Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Prairie senior Kayla Schumacher averaged nearly 21 points per game during the 1AD1 girls basketball state tournament, which saw two of the Whitepine League’s powerhouses post comprehensive wins over the rest of Idaho’s best teams in their classification.
Lapwai scored 100 points during its first-round victory and went on to set a new state record for scoring by any girls team at any level, but the Wildcats nevertheless found Prairie tougher to crack than the rest of the teams they played.
As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015
NAMPA — Prairie’s 1AD1 state tournament featured one hotly-contested game — the Pirates’ title game against Lapwai last Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Ford Idaho Center. But even that one cooled a bit after the Wildcats began to pull away behind four double-digit scorers.
Lapwai scored two baskets in an instant at the outset of a game they went on to win 65-43, but Prairie overcame an early 7-0 deficit to take a 10-9 lead.
The tide turned ever so briefly in the Pirates’ favor after a short-range shot by Kayla Schumacher (20 points) settled for a tiny eternity on the front lip of the rim before falling through. A moment later, Hailey Danly scored the lead-changing basket off an offensive rebound.
Lapwai answered with a flurry of three-point shots: Shiniah Holt (10 points) put the Wildcats up 12-10, and Erin Ramsey (14 points) followed up with back-to-back triples for an 18-10 Wildcats lead. Prairie surged again late in the second quarter, tallying a 9-3 run in spite of a three by Marquel Shawl (11 points).
During that stint, PHS scored on free throws by Schumacher, Danly and Chaye Uptmor, with Uptmor adding a layup that drew PHS within two points at halftime.
Lapwai kept the Pirates blockaded in the backcourt during much of the third quarter, and pulled away with a 21-7 run.
Iris Domebo paced Lapwai with 16 points in the game; she finished with 50 of Lapwai’s tournament record 229 points in three games.
Prairie 53, Challis 30
Challis trailed by 14 points at halftime despite competing well during the second quarter. Even after winning the third quarter, the Vikings trailed by double-digits and never made a close game of Prairie’s second round at the state tournament. The Pirates dominated up and down the court, scoring nearly half their total off of Challis turnovers.
Kayla Schumacher posted a 23 points, 13 rebounds double-double and Krystin Uhlenkott tallied a dozen points.
Challis never led.
Prairie 60, Liberty Charter 25
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 eventual state 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.
Schumacher and Tasha Gimmeson will graduate; nine Pirates are set to return.