Lady Pirates win 1 of 3 at state
The Prairie Lady Pirates won their first game but lost their next 2 at the 1-A, Division 1 Girls State Basketball Tournament at Nampa, Feb. 17-19.
In their opener they faced District 3 champion Notus, who had lost just 1 game all year, and beat them in overtime 52-49. In the second round they ran up against District 2 champion CV and threw a real scare into the defending state champions before falling 34-39. In the third place game on Saturday they faced District 4-5-6 champion Challis and led at halftime before losing 42-54.
Vs Notus
In the opener against Notus Prairie got off to a strong start as they jumped out to 6-0 and 10-3 leads. Callie Mader got it started with a pair of free throws then MaKayla Schaeffer and Megan Sigler added lay-ups.Callie Mader passes into the lane against a Notus defender.
After a 3-pointer by Notus, MeShel Rad scored a putback and Schaeffer added another lay-up as Prairie made 4 of their first 5 shots from the field.
They cooled off after that and Notus was able to cut the lead to 10-8 before Sigler scored a free throw and then added a basket after a steal by Schaeffer to make it 13-8 at the quarter break.
Rad opened the second quarter with a putback but then Prairie was outscored 2-10 as Notus took their first lead of the game at 17-18 with 2 minutes to play in the half.
Schaeffer finally broke a 3 minute dry spell with a basket at the 1:03 mark to put Prairie back on top. 
The lead didn’t last long as Notus’ Tarah Anderson connected on her third 3-pointer of the half 10 seconds later to give Notus back the lead.
Tanna Schlader was able to tie it at the half with a pair of free throws to make it 21-21.
Notus outscored Prairie 2-5 to open the third quarter to take a 23-26 lead. Prairie then started to rally back. Schaeffer scored to cut the lead to 1 and then hit a 3-pointer on an inbounds play to put Prairie up 28-26. Rad then scored a putback to make it 30-26.
6 of Prairie’s 8 points the rest of the quarter came at the free throw line as they took a 38-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
Notus fought back to retake the lead in the fourth quarter as Jasmine Parra made a 3-pointer at the 5:40 mark to give them a 39-40 lead.
Sigler scored a putback a minute later to put Prairie back on top.
Notus took back the lead on a free throw and a basket but Schlader scored a putback to tie it at 43 with 2:30 left.
Parra converted both ends of a one and one with 2:01 left to put Notus back on top and neither team scored again until Parra again went to the with a 1 and 1 with 32 Megan Sigler pus up a shot in the Notus game. At left is Callie Mader.seconds left. She missed the front end and Schlader was fouled on the defensive rebound. She made both free throws to tie the score at 45.
Megan Sigler had a chance to win it for Prairie with 5 seconds left but both free throw attempts rolled out.
Notus’ inbounds pass got knocked away to the side and they inbounded again with 1.3 seconds left. Schaeffer stole the pass and drove toward the hoop but time ran out before she could get the shot off and the game went into overtime.
Kayla Johnson, who hadn’t even attempted a shot in regulation play, came up with 2 big baskets to open the extra period.
Prairie never trailed the rest of the way although Anderson hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 1. Schlader was again fouled on a defensive rebound of a missed free throw and made both to put the lead back at 3. Each team added a free throw in the final 45 seconds to make the final score 52-49.
Schaeffer scored a career high 19 points to lead the Pirates in scoring and added 8 rebounds and 8 steals. Schlader added 11 points with 9 of those coming at the free throw line on 12 attempts. Sigler scored 10, Rad 6, Johnson 4 and Mader 2.
Prairie held a 60-40 rebounding advantage with Rad collecting 21 rebounds despite sitting out a lot of the game with foul trouble. Schlader added 15 rebounds.
Rad had 4 steals and Sigler had 4 assists.
Prairie was 17 for 58 from the field, 29%, and 17 for 33 at the line, 52%. Notus was 17 for 63 from the field, 27%, and 9 for 16 at the line, 56%.
Notus wound up getting whistled for 27 fouls with 4 players fouling out, 3 of them starters. Prairie was called for 17 fouls with Rad fouling out.
Prairie 13   8 17   7 7 -52
Notus   8 13 13 11 4 -49
Prairie-Mader 0-7, 2-2, 2; Sigler 4-17, 2-7, 10; Schaeffer 7-16, 4-8, 19; Rad 3-11, 0-2, 6; Schlader 1-4, 9-12, 11; Schumacher 0-1, 0-0, 0; Johnson 2-2, 0-2, 4; VonBargen 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schaeffer.
Notus-Gomez 1-6, 0-0, 2; Parra 2-19, 4-7, 9; Gumb 4-7, 1-2, 9; Anderson 5-17, 0-0, 15; Dodge 2-4, 0-0, 4; Peloquin 3-8, 1-2, 7; Christensen 0-1, 3-5, 3; Paz 0-1, 0-0, 0; Dewayne 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Anderson 5, Parra.
In the semifinals against CV Prairie played an outstanding game against the District 2 champions and defending state champions, leading by 2 with 3:06 to play before faltering down the stretch.MaKayla Schaeffer puts up a shot against C.V. as Kendall Schumacher watches.
Sigler got Prairie off to a good start with a 3-pointer and Schaeffer added a basket to give Prairie a 5-0 lead.
C.V. answered with 6 straight points to take their first lead of the game but Sigler put the Pirates back on top with her second 3-pointer of the quarter.
C.V. answered with a 3-pointer from Melanie Palmer but a hook shot by Schaeffer put Prairie back on top. C.V. tied it with a free throw but Shelby VonBargen was then fouled with 0.2 seconds left and made the second of 2 free throws to give Prairie an 11-10 lead at the quarter break.
C.V. took back the lead to open the second quarter but Schaeffer scored a lay-up and Sigler connected on her third 3-poitner to put Prairie up 16-12 with 6:02 left in the half.
Prairie then hit a long dry spell as they went nearly 4 minutes without scoring while C.V. built a 16-22 lead.
With 2:06 left in the half Schaeffer made a free throw and Schlader added another free throw to cut the deficit to 18-22 at the half.
Mikel Harrington scored a pair of free throws to put C.V. up 18-24 early in the third quarter but Schlader answered with a pair from the stripe.
A 3-pointer by Jade Gutzman put C.V. up by 7 with 5:15 left but a free throw and then a 3-point play by Schlader cut the deficit to 24-27 with 4:11 left in the quarter.
C.V. then went to spread and ate up over 3 minutes of the remainder on the clock just holding the ball.
With about 30 seconds left they finally went to their regular offense but Prairie rebounded the missed shot which led to a basket by Rad on the other end.
Prairie had another chance to cut the margin but wound up missing the shot and C.V. added a free throw with 1 second left to make it 26-29 entering the fourth quarter.
C.V. added a free throw to open the fourth quarter scoring but then Prairie shut them out for over 4 minutes as they took the lead with a 6-0 run. 
Kendall Schumacher scored a putback to start the run and Mader added a 15-footer and a 1 handed bank shot to put Prairie up 32-30 with 3:06 left to play.
Gutzman scored a free throw to break their dry spell with 2:43 left but Schaeffer rebounded her missed second shot. 
Prairie missed a shot on the other end and C.V. wound up scoring to take the lead with 1:27 left.
A turnover turned in to another C.V. basket and a 3-point deficit.
Megan Sigler puts up a 3-pointer against CV.With 1:13 left Schlader was fouled on a shot and made both free throws to cut the lead to 1.
Prairie then got a defensive rebound and Sigler was heading downcourt. Gutzman came up from behind and knocked the ball loose for a steal and although Sigler wound up knocked to the floor, no foul was called. 
C.V. wound up having to inbound the ball soon after and turned it over but Prairie couldn’t capitalize. That led to Prairie having to foul Gutzman, who made both free throws for a 34-37 lead with 18 seconds left.
Prairie turned the ball over but got it back on a turnover by C.V. at halfcourt. Mader was inbounding the ball and tossed it toward Sigler just as Sigler was cutting toward the hoop. The ball went behind Sigler who couldn’t turn around fast enough to get to the ball before C.V. did. Tylee Coons wound up being fouled and made both free throws for the final margin as C.V. held on to win.
Schlader and Sigler were the game’s leading scorers with 9 points each. Sigler’s were all on 3-pointers while 7 of Schlader 9 were from the free throw line. Schaeffer scored 7 points, Mader 4, Rad and Schumacher 2 each and VonBargen 1.
Prairie held a 31-28 rebounding edge led by Rad with 9 and Schlader with 8.
Schlader had 3 steals and Rad had 2 assists.
Prairie was 11 for 33 from the field, 33%, and 8 for 14 at the line, 57%. C.V was 10 for 38 from the field, 26%, and 16 for 23 at the line, 70%.
Prairie 11   7 8   8 -34
C.V.   10 12 7 10 -39
Prairie-Mader 2-4, 0-0, 4; Sigler 3-12, 0-0, 9; Schaeffer 3-7, 1-2, 7; Rad 1-4, 0-0, 2; Schlader 1-2, 7-9, 9; Schumacher 1-3, 0-0, 2; VonBargen 0-1, 1-2, 1; Heitman 0-0, 0-1, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 3.
C.V.-Gutzman 2-9, 3-6, 8; Coons 1-5, 5-6, 8; Kolb 2-8, 2-4, 6; Harrington 0-8, 4-4, 4; T. Reuben 1-2, 2-3, 4; Palmer 1-3, 0-0, 3; Webb 3-3, 0-0, 6. 3-pointers-Palmer, Gutzman.
Vs. Challis
In the third place game against Challis, after two intense games in two nights, it appeared the Lady Pirates just ran out of gas in the second half.MeShel Rad catches a long pass from a teammate in the Challis game. In the background are MaKayla Schaeffer, Megan Sigler and Callie Mader.
Prairie played the tall Challis team who featured only 2 players shorter than 5’8” tough in the first quarter as Schaeffer scored 8 of Prairie’s 12 first quarter points.
Rad and Mader split the other 4 points as Prairie took leads of 6-4, 10-8 and 12-10 only to see Challis force a late turnover which led to a basket and a 12-13 lead at the quarter break.
Challis pushed the lead to 4 with a 3-pointer to open the second quarter but Mader and Sigler each scored outside shots to tie the game at 16.
Challis again pushed the lead to 4 with a pair of baskets but then Prairie reeled off a 9-0 run to take a 25-20 lead.
5 of the 9 points came at the free throw line as Schlader and Sigler each converted a pair of free throws and Mader added the other on. Rad and Sigler each scored a lay-up for the 2 baskets in the run.
Challis fought back to tie the game at 26 with 50 seconds left in the half but a free throw by Johnson, who missed Friday’s game with an illness, and a driving layup by Sigler gave Prairie a 29-26 lead at the half.
In the second half it was like the rim on Prairie’s end had a lid on it as nothing would fall for the Pirates. Schaeffer, Sigler, Rad and Schlader all missed shots from inside the lane.
Rad scored a putback with 5:52 left in the third period for a 31-28 lead but Prairie then went scoreless for 4 full minutes while Challis scored 10 including a pair of 3-pointers by Nicole Helm.
Schlader broke the scoring drought with a putback but Challis added 3 more points to take a 33-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
Sigler popped in a 3 to open the fourth quarter scoring but Challis then scored the next 6 points to push their lead to double digits.
Prairie never got closer than 8 the rest of the way as Challis had another 6-0 run, all on free throws, later in the quarter.
Sigler wound up with 16 points to lead Prairie in scoring with Schaeffer adding 10 points, Rad 6, Mader 5, Schlader 4, and Johnson 1.
Prairie held a 45-43 rebounding edge against the taller Vikings led by Schlader who had 15. Rad had 12 rebounds and Schaeffer had 11.
Sigler had 4 steals and 2 assists while Schaeffer had 3 steals and 3 assists. Mader added 2 assists.
Prairie was 16 for 61 from the field, 26%, but just 5 for 34 in the second half, 15%. They were 8 for 18 at the line, 44%. Challis was 18 for 57 from the field, 32%, and 15 for 20 at the line, 75%.
With their 1-2 record at State Prairie winds up the season with a 15-12 overall record.
Prairie 12 17   4   9 -42
Challis 13 13 15 13 -54
Prairie-Mader 2-5, 1-2, 5; Sigler 6-22, 2-4, 16; Schaeffer 4-15, 2-4, 10; Rad 3-12, 0-0, 6; Schlader 1-5, 2-4, 4; Johnson 0-1, 1-4, 1; Schumacher 0-0, 0-0, 0; Heitman 0-0, 0-0, 0; Bruner 0-0, 0-0, 0; VonBargen 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 2.
Challis-Helm 3-7, 3-4, 12; Hamilton 3-12, 4-5, 10; Kemmerer 2-6, 1-1, 5; Dowton 2-9, 2-4, 6; Garlie 6-14, 2-2, 14; Chamberlain 2-2, 1-2, 5; Corrigan 0-4, 2-2, 2; Moss 0-1, 0-0, 0; Miller 0-1, 0-0, 0; Cotant 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Helm 3.
Callie Mader shoots for 3 in the Challis game.
MaKayla Schaeffer puts up a shot against Challis in the third place game.
Megan Sigler fights through traffic in the Challis game. At right is MeShel Rad.

Prairie’s girls team had to watch as Challis was awarded the third place trophy. With only 2 seniors on the squad they have a good chance to be back at state next year. See page 4 for tournament stories and photos.  Seen from left are Meaghan Bruner, Shelby VonBargen, Taylor Heitman, Tanna Schlader, Samantha Keating, Kendall Schumacher, MeShel Rad, Kayla Johnson, Megan Sigler, Lanny Wilson, and coaches Lori Mader and Sarah Walsh. MaKayla Schaeffer and Calliee Mader are sitting down behind the rest of the team.

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 to Jan. 27
18-Grangeville, here, lost 26-61
22-Orofino, here, postponed due to weather to January 3
23-Kamiah, here, lost 39-40
29-Culdesac, there, won 67-18
30-Lapwai, here*, lost 33-75
  3-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout, lost 27-50
  4-Genesee, there, 1 p.m., won 56-31
  7-Deary here*, won 50-22
  9-Nezperce, here, lost 44-37
13-Timberline, there (schedule change), won 51-37
17-Kendrick, there*, won 58-51 in double overtime
  3-Orofino, here (rescheduled from Nov. 22) Cancelled as Orofino is down to JV only status
  4-Summit, here, lost 36-50
10-Orofino, there, see note above
13-C.V., here*, lost 48-60
15-Potlatch, there, 1 p.m.*, won 53-22
18-Lewiston JV here, varsity only, 6 p.m., won 62-51
22-Genesee, here, 1 p.m.*, won 64-14
24-Kamiah, there, lost 41-46
25-Troy, there*, won 60-40
27-Culdesac, here won 76-22
Feb 2, 5, 7  & 9-District at LCSC-defeated Deary 63-34, lost to CV 35-51, defeated Troy 61-48, defeated Kendrick 45-37
Feb. 12-State Play-In game at St. Maries, 6 p.m.-will play District 1 champion Lakeside for a berth in State Tournament. Won 42-25
Feb. 17-19-State at Nampa, Play Notus at 2:00 p.m. PST. Beat Notus 52-48 in OT; lost to CV 34-39; lost to Challis 42-54.
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