Lady Pirates are league champions
The Prairie Lady Pirates clinched the league championship and #1 seed into District with a 43-36 win over Lapwai at Cottonwood Thursday, Jan. 25. They also avenged their only loss of the season with a 51-40 win at Moscow on Friday, Jan. 26, and finished their regular season with a 62-15 win over Asotin on Senior Night at Cottonwood Monday, Jan. 29.
Vs. Lapwai
The game against Lapwai didn’t start well as the Wildcats came out in their press and forced numerous turnovers leading to a 4-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Prairie got a free throw from Sydney Bruner and a basket from Leah Higgins to pull within 7-10 in the second quarter and after a Lapwai basket, scored 5 straight points to tie the game at 12-12. Bruner scored another free throw and Leah Higgins made 4 straight at the line. The 5-point, all free throw rally was a preview of the second half.Theresa Wemhoff battles Lapwai’s Amil Mitchell for a loose ball.
Lapwai closed out the half with a basket and a 3-pointer for a 12-17 lead.
The Wildcats led 14-21 in the third when Prairie started another rally consisting mostly of free throws.
India Peery made 4 straight free throws to cut the lead to 3. Josie Peery drove full court for a lay-up to get within 1 and Theresa Wemhoff sank 2 free throws to give Prairie their first lead of the game at the 4:32 mark.
A steal by Josie Peery led to another free throw to make it 23-21.
Lapwai answered with a 3-point play by Amil Mitchell to retake the lead but India Peery answered with her own 3-point play a little over a minute later. 
Lapwai then got a pair of baskets by freshman Omari Mitchel to take a 26-28 lead but Leah Higgins was fouled with 3 seconds left in the quarter and made both free throws to tie the game at 28-28.
Prairie made 10 of 11 free throws in the quarter with India Peery going 5 for 5.
A putback by Josie Peery put Priarie back on top at the 6:40 mark. Jordyn Higgins followed with a free throw and a lay-up to make it 33-28.
After 2 Lapwai free throws Bruner scored in side and India Peery added 2 more free throws to make it 37-30.
After a basket by Amil Mitchell it was the Peery sisters each sinking a pair of free throw to give Prairie their biggest lead of the game at 41-32 with 59 seconds to play.
Lapwai came back with 4 straight free throws to cut the lead to 5 but Leah Higgins finished off the scoring with a pair of free throws for Prairie.
India Peery wound up as the leading scorer with 13 points, all in the second half. Leah Higgins was also in double figures with 10. Combined those two were 17 of 20 at the free throw line as Peery was 9 for 10 and Higgins was 8 for 10.
Josie Peery scored 7, Bruner 6, Jordyn Higgins 5 and Wemhoff 2.
Prairie had a 45-37 edge on the board led by Bruner and Leah Higgins who had 11 each. Josie Peery and Jordyn Higgins each added 7 rebounds.
Bruner had 5 steals while Leah Higgins had 4 and Jordyn Higgins had 3 assists.
Prairie was 8 for 36 from the field, 22%, and 27 for 43 at the line, 63%. Lapwai was 13 for 55 from the field, 24%, and 9 for 15 at the line, 60%.
With the win Prairie finished league play at 12-0 and have the #1 seed at District. They will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the LCSC Activity Center.
In the JV game Prairie suffered their first loss of the season 43-44.
The loss was as much due to Lapwai wearing them down as anything as Prairie had a C game against Sacajawea earlier in the evening and had just 5 players available for the JV game who could play a full 4 quarters while 1 other player had 2 quarters available.
Ciara Chaffee had a 3-point play to give Prairie the early lead but Lapwai came back and led 11-15 by the end of the first quarter.
Prairie took the lead at 18-17 on a 3 by Ellea Uhlenkott, one of the players who had just 1 quarter left after the C game. Lapwai answered to retake the lead at 18-21 but Prairie then went on a 9-0 run to take back the lead.
Hope Schwartz started the run with a pair of free throws then Uhlenkott scored a basket and a free throw. Chaffee scored a free throw then Uhlenkott scored another basket. A free throw by Kodie Tidwell ended the run with Prairie up 27-21.
A putback by Tidwell made it 29-22 at the half.
Prairie scored just 4 points in the third quarter but still led 33-28 going into the fourth as Lapwai scored just 6.
Prairie still led 41-37 after a steal and lay-up by Tidwell with 2:51 left. At that point Prairie went cold and Lapwai was able to force turnovers and score 7 straight to take a 41-44 lead. Schwartz scored on a putback with 14 seconds left to cut the deficit to 1 but Lapwai was able to run out the clock for the win.
Tidwell and Chaffee each scored 10 points to lead the scoring with Uhlenkott scoring 8 in her 1 quarter of play. Kendra Duclos scored 5 with Brooklyn Riener and Schwartz scoring 4 each and Kyleigh Duclos 2.
Prairie had a 51-45 edge on the boards led by Kendra Duclos who had 18 rebounds. Chaffee added 11 and Schwartz 8.
Tidwell had 9 steals and 2 assists and Hope McIntire had 3 assists.
The JV’s were 14 for 48 from the field, 29%, and 14 for 25 at the line, 56%. Lapwai was 19 for 72 from the field, 26%, and 3 for 8 at the line, 38%.
The C team lost to Sacajawea 36-40 in overtime.
Prairie    4 8 16 15 -43
Lapwai 10 7 11   8 -36
Prairie-J. Peery 2-6, 3-6, 7; J. Higgins 2-10, 1-6, 5; L. Higgins 1-6, 8-10, 10; Bruner 1-4, 4-9, 6; I. Peery 2-6, 9-10, 13; Hiler 0-2, 0-0, 0; Wemhoff 0-1, 2-2, 2. 3-pointers-none.
Lapwai-Sobotta 0-8, 0-3, 0; Wisdom 1-5, 0-0, 2; Domebo 2-17, 0-0, 4; A. Mitchell 6-11, 5-6, 17; Coversup 0-0, 2-4, 2; Smith 1-2, 0-0, 2; Gould 1-1, 0-0, 3; Lussoro 0-3, 0-0, 0; O. Mitchell 2-5, 2-2, 6; Oatman 0-3, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Gould.
At Moscow
Moscow gave Prairie their only loss of the season back on Jan. 9 at Cottonwood and Prairie was able to pay them back by spoiling Moscow’s senior night.
Moscow’s Gracey Meyer scored the first 5 points of the game and then did not score again until the second half.
Prairie was able to rally back and take the lead by the end of the quarter on Bruner’s basket with 51 seconds left.
India Peery sinks a 3 from the corner on an inbounds play at Moscow.Prairie’s inbound plays under their own basket keyed their scoring early in the second quarter. Theresa Wemhoff found India Peery open inside the key for a lay-up and on the next inbounds play, about 2 minutes later, she found India open in the corner for a 3-pointer. 13 seconds later Wemhoff passed in to Leah Higgins for a midrange shot that made it 20-12 in Prairie’s favor.
Moscow answered with a 3 and a 2 by Katie Kitchel to close within 3 at 20-17 but Prairie outscored Moscowe10-4 the rest of the half to take a 31-21 lead at the break. India Peery added a basket and a corner 3-ball while Jordyn Higgins added 2 baskets and Josie Peery 2 free throws.
Moscow scored first in the third quarter but two baskets by Josie Peery and a basket by Jordyn Higgins put Prairie up 14 at 37-23.
Prairie took a 43-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
Meyer decided it was time to take the game over and led Moscow on a 2-9 run as she scored 7 of those 9 points. Josie Peery scored on a putback for Prairie’s points in the run.
Moscow was only able to get back within 9 at 45-36. Prairie was then able to answer with a basket each by Josie and India Peery and a free throw by Jordyn Higgins to make it 50-36.
Moscow scored a pair of baskets to get back within 10 but India Peery closed out the scoring with a free throw for the final margin.
India Peery scored 16 points to lead the scoring with Jordyn Higgins adding 11 and Josie Peery 10. Leah Higgins scored 7, Bruner 4 and Wemhoff 2.
Prairie had a 39-36 edge on the boards led by Leah Higgins with 10 and Josie Peery with 8.
Leah Higgins and Josie Peery each had 3 steals and Jordyn Higgins had 5 assists with Wemhoff had 4 and India Peery and Leah Higgins 3 each.
Prairie was 22 for 44 from the field, 50%, and 5 for 13 at the line, 38%. Moscow was 18 for 60 from the field, 30%, and 2 for 3 at the line, 67%.
Prairie was whistled for just 8 fouls in the game while Moscow had 20.
The JV team bounced back from their only loss of the season with a 37-26 win. Varsity players Sarah Ross and Kristyna Krogh were moved to the JV team to give Prairie enough bodies to cover both the C and JV games so they wouldn’t run into the problems they had the night before against Lapwai.
Prairie jumped out to a 7-0 lead as Kodie Tidwell scored a basket and then Ross scored a basket and a 3-point play. Prairie led 11-6 by the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was all about defense. Moscow scored a 3-pointer 34 seconds into the period and then did not score again until midway through the third quarter. Prairie was held scoreless until the 1:48 mark when Tidwell sank a pair of free throws. A minute later Kendra Duclos scored 2 free throws to give Prairie a 15-9 halftime lead.
Two baskets by Chaffee and a basket by Tidwell opened the second half scoring and gave Prairie a 21-9 lead.
Moscow finally broke through with their first points in almost 10 minutes of play with a 3 pointer. Krogh and Duclos then each scored a basket to make it 25-12. 
Moscow scored 5 straight to pull within 25-17 by the end of the quarter.
Prairie was able to hold off Moscow in the fourth with Tidwell sinking a 3 pointer and Kendra Duclos scoring 5 points.
Tidwell and Duclos each scored 9 to lead Prairie in scoring with Chaffee scoring 8, ross 5, Krogh 4 and Schwartz 2.
Prairie had a 33-24 rebounding edge led by Duclos with 11 and Chaffee with 8.
Chaffee and Krogh had 3 steals each and Tidwell had 4 assists.
Prairie was 14 for 37 from the field, 38%, and 8 for 9 at the line, 89%. Moscow was 9 for 41 from the field, 22%, and 5 for 8 at the line, 63%.
Prairie     13 18 12   8 -51
Moscow 12   9   6 13 -40
Prairie-J. Peery 4-13, 2-4, 10; J. Higgins 5-10, 1-4, 11; L. Higgins 3-4, 1-1, 7; Bruner 2-4, 0-1, 4; I. Peery 7-8, 1-3, 17; Wemhoff 1-5, 0-0, 2. 3-pointers-I. Peery 2.
Moscow-Carscallen 0-5, 0-0, 0; Meyer 6-13, 2-3, 14; Waters, 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jung 2-11, 0-0, 4; Kitchel 6-14, 0-0, 14; Broyles 1-10, 0-0, 2; Claus 1-1, 0-0, 2; Watson 2-5, 0-0, 4; Rauch 0-0, 0-0, 0; Anderson 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Kitchel 2.
Vs. Asotin
Monday was Senior Night for the Lady Pirates and it got off to an emotional start as Angela Wemhoff was allowed to put on her uniform and “start” for Prairie on senior night with fellow seniors Josie Peery, Sarah Ross, Leah Higgins and Sydney Bruner. She could barely stand without her crutches after having surgery on her knee last Friday. As soon as the opening tap was controlled the officials called timeout and India Peery subbed in for Wemhoff.Jordyn Higgins scores a transition lay-up against Asotin.
Prairie started slowly as Asotin led 2-4 as late as the 4:05 mark of the first quarter. At that point Josie Peery made the second of 2 free throws to kick off what turned into a 32-0 run for Prairie.
India Peery scored on a driving lay-up at the 3:00 mark to give Prairie the lead. Leah Higgins then scored on a putback and added a 3-pointer on an inbounds play to make it 10-4. Bruner scored a free throw to make it 11-4 at the quarter break.
Jordyn Higgins took over in the second quarter as she and fellow Pirates picked Asotin’s pocket to the tune of 14 turnovers, many of which led to transition lay-ups by Jordyn. She was 5 for 5 from the field and 3 for 4 from the line in the quarter for 13 points as Prairie built a 34-4 lead.
Asotin scored the final 4 points of the half to make it 34-8 at the break.
Asotin opened the third quarter with a long 3-ponter but then did not score again until the fourth quarter. India Peery answered with a 3-pointer that kicked off a 20-0 run the rest of the third quarter as Prairie took a 54-11 lead into the fourth.
Jordyn Higgins kept her hot hand as she was 4 for 4 in the quarter for 8 more points while India Peery scored 6 in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and Prairie outscored Asotin 8-4.
Jordyn Higgins wound up with 21 points on 9 for 11 shooting while India Peery also hit double figures with 12 points. Leah Higgins led the senior with 9 points with Josie Peery and Theresa Wemhoff scoring 6 each. Ross, Tidwell and Chaffee scored 2 points each while Bruner and Kristyna Krogh added 1 each.
Prairie controlled the boards 43-27 with Josie Peery pulling down 11 and Leah Higgins 10.
Jordyn Higgins,  Leah Higgins and Theresa Wemhoff each had 6 steals as Prairie forced Asotin into 29 turnovers, 27 by way of steals.
Leah Higgins had 4 assists while Jordyn Higgins and Wemhoff had 3 each.
Prairie was 25 for 55 from the field, 45%, and 10 for 20 from the line, 50%. Asotin was 5 for 34 from the field, 15%, and 4 for 9 at the line, 44%.
Prairie finishes their regular season with a 19-1 record, 12-0 in league.
The JV’s played just a half-game in their season finale and rolled to a 27-6 win.
Chaffee was the big scorer on offense with 16 points as she was 7 for 11 from the field and 2 for 2 at the line. She had 10 points in the first quarter with Tidwell adding 7 as Prairie led 19-4 at the end of the first quarter of play.
Chaffee added 6 more in the second with Uhlenkott scoring the other 2.
In addition to Chaffee, Tidwell scored 7 and Kendra Duclos and Uhlenkott 2 each.
Chaffee and Duclos had 5 rebounds each to lead Prairie to a 19-14 edge on the boards.
Chaffee had 6 steals while Duclos had 4. Brooklyn Riener had 2 assists.
Prairie was 12 for 35 from the field, 34% and 3 for 4 at the line, 75%. Asotin was 3 for 13 from the field, 23%, and did not attempt a free throw.
Prairie 11 23 20 8 -62
Asotin   4   4   3 4 -15
Prairie-A. Wemhoff 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Peery 2-7, 2-3, 6; Ross 1-3, 0-0, 1; L. Higgins 4-10, 0-0, 9; Bruner 0-2, 1-2, 1; I. Peery 5-11, 1-2, 12; J. Higgins 9-11, 3-4, 21; T. Wemhoff 2-6, 2-5, 6; Hiler 0-1, 0-2, 0; Krogh 0-2, 1-2, 1; Tidwell 1-2, 0-0, 2; Chaffee 1-1, 0-0, 2; Duclos 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-L. Higgins, I. Peery.
Asotin-Washington 1-9, 0-0, 2; Miller 2-6, 0-1, 4; Lee 1-8, 2-2, 5; Stein 0-4, 0-0, 0; Clovis 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wilkinson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Koch 0-2, 2-4, 2; Ball 0-0, 0-0, 0; Forgey 0-2, 0-0, 0; Blewett 1-2, 0-2, 2. 3-pointers-Lee.

Coaches David Shears and Steve Wilson help Angela Wemhoff off the court after she was able to put on her uniform and “start” on Senior Night.

Jordyn Higgins steals the ball against Asotin.

Josie Peery goes for a lay-up at Moscow.

India Peery is about to score on a lay-up against Asotin.

Alexis Hiler battles a Lapwai player for a rebound.

Leah Higgins scores a 3-pointer against Moscow on an inbounds play.

Sydney Bruner looks to score against Lapwai.

Theresa Wemhoff shoots against Asotin. Also shown is Josie Peery.

Leah Higgins looks to shoot against Lapwai.

Angela Wemhoff gets a hug from teammate Kodie Tidwell after coming off the court on Senior Night. She got a standing ovation from the Prairie crowd as well.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
14-Lewiston J.V., here, won 53-22
16-Genesee, here*, won 72-48
21-Grangeville, there, won 57-17
28-C.V., there, won 80-9
30-Lewiston J.V., there, won 53-28
  1-Potlatch, here*, won 70-10
  7-Kamiah, there, won 61-16
  9-Troy Quad, here, 1 & 2:30*, won 50-22
12-Lapwai, there*, won 58-42
15-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout, V only, 6:00 p.m., won 34-30
19-Asotin, Quad, there, 4:30, won 64-23
  5-Genesee, there*, won 71-21
  9-Moscow, here (C,JV,V) 4 p.m., lost 46-51
11-C.V., here*, won 85-7
13-Potlatch, there*, won 65-22
16-Kamiah, here*, won 63-9
20-Troy Quad, there*, 1 & 2:30, won 59-17
25-Lapwai, here*, won 43-36
26-Moscow, there, (C,JV,V) 4 p.m., won 51-40
29-Asotin, Quad, here, 3:15 & 6, rescheduled from Jan. 2, won 62-15
Jan. 30-Feb. 7 -District at LCSC--beat Potlatch 54-16, to play Lapwai at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 6 for District Championship
10-State Play-In at Post Falls
15-17-State at Nampa
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