Pirates beat Lapwai, Salmon River
In a pair of games that both featured a big third quarter the Prairie boys basketball team beat both Lapwai, 68-59, and Salmon River, 66-55.
At Lapwai
In a league game at Lapwai Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Pirates were behind 14-28 early in the second quarter and came back to win by 9 points.A wide-eyed Dylon Bruegeman looks to make a pass in the Lapwai game.
The major difference was switching out of their man to man defense to an extended 2-3 active zone that through Lapwai off-stride offensively. As an example, Lapwai hit all four of their 3-pointers in the first quarter against the man defense. None the rest of the game as the defenders had an easier time extending the zone out to the 3-point shooters than they did fighting through the screens to get out on their man.
Prairie also handled Lapwai’s press better and it didn’t hurt the Rhett Schlader got hot on offense.
Prairie was able to shave 6 points off of Lapwai’s lead by halftime as Schlader scored 6 second quarter points after going scoreless in the first period. Tyler Hankerson scored 7 in the first quarter to help keep Prairie within striking distance and added 5 more in the second as he hit 5 of 6 first half shots including two 3-pointers.
Trailing 27-35 going into the third quarter Prairie really turned up the heat on offense as they erased Lapwai’s lead within 1:40 on a basket by Tanner Ross and a pair of 3-pointers by Schlader that tied the game at 35-35 with 6:22 left in the third quarter.
Lapwai was able to take back the lead at 35-39 and 38-41 before Hankerson scored consecutive baskets to give Prairie their first lead of the game at 42-41.
The lead changed hands two more times before Prairie took it for good on a 3-point play by Lucas Arnzen. Arnzen had been held scoreless in the first half but scored 7 in the third quarter, all on lay-ups including one where he made a great athletic move just to catch the pass much less make the basket. His 3-point play came at the 2:22 mark and sparked a 16-2 run that gave Prairie a 60-47 lead early in the fourth quarter. Arnzen added 2 more points while Schlader scored 8 in that run and Jared Higgins hit a 3-pointer while dishing out 4 assists during that run.
Lapwai finally broke through with 6:53 left in the game and started their own 0-10 run to get them back in the game at 60-57 with 3:24 left. Prairie’s bench had a technical foul called against them early in that run. Assistant coaches are to be seen and not heard this year as an emphasis for officiating and one of the Prairie assistants got whistled.
Schlader broke that run with a pair of free throws as 6 of Prairie’s final 8 points came at the line while Lapwai was only able to score one more basket.
Schlader wound up with 23 points to lead the Pirates in scoring with Hankerson scoring 16, Higgins 12, Arnzen 10, all in the second half, and Ross 7.
Prairie held a slim 28-27 rebounding edge led by Ross who had 12 boards.
Lucas Arnzen tries to save the ball from going out of bounds in the Lapwai game.Higgins had a double-double with 12 assists in addition to his 12 points. He also had 5 steals while Schlader had 6 steals.
Prairie was 25 for 45 from the field, 56%, including a very good 12 for 16 in the third quarter. They were 13 for 19 from the line, 68%. Lapwai was 24 for 54 from the field, 44%, and 7 for 11 from the line, 64%.
In the JV game Prairie did something they couldn’t do in 3 tries last year and that’s beat Lapwai as they won 80-71.
Lapwai led at the end of the first quarter thanks to four 3-pointers, 17-21. Prairie came back in the second quarter though and had a 10-0 run that turned a 20-23 deficit into a 30-23 lead. Calvin Hinkelman had 4 points in that run and Devin Bruegeman had a 3-point play.
Prairie took a 39-33 lead into the halftime break.
Lapwai came back to retake the lead in the third quarter at 41-42 and 43-45. Prairie finally took the lead for good on a basket by Mason Dalgliesh that made it 51-49 with 2:07 left in the quarter. Isaiah Shears added a pair of free throws before a Lapwai basket that made it 53-51 after 3 quarters.
Prairie opened the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run that opened up a 59-53 lead. John Mager had 3 of those points. 
Prairie led by as many as 12 at 77-65 as they converted 10 of 14 free throws in the final period. A couple of late 3-pointers by Lapwai allowed them to cut the lead to 78-71 before Terran Peery scored the final 2 points of the game at the line.
Prairie had 7 plays score in the game and 6 of those hit double figures led by Shears and Hinkelman with 15 points each. Bruegeman scored 12 with Dalgliesh and Mager scoring 11 each and Peery 10. Brandon Higgins scored 6. Lapwai meanwhile had 2 players score more than 20 but no one else scored more than 7.
Prairie had a 43-39 edge on the boards with Mager pulling down 13 rebounds while Hinkelman had 9 and Shears 8.
Higgins and Perry had 2 steals each while Higgins also added 6 assists. Dalgliesh, Mager and Hinkelman had 3 assists each.
Prairie was 29 for 57 from the field, 51%, and 20 for 30 at the line, 67%. Lapwai was 27 for 75 from the field, 36%, and 7 for 13 at the line, 54%.
Prairie  14 13 29 12 -68
Lapwai 24 11 12 12 -59
Prairie-Schlader 8-13, 5-6, 23; J. Higgins 4-8, 3-6, 12; Ross 3-6, 1-2, 7; Hankerson 7-12, 0-0, 16; Arnzen 3-5, 4-5, 10; Bruegeman 0-1, 0-0, 0; B. Higgins 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader 2, Hankerson 2, J. Higgins.
Lapwai-Williams 3-9, 0-0, 6; Higheagle 7-13, 2-3, 17; Perez 1-5, 0-0, 3; Tannehill 3-3, 0-0, 7; Chimburas 3-4, 2-2, 9; I. Mitchell 4-14, 3-4, 11; Henry 3-3, 0-2, 6; Schimmel 0-3, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Higheagle, Perez, Tannehill, Chimburas.
Vs. Salmon River
In a non-league home game Thursday, Dec. 19, against the defending 1-A, Div. 2 state champions the score was tied 23-all at the half and Prairie blitzed the Savages with a 25-10 third quarter for a 66-55 win.
Prairie jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game but Salmon River came back to take an 11-12 lead by the end of the first quarter. Rhett Schlader goes for a lay-up in the Lapwai game.
The Savages led by as many as 7 in the second quarter thanks to several easy transition baskets. With the score 17-23 in Salmon River’s favor Prairie started a huge scoring run. Right after the score to make it 17-23, Hankerson answered with a basket. After the teams traded a few turnovers Arnzen cut the lead to 2 with a shot from just inside the free throw line. In the final seconds of the half Ross blocked a Salmon River shot which led to him scoring a hook shot at the other end to tie the game at the half.
Ross then started the second half scoring with a putback. An over and back turnover led to a putback by Arnzen then Jared Higgins hit a 3-pointer and Schlader scored a basket after Hankerson stole the ensuing inbounds pass. Prairie then got a couple of transition layups from Arnzen and Schlader to go up by 13. Another 3 by Higgins made it 16 points and another blocked shot by Ross led to a lay-up by Hankerson that finished off the run and gave Prairie a 41-23 lead. 
Salmon River outscored them the rest of the quarter 7-10 to cut the lead to 48-33.
In the fourth quarter Salmon River was able to outscore the Pirates by 4 and cut the final margin to 11 but only after Prairie had taken all the starters out.
Both teams were missing key players with Jake Bruner out for Prairie and McCoy Hale out for Salmon River. Bruner should be back from his broken collarbone for Prairie’s next game against Kamiah on Jan. 7.
Ross led the scoring with 18 points while Arnzen had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 12 points. Jared Higgins had 14 points while Schlader scored 10, Hankerson 8, Bryson Higgins 2 and Bruegeman and Shears 1 each.
Jared Higgins had 6 assists.
With the win Prairie goes into the Christmas break with a 5-0 record, 2-0 in league play.
The JV also won, no score available.
Prairie 11 12 25 18 -66
S.R.    12 11 10 22 -55
Prairie-Schlader 5, 0-0, 10; B. Higgins 1, 0-2, 2; Shears 0, 1-2, 1; Dalgliesh 0, 0-0, 0; J. Higgins 4, 3-4, 14; Peery 0, 0-0, 0; Ross 8, 1-2, 18; Hankerson 4, 0-0, 8; Arnzen 5, 2-2, 12; Bruegeman 0, 1-2, 1; Mager 0, 0-0, 0; Hinkelman 0, 0-0, 0; Enriquez 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-J. Higgins 3, Ross.
Salmon River-Zolman 5, 1-2, 12; Shepherd 3, 1-3, 8; Boyd 0, 0-0, 0; VanderEsch 11, 7-11, 31; Hopkins 0, 0-0, 0; Richerson 2, 0-0, 4. 3-pointers-Zolman, Shepherd, VanderEsch.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  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
19-Salmon River, here, won 66-55
  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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