Lady Pirates win opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates overcame a 7 point second quarter deficit to beat Nezperce 44-33 in the season Megan Sigler scores a lay-up after a Nezperce turnover. Also shown are MeShel Rad and Shelby VonBargen.opener for both teams Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Cottonwood.
Prairie jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a basket each by MaKayla Schaeffer and MeShel Rad but Nezperce answered with a 0-10 run that included  a pair of 3-pointers from Jerrica Leitch.
Prairie broke the run when Rad stole the ball and drove in for a lay-up and Schaeffer followed with a 3-pointer off an inbounds play with Megan Sigler picking up the assist.
Nezperce closed the first quarter with a basket for a 9-12 lead and scored the first 4 points of the second quarter to push their lead to 9-16.
Prairie then was able to start forcing turnovers and get some easy transition baskets.
Schaeffer started one fast break by grabbing a defensive rebound and making an outlet pass to Sigler who scored a lay-up.
Sigler then stole the ball which led to a lay-up by Tanna Schlader. Another steal by Sigler led to a putback by Schaeffer and Sigler put Prairie into the lead with a steal and drive at the 2:34 mark of the second quarter.
Nezperce briefly took back the lead but held it for only 20 seconds as Rad drove the lane for a basket to put Priarie on top for good with 1:30 left in the half.
Sigler added a 3-point play and Schlader a putback as Prairie led 24-18 at the half.
Nezperce was able to cut the lead down to 2 points in the third quarter at 28-26 but Prairie took a 30-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
Sigler opened the fourth quarter scoring with a 3-pointer and after 3 free throws, 1 by Schaeffer and 2 by Sigler, Schaeffer capped off a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer of her own to make it 39-27 with 3:35 to play.
Prairie made enough of their free throws down the stretch to maintain their lead.
Sigler wound up with 16 points to lead the Pirates in scoring while Schaeffer added 14 points. Rad scored 7, Schlader 4, Taylor Heitman 2 and Shelby VonBargen 1.
Prairie held a 30-26 rebounding edge led by Rad who had 12. Schlader added 7 rebounds.
Sigler and Schaeffer had 5 steals each while Sigler had 3 assists and Schlader had 2.
Nezperce had 20 turnovers compared to 14 for Prairie.
The Pirates were 15 for 40 from the field, 38%, and 11 for 22 at the line, 50%. Nezperce was 11 for 36 from the field, 31%, and 7 for 9 at the line, 78%.
MeShel Rad tries to take the ball up between two Nezperce defenders.Nezperce was able to win the JV game by a score of 25-28.
Nezperce took the early lead at 1-6 and led 3-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Indians pushed the lead to 4-12 before Keely Schmidt dropped in a 3-pointer and followed with a bank shot that cut the lead to 9-12.
Nezperce then scored the final 5 points of the half for a 9-17 lead.
Prairie came out strong in the third quarter with an 8-0 run that tied the game at 17. Beka Bruner had 4 of those points with Schmidt and Leah Holthaus scoring 2 each. Holthaus tied the score after stealing the ball and driving in for a lay-up.
Nezperce answered though with a 0-5 run and took an 18-22 lead into the fourth quarter.
Prairie opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run, all from the free throw line. Schmidt scored a pair and Holthaus hit 3 of 4 as Prairie took their only lead of the game, 23-22, with 5:15 left to play.
Nezperce took back the lead with a basket and a free throw. 
Then with 2:47 left to play, Nezperce inbounded under the Prairie basket after a turnover and one of their players had one of those moments as she took a shot at Prairieís basket. For some reason those shots always seem to go in as it tied the score. Schmidt got credit for the basket as the closest Prairie player to the play.
Unfortunately for the Pirates that was the final points they would get as Nezperce added 3 points in the final 2 minutes to win the game.
Schmidt led Prairie in scoring with 14 points, 12 that she scored herself. Holthaus and Bruner had 2 points each while Cassidy Stubbers scored 1 point.
Prairie had a 37-32 rebounding edge led by Bruner with 11. Schmidt added 8 rebounds while Holthaus had 7.
Schmidt had 5 steals and Bruner 4. Holthaus had 2 assists.
Prairie was 8 for 38 from the field, 21%, and 10 for 23 at the line, 43%. Nezperce was 11 for 35 from the field, 31%, and 6 for 24 at the lien, 24%.
Nezperce 12   6 9   6 -33
Prairie        9 15 6 14 -44
Prairie-Mader 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schlader 2-5, 0-2, 4; Sigler 5-13, 5-5, 16; Schaeffer 4-9, 4-9, 14; Rad 3-5, 1-4, 7; Schumacher 0-4, 0-0, 0; VonBargen 0-2, 1-2, 1; Heitman 1-2, 0-0, 2; Workman 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schaeffer 2, Sigler.
Nezperce-Seitz 5-13, 1-1, 13; Sav. Kuther 1-2, 0-0, 2; Leitch 3-9, 1-2, 9; Miller 2-7, 2-2, 6; Al. Arnzen 0-2, 0-0, 0; Pagel  0-0, 0-0, 0; Mosman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Ar. Arnzen 0-0, 1-2, 1; Syd. Kuther 0-2, 2-2, 2; Carpenter 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Leitch 2, Seitz 2.
Lady Pirates beat C.V.
The Prairie Lady Pirates improved to 2-0 on the season with a 58-38 win over Clearwater Valley Thursday, Nov. 17 at Cottonwood.
It was Prairieís first win over C.V. since the District Tournament third place game in 2007 when Nicole Nida hit the buzzer-beater that sent the Pirates to State.
MeShel Rad had a huge game for the Pirates with 21 rebounds and 17 points. 
Prairie took a 10-4 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead to 23-14 by halftime. They led 33-21 after 3 quarters.
Coach Lori Mader said it sure didnít hurt Prairieís chances when C.V.ís star guard Jade Gutzman got into foul trouble. Despite the foul trouble Gutzman had 18 points for the Lady Rams. Gutzman managed to be in the game at the end although 3 of her teammates fouled out.  C.V. was whistled for 27 fouls compared to just 10 against Prairie. The Pirates took advantage of that by outscoring the Rams 25-2 at the free throw line.
Megan Sigler matched Radís point total for the Pirates as she also scored 17 points. MaKayla Schaeffer scored 7, Tanna Schlader 4, Kendall Schumacher and Taylor Heitman 3 each and Shelby VonBargen 2.
In the JV game Prairie fell to 0-2 with an 18-33 loss. 17% shooting hurt the Pirates cause.
C.V.     4 10   7 17 -38
Prairie 10 13 10 20 -53
Prairie-Mader 0, 0-0, 0; Sigler 4, 7-13, 17; Schaeffer 0, 7-10, 7; Schumacher 1, 1-2, 3; Rad 5, 7-11, 17; Schlader 1, 2-5, 4; Heitman 1, 1-2, 3; VonBargen 1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Sigler 2.
C.V.-McHone 1, 0-0, 3; Gutzman 9, 0-0, 18; Coons 1, 0-0, 2; Gianopoulos 0, 0-0, 0; A. Reuben 2, 1-1, 5; Thomas 0, 0-0, 0; F. Reuben 1, 0-0, 3; Webb 2, 1-2, 5; Ditumo 1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-McHone, F. Reuben.

Lady Pirates win at Kendrick
The Prairie Lady Pirates improved to 3-0 on the season with a 46-30 non-league win at Kendrick Monday, Nov. 21.Tanna Schlader goes for a layup as Callie Mader sets a pick to block off a defender in the Kendrick game.
It was a close game until the final 1:35 of the first half when Prairie reeled off 9 straight points to turn a 3-point margin into a 12 point halftime lead. They followed that up with a 6-0 start to the second half and cruised from there.
In the opening quarter Prairie led 6-2 and 11-6 but Kendrick pulled within 3 on a buzzer beater to end the quarter.
The Tigers cut it to 2 with a 3-pointer midway through the period but Megan Sigler answered with a 3-point play when she was fouled on a lay-up.
Kendrick cut the lead back to 3 with 2 free throws but Prairie then got things going.
MeShel Rad hit a short turnaround jump shot. 
40 seconds later MaKayla Schaeffer stole the ball along the sidelines, drove downcourt for a lay-up and was fouled, converting the 3-point play.
With 30 seconds left in the half Sigler stole the ball and drove in for a lay-up.
Prairie finished the half with Shelby VonBargen scoring a short bank shot just before the buzzer sounded to make it 27-15.
Tanna Schlader opened the second half scoring with a putback and Schaeffer and Sigler each added a pair of free throws to give Prairie a 33-15 lead and cap off a 15-0 run.
Kendrick finally broke the run and managed to outscore Prairie 2-9 the rest of the third quarter to cut the lead to 11.
Prairie though put the game away with an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
Schaeffer hit the front end of a 1 and 1 but missed the second. VonBargen grabbed the rebound and put it in for kind of a reverse 3-point play. 
A steal by VonBargen led to a basket by Schaeffer and then Prairie added another one of those reverse 3-point plays as Schlader hit the first of 2 free throws but missed the second with Rad scoring the putback this time. That gave Prairie a 43-24 lead with 5:04 to play.
Kendrick got no closer than the final 16 point margin.
Schaeffer wound up with 14 points to lead the scoring as she hit 5 of 7 shots from the field and 4 of 5 free throws. Sigler added 12 points with Rad scoring 8, Schlader 7, VonBargen 4 and Callie Mader 1.
MaKayla Schaeffer heads up court for a lay-up after making a steal on the Kendrick end of the floor.Kendrick held a 24-28 rebounding edge with Rad leading Prairie with 7 rebounds.
Schlader had 4 steals while Rad, VonBargen and Mader had 3 each. Mader, Sigler and Schlader had 2 assists each in the game.
Prairie was 18 for 39 from the field, 46%. They were a hot 12 for 19 in the first half, 63%. They were 9 for 14 at the line, 64%. Kendrick was 12 for 36 from the field, 33%, and 5 for 9 at the line, 56%.
Kendrick had 29 turnovers while Prairie had 18.
Prairie is now 3-0 on the season, all non-league.
The JV team picked up their first win of the season as they dominated Kendrick 34-11.
Prairie led 12-1 at the end of the first quarter as Leah Holthaus and Keely Schmidt scored 4 points each, and stretched the lead to 20-7 at the half with Schmidt adding 4 more in the second quarter while Abi Chmelik scored 3.
Prairie shut out Kendrick in the third quarter, outscoring them 7-0 as Beka Bruner scored 4 points and Schmidt scored the other 3.
Bruner added 4 more in the final period as Prairie outscored Kendrick 7-4.
Schmidt had 11 points to lead the team with Bruner scoring 8, Holthaus 4, Chmelik 3, Alli Hoene, Daun Hoene and Sydney Glimp 2 each and Natasha Gimmeson and Stephanie Gimmeson 1 each.
Prairie had a 37-35 rebounding edge with Bruner and Natasha Gimmeson grabbing 6 rebounds each while Schmidt and Glimp had 5 each.
Chmelik had 8 steals while Schmidt had 5. Chmelik also had 3 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 50 from the field, 30%, and 6 for 17 at the line, 35%. Kendrick was 4 for 26 from the field, 15%, and 2 for 19 from the line, 10%.
Prairie      11 16 8 11 -46
Kendrick   8   7 9   6 -30
Prairie-Mader 0-2, 1-2, 1; Schlader 3-4, 1-4, 7; Sigler 4-8, 3-4, 12; Schaeffer 5-7, 4-5, 14; Rad 4-9, 0-0, 8; VonBargen 2-2, 0-0, 4; Heitman 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0-3, 0-0, 0; Workman 0-0, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler.
Kendrick-Ireland 2-11, 0-0, 4; Kerby 4-7, 0-0, 9; Rickert 4-7, 2-4, 10; Brown 1-5, 2-3, 4; Taylor 1-2, 0-0, 2; Britton 0-2, 1-2, 1; Peters 0-1, 0-0, 0; Stamper 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Kerby.
Shelby VonBargen looks to shoot just before the halftime buzzer in the Kendrick game. At left is Tanna Schlader who fed her the ball.

PIRATES GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2011-12
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
NOVEMBER
15-Nezperce, here, won 44-33
17-C.V, here, won 53-38
21-Kendrick, there--won 46-30
22-Troy, there, lost, details next week
28-Timberline, here
29-Potlatch, here*
DECEMBER
  1-Grangeville, there, JV only 
  2-Grangeville, hhere, Idaho County Shootout
  6-C.V., there*
  8-Genesee, there*
10-Kamiah, there
12-Troy, here*
16-Grangeville, there
JANUARY
  3-Highland, here
  6-Lapwai, there*
10-Deary, there*
13-Nezperce, there
19-Kendrick, here*
20-Kamiah, here
24-Summit, here
Jan. 30, Feb 1, 3, 6 , 8 & 10-District at LCSC
Feb. 11-State Play-In game at St. Maries
Feb. 16-18-State at Nampa
Cottonwood, Idaho 83522
 

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