Lady Pirates clinch state berth
The Prairie Lady Pirates clinched a berth in the state tournament with a physical 49-36 win over Troy Monday, Feb. 6 at theMaKayla Schaeffer sites in a 3-point shot in the first half against Troy at District. LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
The win puts the Lady Pirates into the District 2 1A, Division 1 championship game Friday night against Lapwai. The game is expected to start at around 7:30 p.m. after the third place game. It’s Prairie’s first district title game appearance since 2002.
Troy jumped out to a 0-5 lead in the game and led 4-9 with 1:23 left in the first quarter when Prairie mounted a rally fueled by their defense.
Tanna Schlader scored a putback and after a steal by Callie Mader, Schlader added a free throw to cut the lead to 2 points.
Megan Sigler stole the ball and drove in for the tying lay-up with 31 seconds left. 
About 20 seconds later a steal by Schlader led to a basket by MeShel Rad that gave prairie their first lead of the game at 11-9 which is how the quarter ended.
Troy tied the game off a turnover to start the second quarter but a steal by mader led to a putback by MaKayla Schaeffer that gave Prairie a lead they would never relinquish.
Another steal by Mader led to a lay-up by Sigler and Schaeffer added 2 free throws to extend the lead to 17-11.
Troy broke the run with a 3-pointer but Schaeffer responded 14 seconds later with a 3-pointer for Prairie.
Troy scored a basket that made it 20-16 at the half.
In the third quarter Troy was able to pull within 2 points on 4 different occasions and had several opportunities to tie the game from the free throw line but went 0 for 6 in the quarter at the line. Prairie meanwhile was able to respond with a score each time Troy cut the lead to 2.
Troy last cut the lead to 2 at 30-28 with 15 seconds left in the quarter but Sigler drove into the lane and tossed up a one-hander that fell through as the buzzer sound to make it 32-28.
Prairie opened the fourth quarter scoring with a blocked shot by Rad leading to a basket by Sigler.
Shelby VonBargen then putback a missed shot by Rad to push the lead to 8 points.
Prairie then started making hay at the free throw line as Sigler hit a pair of free throws and Rad hit 4 straight to make it 42-28 with 4:15 to play. That made it a 10-0 run to start the quarter.
Megan Sigler goes for a lay-up against Troy as Shelby VonBargen trails on the play.Troy finally broke their scoring drought but Prairie once more went to the foul line as Tanna Schlader hit the first of 2 free throws before missing the second to break a string of 7 straight for the team.
Ten seconds later Rad went to the free throw line and also made 1 of 2 to put the lead back to 14 points at 44-30 with 2:55 to play.
By this time Prairie had switched their offensive mode to working the ball around looking for either a lay-up or free throws.
They managed to take almost 2 minutes off the clock before a turnover led to free throws by Troy.  Troy added 2 more free throws and a basket but still trailed 44-36 with only 48 seconds to play.
Sigler was fouled on the inbounds after the basket and again made both free throws.
Taylor Heitman got fouled after Prairie rebounded a miss Troy shot and  also made both free throws to make it a 12 point margin with 33 seconds left.
Sigler added another free throw with 5 seconds to go and the Prairie crowd started chanting “On to State!”
Sigler and Schaeffer each scored 13 points in the game with each carrying the scoring load for a half as Schaeffer hit 11 of her 13 in the first half while Sigler scored 9 of her 13 in the second half.
Rad added 9 points, Schlader 8, VonBargen 4 and Heitman 2.
Prairie had just a 43-40 rebounding edge but Rad dominated the boards in the fourth quarter and wound up with 18 to lead the Pirates. Schlader and Sigler added 7 rebounds each.
Schlader and Mader had 5 steals each with Schaeffer adding 4. Sigler, Schaeffer and Mader added 2 assists each.
Schlader was given the defensive assignment to keep Troy’s high scoring guard Nicole Knott from getting the ball on offense and when she got into foul trouble, VonBargen took on the task. They did a great job as Knott scored just 6 points and attempted only 5 shots from the field. Knott had scored 18 and 19 in the two regular season games.
Prairie was 16 for 49 from the field, 33%, and 16 for 27 at the line, 59%. They were 13 for 18 at the line in the fourth quarter. Troy was 15 for 56 from the field, 27%, and 4 for 10 at the line, 40%.
The physical Trojans were whistled for 24 fouls in the game with at least 3 different Prairie players getting knocked to the floor.  A couple times without any foul being called and once the foul was called on the player who wound up getting knocked to the floor. Prairie meanwhile was called for just 12 fouls.
With the win Prairie takes a 17-4 record into the district championship game.
Prairie 11 9 12 17 -49
Troy     9 7 12   8 -36
Prairie-Mader 0-5, 0-1, 0; Schlader 3-6, 2-4, 8; Sigler 4-18, 5-8, 13; Schaeffer 5-9, 2-2, 13; Rad 2-8, 5-8, 9; VonBargen 2-3, 0-2, 4; Heitman 0-0, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-Schaeffer.
Troy-Yockey 2-15, 2-6, 7; Pearson 2-6, 0-2, 4; Case 4-13, 0-0, 8; Knott 2-5, 2-2, 6; Johnson 1-9, 0-0, 2; Bull 2-3, 0-0, 5; Bafus 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Yockey, Bull.

Lady Pirates win district opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates got off to a slow start but pulled away in the second quarter and went on to beat Deary 52-24 in the District Tournament opener for both teams Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the LCSC Activity Center.MeShel Rad slips past a Deary defender as she goes for a lay-up. In the background is Tanna Schlader.
Prairie led just 12-6 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Deary 17-4 in the second to blow the game open.
Back to back 3-pointers by MaKayla Schaeffer and Megan Sigler early on in the quarter broke it open.
Prairie didn’t have that good a shooting percentage in the half but Schaeffer, Tanna Schlader and MeShel Rad dominated on the boards and gave Prairie multiple opportunities on the offensive end. Prairie had a 28-16 rebounding advantage in the half.
The third quarter was much like the second quarter in that Prairie outscored Deary 16-5 with Schaeffer and Sigler each adding another 3-pointer.
Subs got much of the playing time in the fourth quarter as Prairie cruised to the win.
Schaeffer wound up with 15 points to lead all scorers while Sigler added 12. Rad scored 8, Callie Mader 6, Schlader and Leah Holthaus 3 each, Taylor Heitman and Tyler Workman 2 each and Shelby VonBargen 1.
Rad and Schaeffer had 13 rebounds each with Schlader adding 9 more as Prairie held a 43-34 rebounding edge in the game.
Schlader had 6 steals while Mader had 4 and Sigler and Rad had 3 each as Prairie forced Deary into 36 turnovers.
Mader had 5 assists and Sigler had 2.
Prairie was 18 for 53 from the field, 34%, and 11 for 24 at the line, 46%. Deary was 8 for 42 from the field, 19%, and 8 for 12 at the line, 67%.
Prairie 12 17 16 7 -52
Deary   6   4   5 9 -24
Prairie-Mader 2-2, 2-2, 6; Schlader 1-7, 1-8, 3; Sigler 4-9, 2-2, 12; Schaeffer 6-15, 1-2, 15; Rad 2-9, 4-6, 8; VonBargen 0-2, 1-4, 1; Heitman 1-3, 0-0, 2; Workman 1-1, 0-0, 2; Schmidt 0-0, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 1-2, 0-0, 3; Bruner 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Sigler 2, Schaeffer 2, Holthaus.
Deary-Cannon 5-11, 0-0, 10; Workman 1-2, 1-2, 3; Seubert 0-7, 3-4, 3; Batey 0-4, 0-0, 0; Caffrey 1-3, 2-2, 4; Knerr 0-8, 1-2, 1; Pependick 0-3, 1-2, 1; Bergan  1-4, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-none.
Shelby VonBargen splits a pair of Deary defenders as she goes to the hoop.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
15-Nezperce, here, won 44-33
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
  2-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout, won 52-37
  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
  3-Highland, here, won 57-19
  6-Lapwai, there*, lost 49-53
10-Deary, there*, won 38-17
13-Nezperce, there, won 55-38
20-Kamiah, here, lost 38-58
24-Summit, here, won 35-33
25-Kendrick, here*, won 58-39
Jan. 30, Feb 1, 3, 6 , 8 & 10-District at LCSC-defeated Deary 52-24 in District opener. Beat Troy 49-36. Play Lapwai for District title Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16-18-State at Nampa's Columbia High School
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