Pirates win big over Highland
The Prairie Lady Pirates had little trouble beating Highland in their first game back after the Christmas break as they rolled to a 57-19 non-league win Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Cottonwood.
Prairie had a 14-0 run in the first quarter and after a Highland score reeled off another 9 straight points as they led 22-4 at the quarter break and 27-4 in the second quarter.
Tanna Schlader scored 6 in the first quarter, 4 of those at the free throw line, while Megan Sigler, MaKayla Schaeffer and MeShel Rad scored 4 points each.
In the second quarter Highland broke the dry spell with a free throw but Prairie then went on a 10-0 streak and led 39-6 at the half as Highland scored only a pair of free throws in the second quarter.
Rad added another 7 points in the quarter to give her 11 in the half.
The regular starters started the second half but everybody got into the game with subs mixing in with the regulars.
The defensive intensity backed off some and Highland was able to score 13 points in the second half while Prairie added 18.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock as Prairie took a 39 point lead into the final period.
Rad wound up with 11 points to lead the Pirates while Schaeffer scored 10. Kendall Schumacher scored 9 with Schlader, Sigler and Shelby VonBargen scoring 6 each. Callie Mader scored 4, Tyler Workman 3 and Taylor Heitman 2.
Prairie dominated the boards 47-32 with VonBargen grabbing 9 rebounds to lead the team. Rad added 7 and Schlader had 6.
Schaeffer and Sigler had 3 steals each and Sigler had 4 assists.
Prairie was 24 for 64 from the field, 38%, and 9 for 19 at the line, 47%. Highland was 8 for 38 from the field, 21%, and 3 for 9 at the line, 33%.
The JV game was just a 2-quarter game due to the limited numbers Highland has. They had just 5 players suited up for the game. Prairie had little trouble cruising to a 31-3 win after leading 18-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Highland scored their only basket of the game with 5 seconds left.
Prairie got off to a 9-0 start as Keely Schmidt and Sky Wilson, a transfer from Grangeville, each hit a 3-pointer.
Highland scored with 5:03 left in the first quarter and then went scoreless until the final 5 seconds as Prairie reeled off 22 straight.
Wilson added 3 more baskets in the first period and 2 free throws in the second for a game-high 11 points.
Daun Hoene scored 5 points and had an interesting basket on a putback. She rebounded a missed free throw and turned away from the hoop. That seemed to get everybody confused as to which end of the floor they were on. Then she realized they were on Prairie’s end and turned back to the hoop for a wide-open lay-up.
Schmidt and Whitney Sonnen scored 4 points each while Shaney Perrin scored 3 and Leah Holthaus and Natasha Gimmeson scored 2 each.
Prairie had just a 16-14 rebounding edge. Perrin and Sonnen each had 4 rebounds to lead the team.
Wilson had 3 steals while Sonnen and Kelly Heitman had 2 each. Cassidy Stubbers and Holthaus each had an assist.
Prairie forced 17 turnovers while committing just 3.
The JV’s were 11 for 28 from the field, 39%, and 7 for 15 from the line, 47%. Highland was 1 for 8 from the field, 13%, and 1 for 5 at the line, 20%. Highland had just 1 shot attempt in the first quarter due in large part to 10 turnovers.
Highland 4 2 9 5 -19
Prairie 22 17 14 4 -57
Prairie-Mader 2-9, 0-0, 4; Schlader 1-2, 4-6, 6; Sigler 3-12, 0-0, 6; Schaeffer 5-10, 0-3, 10; Rad 5-10, 1-2, 11; Schumacher 3-6, 3-4, 9; VonBargen 3-6, 0-0, 6; Heitman 1-4, 0-2, 2; Workman 1-1, 1-2, 3; Holthaus 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Highland-Hendren 0-2, 0-0, 0; C. Lowe 2-11, 0-3, 4; Dietz 4-14, 1-2, 9; Hovey 1-5, 1-2, 3; Orr 0-1, 0-0, 0; Brashear 1-3, 0-0, 2; A. Lowe 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Lady Pirates edged by Lapwai
In what amounted to a battle for the #1 seed into District the Prairie Lady Pirates came up 4 points short at Lapwai losing by a score of 49-53 Friday, Jan. 6.
Lapwai superstar Natahnee Spencer was a 1-woman wrecking crew scoring 31 of Lapwai’s 53 points and making big steals whenever the Pirates would get close.
Lapwai scored first in the game with a 3-pointer but 4 points from MeShel Rad and a basket by Callie Mader gave prairie a 6-5 lead.
At that point Lapwai’s 6’ tall Celilo Miles took over and scored 3 straight baskets to give the Wildcats a 6-11 lead and Lapwai held the lead until late in the game.
Lapwai built the lead to 8-15 before Megan Sigler ended the first quarter scoring with a 3-pointer off a kick-out feed from the low-post by Shelby VonBargen.
Lapwai led by as many as 9 at 11-20 and 13022 in the second quarter before Prairie started a rally.
The Pirates took advantage of missed Lapwai shots with Rad taking down most of the defensive rebounds to score 8 straight points and cut the lead to 21-22 with 1:24 left in the half. Sigler had a pair of baskets in that run while Rad and MaKayla Schaeffer added a basket each.
Lapwai broke the run with a 3-pointer then Spencer took over. Lapwai clamped on their full-court press with Spencer stealing the ball and scoring. She then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled, making both free throws. She wound up stealing the ball in the backcourt on 5 straight Prairie possessions as Lapwai ended the half on a 0-8 run to take a 21-30 halftime lead.
Prairie opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run to pull within 2 points at 30-32. Rad had a pair of baskets, Sigler a 3-pointer and Schaeffer 2 free throws in that run.
Lapwai answered though with a pair of 3-pointers to push their lead quickly back to 8.
Prairie again rallied as Sigler made 2 free throws and hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead to 35-38 by the end of the third quarter.
Sigler drove the baseline for a 1-hander to open the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 1.
After a basket by Spencer, Rad scored on a putback, VonBargen hit a free throw to tie it and Schaeffer scored a putback to give Prairie a 42-40 lead.
Spencer scored a free throw but VonBargen hit a turnaround jumper and then added a free throw to give Prairie their biggest lead of the game at 45-41 with 3:55 to play.
Over the next 1:30 though it was Spencer taking over again as she went 6 for 6 at the free throw line, getting fouls called as she would try and force her way between Prairie defenders on the way to the basket. That led to a 45-49 Lapwai lead with 2:59 to play.
Rad broke the run when she was fouled on a putback attempt and made both free throws. After a free throw by Spencer as Schaeffer fouled out, VonBargen scored a basket to pull the Pirates within 1 at 49-50. Prairie wouldn’t score again though and Lapwai added 3 free throws for the final 4 point margin.
Sigler scored 17 to lead Prairie in scoring with Rad adding 16 points and 22 rebounds. Schaeffer scored 8, VonBargen 6 and Mader 2.
Prairie held a substantial 59-31 rebounding advantage. Schaeffer was also in double figures in rebounds with 12.
The rebounding edge was cancelled out though by the 8 extra turnovers Prairie had compared to Lapwai.
Rad and Schaeffer had 3 steals each while VonBargen had 3 assists and Sigler and Mader had 2 each.
VonBargen stepped in and played well as she got a lot of extra playing time when starter Tanna Schlader sat out the 2nd and 3rd quarters after hitting her head on the floor taking what should’ve been a charge from Spencer late in the first quarter.
Neither team shot very well in the game as Prairie was 18 for 66, 27%, and 10 for 14 at the line, 71%. Lapwai was 15 for 52, 29%, and 18 for 22 at the line, 82%. Spencer was 17 for 20 at the line with the rest of the team going 1 for 2.
The loss drops Prairie to 11-3 on the season and 4-1 in Division 1 White Pine League action.
With 3 freshmen starting on the varsity apparently Lapwai doesn’t have anybody who can play left for the JV as Prairie rolled to an easy 51-11 win in the JV game.
Prairie jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter and led 16-2 by the end of the period. Keely Schmidt led the way with 6 first quarter points while Leah Holthaus and Sky Wilson each connected on a 3-pointer.
It was more of the same in the second period as Prairie out scored Lapwai 13-4 to take a 29-6 halftime lead. Whitney Sonnen scored 5 points in the second quarter with Ali Hoene adding 4.
The starters came back on in the third quarter and Schmidt added 8 points and Beka Bruner 4 as Prairie started the third quarter with a 16-0 run, making it 25 straight points stretching back into the second quarter.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and Prairie outscored Lapwai 6-3 to close out the game. Natasha Gimmeson had 4 of those fourth quarter points.
Schmidt wound up with 16 points to lead the JV in scoring with Bruner scoring 8, Wilson 7, Sonnen 5, Ali Hoene and Natasha Gimmeson 4 each, Holthaus 3 and Daun Hoene and Stephanie Gimmeson 2 each.
Prairie held a 40-30 rebounding edge led by Bruner with 6. Daun Hoene and Ali Hoene added 5 rebounds each.
Daun Hoene had 7 steals while Wilson, Holthaus, Bruner and Schmidt had 4 each. Wilson had 3 assists.
The JVs were 22 for 60 from the field, 37%, and 5 for 9 at the line, 56%. Lapwai was 4 for 34 from the field, 12%, and 3 for 7 at the line, 43%.
Prairie 11 10 14 14 -49
Lapwai 15 15 8 15 -53
Prairie-Mader 1-4, 0-0, 2; Schlader 0-1, 0-0, 0; Sigler 6-23, 2-2, 17; Schaeffer 3-13, 2-2, 8; Rad 6-15, 4-6, 16; VonBargen 2-9, 2-4, 6; Schumacher 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 3.
Lapwai-Spencer 6-15, 17-20, 31; Ramsey 1-6, 1-2, 4; Shawl 2-6, 0-0, 5; Miles 4-12, 0-0, 8; Cunningham 1-8, 0-0, 3; Ellenwood 0-2, 0-0, 0; Andrew 1-3, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Spencer 2, Ramsey, Shawl, Cunningham.
PIRATES GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2011-12
*indicates league game
17-C.V, here, won 53-38
21-Kendrick, there--won 46-30
22-Troy, there, lost 45-54
28-Timberline, here, won 55-43
29-Potlatch, here*, won 45-12
6-C.V., there*, won 56-52
8-Genesee, there*, won 59-30
10-Kamiah, there, lost 41-52
12-Troy, here*, won 53-47
16-Grangeville, there, won 39-27
6-Lapwai, there*, lost 49-53
10-Deary, there*, won 38-17, details next week
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