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Pirates' pressure squashes Liberty Charter



— Before the Pirates found the range, the sheer volume of their shooting overwhelmed Liberty Charter. Once Prairie found the range, the defending state champions shelled the Patriots into submission, 60-25, during the first round of 1AD1 state tournament play. PHS senior Kayla Schumacher scored six points in rapid succession near the end of the third quarter -- a frame which saw the Pirates boost a seven-point halftime lead to more than double Charter's total, 48-23.

Also tallying double-digits was Krystin Uhlenkott, who finished with 10 points on a night PHS as a team put up 71 attempts from the field. With 25 makes, Prairie shot about 35 percent for the game. Prairie shot 16 for 34 (about 47 percent) after halftime. Adjusting to the facility at Columbia High School went about as well for Whitepine League champion Lapwai. Earlier in the day, the Wildcats set an all-classifications girls basketball state tournament record by scoring 100 points in a win over Idaho City. During that game, Lapwai in total shot about 39 percent from the field on 101 attempts.

Tomorrow night, Feb. 20, Prairie will play the late game against Challis at 8 p.m. MT at Columbia High School. Immediately beforehand, at 6:15 p.m. MT, Lapwai will play Raft River, which edged out another of the Whitepine League's entries, Genesee, by a 45-35 final score.



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