the fourth quarter, oddly enough after a Prairie turnover. Prairie had been called for 3-seconds in the lane but after C.V. inbounded, Schlader stole a C.V. pass and was right under the hoop for an easy lay-up to make it 41-40.
The lead changed hands 4 times over the next 1:20. The second lead change resulted when Heavy Runner fouled out trying to defend Devin Schmidt with 3:54 left. Devin made both free throws to make it 43-42. C.V. took back the lead with 2 free throws by Jake Squires then Justin Schmidt scored at the 3:26 mark to put Prairie back on top 45-44.Seth Guyer rises up for a jumper in the C.V. game.
C.V.’s Shane Owen was then fouled but missed the front end of a 1 and 1. Guyer rebounded the ball and headed downcourt where he passed to Schlader for a 3-pointer that out Prairie up by 4 points with 3:04 left.
Prairie then looked to run clock when they had the ball but wound up turning the ball over to C.V. for a 3-point play by Jake Squires that cut the lead to 1 with 2:20 left and for a 3-pointer by Laine Pratt that gave C.V. a 2-point lead with 1:35 left.
30 seconds later Schlader scored inside to tie the game and neither team scored after that as the game went to overtime.
Prairie scored the first 6 points in overtime on a bank shot by Justin Schmidt, 2 free throws out of 4 attempts by Schlader and a pair of free throws by Guyer to make it 56-50 with 33 seconds left.
Justin Schmidt was then called for his 5th foul with Brett Bentley making both attempts. Schlader was fouled and made both attempts to put Prairie back up by six with 23 seconds left.
Prairie then made things more dramatic than they needed to be as Devin Schmidt was called for his 5th foul on a 3-point try by Squires. Squires made all three free throws to cut the lead to 3 with just 1.5 seconds left.
C.V. called timeout to set up their defense and once they did, Prairie coach Teel Bruner called timeout to change up their inbounds play. They went for the homerun pass downcourt from Schlader to Guyer. Guyer caught the pass and then covered up as the clock ran out.
Schlader was held scoreless in the first half but scored 13 of his team high 15 points from the start of the fourth quarter on. Johnson, Devin Schmidt and Justin Schmidt each scored 11 while Guyer scored 8 and Brock Heath scored 2.
Heavy Runner led C.V. with 24 points.
Prairie held a 36-33 rebounding edge with Johnson grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Prairie. Guyer added 8 rebounds and Schlader 7.
Johnson and Schlader had 2 steals each and Schlader had 6 assists while Guyer and Justin Schmidt had 3 assists each.
Prairie was 22 for 50 from the field, 44%, and 13 for 24 at the line, 54%. C.V. was 17 for 45 from the field, 38%, and 16 for 24 at the line, 67%.
With the win Prairie improves to 17-5 on the season.
Prairie 10 13 12 15 8 -58
C.V.    14 13  9 14 5 -55
Prairie-B. Schlader 5-10, 4-9, 15; Guyer 3-6, 2-2, 8; Johnson 5-9, 1-2, 11; D. Schmidt 3-13, 5-6, 11; Heath 1-3, 0-0, 2; J. Schmidt 5-9, 1-5, 11; J. Schlader 0-0, 0-0, 0; Lorentz 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-B. Schlader.
C.V.-Pratt 1-2, 0-0, 3; Heavy Runner 8-17, 3-7, 24; Squires 4-8, 6-6, 14; Reed 0-5, 4-4, 4; Owen 2-9, 1-5, 5; Wyman 1-3, 0-0, 3; Bentley 0-0, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-Heavy Runner 3, Pratt, Wyman.
Devin Schmidt heads for the Prairie hoop on a fast break with Seth Guyer leading and David Johnson trailing. Photo by Kayla Raymond.
David Johnson puts up a 1-hander inside the lane against C.V. at District.

3 shooters post perfect 25's
Week 7 has come and gone at the Cottonwood Gun Club with a turnout of 45 shooters.  Being early this past Sunday may not have been to our benefit as it was dropping new snow upon us until we finished up at around 2pm. Earning 25’s were had by Lowell Mader 25/22 and Andy Uhlorn 25/19. Lots of runner ups with 24’s this week…Derek Schaeffer 24/21, Clint Riener 24/23, Rod Sheets 24/20, Andy Harman 24/23 and our top Junior shooter of the day also with a 24 was Jake Rowland 24/23.   73.2 for an overall club score for week 7.

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
  8-Genesee, there*, lost 46-51
10-Kamiah, here, lost 37-42 in overtime
16, 17, 21, 22 & 24-District at LCSC-beat Deary 59-30; beat CV 58-55 in OT; Play Genesee at 7:45 p.m. 2/24 for District title
March 3-5-State at Caldwell

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