Prairie wins by 20 at Nezperce
The Prairie boys basketball team opened their season with a 67-47 win at Nezperce Monday, Dec. 9.Rhett Schlader goes into the lane for a shot. In the background is Lucas Arnzen.
This despite 29 points scored by the Indiansí Kristian Carpenter, one of the few returnees from the Nezperce squad that took 2nd at state last year in the 1-A Div. 2 level.
Prairie started the game in a full-court trap and jumped out to an 11-0 lead. They went on to finish the quarter with a 17-4 lead as they forced the Indians into 11 first quarter turnovers. Tyler Hankerson scored 6 for Prairie in the quarter with Rhett Schlader adding 5 and Jared Higgins 4.
The Pirates kept up the onslaught with a 14-2 start to the second quarter with Lucas Arnzen scoring 6 of those points and Isaiah Shears contributing 4 off the bench. Prairieís biggest lead came at 34-8 after a 3-pointer by Terran Peery. 
Nezperce rallied late in the half to cut the margin down to 36-14 by halftime.
In the third quarter Nezperce came out looking to cut into the lead and Carpenter, who had just 8 points at halftime, was on fire in the second half. He hit on 5 straight 3-point attempts in the second half and the Indians were able to cut the lead down to 13 at 51-38 early in the fourth quarter.
At that point Prairie stepped it up  and answered with a 16-5 run that salted the game away.
Arnzen wound up leading the Pirates in scoring with 16 points, 8 in each half. Schlader added 13 points with Hankerson scoring 10, Shears 8, Higgins and Tanner Ross 6 each and Peery and Dylon Bruegeman 4 each.
Prairie dominated on the boards 57-34 with Ross pulling down 17 rebounds and Arnzen adding 12.
Schlader had 6 steals and 7 assists while Higgins had 5 steals and Arnzen 4 steals. Ross and Bryson Higgins each added 3 assists.
The Pirates were 29 for 82 from the field, 35%, and 5 for 11 at the line, 45%. Nezperce was 16 for 44 from the field, 36%, and 10 for 27 at the line, 37%.
Prairie also easily won the JV game by a score of 60-28.
The Pirates raced out to a 27-2 lead as their full-court trap forced 13 turnovers until they pulled it off. Isaiah Shears scored 14 points in the first quarter as he was a perfect 5 for 5 from the field and 3 of 4 at the line. Terran Perry added 6 first quarter points and John Mager 5.
Prairie led 27-7 at the quarter break.
They dialed back the intensity of the defense in the second quarter but still outscored Nezperce 11-6 on the way to a 38-13 halftime lead.
The JVís opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run with Peery scoring 6 of those points and Mager 4.
Prairie took a 54-20 lead into the final quarter.
Prairie played all reserves in the fourth quarter and Ryan Glimp scored all 7 points for the Pirates as they were outscored only 7-8 in the final period.
Shears wound up with 16 points to lead the JVís with Peery adding 14 points. John Mager scored 9, Glimp 7, Calvin Hinkelman 6, Devin Bruegeman, Tyson Schlader and Dan Mager 2 each and Mason Dalgliesh and Brandon Anderson 1 each.
The JVís dominated the boards 45-22. John Mager and Glimp had 6 each to lead the team.
Shears had 4 steals and Peery 3 while Brandon Higgins had 3 assists.
Prairie was 24 for 65 from the field, 37%, and 10 for 16 at the line, 63%. Nezperce was 7 for 27 from the field, 26%, and 12 for 20 from the line, 60%.
Prairie      17 19 13 18 -67
Nezperce   4 10 18 15 -47
Prairie-Schlader 6-16, 0-2, 13; J. Higgins 3-7, 0-0, 6; Ross 2-10, 2-2, 6; Hankerson 5-10, 0-0, 10; Arnzen 7-13, 2-4, 16; Bruegeman 2-9, 0-0, 4; B. Higgins 0-6, 0-0, 0; Peery 1-2, 1-3, 4; Enriquez 0-1, 0-0, 0; Shears 4-7, 0-0, 8; Dalgliesh 0-0, 0-0, 0; Hinkelman 0-2, 0-0, 0; Mager 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader, Peery.
Nezperce-Carpenter 10-19, 4-8, 29; Beauchamp 3-12, 5-10, 11; Berry 1-4, 0-0, 2; Wahl 1-4, 1-4, 3; Hart 1-4, 0-4, 2; Branson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Heideman 0-1, 0-1, 0; Miller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Barnett 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Carpenter 5.
Lucas Arnzen scores 2 of his team high 16 points at Nezperce. Nearly all of his 7 baskets were lay-ups.
Dylon Bruegeman, 24, and Terran Peery, 12, play defense against Nezperce.

25 turn out for Prairie boys basketball
The Prairie boys basketball team has 25 players turned out this year, one of their largest turnouts in several years.
14 of them are listed on the varsity roster with 5 of those also spending time on the JV squad.
Returning players who saw starting time last season are senior Tyler Hankerson, juniors Rhett Schlader and Lucas Arnzen and sophomore Jake Bruner. Like last season Bruner is starting out the season recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in the final football game of the season.  Heís expected to be back in action about Christmas time.
Other returnees with varsity experience are seniors Jared Higgins and Dylon Bruegeman, juniors Tanner Ross and Bryson Higgins and sophomore Isaiah Shears.
Rounding out the varsity squad are senior Appy Enriquez, juniors Mason Dalgliesh and John Mager and sophomores Calvin Hinkelman and Terran Peery. Peery is a transfer from Highland who is now eligible for varsity play as his family moved into the Cottonwood School District a few weeks ago. He was limited to JV play during football season.
Of those players Shears, Dalgliesh, Mager, Hinkelman and Peery will also see JV time.
Also on the JV squad are sophomores Brandon Higgins, Mike Temes, Justin Schumacher, Dan Mager, Devin Bruegeman, Bobby Hood and exchange student Ricardo Dominquez and freshmen Tyson Schlader, Brandon Anderson, Lucas Wemhoff and Ryan Glimp.
With the large turnout they will be looking into scheduling some C team games with one of those added to the schedule Thursday at Grangeville.
Prairie looks to be one of the favorites for the league title this year. Perennial contenders Genesee and Lapwai are also in the mix. Troy seems to be struggling early on while Potlatch, CV and Kamiah were all hit hard by graduation.
Prairie is again coached by Teel Bruner this season along with assistants Kevin Chaffee, Scot Schlader and Pat Holthaus.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  9-Nezperce, there, won 67-47
12-JV at Grangeville, 6 p.m.
13-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout, 6 p.m.
14-Troy, there*
17-Lapwai, there*
19-Salmon River, here
  7-Kamiah, there*
10-Grangeville, there, JV 5 p.m., V, 8 p.m. (quad with girls team)
11-Nezperce, here
16-Potlatch, here*
18-Genesee, here* (quad with girls team-Girls JV 1 p.m, Girls V, 2:30 p.m.; Boys JV 4 p.m., Boys V 5:30 p.m.)
21-C.V., here*
23-Orofino, there
24-Troy, here*
30-Lapwai, here*
  1-Genesee, there*
  3-Orofino, here
  4-Potlatch, there*
  6-Salmon River, there, 6 p.m. MST
11-C.V., there*
14-Kamiah, here*
17, 18, 21, 26 & 27-District at LCSC
March 1-State Play-in game at St. Maries, 6 p.m.
March 6-8-State at Caldwell

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