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Prairie's Jake Bruner and Grangeville's Austin Parks (10) keyed their respective teams at the Idaho County Shootout Dec. 4 in Cottonwood. Bruner's Pirates prevailed, 47-41.

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Prairie's Jake Bruner and Grangeville's Austin Parks (10) keyed their respective teams at the Idaho County Shootout Dec. 4 in Cottonwood. Bruner's Pirates prevailed, 47-41.



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This layup by Austin Parks had Grangeville leading 17-15, and came early in a run that took GHS to a 29-20 halftime lead.

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The Prairie boys' comeback from nine points down at halftime to win featured a few nervous moments for the Pirates' student section.

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Prairie's defensive effort reversed a 29-20 halftime score as the Pirates prevailed 47-41 during the Idaho County Shootout Friday night. Prairie held Grangeville to five points during the third quarter, and closed to within three, 34-31, starting the fourth. The Pirates tied it on a three-pointer, absorbed the Bulldogs' counter, and took the lead with a 5-0 spurt during which Bruner scored on a putback and Brandon Higgins popped a three. With less than two minutes remaining, Hunter Chaffee notched a layup that forced GHS to start fouling. Bulldogs guard Layton Harris fed post Dillon Alder for a basket at the other end, but PHS extended the late lead from 43-41 to six points at the final horn.

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— Early in Friday night's Idaho County Shootout, Grangeville surged as Dillon Alder turned several Bulldogs misses into second-chance points. But Prairie played "really well defensively both halves," PHS coach Teel Bruner said of his team's eventual 47-41 victory. "I was really pleased coming back from down nine at halftime."

Grangeville led 29-20 at the midpoint, but fell by a 47-41 final score. PHS standout Jake Bruner posted a dominant stat-line on a night PHS got key baskets from several other players. Bruner added five blocks and four assists to an 18-13 double-double, with the bulk of that production during the pivotal second half.

Early on, GHS led by six on a hoop by Layton Harris, as the PHS collapsed around Austin Parks, who drove the lane and kicked out to create the shot. Prairie's defense tightened, and brought the game to a 15-15 tie. That's when GHS forward Dylan Canaday made the first half's key play, taking a charge from Bruner. Several more block/charge calls went Grangeville's way, with Parks twice initiating contact in transition to draw fouls against retreating Pirates. Grangeville surged out of the tie, and took a five-point lead on a fortuitous inside-outside passing play. Parks threw a tough pass from the wing to Canaday, who was battling for position at the left block. Canaday ended up having to save the pass back to Parks, lobbing it over Bruner, who had stepped into the passing lane and couldn't close out in time to contest Parks' deep three.

Grangeville later led by nine, 25-16, after Parks holed a foul shot to complete a traditional three-pointer -- again, having drawn a blocking foul on a fast break.

Bruner answered with second-chance points at the other end, but Grangeville's lead held, 29-20, at halftime.

Prairie's defense continued to tighten, and GHS scored just twice during the third quarter. Parks sank a three, but after Shane Wood scored, Prairie closed the gap to three starting the fourth quarter.

With six minutes left in the game, Hunter Chaffee lifted Prairie into a 36-all tie with a three-pointer, and Bruner followed up by blocking a shot at the other end. Grangeville called timeout, and restored the lead to 39-36 -- but went about five minutes without scoring another basket.

Bruner's putback with just under four minutes left made it a one-point game, and after Brandon Higgins put PHS ahead with a trey, Bruner again blocked a GHS shot attempt. After Chaffee scored a layup with less than two minutes to go, GHS had to start fouling. Harris fed Alder for a layup with 32 seconds left, but Bruner put any remaining doubts about the outcome to rest with two free throws.

Bruner's 18 points led all scorers; Chaffee finished with 10 for Prairie, while Parks (14) and Alder (13) paced Grangeville.

As has been true of previous shootouts, various activities filled the time between quarters.

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The Prairie girls came close to taking it away from Grangeville at the end, but several late hoops by Grangeville's Hailey Sullivan kept the Pirates at an arm's length during the final minute of Friday night's 42-38 GHS win. Grangeville led by about three points for much of the night, but Prairie tied it at 36-all with 1:21 to go. Sullivan clinched it with a series of strong plays: she broke a double-team trap, drew a foul, canned both free throws, and, on the next Bulldogs possession, put in a three-point play that made it 41-36. As time ticked down, Prairie's Kylie Tidwell did her best to pressure Sullivan, but was called for reaching in the pictured play.

GIRLS: Grangeville 42, Prairie 38

During the girls game, Grangeville took a 4-3 lead on a runner by Sarah Wilson and continued to lead until a couple of baskets by PHS sophomore Angela Wemhoff put the Pirates ahead 21-20 during the third quarter. Wilson answered with a layup and Hailey Sullivan followed up with foul shots. Grangeville's small lead persisted, but the Prairie girls came close to taking it away from the Bulldogs at the end. Several late hoops by Grangeville's Hailey Sullivan kept the Pirates at an arm's length during the final minute of Friday night's 42-38 GHS win. Grangeville led by about three points for much of the night, but Prairie tied it at 36-all with 1:21 to go.

When Josie Peery gave PHS a 35-34 lead late in the fourth quarter, Hailey Sullivan took over, creating and making free throws with effective handling. The Pirates' breaking point came when they nearly caught Sullivan in a double-team trap near the half-court line -- but she dribbled out of trouble, got to the foul line, and effectively ended it with a three-point play on the next possession. Her layup-and-one made it 41-36 with 1:04 remaining.

Sullivan finished with a game-high 20 points, while Kylie Tidwell paced Prairie with 11.

During the third quarter intermission, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings announced the fundraising portion of the event had produced $10,516.20 for local food banks.



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