COTTONWOOD — In their final regular season games, Prairie had no trouble with two of the teams the Pirates may encounter during the upcoming 1AD1 District II tournament.
PHS torched Kamiah 80-32 on Valentine’s Day, having burned Clearwater Valley 55-18 last Tuesday, Feb. 11.
But as of the Free Press print deadline, the Kubs and Rams weren’t finished, yet.
CV played Genesee on Tuesday night, and Kamiah, having ended Potlatch’s season in the play-in, squared off against Troy in the first round.
Genesee smashed CV twice in regular season play, but Kamiah played Troy within six points earlier this month.
Should either the Rams or Kubs advance, they’d face Prairie — a Whitepine League powerhouse ranked second only to the undefeated Butte County Pirates in statewide media polls — at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24.
The Pirates have held the second place vote since crunching Genesee in mid-January.
Genesee, which had foundered through much of February, righted its ship with a win over 2A contender Grangeville last week.
Also in the district title mix is Lapwai, which was ranked fourth in the Feb. 12 state media poll. But even the hard-charging Wildcats did not beat Prairie during the regular season.
PHS stumbled only once, in overtime, on the road, against the state media’s consensus lower division No. 1: Salmon River. Prairie won’t see the Savages again, but the Cottonwood crew can’t target those other Pirates just yet; the WPL tournament is too good.
The district will send two to state and one to a play-in. The district final is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26.