win District Title
The Prairie Pirates continued an undefeated march through White Pine League opponents with a 62-49 win over Lapwai in the District Championship game Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
Lapwai was the one to get off to a fast start as they opened up leads of 3-10 and 5-12 in the first quarter.
Prairie then put together a 6-0 to pull within 1. Jake Bruner started things with a lay-up on a feed from Lucas Arnzen. Arnzen then scored on a putback and a steal by Rhett Schlader led to another Bruner lay-up.
Lapwai came back to take a 13-16 lead at the quarter break.
Schlader, who was 0 for 4 in the first quarter, quickly got into the scoring column in the second with a pair of baskets that gave Prairie their first lead at 17-16.
Lapwai took the lead back with a basket but a free throw by Schlader tied it and a lay-up by Tanner Ross put Prairie back on top.
Lapwai tied it at 20 but Prairie then put together an 8-0 run and never trailed again. Schlader started the run with a 5 foot leaner and Arnzen followed with a pair of free throws. Bruner then forced a bad pass on a trap near the midcourt sideline and Jared Higgins picked it off and went the distance for a lay-up. Arnzen added a basket on a feed from Schlader to make it 28-20.
Lapwai managed to get back within 5 but 2 baskets by Ross and another basket by Schlader helped Prairie take a 34-27 lead at the half.
A 6-0 run to start the second half put Prairie in control of the game. A basket by Arnzen and 2 putbacks by Ross put Prairie up 40-27.
A 5-0 run later in the quarter on a lay-up by Higgins out of the flex offense and a basket and then a free throw by Bruner put Prairie up 47-32. They led 49-34 after 3 quarters.
Lapwai never got any closer than 10 points in the fourth quarter as Prairie hit 11 of 16 free throws to keep the Wildcats at bay. Ross was 5 for 5 at the line in the fourth quarter.
Ross wound up as the leading scorer with 19 points with Schlader and Arnzen scoring 13 each. Bruner made it 4 players in double figures with 11 points and Higgins added 6.
Prairie dominated the boards 45-26 with all three post players having double-doubles. Ross had 12 rebounds while Arnzen and Bruner had 10 each.
Schlader had 4 steals and Bruner had 3 while Higgins and Schlader had 4 assists each and Arnzen had 3.
Prairie was 23 for 53 from the field, 43%, and 16 for 28 at the line, 57%. Lapwai was 22 for 50 from the field, 44%, and 2 for 10 at the line, 20%.
With the win Prairie takes a 21-1 record into the state tournament where they will play Glenns Ferry at 1:15 p.m. MST Thursday, March 6 at Vallivue High School in Caldwell, the same place they played the previous 3 trips to state. Lapwai takes on defending state champion Butte County at 6:15 p.m. MST. Glenns Ferry gave Butte County their only loss this season.
Prairie 13 21 15 13 -62
Lapwai 16 11 7 15 -49
Prairie-Schlader 4-12, 5-11, 13; J. Higgins 3-7, 0-2, 6; Bruner 5-11, 1-2, 11; Ross 7-13, 5-7, 19; Arnzen 4-8, 5-6, 13; Bruegeman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hankerson 0-1, 0-0, 0; B. Higgins 0-0, 0-0, 0; Shears 0-0, 0-0, 0; Hinkelman 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Lapwai-T. Williams 2-4, 0-2, 4; Higheagle 4-6, 0-0, 9; Perez 2-8, 0-0, 5; Tannehill 2-5, 0-0, 5; Chimburas 1-6, 0-0, 2; Henry 5-5, 0-2, 10; I. Mitchell 4-10, 1-2, 9; Schimmel 0-0, 0-0, 0; Shawl 1-1, 1-2, 3; Wilson 1-2, 0-1, 2; I. Williams 0-1, 0-0, 0; D. Mitchell 0-0, 0-1, 0. 3-pointers-Perez, Tannehill, Higheagle.
Bruner named White Pine Leage D1 coach of the year
Prairie’s Teel Bruner has been named the White Pine League Division 1 coach of the year.
Prairie’s Jake Bruner and Rhett Schlader were named to the All-WPL Division 1 first team while Lucas Arnzen was named to the second team. Genesee’s Reggie Tilleman was named the player of the year.
The 1-A, Division 1 state bracket. All times are MST.
SCHEDULE FOR 2013-14
*indicates league game
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
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*, won 68-56
3-Orofino, here, won 67-55
4-Potlatch, there*, won 85-38
6-Salmon River, there, 6 p.m. MST, lost 59-69 in overtime
11-C.V., there*, won 55-18
14-Kamiah, here*, 5 p.m., won 80-32
24, 26 & 27-District at LCSC, beat Genesee 60-22, beat Lapwai 62-49.
March 6-8-State at Caldwell, play Glenns Ferry at 1:15 p.m. MST March 6 at Vallivue High in Caldwell.