Pirates pick up first win
The Prairie Pirates picked up their first win of the season when they defeated Highland 57-30 Thursday, Jan. 5 at Craigmont.
Prairie jumped all over Highland early as they raced to a 20-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
They kept it up in the second quarter outscoring the Huskies 19-4 on their way to a 39-7 halftime lead.
Reserves played most of the second half and the fourth quarter was played with a running clock as Prairie took a 52-19 lead into the final period.
Tyler Hankerson came of the bench to lead the Pirates in scoring with 14 points while Marcus Higgins added 12. 
Justin Schmidt and Seth Chaffee scored 8 each with Lucas Arnzen scoring 7, and Rhett Schlader and Jared Higgins 4 each.
The JV squad also had little trouble as they rolled to a 55-19 win.
Prairie     20 19 13   5 -57
Highland   3   4 12 11 -30
Prairie-Schlader 1, 1-1, 4; M. Higins 3, 3-6, 12; Lorentz 0, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 3, 2-2, 8; Chaffee 3, 2-3, 8; Hankerson 6, 1-1, 14; J. Higgins 1, 2-2, 4; Bruegeman 0, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 3, 1-2, 7; Danly 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-M. Higgins 3, Hankerson, Schlader.
Highland-Weeks 1, 0-0, 3; Barg 2, 0-0, 4; Arnzen 1, 2-3, 4; Toothaker 1, 1-1, 3; Eaton 0, 1-3, 1; Canup 5, 1-4, 11; Webb 0, 0-0, 0, Remsburg 1, 2-2, 4. 3-pointers-Weeks.

Pirates lose league opener
In their first league game of the season the Prairie Pirates were beaten 51-67 by Lapwai at Cottonwood Saturday, Jan. 7.
Prairie started strong as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead with all 5 baskets being lay-ups by 5 different players.The Pirates play defense against Lapwai. From left are Seth Chaffee, Troy Lorentz, Lucas Arnzen and Justin Schmidt.
At that point Lapwai decided this wasnít going to be as easy as they may have thought and were able to rally and tie the score at 11 by the end of the quarter.
Lapwai then opened the second quarter with a 2-14 run that put them up by 13-26 with 1:57 left.
Prairie scored the final 5 points of the half to close within 8 at 18-26. Casey Danly had 3 of those 5 points with Rhett Schlader scoring the other 2.
Troy Lorentz banked in a 3-pointer to open the second half scoring and cut the lead to 5.
Prairie got within 4 at 25-29 before Lapwai started forcing turnovers. Prairie had 12 turnovers in the quarter as Lapwai outscored them 20-11 the rest of the period to rake a 36-49 lead after 3 quarters. Seth Chaffee and Tyler Hankerson each connected on a 3-pointer in the quarter to keep things from getting more out of hand.
Lapwai was able to add 3 points to their lead in the fourth quarter for the final margin of 16 points.
Justin Schmidt led the Pirates in scoring with 13 points with Marcus Higgins adding 12 points. Schlader scored 7, Lorentz 6, Chaffee 5, Hankerson and Danly 3 each and Lucas Arnzen 2.
Prairie had a 35-29 rebounding edge led by Schmidt with 10. Lorentz and Marcus Higgins added 6 rebounds each.
Schmidt had 2 steals and 5 assists and Higgins added 3 assists.
Prairie was 19 for 47 from the field, 40%, a number brought down by a 3 for 14 second quarter, and 8 for 27 at the line, 30%. Lapwai was 28 for 56 from the field, 50%, and 5 for 8 at the line, 63%.
The loss drops the Pirates to 1-7 overall and 0-1 in league play.
In the JV game the Pirates pulled off a season sweep of the Wildcats with a 53-42 win.
Dylon Bruegeman connected on his first 5 shot attempts of the game and wound up with a game-high 22 points to lead the way.
Bruegeman was 4 for 4 in the first quarter but Prairie led just 15-13 at the quarter break. 
Justin Schmidt comes up with a loose ball against Lapwai. In back is Seth Chaffee.Bruegeman opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer only to see Lapwai scored the next 4 points to cut the lead to 1.
Lucas Arnzen then scored 6 points in a 9-0 Prairie run that gave the Pirates a double digit lead at 27-17. 
Lapwai though rallied to outscore Prairie 3-7 the rest of the half to pull within 6 at 30-24. Hankerson hit a 3-pointer for Prairieís points in that run.
A 7-0 start to the third quarter gave Prairie some breathing room as Lapwai missed their first 11 shots from the field in the third quarter.
It was 39-30 heading into the final period.
Hankerson came on with 9 points in the fourth quarter and Bruegeman was 4 for 4 at the line in the final period to help the Pirates hold off Lapwai for the 11-point win.
Hankerson wound up with 12 points with Arnzen scoring 6, Jerad Higgins 5, Tanner Ross and Danly 3 each and Mason Dalgliesh 2.
The JVís dominated on the boards 48-37 led by Danly with 11 with Jerad Higgins and Hankerson adding 8 each. That helped offset the 26-12 margin in turnovers with Prairie having the 26.
Danly, Ross and Bryson Higgins had 2 steals each and Bryson Higgins also had 3 assists.
Prairie was 18 for 42 from the field, 43%, and 14 for 27 at the line, 52%, while Lapwai was 16 for 64 from the field, 25%, and 8 for 19 at the line, 42%.
Lapwai 11 15 23 18 -67
Prairie   11   7 18 15 -51
Prairie-Schlader 3-5, 1-4, 7; M. Higgins 5-11, 2-2, 12; Lorentz 2-3, 1-4, 6; Schmidt 5-15, 3-9, 13; Chaffee 2-6, 0-2, 5; Arnzen 1-1, 0-2, 2; Hankerson 1-3, 0-0, 3; Danly 1-3, 1-4, 3; J. Higgins 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Lorentz, Hankerson, Chaffee.
Lapwai-R. Leighton 5-8, 0-0, 13; Johnson 5-8, 0-0, 10; Campbell 3-4, 0-0, 6; Terry 0-4, 0-0, 0; Orton 6-12, 3-4, 16; Penney 1-2, 0-0, 2; S. Leighton 0-2, 0-0, 0; Aripa 6-10, 0-0, 13; Wheeler 0-2, 0-0, 0; Greene 2-4, 2-4, 7. 3-pointers-R. Leighton 3, Orton, Aripa, Greene.

PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2011-12
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
DECEMBER
  2-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout, lost 35-50
  9-C.V., here, lost 42-46
13-Kamiah, here, lost 36-59
15-Nezperce, here, lost 32-43
17-Genesee, there, 4 p.m., lost 37-63
20-Lapwai, there, lost 51-67
JANUARY
  5-Highland, there, won 57-30
  7-Lapwai, here*, lost 51-67
12-Troy, there*
14-Genesee, here*
17-Timberline, here
20-C.V., there*
23-Grangeville, there
26-Deary, here*
28-Kendrick, there*
31-Potlatch, here*
FEBRUARY
  2-Nezperce, there
  4-Orofino, here
  7-Summit, here
  9-Kamiah, there
14, 15, 20, 21 & 24-District at LCSC
25-State Play-in game at St. Maries
March 1-3-State at Caldwell

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