Lady Pirates take third at State
The Prairie Lady Pirates went 2-1 at the 1-A, Division 1 State Tournament at Nampa and brought home the third place trophy.
In their opener they came from behind to beat Butte County 42-38 on Thursday, Feb. 14. On Friday, Feb. 15 they lost to Kamiah in the semifinals 34-49. In the third place game on Saturday, Feb. 16 they defeated Grace 52-43.
Vs. Butte County
The opening round game was a matchup of defending state titlists as Butte County won the 2-A title last year. Tanna Schlader scores to break a Butte County run in the second quarter as Kayla Schumacher looks on.
Prairie scored the first point of the game but that was their only lead until the fourth quarter. Butte County led 7-12 by the end of the period and Tanna Schlader started the second quarter on the bench with 2 fouls.
With Schlader out of the game Butte County started the second quarter on a 0-8 run to take a 7-20 lead with 4:30 left in the half.
At that point Prairie coach Lori Mader decided to send Schlader back in to see if she could help stem the tide. Schlader immediately scored and helped Prairie cut the margin down to just 7 by halftime at 17-24.
Prairie was actually still down 12 at 12-24 with 1:45 left but Callie Mader connected on a 3-pointer and Keely Schmidt hit both ends of a 1 and 1 at the line to make it 17-24 at the half.
In the third quarter Prairie still trailed by 7 at 23-30 with 2:14 left when they started their rally. Brooke Schumacher scored a lay-up and Shelby VonBargen hit a putback. Schmidt followed with a pair of free throws that cut the lead to 29-30 with 28 seconds left in the quarter.  Butte County scored to break the 6-0 Pirates run but Schlader then scored with 0.7 seconds left and converted the 3-point play to tie the game at 32-32.
A putback by Schlader opened the fourth quarter scoring and gave Prairie their first lead since the opening minute of the game. 
Butte County took back the lead with a 3-pointer and then a free throw as Prairie went scoreless for over 5 minutes.
Schmidt finally broke the cold spell with a putback to tie the game at the 2:30 mark and Kayla Schumacher put Prairie ahead with a free throw 7 seconds later when she got fouled after grabbing a defensive rebound.
A defensive board by Schlader led to a full-court drive for a lay-up by Schmidt with 1:48 left that put Prairie up 39-36.
Prairie got a turnover but couldn’t capitalize and wound up fouling with Butte making both free throws to cut the lead to 1 with 1:38 left.
With just under a minute left Schmidt got fouled after a steal and made the first of 2 free throws. Butte County’s Carly Hansen rebounded the miss and Prairie wound up fouling her. Fortunately for Prairie she missed both free throws and Schlader rebounded the second one and got fouled. She made both free throws to give Prairie their biggest lead of the game at 42-38 with 48 seconds left.
Kayla Schumacher made a steal with 28 seconds left but Prairie gave Butte another chance when they missed a shot and Butte rebounded. Butt couldn’t get anything to fall and the score remained unchanged for the final 48 seconds as Prairie gave #1 rated Butte County only their second loss of the season.
Schlader wound up with 14 points to lead Prairie in scoring, 9 in the second half, with Schmidt scoring 11, 7 in the second half.
Kayla Schumacher struggled with her shooting all game but scored 5. VonBargen played one of her best games all season and contributed 4 points, all on putbacks with 7 big rebounds and helped Schlader defend Butte’s 6’2” Korbin Traughber.
Mader and Brooke Schumacher scored 3 each and Kendall Schumacher scored 2.
Prairie held a 55-50 rebounding edge led by Schlader who had 15, 8 on the offensive boards. Kayla Schumacher added 11 with Brooke Schumacher collecting 7. 
Mader and Kayla Schumacher had 3 steals each and Mader had 4 assists.
Prairie was 14 for 61 from the field, 23%, and 13 for 24 at the line, 54%. Butte was 14 for 55 from the field, 25%, and 8 for 18 at the line, 44%. In the second half Prairie limited Butte to just 3 for 23 shooting in the second half, 13%.
Traughber had 15 points and 22 rebounds to lead Butte.
Prairie             7 10 15 10 -42
Butte County 12 12   8   6 -38
Prairie-Mader 1-8, 0-2, 3; Schlader 5-10, 4-7, 14; Ka. Schumacher 1-15, 3-4, 5; Ke. Schumacher 1-4, 0-0, 2; B. Shumacher 1-9, 1-2, 3; Schmidt 3-11, 5-8, 11; VonBargen 2-3, 0-2, 4. 3-pointers-Mader.
Butte County-Shaffer 1-9, 2-2, 4; Traughber 6-18, 3-7, 15; Coburn 1-7, 0-0, 3; Blattner 1-6, 2-2, 4; Bates 1-2, 0-0, 2; Collins 1-3, 0-2, 2; Hansen 3-9, 1-5, 8; Taylor 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Coburn, Hansen.
Vs. Kamiah
Kayla Schumacher looks to get a shot up against Kamiah’s Kyndahl Ulmer. At left is Brooke Schumacher.In the state semifinals on Friday Prairie met Kamiah for the third time this season and gave the eventual champion Kubs their toughest game of the tournament.
Prairie carried some momentum from their big win on Thursday as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead with Kayla Schumacher scoring 4 points and Mader and Kendall Schumacher 2 each.
Kamiah then took over for awhile as they outscored Prairie 2-9 to take a 9-11 lead with 1:47 left in the quarter. Mader tied it with a hook shot from the elbow and VonBargen scored a lay-up on a feed from Mader to give Prairie a 13-11 lead at the quarter break.
In the second quarter Kamiah found an unexpected scoring punch from Beatriz Pineda who scored 8 of the Kubs 16 points and helped the Kubs take a 20-27 lead by halftime.
Prairie helped the Kubs out by hitting just 3 of 10 from the field and 1 of 5 from the line in the quarter.
In the third quarter Prairie really struggled to find offense as they hit just 2 of 14 shots and 2 of 3 from the line as Kamiah outscored them 6-14 to take a 26-41 lead into the final quarter.
Prairie was able to get the deficit down to 9 at 32-41 and 34-43 but that was as close as they would get as Kamiah scored the final 6 points of the game and held Prairie scoreless over the final 3:30.
Kayla Schumacher scored 7 points to lead Prairie with Mader and Schmidt  scoring 6 each. Kendall Schumacher and VonBargen scored 5 each while Schlader was held to just 3 points. Brooke Schumacher added 2 points.
Kamiah dominated the boards 32-51 as Kayla Schumacher led Prairie with 12 rebounds. Kamiah’s Kyndahl Ulmer had 21 and Shelby Cloninger 18 to lead the Kubs.
Prairie was 14 for 53 from the field, 26%, and 6 for 12 at the line, 50%. Kamiah was 21 for 55 from the field, 38%, and 6 for 14 at the line, 43%.
Prairie   13   7   6 8 -34
Kamiah 11 16 14 8 -49
Prairie-Mader 3-11, 0-0, 6; Schlader 1-7, 1-2, 3; Ka. Schumacher 2-14, 3-5, 7; Ke. Schumacher 2-3, 1-1, 5; B. Schumacher 1-5, 0-0, 2; VonBargen 2-3, 1-4, 5; Schmidt 3-9, 0-0, 6; Wemhoff 0-1, 0-0, 0; Heitman 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Kamiah-Nygaard 5-15, 0-2, 11; Ulmer 6-13, 4-6, 16; Lane 2-7, 1-3, 5; Cloninger 4-9, 1-2, 9; Pineda 4-9, 0-1, 8; Jennings 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Nygaard.
Vs. Grace
In the third place game against Grace on Saturday Prairie took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and won 52-43 to earn the third place trophy.Leah Holthaus shoots a 3-pointer against Grace that helped to break a Grace rally as Kendall Schumacher gets into rebounding position. At left is Tanna Schlader.
Prairie took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter as Kayla Schumacher scored 5 points and Kendall Schumacher hit a pair of putbacks. Mader capped things with a 3-pointer at the 3:01 mark.
Prairie then went cold on offense as Grace rallied to scored the final 5 points of the quarter and then scored the first 6 of the second quarter to take a 14-18 lead.
Schlader finally broke the scoring drought with a free throw at the 5:29 mark and Taylor Heitman scored her first points of the tournament when she hit a pair from the line. Kayla Schumacher put Prairie back into the lead with a putback at the 5:02 mark.
Grace took back the lead with a pair of free throws but Kendall Schumacher responded with 2 free throws of her own at the 2:49 mark to give Prairie the lead for good.
Leah Holthaus then got her first playing time of the tournament and bombed in a 3-pointer on a kickout feed from Schlader. Brooke Schumacher closed out the first half scoring with a basket to give Prairie a 26-20 lead.
Grace scored the first 4 points of the second half to cut the lead to 2 but Holthaus hit her second 3 of the game to squelch the rally. 
Schlader and Kayla Schumacher each added a putback and Mader bombed in a 3 to make it 36-27. Another putback by Kayla made it 38-27 with 1:43 left in the quarter. 
Grace scored to get back within 9 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter Grace cut the lead to 7 but by that point their were only 5 seconds left.
Schmidt scored a lay-up just ahead of the buzzer to make the final margin 9.
Kayla Schumacher scored 12 points to lead the team in scoring with Schlader scoring 10. Mader and Holthaus each scored 6 with all their points coming from 3-pointers. Kendall Schumacher and Schmidt also added 6 points each while Brooke Schumacher scored 4 and Heitman 2.
Prairie held a 54-46 rebounding edge as Schlader pulled down 19 rebounds. Kayla Schumacher added 11 boards as both players had double-doubles. Kendall Schumacher added 8 rebounds.
Mader and Brooke and Kendall Schumacher had 2 steals each while Mader had 4 assists.
Prairie was 18 for 60 from the field, 30%, and 12 for 21 at the line, 57%. Grace was 16 for 61 from the field, 26%, and 10 for 18 at the line, 56%.
Prairie winds up their season with a 21-7 mark. All 7 of their losses came to teams in the state tournaments. 3 each to Kamiah and Lapwai and 1 to Grangeville.
Prairie 14 12 12 14 -52
Grace 12   8   9 14 -43
Prairie-Mader 2-13, 0-0, 6; Schlader 2-14, 6-13, 10; Ka. Schumacher 5-9, 2-3, 12; Ke. Schumacher 2-4, 2-2, 6; B. Schumacher 2-9, 0-0, 4; Schmidt 3-7, 0-0, 6; Heitman 0-0, 2-2, 2; VonBargen 0-0, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 2-5, 0-1, 6; Wemhoff 0-0, 0-0, 0; Workman 0-0, 0-0, 0; Wilson 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Mader 2, Holthaus 2.
Grace-Skinner 3-12, 2-4, 8; Bitton 0-1, 0-0, 0; Prowell 2-10, 1-2, 5; Lloyd 5-21, 5-7, 16; Windley 5-15, 2-4, 12; Mathews 0-0, 0-0, 0; Kap 1-2, 0-1, 2; Weaver 0-0, 0-0, 0; Hulse 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Lloyd.
Callie Mader drives towards the hoop against Butte County.
Keely Schmidt handles the ball against Butte County as Shelby VonBargen posts up at the right.
Shelby VonBargen gets a shot up against Kamiah.
Tanna Schlader looks for an opening for a shot in the Grace game at State.
Brooke Schumacher reaches for a rebound against Grace. At left is Taylor Heitman.
Taylor Heitman was fouled on this shot attempt and made both free throws in the Grace game. At right is Kayla Schumacher.
Katherine Nida is supported by Kirsten Latimer, Holli Uhlorn and Emily McHugh during a cheer at the Kamiah game.

Tri-Parish Hallissey team takes second
The Tri- Parish sent fourteen 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls to the Catholic tournament on February 15th-17th. Here is just a little recap to go with the picture.   
On Friday night, soon after getting to Boise we played a team from Buhl.  Between nerves and tiredness from our 4 hour drive, we came up short, losing by three points.  The loser’s bracket is a hard place to be.  Win and move on or lose and you’re done.  This team choose to dig in and play hard.  Saturday morning we started our way back to the top.  Wins at 9am, 12:30 and 2:45 put us in the final four.  Sunday morning at 8am we jumped on a good team from St Joes.  At 10am in the semifinals we met the team from Buhl again, winning by 21 points.  Taking us to the championship game against the undefeated and very well rested St Marks 8th grade team. 
Our team had the opportunity to play in the Bishop Kelly new gym, in front of multiple hundreds of people, starter introductions, national anthem and the reffing crew from the state championship games.  The spirit was willing but the body was exhausted.  In an extremely physical game our girls played hard.  Bringing to an end our remarkable 7 game tournament with a well earned 2nd place trophy.   Seven games in 42 hours.  Blisters, bruised knees, sprained wrists, twisted ankles, stomach aches and bruised chests and more, these girls “left it all on the floor and played with great big hearts.”
God Bless you Girls!  
Proud Coach,
Glenn Poxleitner

The Tri-Parish girls Hallissey team is shown with their second place trophy. Photo provided by Glenn Poxleitner.

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, beat Butte County 42-38, lost to Kamiah34-49, beat Grace 52-43, Third at State!
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