Pirates win 3 more games
The Prairie Pirates picked up a pair of league wins this past week and eked out a 3-point non-league win to extend their record to 13-0 on the season. They beat Clearwater Valley 81-39 Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Troy 76-49 Friday, Jan. 24. On Thursday, Jan. 23 they pulled out a 51-48 win at Orofino.
Vs. CV
A 23-3 run to finish the first half broke open a close game and allowed the Prairie Pirates to cruise to an 81-39 win over C.V. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Cottonwood.
Prairie struggled with their shooting in the first quarter, missing lay-ups as well as 3-point attempts as they connected on just 5 of 22 shots.
C.V. actually scored first on a pair of free throws as the Pirates couldnít connect on anything until the 5:36 mark when Lucas Arnzen converted a 3-point play to give Prairie their first lead at 3-2.
C.V. answered with a basket but Jake Bruner then hit a pair of baskets to give Prairie the lead for good. The Pirates went on to take a 12-8 lead by the end of the quarter.
C.V. pulled within 2 at 14-12 in the second quarter then Prairie started to force turnovers with their press. 
C.V. was still within 5 at 20-15 when Rhett Schlader connected on a 3-pointer which ignited Prairieís half ending run.
After a C.V. free throw Bruner scored a putback then stole the inbounds pass and scored again. C.V. scored a basket to make it 27-18 but the rest of the half was all Pirates as they scored 16 straight points to take a 43-18 lead at the break.
Prairie kept it going in the third quarter as the run eventually reached 23 straight points with Jared Higgins scoring 5 of the first 7 points of the second half.
C.V. finally scored again at the 4:34 mark of the third quarter, nearly 7 minutes of playing time since their last score of the first half.
Prairie built their lead to 66-30 by the end of the third quarter which activated the running clock mercy rule for the fourth quarter.
All but 1 player on the roster wound up scoring in the contest.
Bruner led the scoring with 20 points with Arnzen and Schlader adding 12 points each. Tyler Hankerson scored 9. Higgins, Tanner Ross, Bryson Higgins and Isaiah Shears each scored 5 with Dylon Bruegeman scoring 4 and Terran Peery and John Mager adding 2 each.
After that ugly shooting first quarter, the Pirates connected on 26 of 45 the rest of the way, 58%, 18 of 24 in the second half, 75%.
Prairie held a 38-24 edge on the boards with Bruner and Arnzen pulling down 7 rebounds each. 
Bruner had 5 steals while Schlader had 4 steals and 4 assists. Jared Higgins led in assists with 6.
For the game Prairie was 31 for 67, 46%, and 13 for 17 at the line, 76%. C.V. was 14 for 34 from the field, 41%, and 9 for 17 at the line, 53%.
Prairie also won the JV game handily, 61-30.
Isaiah Shears got off to a hot start with 10 first quarter points to lead Prairie to a 12-6 first quarter lead.
He sat out the second quarter and Daniel Mager picked up the scoring load with 8 points as Prairie expanded the lead to 29-17 by halftime.
Shears added 8 more in the third quarter with Calvin Hinkelman scoring 6 and John Mager 5 as Prairie made it 50-27 after 3 quarters.
C team players picked up most of the fourth quarter playing time with Brandon Anderson and Ryan Glimp scoring 4 each as Prairie wound up winning by 31.
Shears had 18 points in 2 quarters of play to lead the team in scoring. John Mager had 9, Daniel Mager 8, Hinkelman and Anderson 6 each, Terran Peery 5, Glimp 4, Tyson Schlader 3 and Brandon Higgins 2.
Prairie dominated the boards 42-24 with Shears grabbing 9 rebounds and John Mager 8.
Schlader had 4 steals while Shears and John Mager had 3 each. Brandon Higgins had 3 assists.
The JVís were 25 for 56 from the field, 45%, and 9 for 16 at the line, 56%. C.V. was 10 for 34 from the field, 29%, and 8 for 18 from the line, 44%.
Prairie 12 31 23 15 -81
C.V.     8 10 12   9 -39
Prairie-Schlader 3-11, 4-4, 12; J. Higgins 2-4, 0-0, 5; Bruner 9-15, 2-4, 20; Ross 1-8, 3-4, 5; Arnzen 5-10, 2-2, 12; Hankerson 4-8, 1-2, 9; Bruegeman 1-1, 1-2, 4; Bry. Higgins 2-3, 0-0, 5; Shears 2-3, 0-0, 5; Peery 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hinkelman 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Mager 1-2, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Schlader, J. Higgins, Bruegeman, B. Higgins, Shears.
C.V.-Shebala 3-7, 0-1, 7; Farmer 5-10, 5-7, 15; Weaver 0-2, 1-2, 1; Morrow 0-2, 1-2, 1; Fisher 3-8, 1-2, 8; Pfefferkorn 3-5, 1-3, 7; Owens 0-0, 0-0, 0; Palmer 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Shebala, Fisher.
At Orofino
In a surprisingly tough non-league encounter at Orofino Thursday, Jan. 23, Prairie escaped with a 51-48 win to stay unbeaten.
The Maniacs connected on nine 3-pointers in the contest which allowed them to keep the game close while Prairie may have taken their opponent a little too lightly.
Orofino led 14-15 after one quarter and 25-28 at halftime.
Prairie tied the score at 35-35 by the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth the lead changes hands 8 different times and it was tied a 48-48 late when Schlader hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left that gave Prairie the win.
Arnzen led the Pirates in scoring with 16 points on 8 for 9 shooting. Bruner added 15 but struggled from the field despite hitting 6 shots. Schlader scored 11 with Jared Higgins adding 6, Ross 2 and Shears 1.
Bruner had 8 rebounds and 7 assists while Schlader added 6 assists.
Prairie also won the JV game 51-35.
Prairie   14 11 10 16 -51
Orofino 15 13   7 13 -48
Prairie-Schlader 4, 2-4, 11; Shears 0, 1-2, 1; J. Higgins 2, 0-0, 6; Bruner 6, 3-6, 15; Ross 1, 0-0, 2; Hankerson 0, 0-0, 0; Arnzen 8, 0-1, 16; Bruegeman 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Higgins 2, Schlader.
Orofino-Wilson 4, 0-0, 11; Judd 2, 1-2, 7; Brink 1, 0-0, 2; Turner 4, 1-3, 10; Lee 6, 0-1, 15; Kelso 0, 1-2, 1; Kuykendall 1, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-Lee 3, Wilson 3, Judd 2, Turner.
Vs. Troy
In a league game at Cottonwood Friday, Jan. 24, Prairie pulled away for a 27-point win after a competitive first quarter against Troy as they won 76-49.
Troy led 2-3 and 4-5 in the first quarter but 2 baskets by Bruner and a 3-pointer by Schlader put Prairie up 11-5.Lucas Arnzen scores a lay-up against Troy.
Troy was able to pull within 2 at 16-14 with 52 seconds left in the quarter but a basket each by Schlader and Hankerson put Prairie up 20-14 at the quarter break.
In the second quarter the lead varied between 6 and 10 points until Prairie bombed in four 3-pointers.
Schlader and Bruegeman nailed back-to-back 3ís to make it 36-22 and then after 2 free throws by Troy, Schlader and Bryson Higgins hit back to back 3ís to make it 42-24 with a minute to go in the half.
The teams traded baskets to make it 44-26 at halftime.
Troy scored first in the second half but an 8-0 run by the Prairie squashed any comeback hopes the Trojans had.
Prairie led 60-36 after 3 quarters.
Troy opened the fourth quarter with a 0-7 run but that only cut the lead to 17 points. From that point on Prairie regathered themselves and outscored the Trojans 16-6 the rest of the way.
Schlader wound up hitting four 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead the Pirates. Arnzen scored 14, Bruner 13, Ross 10, Bruegeman 7, Hankerson 6, Shears 5 and Bryson Higgins 3.
Prairie had a 35-26 rebounding edge led by Bruner who had 13.
Hankerson and Ross had 3 steals each while Jared Higgins may not have scored but made up for it with 11 assists. Bryson Higgins added 5 assists.
Prairie was 33 for 63 from the field, 52%, and 2 for 3 at the line, 67%. Troy was 18 for 46 from the field, 39%, and 10 for 17 at the line, 59%.
Prairie is now 13-0 on the season and 7-0 in league play.
In the JV game Prairie won 37-25.
Hinkelman scored 5 points in the first quarter while Shears and Peery added 4 each as Prairie jumped out to a 13-2 lead. 
Troy made it 13-4 at the end of the first quarter.
John Mager scored 7 in the second quarter as Prairie outscored the Trojans 10-3 in the second period to take a 23-7 halftime lead.
Peery scored 7 in the third quarter to help make it 34-11 after 3 periods.
Troy came back some in the fourth quarter, scoring the final 9 points of the game to pull within 12 at the end.
Peery wound up as the leading scorer with 11 points with John Mager scoring 9. Hinkelman scored 5, Shears 4, Ryan Glimp 3, Brandon Higgins and Devin Bruegeman 2 each and Anderson 1.
The JVís had a 42-38 rebounding edge led by Mager with 10 and Shears with 8.
Higgins and Peery had 3 steals each while Higgins had 2 assists.
Prairie was 15 for 55 from the field, 27%, and 6 for 11 at the line, 55%. Troy was 10 for 47 from the field, 21%, and 3 for 14 at the line, 21%.
Prairie 20 24 16 16 -76
Troy    14 12 10 13 -49
Prairie-Schlader 7-17, 0-0, 18; J. Higgins 0-4, 0-0, 0; Bruner 6-13, 0-1, 13; Ross 5-8, 0-0, 10; Arnzen 7-10, 0-0, 14; Bruegeman 3-4, 0-0, 7; Hankerson 2-4, 2-2, 6; B. Higgins 1-1, 0-0, 3; Shears 2-2, 0-0, 5; Peery 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Schlader 4, Bruner, Bruegeman, B. Higgins, Shears.
Troy-Self 6-13, 1-3, 15; Sandquist 2-4, 2-2, 6; Malm 2-11, 6-7, 11; Wright 2-5, 1-1, 5; Dahl-Imel 1-4, 0-2, 2; Yager 1-4, 0-2, 2; Schumacker 2-2, 0-0, 4; Blazzard 2-3, 0-0, 4; Lay 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Self 2, Malm.
Rhett Schlader connects on one of his four first half 3-pointers against Troy.

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
19-Salmon River, here, won 66-55
JANUARY
  7-Kamiah, there*, won 75-26
10-Grangeville, there, JV 5 p.m., V, 8 p.m. (quad with girls team), won 54-48
11-Nezperce, here, won 60-19
16-Potlatch, here*, won 61-13
18-Genesee, here*, won 63-53
21-C.V., here*, won 81-39
23-Orofino, there, won 51-48
24-Troy, here*, won 76-49
30-Lapwai, here*
FEBRUARY
  1-Genesee, there*, 4 p.m.
  3-Orofino, here
  4-Potlatch, there*
  6-Salmon River, there, 6 p.m. MST
11-C.V., there*
14-Kamiah, here*, 5 p.m.
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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