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Pirates top WPL tourney

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The 2014 Prairie Pirates won the District II title last Wednesday night, Feb. 26, and are headed to the 1AD1 boys state basketball tournament, March 6-8 at Vallivue High School. Pictured are manager Willie Wilson (son of Steve Wilson) with the trophy and kneeling (from left) are: Terran Peery, Bryson Higgins, Mason Dalgliesh and Rhett Schlader. Standing are Dylon Bruegeman, managers Hunter Chaffee and in front of him Cole Schlader, Calvin Hinkelman, Tyler Hankerson, John Mager, Isaiah Shears, Lucas Arnzen, Jared Higgins, Tanner Ross and Jake Bruner.

Lapwai led the district championship game last Wednesday night, Feb. 26, by as many as seven points, but Prairie, unphased by a couple of early treys, rallied to within a point before the first quarter ended. After Lapwai’s Kevin Tannehill picked up his second personal, PHS ran away with the 1AD1 District II title, 62-49.

Lapwai’s scoring slowed dramatically after Rhett Schlader set Tannehill with two quick fouls and tied the contest, 18-18, with a free throw. Prairie used a 6-0 run to pull ahead and Tanner Ross converted a layup off an alley-oop pass to widen it to 30-21. Ross led all scorers with 19 points; Schlader (13), Lucas Arnzen (13) and Jake Bruner (11) scored double-digits.

Coming — Prairie (21-1) will face Glenns Ferry at 1:15 p.m. MT at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.

With a win, the Pirates would meet the Notus/Genesee winner at 6:15 p.m. MT on Friday, March 7. The 1AD1 championship game will be played at 11:30 a.m. at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

All tournament games will be broadcast live on idahosports.com.

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