Pirates can't hold lead against C.V.
The Prairie Pirates had a 5-point lead with 2:47 to play but did not score another point and wound up losing 49-53 to Clearwater Valley in the opening round of the District Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.Marcus Higgins went right between 2 defenders for a lay-up in the C.V. game at District.
Prairie led most of the way and led by as many as 9 points but couldn’t close out the Rams.
C.V. scored first on a 3-pointer but Prairie answered with a pair of 3-pointers by Rhett Schlader.
They led 12-9 with 1:05 left in the first quarter after a driving lay-up by Justin Schmidt. C.V. though closed out the quarter with 4 straight points to take a 12-13 lead.
Another 3 by Schlader opened the second quarter scoring but C.V.’s Jake Squires answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play. Schlader then hit a pair of free throws and Marcus Higgins hit a 3-pointer to put Prairie up 20-16.
C.V. came back to tie the game at 24 with 2:53 left but Seth Chaffee and Schlader hit back to back 3’s to put the Pirates up 6.
After a pair of free throws by Squires, Lucas Arnzen closed out the scoring in the half when he rebounded his own miss and scored and got fouled, converting the free throw to make it 33-26.
Arnzen scored the first points of the second half to put Prairie up 35-26, their biggest lead of the game.
They still led 37-29 after a lay-up on an inbounds play by Arnzen.
C.V. then intensified their defense and went on a 0-9 run fueled by Prairie turnovers as they took a 37-38 lead.
Chaffee broke the run with a free throw that tied it at 38 after 3 quarters.
C.V. scored to take the lead in the fourth but a 3-pointer by Tyler Hankerson and Schlader’s only 2 points of the second half on a stop and pop from the elbow gave Prairie a 43-40 lead.
C.V. twice cut the lead to 1 but Prairie answered each time. With 3:41 left Schmidt scored a pair of free throws and with 2:47 left Schmidt scored a lay-up on a feed from Marcus Higgins to put Prairie up 49-44.
C.V. quickly cut the lead to 2 on a 3-pointer by Austin Reed.
A Prairie turnover led to the tying basket by Squires with 1:20 left.
With about 40 seconds left Prairie missed a shot and the rebound bounded away, going out of bounds near midcourt off the Pirates. Squires converted that into the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds remaining.
With 4.1 seconds remaining Schlader got his shot blocked and the ball wound up going out of bounds off Prairie. Prairie wound up taking basically 2 intentional fouls before C.V. could inbound the ball to put the Rams into 1 and 1, hoping for a miss and a last shot opportunity.
Kade Shira wound up making both for a 4-point lead that clinched the game.
Schlader wound up with 16 points to lead the Pirates in scoring but C.V. tightened up their defense on him in the second half and didn’t let him get the open looks he was getting in the first half when he scored 14 points on four 3-pointers and 2 free throws. Arnzen scored 9 points with Hankerson scoring 7, Chaffee and Schmidt 6 each and Higgins 5.
Squires led C.V. with 23 points with Reed adding 13.
Prairie had a 24-21 rebounding edge with Higgins grabbing 6 to lead the team. Reed had 9 for C.V.
Higgins and Troy Lorentz each had a steal and Lorentz had 5 assists while Higgins had 4.
Prairie was 18 for 45 from the field, 40%, and 6 for 7 at the line, 86%. C.V. was 22 for 40 from the field, 55%, and 5 for 5 at the line, 100%.
It was a very clean, well-played game, with just 20 total turnovers, 11 for Prairie, 9 for C.V. and 20 total fouls, 10 on each side.
Prairie 12 21   5 11 -49
C.V.   13 13 12 15 -53
Prairie-Schlader 5-8, 2-2, 16; M. Higgins 2-12, 0-0, 5; Lorentz 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 2-4, 2-2, 6; Arnzen 4-8, 1-1, 9; Chaffee 2-7, 1-2, 6; Hankerson 3-5, 0-0, 7; J. Higgins 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader 4, M. Higgins, Chaffee, Hankerson.
C.V.-Owens 2-4, 0-0, 5; Shira 1-2, 2-2, 4; Squires 10-18, 3-3, 23; Reed 6-11, 0-0, 13; Wyman 3-5, 0-0, 8; Shebala 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Wyman 2, Reed.

Pirates stay alive at District
The Prairie Pirates shut out Deary in the fourth quarter as they pulled out a 41-31 win over the Mustangs in District Tournament action Monday, Feb. 20 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
Justin Schmidt gets hammered as he goes for a lay-up against Deary.They were to play Troy Tuesday at 6 p.m. with the winner of that game to play for third place Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. The third place winner advance to a play-in game at St. Maries Saturday, Feb. 25 against the District 1 champion.
The first 3 quarters were a very tight, back and forth game. Prairie’s only lead of the first quarter came after a 6-0 run to finish the period with Casey Danly’s lay-up with 22 seconds remaining giving Prairie a 14-13 lead.  Troy Lorentz scored twice on the same inbounds play while Seth Chaffee also scored 4 points.
Deary had a 0-6 run  in the second quarter to take a 16-21 lead with 3:10 to play. 
Defense dominated the rest of the half as Rhett Schlader’s 3-pointer were the only points scored in the final 3 minutes and neither team scored in the final 1:50.
Deary scored the first 6 points of the second half to take their biggest lead at 19-27 as Prairie was scoreless for the first 4 minutes.
At that point Prairie decided they weren’t ready to end their season as a putback by Lucas Arnzen, a lay-up by Justin Schmidt on a halfcourt feed from Marcus Higgins and a steal and drive for a lay-up by Higgins cut the lead to 25-27 with 2:43 left in the third. 
After a Deary basket Prairie took their first lead since early in the second quarter after a basket by Chaffee and a 3-pointer from NBA range by Higgins. That made it 30-29 with 1:31 left in the third.
Deary closed out the quarter with a basket and a free throw to take back the lead at 30-31.
In the fourth, Prairie’s defense took over as they held Deary to just 5 shot attempts and forced 7 turnovers, several of which led directly to Prairie points.
Chaffee’s basket from just inside the 3-point line with 7:22 left put Prairie on top for good.
Chaffee wound up with 12 points to lead the team in scoring. Higgins scored 7, Schlader and Schmidt 6 each, Lorentz and Arnzen 4 each and Danly 2.
Deary held a 23-27 rebounding edge. Chaffee and Arnzen had 5 each to lead the Pirates.
Higgins had 4 steals and 4 assists while Schmidt had 3 of each.
Prairie was 18 for 42 from the field, 43%, and 3 of 9 at the line, 33%. Deary was 14 for 32 from the field, 44%, and 3 for 7 at the line, 43%.
With the win Prairie is 8-14 on the season.
Prairie 14 5 11 11 -41
Deary 13 8 10   0 -31
Prairie-Schlader 2-3, 1-4, 6; M. Higgins 3-10, 0-2, 7; Lorentz 2-4, 0-1, 4; Schmidt 2-4, 2-2, 6; Chaffee 6-12, 0-0, 12; Hankerson 0-4, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 2-3, 0-0, 4; J. Higgins 0-0, 0-0, 0; Danly 1-2, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-M. Higgins.
Deary-Brown 3-6, 2-3, 8; Rathbun 1-8, 1-3, 3; Rickert 1-2, 0-0, 2; Bailey 7-10, 0-0, 14; Halen 2-2, 0-1, 4; Balthaser 0-1, 0-0, 0; Joslin 0-0, 0-0, 0; Bell 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Rhett Schlader drives past a C.V. defender at District. In the background are Marcus Higgins and Tyler Hankerson.

Ralph Terhaar has only perfect 25
A little cold weather and wind never hurt anyone, and it wasn't enough to dampen any spirits this week, as 33 shooters came and enjoyed the good times to be had at the gun club.  Top scores for AA class this week were Ralph Terhaar hitting a perfect 25, and Andy Uhlorn and Derek Schafer with 24.  In A class, Jake Rowland continued his hot streak with 24 while Ryan Mader and Roger Kaschmitter each tagged 22.  Shane Poxleitner lead the way in B class with 22 and JR McAfee hit 19. In C class, Ben Havens was tops with 20 and Kevin and Dave Kaschmitter each had 19.  There was several leaders in D class as Jackie Poxleitner, Stacey Harman, Philip Spencer and Kevin Schmidt all had 20, while Brad Poxleitner had 19. 
Long Handicap leader this week was Andy Uhlorn, hitting 22 from 27 yards away, followed closely by Ralph Terhaar with 20.  Jake Rowland was once again top gun in Short Handicap, hitting 24.  Other top scores were Lowell Mader with 22, and Derek Schafer and Brandon Poxleitner with 21.
Double scores were Brandon Poxleitner with 36, Shane Poxleitner with 35, Jake Rowland with 32.  In Continentals Ralph Terhaar and Brandon Poxleitner shared top honors, each hitting 20, while Jake Rowland, Shane Poxleitner, and Andy Terhaar all had 16.
With only a few weeks left, Cottonwood standing in Camas Prairie Trapshooting Associations 10 week shoot is locked firmly in the top half of the bottom 25% of the league.  With four weeks to go, there is still time to come out and join us at the gun club.  We hope to see you there.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  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
  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
  2-Nezperce, there, lost 42-60
  4-Orofino, here, won 60-48
  7-Summit, here, won 49-28
  9-Kamiah, there, lost 28-70
14, 15, 20, 21 & 24-District at LCSC, lost to CV 49-53; beat Deary 41-31; lost to Troy 33-46, details next week.

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