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Prairie sweeps Idaho County Shootout

Grangeville's Austin Parks drives against Prairie's Terran Peery during the 2014 Idaho County Shootout.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville's Austin Parks drives against Prairie's Terran Peery during the 2014 Idaho County Shootout.

— Prairie swept the 2014 Idaho County Shootout with a 70-62 win in the boys game and a 40-37 win in the girls game.

Prairie led the girls game by as many as nine points during the fourth quarter, but saw host Grangeville make a late charge after Hailey Sullivan sank a trey with about two minutes remaining.

Grangeville led briefly twice: after GHS opened the scoring, Prairie pulled firmly ahead on a dribble-drive layup by Hailey Danly. PHS stayed ahead through halftime, building a 22-12 lead. Grangeville wiped out much of that lead with a 10-2 run that included makes by Madison Brown and Kaleala Bass early in the third quarter. After Prairie coach Lori Mader called a timeout, Prairie broke the dry spell with a bucket by Kayla Schumacher. Grangeville took the lead, 28-26, on a pair of long-range shots. Danly came up with another clutch play, sinking a jumper in transition to put PHS back in the lead, 30-28, to start the fourth quarter.

The Pirates looked to run away with it, with Krystin Uhlenkott capping a 9-2 run for a 39-30 Pirates lead. Then Sullivan's three-pointer sparked a last-ditch surge that brought GHS within one possession before Prairie's stall could kill the clock. Danly hit a timely foul shot with 12 seconds left, forcing GHS to go for three on its last chance.

Sullivan led Grangeville with 12 points; Schumacher totaled a game-high 15.


Though foul-ridden -- the teams were whistled more than 50 times -- the Grangeville-Prairie boys game produced plenty of offense besides free throws. The Pirates made more of their chances and led by double-digits en route to the win. The Pirates led 43-33 with 4:39 left in the third quarter, but Grangeville rallied. After Austin Parks came up with a steal and a fast break basket, PHS answered with a skillful halfcourt attack. Prairie posted up Tanner Ross near the foul line and Ross knocked down a jump shot to keep Prairie's lead at five. At the other end, Max Cawley scored on a scoop shot, bringing GHS within one possession. But barely before the third quarter ended, Rhett Schlader was fouled while firing a three-pointer; he nailed all three free throws, putting PHS ahead by six with one quarter left.

Before either team scored in the fourth quarter, Cawley was hit with his fourth and fifth fouls -- the latter a technical foul -- but Prairie shanked all but one of the free throws. Michael Wilson was hampered by foul trouble and blanketed by the PHS defense most of the night, but scored from the low post to life Grangeville back within five. Jake Bruner answered for Prairie, tearing through a zone defense with a dribble-drive for a layup. After Bruner added another layup, Prairie scored a crushing basket on a tip-in by Schlader good for a 57-46 Pirates lead.

But the fouls continued to pile up against both teams, removing Wilson, Bruner, Ross, and Luke Stokes from the floor during the last four minutes of the game.

Layton Harris stepped up for Grangeville, scoring eight points during a stretch of two minutes; Bruner added one more basket off an inbounds set before Stokes drew Bruner's fifth personal. Michael Stevens drew Ross's fifth with 1:47 remaining and hit one of two free throws to keep GHS within six. Parks then came up with another steal and layup, cutting it to four. Prairie missed four straight free throws before Bryson Higgins sank both double-bonus shots after drawing Stokes' fifth. Higgins and Calvin Hinkelman each hit another pair of foul shots to finish it off.

Bruner led all scorers with 24, while Schlader (18) and Higgins (12) also cracked double-figures for Prairie. For Grangeville, Parks (19), Garrett Kennedy (11) and Harris (12) scored double-digits.


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