Pirates split first two games
The Prairie Pirates split a pair of league road games this past week as they lost at Troy Friday, Dec. 7, 40-54, then won a thriller in overtime Saturday, Dec. 8 at Genesee 63-62.
Vs. Troy
The game at Troy was much closer than the final score would indicate as Prairie led 35-34 early in the fourth quarter and trailed by just 2 as late as the 4:33 mark.
Troy jumped out to a 2-10 lead in the game but Prairie fought back within 10-12 as Rhett Schlader, Tyler Hankerson, Marcus Higgins and Lucas Arnzen each scored. 
Troy then scored 4 straight to lead 10-16 at the quarter break.Marcus Higgins drives toward the key in the Troy game.
Prairie trailed 12-19 in the second quarter then put together a 12-0 run to take their first lead.
It started with a Schlader steal that led to a basket by Jake Bruner, who saw his first action of the season. A 3 by Seth Chaffee, 2 free throws by Higgins that were set up by another Schlader steal, a lay-up by Higgins and a 3-pointer by Dylon Bruegeman made it 24-19.
Troy broke the run with a free throw that made it 24-20 at the half.
A tip-in by Hankerson to open the second half scoring gave Prairie their biggest lead at 26-20. Troy managed to chip away and finally took back the lead on a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left in the quarter. That gave them a 33-34 lead. 
Two free throws by Chaffee gave Prairie back the lead but then they started turning the ball over. The Pirates had 9 turnovers through 3 quarters and committed 9 more in the fourth quarter.
Troy built a 5 point lead at 37-42 but Prairie cut it back to 2 on a free throw by Bruner and a steal and basket by Schlader as Troy inbounded after Brunerís free throw. That was it for the Pirates though as they turned the ball over and then would commit fouls as Troy attempted to run the clock out. The Trojans converted 11 of 14 free throws in the final quarter as they pulled away for a double digit margin of victory.
Marcus Higgins had 8 points to lead the Pirates in scoring with Chaffee and Hankerson scoring 7 each, Schlader 6, Bruner 5, Arnzen 4 and Bruegeman 3.
Troy controlled the boards, 21-28. Hankerson, Arnzen and Bruner had 4 each for Prairie.
Arnzen had 4 steals and Schlader had 3 while Higgins had 4 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 37 from the field, 40%, and 7 for 12 at the line, 58%. Troy was 16 for 36 from the field, 44%, and 20 for 27 at the line, 74%.
In the JV game Prairie used an 18-0 2nd quarter to break open the game and went on to win 58-34.
Prairie trailed 12-14 after the first quarter. The big difference in the second quarter was Bruner making his season debut. He only played the one quarter but had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals to help turn the game in Prairieís favor.
Tanner Ross scored 9 points in the third quarter and Calvin Hinkelman added 5 as Prairie made it a 20-point lead after 3 quarters. 
Ross wound up with 18 points to lead the scoring with Bryson Higgins, Hinkelman, Isaiah Shears and Bruner scoring 8 each. Mason Dalgliesh added 4 points and Appy Enriquez and Justin Schumacher scored 2 each.
Shears and Dalgliesh each had 6 rebounds to lead Prairie to a 37-33 margin on the boards. 
Prairie was 24 for 53 from the field, 45%, and 6 for 9 at the line, 67%. Troy was 15 for 52 from the field, 29%, and 3 for 6 at the line, 50%.
Prairie 10 14   9   7 -40
Troy    16   4 14 20 -54
Prairie-Schlader 3-8, 0-2, 6; M. Higgins 2-10, 4-6, 8; Chaffee 2-4, 2-2, 7; Hankerson 3-4, 1-1, 7; Arnzen 2-3, 0-0, 4; Wemhoff 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bruegeman 1-2, 0-0, 3; J. Higgins 0-0, 0-0, 0; Bruner 2-5, 1-2, 5; Ross 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Chaffee, Bruegeman.
Troy-Self 3-6, 3-5, 10; Nelson 5-8, 1-2, 11; Sandquist 0-1, 2-2, 2; B. Malm 4-10, 11-13, 22; Wright 3-7, 2-2, 8; T. Malm 0-0, 0-1, 0; Yenney 0-1, 0-0, 0; Dunworth 0-0, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-Self.
Vs. Genesee
Seth Chaffee looks to make a pass in the Genesee game.Against Genesee Prairie led for much of the game only to have The Bulldogs rally in the final 2:15 of regulation to force overtime.
Genesee rode that momentum to a 5 point lead in the extra frame before Prairie was able to respond. 
Within the span of 30 seconds Chaffee drove in for a lay-up and hit a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the score at 58.
Genesee scored a free throw but a free throw but Chaffee passed to Marcus Higgins for a lay-up to give Prairie the lead. Bruegeman then hit a free throw to make it 61-59 with 1:13 left.
Geneseeís Ryan Kneale tied it with a lay-up with 53 seconds left and Prairie then came down to try to win it.
They were able to run the clock down for a do-or-die shot but with 5 seconds left Kneale stole the ball and drove for what would be the winning lay-up. Hankerson fouled him and Geneseeís coach lobbied for a flagrant but didnít get it. Kneale missed the first free throw but made the second and Genesee called time out. When Genesee came out in man defense on the inbounds Prairie coach Teel Bruner called time out and set up an inbounds play. Rather than look for an open man for a desperation heave with just 1 second left on the clock, Bruner had Marcus Higgins run the baseline like he was looking for an open man. Higginsí defender followed him and wound up plowing into Bruegeman and was called for a foul. Bruegeman made the first free throw to tie the game and after a Genesee timeout to freeze him, his second shot bounced at least 3 times on the rim before falling through. Geneseeís desperation heave at the buzzer missed giving Prairie a rare win at Genesee. It was only the second time in the past 30 or so years, the other time coming in January 2010 during their state championship run.
Prairie had led 18-15 at the quarter break and 34-27 at the half as Schlader and Higgins scored 8 first half points each and Arnzen scored 7.
In the third quarter Genesee had a 0-9 run that tied the score at 38 but Prairie finished the quarter with a 7-3 run to take a 45-41 lead into the fourth. Bruegemanís 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the quarter accounted for most of the lead.
A basket by Bruner and 2 free throws by Higgins gave Prairie a 49-41 lead early in the fourth.
Prairie still led 52-45 with 2:48 left after a pair of free throws by Bruner.
Thatís when Genesee started their rally as they finished regulation with a 1-8 run.
Higgins led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points with Schlader and Bruner scoring 11 each, Arnzen 10 and Chaffee 9. Bruegeman added 6 points and Hankerson 4. 
Bruner, Schlader and Hankerson all fouled out during overtime with Hankersonís fifth foul keeping Genesee from winning it. Genesee had only 1 player foul out but had 3 others with 4 fouls each.
Prairie held a 35-31 rebounding edge led by Arnzen who had 11 boards.
Arnzen and Schlader had 4 steals each and Higgins had 7 assists.
Prairie was 21 for 57 from the field, 37%, and 17 for 24 at the line, 71%. Genesee was 25 for 57 from the field, 44%, and 9 for 16 at the line, 56%.
Prairie is 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in league play.
In the JV game Prairie had another big second quarter with a 16-0 scoring run as they blew past Genesee 62-37.
Prairie led 19-13 after the first quarter as Shears scored 6 and Ross and Hinkelman 5 each. Bruner came on again for the second quarter and scored 10 points as Prairie opened the quarter with that 16-0 run and led 42-19 at the half.
A 15-0 run in the third quarter put them up 59-23 and they led 61-31 entering the fourth. 
Prairie added just 2 more points in the fourth quarter which was played with a running clock.
Shears scored 16 to lead the JVís in scoring with Ross adding 14, Bruner 10, Hinkelman 7, Dalgliesh 5, Bryson Higgins , Daniel Mager and Schumacher 3 each and Enriquez 1.
Prairie had a 39-28 rebounding edge with Ross grabbing 11 for the Pirates. Hinkelman had 5 steals while Higgins had 4. Higgins had 4 assists while Dalgliesh had 3.
Prairie was 25 for 56 from the field, 45%, and 10 for 18 at the line, 56%. Genesee was 15 for 42 from the field, 36%, and 6 for 11 at the line, 57%.
Prairie     18 16 11   8 10 -63
Genesee 15 12 14 12   9 -62
Prairie-Schlader 3-6, 5-8, 11; M. Higgins 4-10, 2-3, 12; Chaffee 4-7, 0-0, 9; Hankerson 2-9, 0-0, 4; Arnzen 4-10, 2-4, 10; Wemhoff 0-0, 0-0, 0; Bruner 3-4, 4-4, 11; Bruegeman 1-1, 3-4, 6. 3-pointers-Higgins 2, Chaffee, Bruegeman.
Genesee-DerMeerleer 6-11, 0-0, 12; B. Tilleman 6-12, 0-0, 14; Kneale 8-18, 4-7, 21; R. Tilleman 3-10, 5-9, 11; Stout 1-5, 0-0, 2; Wright 1-1, 0-0, 2; Wayt 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-B. Tilleman 2, Kneale.
Jake Bruner saw his first action of the season at Troy. Here he scores a lay-up after driving to the hoop.
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
27-Highland, here, won 80-17
30-Nezperce, here, lost39-63
  7-Troy, there*, lost 40-54
  8-Genesee, there*, won 63-62 in overtime.
13-Lapwai, here*
14-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout
20-Potlatch, there*
27-Lapwai Tournament, TBA
28-Lapwai Tournament, TBA
29-Lapwai Tournament, TBA
  4-C.V., here*
10-Kamiah, here*
12-Potlatch, here*
18-Troy, here*
24-Genesee, here*
25-Lapwai, there*
28-C.V., there*
  1-Grangeville, here
  5-Kamiah, there*
  6-Nezperce, there
12, 18, 19, 21 & 22-District at LCSC
23-State Play-in game at St. Maries, 6 p.m.
Feb. 28, March 1-2-State at Caldwell

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