Pirates hold on to beat Potlatch
The Prairie Pirates led by as many as 20 points but had to hold on against a furious fourth quarter rally to beat Potlatch 70-66 in a White Pine League game at Cottonwood Tuesday, Jan. 31.Justin Schmidt powers through the defenders for a lay-up against Potlatch. At left is Lucas Arnzen.
The Pirates jumped out to a 9-0 lead as Marcus Higgins scored Prairieís first 7 points on 2 baskets and a 3-pointer. Lucas Arnzen scored to make it 9-0. 
Rhett Schlader added 5 first quarter points as the Pirates took a 21-8 lead by the quarter break.
Potlatch scored the first 4 points of the second quarter but Prairie responded with an 11-0 run to take a 32-12 lead, their biggest of the game. Justin Schmidt had 5 points in that run with Casey Danly, Higgins and Arnzen adding 2 points each.
Potlatch scored 4 straight points but Higgins hit from the perimeter in the final seconds to give Prairie a 34-16 halftime lead.
Potlatch opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer but Schlader scored 9 and Schmidt 6 in the quarter to help Prairie keep their lead as they led 51-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
Schmidt scored a putback to open the fourth quarter and give Prairie a 53-36 lead but Potlatch then outscored the Pirates 2-8 to pull within 11.
A basket each by Schlader and Arnzen put the lead back to 15 but then Potlatch put together a 0-13 run to cut the lead to just 2 points at 59-57.  Potlatchís Philip Burkgart and Travis Garcia did most of the damage with 6 and 5 points respectively.
Higgins finally broke the run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Burkgart scored again to cut the lead to 3 but Arnzen scored a putback and Schmidt converted a 3-point play to push the lad back to 8 at 67-59 with 49 seconds left.
Potlatch again cut the lead down to 2 over the next 46 seconds with Garcia hitting an off-balance 3-pointer with 3 seconds remaining.
Tyler Hankerson was immediately fouled on the inbounds when Potlatch couldnít steal the ball and he converted both free throws to make it a 4-point margin with 2 seconds left. Schlader then stole the long inbounds pass to finish it off.
Schlader wound up with 19 points to lead the Pirates in scoring as he connected on 7 of 10 shots from the field. Higgins added 17 points, Schmidt 15 and Arnzen 11. Troy Lorentz, Hankerson, Danly and Dylon Bruegeman each scored 2.
Marcus Higgins shoots after working his way in close as Lucas Arnzen watches in the Potlatch game.Rebounding was even up at 36 each with Schmidt grabbing 13 boards to lead the Pirates.
Schmidt had 4 steals and 5 assists while Arnzen had 3 steals and Hankerson had 3 assists.
Prairie was 25 for 57 from the field, 44%, and 16 for 23 at the line, 70%. Potlatch was 24 for 55 from the field, 44%, and 12 for 16 at the line, 75%. Potlatch had 11 for their 24 baskets in the final quarter.
With the win Prairie concludes their league schedule with 3 straight wins and a 3-4 record. They are 5-11 overall.
In the JV game Prairie led by just 1 point at the half but a 29-6 third quarter led to a 58-39 win.
In the first quarter Potlatch held a 6-12 lead but a steal and ensuing lay-up by Dylon Bruegeman and a basket on an inbounds play by Casey Danly pulled Prairie within 2 at 10-12 at the end of the quarter.
Prairie started the second quarter with a 5-0 run to take their first lead at 15-12.
Tyler Hankerson scored 11 of Prairieís 14 second quarter points including a 3-pointer and a rare 4-point play when he got fouled on his second 3-pointer of the quarter.
Prairie led 24-23 at the half.
In the third quarter Prairie scored the first 13 points to break the game open as Bruegeman, Danly and Bryson Higgins got hot from the field.
Prairie finished the quarter with a 14-0 run to take a 53-29 lead into the final period.
Bruegeman and Danly each hit 4 of 5 shots in the quarter while Higgins was 3 for 4 from 3-point range. Higgins had 9 points and Danly and Bruegeman 8 each in the quarter as Prairie was 13 for 17 from the field.
Potlatch outscored Prairie 5-10 in the fourth but got no closer than the 19 point final margin.
Bruegeman wound up scoring 15 to lead the team with Danly scoring 14, Hankerson 11, Bryson Higgins 9, Tanner Ross, Jake Rowlan, Rhett Schlader and Kantapol Kittihakorn 2 each and Jared Higgins 1.
Prairie had a 32-29 rebounding edge led by Danly with 8 rebounds.
Bruegeman, Jared Higgins and Dakota Wilson had 2 steals each and 6 different players had 1 assist each.
Prairie was 24 for 53 from the field, 45%, and 5 for 13 from the line, 38%. Potlatch was 18 for 44 from the field, 41%, and 1 for 4 at the line, 25%.
Prairie      21 13 17 19 -70
Potlatch     8    8 20 30 -66
Prairie-Schlader 7-10, 4-5, 19; M. Higgins 6-14, 3-4, 17; Lorentz 0-0, 2-3, 2; Schmidt 7-11, 1-2, 15; Arnzen 3-8, 5-7, 11; Hankerson 0-7, 2-2, 2; Danly 1-2, 0-1, 2; Bruegeman 1-4, 0-0, 2; J. Higgins 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-M. Higgins 2, Schlader.
Potlatch-Lamb 4-10, 0-0, 8; Burkgart 4-8, 0-0, 11; Lovel 2-6, 0-2, 4; Garcia 8-17, 8-9, 27; McMillan 3-7, 4-4, 10; Butterfield 0-3, 0-0, 0; Westbrook 2-3, 0-0, 4; Amos 1-1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Garcia 3, Burkgart 3.

Pirates lose at Nezperce
The Prairie Pirates suffered their only loss in their last 5 games when they traveled to Nezperce Thursday, Feb. 2 and were beaten 42-60.
It was a close first quarter as Prairie trailed just 8-11 but Nezperce pulled away in the second quarter to a 15-27 halftime lead.
They extended the lead to 28-44 by the end of the third quarter.
Troy Lorentz was Prairieís leading scorer with 11 points with Marcus Higgins scoring 10, Justin Schmidt and Tyler Hankerson 6 each, Lucas Arnzen 5 and Rhett Schlader 4.
The main difference was that Nezperce couldnít hardly miss as they connected on 68 percent of their shots.
Prairie        8   7 13 14 -42
Nezperce 11 16 17 16 -60
Prairie-Schlader 2, 0-0, 4; M. Higgins 4, 0-0, 10; Lorentz 3, 4-4, 11; Schmidt 2, 2-4, 6; Chaffee 0, 0-0, 0; Hankerson 3, 0-0, 6; J. Higgins 0, 0-0, 0; Bruegeman 0, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 2, 1-2, 5; Danly 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-M. Higgins 2, Lorentz.
Nezperce-Pa. Hill 0, 0-0, 0; Riggers 4, 0-0, 9; Wahl 9, 0-0, 18; Zenner 2, 0-0, 4; Pr. Hill 5, 2-2, 12; Wemhoff 5, 3-3, 13; Kuther 2, 0-1, 4; Beauchamp 0, 0-0, 0; T. Wahl 0, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0, 0-0, 0; Carpenter 0, 0-0, 0; Benzing 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Riggers

Pirates beat Orofino 60-48
The Prairie Pirates picked up their 4th win in their last 5 games as they beat Orofino 60-48 at Cottonwood Saturday, Feb. 4.
Orofino was coached by Prairie alum and former head coach Jerry Uhling.It appears Rhett Schlader got fouled on this play in Prairieís game against Orofino.
Orofino led arly at 2-4 but then Prairie scored 13 straight points to take control. Justin Schmidt scored 8 of those 13 points on 3 lay-ups and 2 free throws. Rhett Schlader scored the other 5 on a lay-up and a 3-pointer. Prairie wound up the first quarter with a 19-10 lead.
Orofino was able to cut the lead down to 5 early in the second but Prairie then pushed the lead to 11 on a steal and drive by Marcus Higgins. A 7-0 run late in the half extended the lead to 14 at 33-19. Orofino scored a late free throw to make it 33-20 at the half.
In the third quarter Prairieís offense disappeared as they went nearly the entire quarter without scoring while Orofino cut the lead down to just 3 points at 33-30.
Schlader finally broke the scoring drought with a basket in the final seconds of the quarter as Prairie took a 35-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Orofino was able to answer each Prairie scoring surge in the fourth and stay within range until the final 3 minutes. 
With 2:56 left Orofino scored to cut the lead to 49-44 but Prairie then scored 7 straight to push the lead to 12 points. Lucas Arnzen scored 3 of those 7 while Troy Lorentz and Schlader scored 2 each.
Orofino answered with 4 straight to cut the lead to 8 with 1:20 to play but that was it for the Maniacs. Arnzen and Higgins each added a pair of free throws for the final 12-point margin.
Schlader and Higgins scored 11 each to lead the Pirates in scoring while Lorentz and Arnzen scored 9 each. After his early scoring binge, Schmidt got into foul trouble and went scoreless after the first quarter, winding up with 8 points. Seth Chaffee added 6 points while Casey Danly and Jared Higgins scored 3 each.
Prairie had a 35-29 rebounding edge with Marcus Higgins leading the effort with 9 rebounds while Arnzen added 6.
Schlader had 4 steals and 4 assists while Marcus Higgins had 3 of each and Seth Chaffee added 3 steals.
Prairie was 20 for 51 from the field, 39%, and 15 for 23 at the line, 65%. Orofino was 16 for 39 from the field, 41%, and 16 for 23 at the line, 70%.
With the win Prairie improves to 6-12 on the season
The JV team wound up playing 2 games on Saturday, beating Orofino 47-41 and then beating Potlatch 60-36 in the preliminary to the Summit varsity game against Potlatch.
Against Orofino the score was tied at 8-8 after the first quarter with Dylon Bruegeman scoring all 8 points for the Pirates.
Orofino took a 9-18 lead in the second quarter but Prairie answered with a 7-0 run to get back into the game. They still trailed at the half 20-24. Bruegeman and Jake Rowland each scored 4 in the second quarter.
Orofino scored the first 4 points of the third quarter to take an 8-point lead. Prairie was able to pull within 1 at 29-30 on a 3-pointer by Tyler Hankerson but Orofino surged back to a 33-39 lead by the end of the quarter.
Orofino scored first in the fourth quarter to again take an 8-point lead but Prairie shut them out the final 6 minutes of the game while finishing on a 14-0 run to pull out the win.
Kantapol Kittihakornís 2 free throws with 1:55 left put Prairie into the lead and Prairie added 5 more points to win by 6.
In an odd move, Orofino trailing by 3 with 1:33 left, had the ball but seemed content to run the clock down on offense rather than try to score. They wound up turning the ball over and Bruegeman scored a pair of free throws to put Prairie up by 5 with 28 seconds left.
Bruegeman scored 17 to lead the JVís with Tanner Ross scoring 8, Bryson Higgins 7 on a pair of 3-pointers and a free throw, Hankerson 5, Rowland 4, and Casey Danly, Mason Dalgliesh and Kittihakorn 2 each.
Orofino had the rebounding edge 28-34. Danly had 7 to lead Prairie.
Bruegeman had 3 steals while Hankerson, Dakota Wilson and Jared Higgins had 2 each. Bryson Higgins had 4 assists.
Prairie was 12 for 38 from the field, 32%, and 18 for 31 at the line, 58%. Orofino was 19 for 39 from the field, 49%, and 3 for 10 at the line, 30%.
Apparently when you play two full games in one day, you get a clean slate on quarters played and the JVís took advantage by starting their varsity swing players against Potlatch and jumped out to a big early lead.
Danly scored 11 first quarter points and Hankerson added 7 as Prairie jumped out to a 16-7 lead on the Loggers.
Bryson Higgins added a 3-pointer late to give Prairie a 21-11 lead at the quarter break.
A 15-3 run to open the second quarter put Prairie firmly in control of the game. Kittihakorn scored 6 and Ross 5 in the quarter as Prairie took a 41-19 halftime lead.
A 9-0 run in the third quarter pushed the lead to 50-21 and Prairie led 52-26 after 3 quarters.
With 6:42 left in the fourth, John Mager scored a free throw to give Prairie a 57-27 lead to invoke the running clock rule for the rest of the game although Potlatch wound up ourscoring Prairie 3-9 the rest of the way.
Danly scored 13 points to lead the scoring with Kittihakorn scoring 9, Bruegeman and Ross 7 each, Dalgliesh 6, Bryson Higgins 5, Mager 4, and Jared Higgins 2.
Prairie dominated the boards 46-24 with Hankerson and Mager grabbing 6 rebounds each while Jared Higgins, Ross and Danly had 5 each.
Kitthakorn had 3 steals and Jared Higgins and Mager had 2 assists each.
Prairie was 18 for 49 from the field, 37%, and 21 for 29 at the line, 72%. Potlatch was 15 for 50 from the field, 30%, and 3 for 6 at the line, 50%.
Prairie   19 14   2 25 -60
Orofino 10 10 10 18 -48
Prairie-Schlader 4-12, 2-2, 11; M. Higgins 3-15, 4-4, 11; Lorentz 3-5, 2-4, 9; Schmidt 3-4, 2-4, 8; Arnzen 3-7, 3-5, 9; Chaffee 2-5, 1-2, 6; Hankerson 1-2, 0-0, 3; Danly 1-1, 1-2, 3; J. Higgins 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader, M. Higgins, Lorentz, Chaffee, Hankerson.
Orofino-Pippenger 7-16, 6-8, 20; Goodrich 2-4, 0-2, 4; Turner 0-1, 3-5, 3; Lee 1-4, 4-4, 6; Schlieper 3-6, 2-2, 8; Judd 1-4, 0-0, 2; Brink 2-3, 1-2, 5; Kelso 0-1, 0-0, 0; Kuykendall 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.

Boys District starts Tuesday
The District 2 1-A, Division 1 boys basketball tournament gets underway next Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
With a 3-4 league record it appears Prairie will likely be the #5 seed and would play the #4 seed, which looks like C.V. at this point, in the 7:30 p.m. game Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The #1 seed plays the #8 seed at 6 p.m. that evening.
The other half of the bracket gets underway Wednesday, Feb. 15.
All second round games will be held Monday, Feb. 20 with loserís bracket games at 12:30 and 2 p.m. and winnerís bracket at 6 and 7:30 p.m..
The tournament continues on Feb. 21 and 24.
Summit starts district play Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. against Timberline. Nezperce plays Highland in the 6 p.m. game.
Second round games are Tuesday Feb. 21 with the tournament continuing Feb. 23 and 24 and Feb. 25 if necessary.

Mader shoots perfect 25
It was an unseasonably nice, warm and sunny day for the first weekend in February, which made for some very enjoyable shooting conditions this week. 
Leading the way, in AA Class, Lowell Mader shot the only perfect score for the week, while Derek Schaffer notched a 24.  A Class high scores were Jake Rowland and Darrell Uhlorn each hitting 24 and Jesse Bruegeman shot 23.  Kyle Bruegeman and JR McAfee each had 24 in B class with Butch Specenr not far off the pace firing 23.  Hitting 23 in C Class was enough for Jacab Forsmann to lead the way, with Frank Spencer and Dave Poxleitner bot hitting 21.  Amanda Kaschmitter was the top gun in D class hitting 20.  Garrett Schmidt had 19 and Bobbi Jo Chambers had 18. 
Long Handicap top score went to Jim Ewing with 19, while Ralph Terhaar and Any Uhlorn both had 18.  Short Handicap top scores were Darrell Uhlorn hitting a perfect 25, Derek Schaffer hitting 23, and Gordon Harman, Brandon Poxleitner, Jake Rowland, and Kyle Bruegeman all shooting 22.
We're halfway through the 10 week season, so there is still plenty of opportunities to join at the gun club.  We hope to see you there.

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*, lost 22-55
14-Genesee, here*, lost 33-53
17-Timberline, here, won 54-24
20-C.V., there*, lost 34-59
23-Grangeville, there, lost 47-52
26-Deary, here*, won 53-49 in double OT
28-Kendrick, there*, won 63-57
31-Potlatch, here*, won 70-66
FEBRUARY
  2-Nezperce, there, lost 42-60
  4-Orofino, here, won 60-48
  7-Summit, here, won 49-28, details next week
  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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