Pirates win District title
The Prairie Pirates trailed most of the first half but rallied in the second half and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 41-33 win over Genesee in the District Championship game Thursday, Feb. 24 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.Beau Schlader sinks a 3-pointer in the second half. At left are David Johnson and Devin Schmidt. Photo by Kayla Raymond.
It is the second straight District championship for the Pirates and puts them in the first game at the State Tournament at Vallivue High School in Caldwell. They will play Grace, the 2nd place team from Districts 4-5-6 at 12:15 PST. 
The game was low scoring throughout as defenses dominated.
Genesee jumped out to a 4-10 lead with Devin Schmidt scoring Prairie’s 4 points. Sam Druffel scored 5 of Genesee’s 10.
A 3-pointer by Schmidt cut the lead to 3 with 1:15 left but Genesee got a basket from Reggie Tilleman to push the lead back to 5.
The Pirates were able to trim the lead to 2 by the end of the quarter on a free throw by Beau Schlader and a basket by David Johnson.
In the second quarter Schlader scored the first 4 points to give Prairie their first lead at 14-12 with 5:35 left.
The teams exchanged baskets until late in the quarter when Genesee scored a pair of baskets to take a 20-18 lead at the half.
Alan Berry scored all 8 points for Genesee in the quarter while Johnson and Justin Schmidt each scored for Prairie.
Genesee extended the lead to 5 early in the third quarter with a 3-pointer by Ryan Kneale and it was still a 5-point lead with 4:05 left after Berry scored to make it 22-27. 
Prairie then shut down the Bulldogs for the rest of the third quarter while scoring 6 straight points. Justin Schmidt’s basket with 21 seconds left gave Prairie a 28-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Druffel put Genesee back on top with a 3-pointer 13 seconds into the fourth quarter but Schlader answered with a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to put Prairie back on top.
A basket by Johnson and another 3-pointer by Schlader made it 36-30 with 5:28 to play.
A free throw by Druffel and a baskets by Tilleman cut the lead in half with 2:50 left. Genesee never scored again.
Prairie broke a 3 minute scoring drought when Johnson scored with 2:24 to play to push the lead to 5.
Seth Guyer hit 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch to push the final margin to 8 points.
Schlader wound up with 13 points to lead the Pirates in scoring while Johnson scored 10, Devin Schmidt 9, Justin Schmidt6 and Guyer 3.
Berry led Genesee with 12 while Druffel had 9. Those two combined for 43 points when Prairie lost to Genesee a couple weeks ago.
Prairie takes an 18-5 record into the State Tournament.
Thanks to Kayla Raymond for taking notes and photos while the editor was at the State Wrestling Tournament.
Prairie     10 8 10 13 -41
Genesee  12 8   7   6 -33
Prairie-B. Schlader 5, 1-2, 13; Guyer 0, 3-4, 3; J. Schmidt 3, 0-0, 6; Johnson 5. 0-0, 10; D. Schmidt 4, 0-0, 9; Heath 0, 0-0, 0; J. Schlader 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-B. Schlader 2, D. Schmidt.
Genesee-Jones 0, 0-0, 0; Druffel 3, 1-2, 9; Kneale 1, 0-2, 3; Tilleman 2, 0-0, 4; Berry 6, 0-0, 12; Herrmann 2, 1-2, 5; B. Druffel 0, 0-0, 0; Dermeerler 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-S. Druffel 2, Kneale.
David Johnson goes for a lay-up as Justin Schmidt watches. In the background is Devin Schmidt.
Justin Schmidt puts up a shot inside.

The Prairie Pirates with the District Championship trophy. Back from left are head coach Teel Bruner, assistant coach Scot Schlader, David Johnson, Justin Schmidt, Devin Schmidt, Josh Schlader, Seth Guyer, Brock Heath and assistant coaches Pat Holthaus and Kevin Chaffee. Front from left are managers Jake Bruner aned Rhett Schlader, Beau Schlader, Troy Lorentz, Seth Chaffee, Christopher Hoene, Marcus Higgins and manager Hunter Chaffee.

8th graders take first at Grangeville
The Prairie 8th Boys AAU basketball team brought home the gold medal at the Grangeville boys’ 4th-8th tournament this past weekend.  They started off Friday evening by beating the perennial tournament winner, Grangeville, by a score of 38-32.  The boys had to bounce back and play at 8:00 the following morning against Pomeroy.  It was not their best effort but they pulled out a 35-31 win.  That put them in the championship game against the Lewiston Rockets.  The boys fell behind by 8 points with 4 minutes to go in the game but managed to rally and tie the score at the end of regulation.  The Pirates went on to win in overtime by a score of 37-32.  The boys played great all tournament, even though illness kept one player out; they gave a total team effort.
The team  presented Coach Bryan Higgins with a plaque for his many years of dedication to their program.  Bryan has been coaching most of these boys since Pee Wee Basketball in the 2nd grade, throughout their Jr. High seasons and during off season AAU each year.  

Here the team is shown with their 1st place medals from the Grangeville tournament on February 26th and the plaque they presented Coach Higgins with a picture of their 2nd place win in the Orofino tournament.  Back Row: Bryan Higgins, Tanner Ross, Jake Bruner, Lucas Arnzen, Josh Lustig. Front Row: Bryson Higgins, Rhett Schlader, John Mager, Mason Dalgleish

3 shooters post perfect 25's again this week
41 shooters vied for competition at the Cottonwood Gun Club last Sunday for week 8 of 10.  
“Horrible” winds had the birds dancing in the skies every which way, none the less we still had some pretty good scores! Dave Poxleitner 25/20, Rob Eldredge 25/22, and Andy Terhaar 25/21 were our 3 top dogs.  Followed close behind with 24’s were Lowell Mader 24/-, Roger Kaschmitter 24/17, Pepper Harman 24/20 and Rod Sheets 24/19.  This gives the club a score of 73.8. A correction should be noted for week 7, Andy Terhaar also shot a 24, sorry for overlooking you Andy! Our top Junior shooter was Ben Havens 23/19 from Lewiston.  Good job everyone! Don’t forget about the upcoming meat shoot on March 12th and our yearly banquet to be held April 23rd.

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; beat Genesee 41-33 for District title.
March 3-5-State at Caldwell. Beat Grace 43-42; lost to C.V. 35-37; beat Shoshone 51-45 in double OT, third at State. Details next week.

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