Pirates beat Grangeville, Troy
The Prairie boys basketball team improved to 3-0 with a pair of wins last week.
On Friday they beat Grangeville 66-56 in the Idaho County Shootout at Cottonwood and on Saturday they traveled to Troy where they opened their league schedule with a 58-37 win.
Vs. Grangeville
It was a rough start shooting the ball against Grangeville as Prairie hit just 2 of 11 first quarter shots and Grangeville took a 6-8 lead.Bryson Higgins brings the ball upcourt against Grangeville as Isaiah Shears trails the play.
Prairie took over in the second quarter though as Tyler Hankerson scored 9 points. Prairie started the quarter with a 14-5 run that gave them a 20-13 lead. 
Grangeville answered back with a 2-8 flurry that cut the lead to 22-21 with 3:15 left in the half. Prairie outscored Grangeville 9-5 the rest of the half to take a 31-26 lead at halftime.
Rhett Schlader got hot in the third quarter with a couple of transition lay-ups and a couple of step back jumpers in the lane to help Prairie push the lead to 47-36 after three quarters.
Prairie pushed the lead to as many as 19 points at 65-46 the fourth quarter as Lucas Arnzen scored 9 of his 16 points, hitting 5 of 6 free throws in the final quarter. Schlader added 5 more to wind up with a game-high 20 points despite missing a big chunk of the first half with foul trouble. Grangeville put on a late push once Prairie emptied the bench to cut the final margin to 10 points.
Hankerson wound up with 12 points with Jared Higgins scoring 7, Tanner Ross 6, Dylon Bruegeman 3 and Terran Peery 2.
Rebounds were even at 42 each with Ross grabbing 11 to lead Prairie. Arnzen added 9 and Schlader 7.
Schlader had 3 steals and Higgins had 6 assists.
Prairie was 25 for 57 from the field, 44%, and 16 for 23 at the line, 70%. Grangeville was 20 for 59 from the field, 34%, and a terrible 15 for 40 at the line, 38%. With 17 more free throw attempts than Prairie, Grangeville could have won the game if they had hit a decent percentage.
The JV squad beat Grangeville on Thursday night at Grangeville by a score of 48-38.
Prairie        6 25 16 19 -66
Grangeville 8 18 10 20 -56
Prairie-Schlader 8-13, 4-5, 20; J. Higgins 3-8, 1-2, 7; Ross 3-7, 0-0, 6; Hankerson 4-9, 3-4, 12; Arnzen 5-10, 6-8, 16; Bruegeman 1-4, 1-2, 3; B. Higgins 0-2, 0-0, 0; Shears 0-1, 0-0, 0; Peery 1-1, 0-0, 2; Enriquez 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Grangeville-Parks 0-5, 0-5, 0; Sabatino 3-7, 1-5, 7; Dame 7-18, 2-2, 16; Blankenship 4-7, 3-8, 11; Stokes 2-9, 3-4, 8; Koberstein 1-1, 0-1, 2; Harris 1-8, 2-4, 4; Thanstrom 0-0, 2-4, 2; Kennedy 2-3, 2-7, 6; Cawley 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Stokes.
Vs. Troy
Just like the night before the Pirates got off to a slow start as they hit just 3 of 13 first quarter shots and trailed 8-10 at the end of the quarter.
They still trailed 12-14 in the second but outscored Troy 15-7 the rest of the half to take a 27-21 lead. Higgins scored 5 in the quarter while Ross, Hankerson and Arnzen scored 4 each.
Jared Higgins against Troy.In the third quarter Troy stayed within about 6 points for the first 2 minutes but Prairie outscored the Trojans 13-0 over the final 5:50 to take control of the game. Arnzen scored 8 of his game-high 14 points in the quarter, 6 in that 13-0 run. Schlader, who had struggled with his shot in the first half, added a 3-pointer and Higgins and Ross 2 each in the run.
Prairie then held off Troy in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Trojans 12-10 in the final frame.
Arnzenís had 14 points on 7 for 9 shooting while Tanner Ross added 10 points on 5 for 6 shooting. Schlader and Higgins scored 9 points each with Hankerson adding 8. Bryson Higgins scored a 3-pointer with Isaiah Shears and John Mager scoring 2 each and Peery 1.
Prairie had a slim 32-30 rebounding edge with Schlader pulling down 8 rebounds, Ross 7 and Arnzen 6.
Schlader and Hankerson had 4 steals each. Schlader and Jerad Higgins had 4 assists each.
Troy had 24 turnovers while Prairie had just 11.
Prairie was 24 for 56 from the field, 43%, and 7 for 10 at the line, 70%. Troy was 16 for 36 from the field, 44%, and 5 for 9 at the line, 56%.
With the win Prairie improves to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in league play.
The JV team also improved to 3-0 on the season with a 51-48 win in overtime.
Troy jumped out to a 4-11 lead in the game but the JVís rallied back with a 10-2 run to finish the first quarter and take a 14-13 lead. 
Mason Dalgliesh had 6 of Prairieís 14 first quarter points.
Prairie led by as many as 5 in the second quarter at 23-18 but Troy finished the half with a 0-6 run to take a 23-24 halftime lead.
Prairie still trailed at the end of the third quarter, 30-32, as they missed 7 of 8 free throw attempts in the quarter. 
Prairie was down 30-34 early in the fourth when they scored 6 straight points to take the lead. 
The lead changed hands 3 more times in the quarter with Troy taking a 42-44 lead with 55 seconds left. 
Prairie answered with John Mager scored a basket on a feed inside from Brandon Higgins with 35 seconds left. That held up as the game went into overtime.
Troy scored first in the overtime but a basket by John Mager and 2 free throws by Brandon Higgins put Prairie up 48-46.
Troy tied it with 1:05 left but Calvin Hinkelman put Prairie back on top with a free throw with 48 seconds left. Brandon Higgins added 2 more free throw with 22 seconds left after a big defensive rebound by Brandon Anderson. That gave Prairie a 3-point lead. Troyís long desperation shot at the buzzer caught rim but fortunately for Prairie did not go in.
John Mager scored 12 points to lead the JVís despite a lot of early foul trouble. Dalgliesh and Hinkelman scored 10 points each while Terran Peery scored 5, Isaiah Shears and Brandon Higgins 4 each, and Daniel Mager, Devin Bruegeman and Anderson scored 2 each.
Rebounding was even at 32 each. Peery had 7 to lead Prairie with Dalgliesh and John Mager adding 6 each.
Brandon Higgins had 5 steals and 5 assists. Peery and Hinkelman added 3 steals each.
Prairie   8 19 19 12 -58
Troy    10 11   6 10 -37
Prairie-Schlader 3-13, 2-2, 9; J. Higgins 3-9, 2-3, 9; Ross 5-6, 0-1, 10; Hankerson 3-7, 2-2, 8; Arnzen 7-9, 0-0, 14; Bruegeman 0-3, 0-0, 0; B. Higgins 1-1, 0-0, 3; Shears 1-4, 0-0, 2; Peery 0-2, 1-2, 1; Mager 1-1, 0-0, 2; Enriquez 0-1, 0-0, 0; Dalgliesh 0-0, 0-0, 0; Hinkelman 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-J. Higgins, Schlader, B. Higgins.
Troy-Self 4-8, 3-4, 11; Hoskins 2-4, 0-0, 4; Sandquist 2-3, 1-2, 5; Malm 3-8, 0-0, 6; Wright 4-10, 0-0, 8; Dahl-Imel 0-2, 0-1, 0; Lay 1-1, 0-0, 2; Schumaker 0-0, 0-0, 0; Yager 0-0, 1-2, 1; Blazzard 0-0, 0-0, 0; Nelson 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Tyler Hankerson at Troy.
Rhett Schlader handles the ball at Troy. At left is Tyler Hankerson.

PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE FOR 2013-14
JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
DECEMBER
  9-Nezperce, there, won 67-47
13-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout, 6 p.m., won 66-56
14-Troy, there*, won 58-37
17-Lapwai, there*, won 68-59, details next week
19-Salmon River, here
JANUARY
  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*
FEBRUARY
  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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