Lady Pirates clinch state berth
The defense stepped up big time as the Prairie Lady Pirates beat Troy 48-24 in the third place game at District Friday, Feb. 8, and then beat Wallace 66-25 Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Maries to clinch a berth in the 1-A Division I state tournament.
They will play Butte County Thursday, Feb. 14 at Columbia High School in Nampa at 2 p.m. Pacific Time in their state opener.
Vs Troy
In the third place game against Troy, Prairie got off to a slow start as Troy took leads of 0-5 and 2-7.Tanna Schlader battles for a rebound in the Wallace game and appears to be getting fouled. Also shown are Shelby VonBargen and Brooke Schumacher.
A lay-up by Tanna Schlader on an inbounds play and a basket by Kayla Schumacher after a steal by Keely Schmidt cut the lead to 6-7 by the end of the first period.
Prairie then scored the first 7 points of the second quarter to take the lead for good. Schmidt scored a pair of baskets and Schlader converted a 3-point play to make it 13-7.
Prairie led by as many as 6 twice more in the quarter at 17-11 and 19-13 but Troy kept coming back and trimmed the lead to 19-16 at halftime.
The third quarter was all Prairie. The Pirates switched up their defense from a straight man-to-man to a half-court trap and started forcing Troy into turnover after turnover.
Troy was only able to attempt 5 shots as they rarely got the ball very far past the half-court line. After the two teams traded baskets to start the third quarter, Prairie put together a 12-0 run. Kendall Schumacher scored 5 of those points while Kayla Schumacher scored 4 and Schlader 3 as Prairie took a 33-18 lead into the fourth quarter.
The half-court trap forced 13 turnovers in the third quarter alone after Troy had just 11 the entire first half.
In the fourth quarter Troy was able to get the ball down the court and into their offense but couldn’t hit anything as they went 1 for 15 from the field. Meanwhile Prairie spent much of the quarter going to the free throw line as they attempted 16 free throws, making 9. 
Schlader wound up with 15 points to lead Prairie in scoring with Kayla Schumacher scoring 10. Kendall Schumacher scored 7, Schmidt 6, Callie Mader and Shelby VonBargen 4 each and Nicole Wemhoff and Taylor Heitman 1 each.
Prairie dominated the boards 47-26 with Schlader collecting 10 and Kendall Schumacher 9.
Kayla Schumacher had 4 steals and 2 assists while Mader also had 2 assists. 
Prairie was 15 for 48 from the field, 31%, and 18 for 29 at the line, 62%. Troy was 7 for 37 from the field, 19%, and 10 for 15 at the line, 67%.
Prairie 6 13 14 15 -48
Troy   7   9   4   4 -24
Prairie-Mader 1-4, 2-4, 4; Schlader 3-7, 9-13, 15; Ka. Schumacher 4-8, 2-2, 10; Ke. Schumacher 3-8, 1-2, 7; B. Schumacher 0-7, 0-0, 0; VonBargen 1-5, 2-2, 4; Schmidt 3-6, 0-0, 6; Wemhoff 0-1, 1-2, 1; Heitman 0-0, 1-2, 1; Workman 0-1, 0-2, 0; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0; Wilson 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Troy-Halseth 2-6, 1-2, 5; Yockey 2-7, 9-12, 13; Hosley 0-2, 0-1, 0; Bull 1-5, 0-0, 2; Frederickson 2-5, 0-0, 4; Bafus 0-5, 0-0, 0; Schetzle 0-3, 0-0, 0; Corr 0-0, 0-0, 0; Case 0-4, 0-0, 0; Fry 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Vs. Wallace
Brooke Schumacher heads downcourt after a steal against Troy. Trailing is Kayla Schumacher.In the game against Wallace at St. Maries Prairie jumped on the Miners with their half-court trap right away and forced at least 10 turnovers every quarter. That helped make up for the fact that Mader, Schlader and Kayla Schumacher struggled to find the basket.
Kendall Schumacher came through big time in the first quarter as she scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the opening period.
Prairie jumped out to a 6-2 lead but Wallace tied it at 6. A steal by Brooke Schumacher led to a pair of free throws by Kayla Schumacher. Then Kendall took over the scoring load. She scored Prairie’s next 10 points as they took an 18-8 lead into the second quarter. Kendall Schumacher was 4 for 5 from both the field and the free throw line in the quarter.
She cooled off in the second quarter but Mader hit a couple of baskets, including a 3-pointer and Schmidt came off the bench to hit a couple of shots as Prairie took a 30-17 lead at the half.
Prairie attempted 46 shots in the half but made just 11. Wallace had a much better shooting percentage but was limited to just 16 shot attempts as Prairie forced 25 turnovers.
In the second half Wallace couldn’t even connect on many of the shots they were able to get as Prairie continued to pull away. Wallace was 2 for 21 in the second half and finished the game with 48 turnovers. 36 of those turnovers were steals by Prairie.
Both teams emptied their benches in the final 5 minutes and Heitman and Leah Holthaus proved to be the team’s best shooters on the night as they scored 9 and 10 points respectively in the fourth quarter alone. Holthaus connected on a pair of 3-pointers and had half of the points in a 20-0 run to end the game.
Kendall Schumacher led the scoring with 14 points and added 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Holthaus scored 10 with a pair of steals. Schlader scored 9 with 8 rebounds and 8 steals. Heitman also scored 9 points, all in the fourth quarter. Mader scored 7 and had 6 steals and 5 assists. Kayla Schumacher scored 6 with 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Schmidt scored 6. VonBargen scored 3 and Brooke Schumacher scored just 2 points but had 8 steals and 5 assists.
Wemhoff added 4 steals with 2 assists.
Wallace had the rebounding advantage at 48-52 thanks to their 6’3” post, Jordan Browning, who had 21 rebounds.
Prairie was 27 for 94 from the field, 29%, and 9 for 14 at the line, 64%. Wallace was 9 for 37 from the field, 24%, and 7 for 12 at the line, 58%.
With the wins Prairie takes a 19-6 record into the state tournament.
Prairie 18 12 10 26 -66
Wallace 8   9   6   2 -25
Prairie-Mader 3-19, 0-0, 7; Schlader 4-14, 1-2, 9; Ka. Schumacher 2-12, 2-2, 6; Ke. Schumacher 5-15, 4-5, 14; B. Schumacher 1-6, 0-0, 2; Schmidt 3-8, 0-0, 6; VonBargen 1-2, 1-2, 3; Wemhoff 0-3, 0-0, 0; Heitman 4-7, 1-3, 9; Workman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 4-5, 0-0, 10; Wilson 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Holthaus 2.
Wallace-S. Hill 0-4, 3-4, 3; Denson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Woody 1-2, 0-0, 2; Nelson 3-7, 4-7, 10; Browning 3-8, 0-0, 6; Brackelbush 1-6, 0-1, 2; M. Hill 1-2, 0-0, 0; Farkas 0-0, 0-0, 0; Majszak 0-0, 0-0, 0; Waters 0-3, 0-0, 0; Jackson 0-3, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
The Prairie Lady Pirates’ defense throttled Troy in the second half last Friday and then shut down Wallace on Saturday to earn the team a place in the state tournament. They forced 13 third quarter turnovers and 28 in the game from Troy and then 48 in the game against Wallace. Brooke Schumacher is shown guarding Troy’s leading scorer, Madison Yockey while from left Tanna Schlader, Shelby VonBargen and Kendall Schumacher work to keep the rest of the team in check.
Callie Mader makes a quick zig to the right and made these two Troy defenders run into each other during last Friday’s game.
Kendall Schumacher got Prairie off to a hot start against Wallace with 12 first quarter points. At right is Callie Mader.
Defense has been Prairie’s calling card all year. Here Tanna Schlader has just come up with a steal in the play-in game at Wallace where Prairie forced an amazing 48 turnovers. Others from left are Shelby VonBargen, Brooke Schumacher and Callie Mader.
Tanna Schlader goes after a loose ball under the hoop against Troy.
Keely Schmidt drives the ball against Troy. In the foreground is Tanna Schlader.
Keely Schmidt sites in a shot against C.V. In the background is Brooke Schumacher who had just made a pass to Schmidt and is hoping to collect an assist.
The Prairie Lady Pirates have made it to State for the third straight year and will open play against defending 2-A champion Butte County at 2 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday, Feb. 14 at Columbia High School in Nampa. Just prior to Prairie’s game Kamiah will be playing Liberty Charter at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time. Prairie will play one of those two teams on Friday. If they win they would play at 5:15 PST, if they lose they play at 12:15 PST. Lapwai meanwhile opens against Challis at 7 p.m. PST on Thursday. The other opening round game features Grace vs. Rimrock at 5:15 PST.

Mader named coach of the year
The Whitepine League announced its 2012-13 All-League basketball teams and individual award winners Tuesday, Feb. 12, as selected by the head coaches. Lapwai’s Natahnee Spencer for division 1 and Kendrick’s Abby Smith for division 2 were chosen as the Whitepine League Players of the Year.  
Lori Mader of Prairie High School was selected as the division 1 coach of the year with Kendra Keen of Deary and Ron Ireland of Kendrick receiving Co-Coach of the Year awards in division 2.
A total of 41 athletes and 3 coaches from the two divisions were honored in balloting.
Making the first team in Division 1 from Prairie was Tanna Schlader.
Brooke Schumacher and Callie Mader were named to the second team and Kayla Schumacher and Kendall Schumacher received honorable mentions.
Making the first team in Division 2 from Summit was Rachael Frei.
Sarah Chmelik was named to the second team and Megan Rehder and Megan Seubert received honorable mentions.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
13-Nezperce, there, won 37-31
15-Kendrick, there, won 59-32
20-Highland, here, won 69-25
29-C.V., here*, won 51-45
  1-Genesee, there*, won 54-25
  4-Troy, here*, won 45-33
  6-Lapwai, here*, lost 36-41
11-Kamiah, here*, lost 30-50
13-Potlatch, there*, won 55-34
14-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout, won 58-46
17-Kendrick, here, won 61-41
18-C.V., there*, won 43-35
20-Highland, there, won 58-20
  3-Troy, there*, won 48-47
  8-Nezperce, here, won 49-22
11-Lapwai, there*, lost 52-70
12-Potlatch, here*, won 57-38
17-Grangeville, here, lost 59-64 in overrtime
19-Genesee, here*, won 43-27
22-Kamiah, there*, lost 30-50
Jan. 31, Feb 2, 4, 7 , 8 -District at LCSC-beat Genesee 42-21, lost to Lapwai 33-59, beat C.V. 68-35, beat Troy 48-24
Feb. 9-State Play-In game at St. Maries, 6 p.m., beat Wallace 66-25
Feb. 14-16-State at Nampa, vs. Butte County at 2 p.m. PST
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