Pirates split games
The Prairie boys basketball team split a pair of games over the past week, winning a league game against Lapwai on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Cottonwood and then losing a non-league matchup at Grangeville in the Idaho County Shootout on Friday.
Vs. Lapwai
After a high-scoring first quarter Prairie was able to slow down the pace and opened up a lead in the third quarter against Rhett Schlader works his way towards the hoop against Grangeville.Lapwai and held on to win 70-59.
Lapwai led 23-26 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw the scoring pace slow considerably as Prairie outcored the Wildcats 13-11 to pull within 36-37 at the half.
Prairie out scored the Wildcats 21-9 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
They were able to make that 57-46 third quarter margin stand up through the fourth for an 11-point win.
Marcus Higgins scored a season high 22 points to lead the Pirates in scoring and also had 7 assists as Prairie totaled up 22 assists on 29 baskets scored.
Jake Bruner also scored in double figures with 12 points with Lucas Arnzen scoring 9, Rhett Schlader and Seth Chaffee 8 each, Dylon Bruegeman with 7 and Tyler Hankerson with 4.
Arnzen had 12 rebounds while Schlader and Chaffee each had 4 assists.
Lapwai won the JV contest by a 50-56 score.
Prairie  23 13 21 13 -70
Lapwai 26 11   9 13 -59
Prairie-Schlader 4, 0-0, 8; M. Higgins 9, 3-6, 22; J. Higgins 0, 0-0, 0; Wemhoff 0, 0-0, 0; Chaffee 4, 0-0, 8; Hankerson 2, 0-0, 4; Bruegeman 3, 2-2, 7; Arnzen 4, 1-5, 9; Bruner 4, 4-4, 12; Danly 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Bruegeman, M. Higgins.
Lapwai-Higheagle 6, 0-1, 13; Aripa 3, 0-0, 7; Tannehill 1, 0-2, 2; Chimburas 3, 0-0, 6; Calkins 0, 0-0, 0; Perez 0, 0-0, 0; Penney 6, 0-0, 13; Leighton 6, 0-0, 13; Williamson 0, 0-0, 0; Greene 1, 2-2, 5. 3-pointers-Higheagle, Aripa, Penney, Leighton.
Vs. Grangeville
In their worst outing since the Nezperce game the Pirates were dominated from the start by Grangeville in the Idaho County Shootout and lost 33-52.
Dylon Bruegeman and Lucas Arnzen double-team the ball in the backcourt against Grangeville.Prairie led only 1 time at 4-2 after a basket by Rhett Schlader at the 6:04 mark of the first quarter. 
Neither team would score until Grangeville took the lead for good on a 3-pointer at the 3:52 mark. Grangeville scored the next 7 points to take a 4-12 lead and led 5-12 at the quarter break.
Grangeville made it 7-19 in the second quarter before Prairie scored 7 straight to pull within 5 at 14-19. Schlader scored 6 of those 7 points. The last 4 came on a rare 4-point play where Schlader scored a basket and was fouled after the shot. He was awarded a 1 plus 1 and made both.
Grangeville broke the run with a late basket and led 14-21 at the half.
A 4-12 run by Grangeville to open the second half dashed any comeback hopes for the Pirates.
Schlader, despite seeming somewhat off on his shooting much of the game, wound up with 17 points and was the only Pirate with more than 4. Hankerson and Bruner scored 4 each while Marcus Higgins, Arnzen, Casey Danly and Tanner Ross scored 2 each.
Grangeville held a 32-37 rebounding edge. Bruner led Prairie with 8 rebounds. Higgins had 5 steals and no one had more than 1 assist. 
Prairie hit just 11 of 45 shots from the field, 24%, and 9 of 19 free throws, 47%. Grangeville was 20 for 44 from the field, 45%, and 10 for 20 at the line, 50%.
Prairie is now 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in league play.
Prairie          5 9   9 10 -33
Grangeville 12 9 14 17 -52
Prairie-Schlader 6-19, 3-5, 17; M. Higgins 0-5, 2-4, 2; Chaffee 0-4, 0-0, 0; Hankerson 1-4, 2-3, 4; Arnzen 1-2, 0-0, 2; Wemhoff 0-1, 0-1, 0; Bruner 2-7, 0-0, 4; Bruegeman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Danly 0-1, 2-6, 2; Ross 1-1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Schlader 2.
Grangeville Solberg 2-6, 1-1, 5; Lutz 1-6, 2-4, 4; Wilson 6-11, 1-5, 13; Laufenberg 2-2, 0-0, 4; Brown 3-6, 4-6, 11; Parks 0-1, 1-2, 1; Schumacher 4-8, 0-0, 9; Kelley 0-0, 0-0, 0; Blankenship 0-0, 0-0, 0; Alder 1-1, 1-2, 3; Sabatino 1-3, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Brown.

Prairie wins third straight Idaho County Shootout
The Idaho County Shootout raised $13,806 in cash and food this year for local food banks, more than twice what was raised last year.
One thing that didnít change was that Prairie won the school competition, for the third straight time in the four year history of the event.
Prairie won the gym decoration and the black/white out the gym competitions while for the first time in 4 years Grangeville won the fundraising competition and also won the cheering competition held during halftime of the girls game.
Appropriately for the Idaho County Shootout, the tiebreaking event was a shoot-off. Inland Cellularís t-shirt cannon was used to break the tie. A Grangeville student went first which was an advantage for Prairie as Grangeville wasted a shot figuring out how powerful the cannon was. He wasnít able to put any of his shots through the target holes in the Inland Cellular banner while Jessica Kaschmitter was able to score two winning shots for Prairie.
The important part of the shootout, the fundraising for the food banks has seen a substantial increase each year.  There was $1217 raised the first year, $3946 the second year and $6502 last year. This year Grangeville alone raised more than last yearís combined total at over $7,000 while Prairie raised well over $5,000.

These three Prairie girls seem to have put on quite a bit of weight prior to the Idaho County Shootout. From left are Amanda Dinning, Andrea Kaschmitter and Cheryl Gehring in some sumo suits done in Prairie colors.

The Prairie cheerleaders execute a basket toss during the halftime cheer-off competition held during the girls game at the Idaho County Shootout. Being tossed is Katherine Nida who is trusting that from left Kirstin Latimer, Beth Dinning and Emily McHugh will catch her.

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*, won 70-59
14-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout, lost 33-52
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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