Pirates take 2nd at District
If you throw out the second quarter the Prairie Pirates beat Lapwai 42-39 in the District Championship game Friday, Jake Bruner collects the second place game ball from tournament managers Travis Mader and James Stoner as fellow seniors Brandon Higgins and Terran Peery are shown at right.Feb. 26 at the LCSC Activity Center. Unfortunately you have to count all 4 quarters and Prairie had a disastrous second quarter in a 46-65 loss to the Wildcats.
Prairie came out strong in the opening quarter with Terran Peery sinking a pair of 3-pointers as well as a pair of free throws, Jake Bruner added a driving lay-up and a putback and Calvin Hinkelman scored a lay-up on an inbounds play as Prairie took a 14-7.
Lapwai scored the final 4 points of the quarter to pull within 3 and then blitzed the Pirates in the second quarter. Lapwai’s full-court pressure, which morphed seamlessly into a halfcourt trap on the occasions Prairie made it across the timeline, forced 11 turnovers with the Wildcats converting most of those into points. The Wildcats also sank 4 of 4 from 3-point range and 10 of 16 shots overall. When Prairie was able to get the ball across the timeline and into their offense, they converted just 1 of 10 from the field. 
Lapwai opened the second quarter with a 16-0 run that pretty much won the game. Brandon Higgins broke the run with a pair of free throws at the 3:36 mark. Lapwai then scored 7 more points before Hunter Chaffee scored the lone field goal of the quarter for the Pirates. Lapwai closed out the half with a 3-pointer to make it 18-37 at the break.
Prairie made some adjustments at the half and came out with 5 straight points as Bruner scored on a putback and a free throw and Tyson Schlader scored a transition lay-up after a steal.
Prairie never could cut much into the lead though as Lapwai was able to answer any Prairie scoring and kept the Pirates from putting a run together.
By the end of the third quarter Prairie was just 2 points closer than they were at the half, 36-43. Lapwai got those 2 points back in the fourth quarter as the final margin of 19 was the same as that at the half.
Prairie did have a couple of nice plays in the second half. Bruner made a great pass to Schlader for a lay-up in the third quarter and Higgins made an athletic putback of a missed shot in the fourth.
Peery wound up as Prairie’s leading scorer with 14 points with Bruner adding 11. Hinkelman scored 7 while Schlader and Higgins scored 6 each and Chaffee scored 2.
Lapwai had a 35-40 edge on the boards. Bruner led the Pirates with 13 rebounds while Schlader added 8.
Higgins and Bruner had 3 steals each while Higgins added 5 assists.
Prairie was 18 for 51 from the field, 35%, and 7 for 15 at the line, 47%. Lapwai was 26 for 64 from the field, 41%, and 6 for 13 at the line, 46%.
Prairie takes an 18-4 record into the State Tournament. They will open against District 4 champion Oakley, Thursday, March 3 at 5:15 p.m. PST at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.
Prairie   14   4 18 10 -46
Lapwai 11 26 16 12 -65
Prairie-Schlader 3-8, 0-0, 6; Peery 4-12, 4-6, 14; Higgins 2-8, 2-5, 6; Bruner 5-12, 1-3, 11; Hinkelman3-5, 0-1, 7; Chaffee 1-4, 0-0, 2; Shears 0-2, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Peery 2.
Lapwai-T. Miles-Williams 3-7, 0-0, 6; Taylor 4-10, 0-0, 10; Shawl 4-11, 0-1, 10; I. Miles-Williams 8-16, 4-6, 20; Henry 1-4, 0-0, 3; Mitchell 5-11, 2-2, 13; Sobotta 1-4, 0-4, 3. 3-pointers-Taylor 2, Shawl 2, Henry, Mitchell, Sobotta.
Jake Bruner makes a pass to someone who has to be open as he is surrounded by 4 Lapwai defenders.
Terran Peery looks to shoot against Lapwai.
Tyson Schlader drives towards the hoop.
Brandon Higgins is defended at the top of the key. Also shown is Hunter Chaffee.

All times shown ate MST.

Bruner to play in State All-Star Game
Prairie’s Jake Bruner has been named to the “Region” team for the statewide All-Star basketball game to be played on March 12 at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.
Other White Pine League players named were Kaleigh Ranisate of Genesee and Taylor Whitney of Lapwai for the girls game and Tommy Miles-Williams of Lapwai for the boys game.
Players were nominated and voted by media from all classifications, 1A-D2 through 5A.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  4-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout, V only, 6 p.m., won 47-42
  8-Asotin, here, lost 66-74
10-Kendrick, there, won 65-48
15-Kamiah, there*, won 49-42
18-Lapwai, here*, lost 43-58
  5-Genesee, here*, won 67-44
  7-Moscow, here, 4 p.m., won 66-43
  8-C.V., there*, won 55-39
  9-Troy, here*, 4 p.m. (Quad), won 72-49
12-Genesee, there*, 4:30 & 7:30, won 57-56
14-Asotin, there, C & JV, 6 p.m, V 7:30, won 57-44
16-Potlatch, here*, 4 p.m., won 70-40
22-Kamiah, here*, won51-38
28-Troy, here*, won 69-41
30-Potlatch, there*, 1 p.m., won 66-35
  2-Kendrick, here, won 60-37
  4-Lapwai, there*, lost 36-57
  6-C.V., here*, 6 p.m. (game time changed), won 63-43
  9-Moscow, there, 4 p.m., won 59-46
12-Grangeville, there, won 74-59
19-26-District at LCSC, vs. C.V., 2/19-won 48-37; vs. Lapwai 2/26, 7:30 p.m., lost 46-65
March 3-5-State at Caldwell's Vallivue High School - open against Oakley at 6:15 p.m. MST 3/3

2016 Prairie Baseball
15-at Asotin, 4 p.m.
17-at Kamiah, 4 p.m.*
22-at C.V., 4 p.m.*
24-at Kendrick, 4 p.m.
  5-Asotin, here, 4 p.m.
  8-9-Glenns Ferry Tournament, TBA
12-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m.*
16-Potlatch, here (2), noon*
19-at Colton (2), 4 p.m.
21-C.V., here, 4 p.m.*
26-at Nezperce, 4 p.m.*
28-at Troy, 4 p.m.*
  3-at Genesee (2), 4 p.m.
  5-Troy, here, 4 p.m.
  9-Nezperce, here, 4 p.m.

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