Prairie 67, Nezperce 47
NEZPERCE — By the time Nezperce rallied, the Prairie boys had the game well in hand last Monday night, Dec. 9. Behind big nights by Rhett Schlader and Lucas Arnzen, Prairie picked up its first win of the season, 67-47 — a score made close by a second-half breakout by Nezperce’s Kristian Carpenter.
Carpenter put in 29 points, but his production was essentially matched by Schlader (13) and Arnzen (15), who combined for 13 baskets on top of their passing and rebounding output. Tyler Hankerson (10 points) converted five two-pointers.
Up next for Prairie (1-0) is the Idaho County Shootout, an annual rivalry game and fund-raiser which the Pirates alternate hosting with Grangeville. This year, it’s at PHS: 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.
Prairie then opens its league schedule at Troy on Dec. 14. PHS will visit Lapwai next Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.
Prairie 59, CV 27
KOOSKIA — The Pirates squeezed 25 turnovers out of the Rams on the second night of Prairie’s Whitepine League girls slate last Thursday, Dec. 5, and all the extra possessions added up to a 59-27 PHS victory.
Kyndahl Ulmer put in a 20-and-15 double-double and Leah Holthaus scored 10 points as the Pirates bounced back from a 68-60 Dec. 3 league loss to Lapwai.
Ulmer (21 points) and Kayla Schumacher (17) powered Prairie against Lapwai, but PHS could not climb back from a 15-point halftime deficit.
Up next, Prairie (5-1) will host Grangeville at the Dec. 13 Idaho County Shootout then visit Kamiah (Dec. 16) and Orofino (Dec. 17) before breaking for Christmas.
CV 36, Timberline 35
KOOSKIA — It came down to Jake Farmer’s wing trey, and it was all good for Clearwater Valley last Thursday night, Dec. 5. After leading 23-18 at halftime, CV’s offense scored just four during the third quarter and wound up allowing Timberline to take a late lead.
But Farmer’s three — his second of the night — handed CV a 36-35 victory.
Dillon Fisher scored a game-high 14 points, eight of which came at the foul line.
Up next, CV (1-1) will host Nezperce on Thursday, Dec. 12 before kicking off league play with a Dec. 14 visit from Lapwai and a Dec. 17 visit to Genesee. They’ll square off with Kamiah in the Upriver Rampage Dec. 20.