NAMPA The Prairie girls sputtered during the first quarter, dominated during the second, persevered during the second half and ultimately, won their 1AD1 semifinal playoff against Genesee, 64-52.
After Genesee shot out to a 12-4 lead, Chaye Uptmor's buzzer-beater at the end of the first launched a 12-0 Pirates run that flipped the whole tenor of the game in Prairie's favor. Genesee tied it at 16-all with back-to-back hoops by gifted scorers Courtney Burt (eight points) and Kaleigh Ranisate (17), after which the lead changed only twice.
Genesee pulled ahead 18-16 on a layup off of a steal, Prairie tied it at 18-all with Talyss Lustig's short jumper, and Prairie regained the lead on pair of foul shots by Shayla VonBargen.
Then Angela Wemhoff (who was listed with five first-half steals by a tournament scorekeeper) put in a coast-to-coast layup after picking a Genesee player's pocket, and Prairie was off to the races.
The Pirates led 29-23 at halftime and extended the lead to 14, 49-35, when Lustig (11 points) swooped in to put back a missed free throw. PHS carried a 51-38 lead into the fourth, which Genesee trimmed to eight, 56-48, with a couple of press-induced turnovers.
VonBargen led all scorers with 20, and Uptmor totaled 13.
Prairie will play Lapwai for the 1AD1 state title tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. MT at the Idaho Center.
Salmon River to play for third
The Savages put together a righteous run at the end of their battle with Dietrich, but the Blue Devils held on by a slim margin, 47-44.
Salmon River had a late look at potential game-tying triple, but Dietrich caught a bigger break when a Savages inbounds set went awry with 1:08 left. Dietrich, leading 45-44 but wavering, came away with the ball, and the turnover put Salmon River in the position of having to foul during the endgame.
They had fouls to give, and nearly had the turnover a couple of times, but when they finally sent Katee Hubert to the line with 22 seconds left, Hubert hit both.
But Dietrich had to feel fortunate: Salmon River had trailed by 10, 28-18, early in the third. The Savages rallied behind Payton Branstetter (12 points), Chevelle Shepherd (15) and Maddy Tucker (11), each of whom hit key shots during the rally.
With her team down by seven, Branstetter took a charge at the defensive end and drained her second three of the quarter at the offensive end. Tucker and Shepherd had back-to-back baskets at the end of the quarter, which lifted Salmon River within one, 32-31.
Branstetter forced the elusive tie with a couple of free throws midway through the fourth, and Sarah Laritz (six points) gave SRHS a 38-36 lead with about four minutes left.
Dietrich answered with a lead-changing trey, and Laritz struck back with a lead-changing layup off a nice pass from Shepherd, which forced a Blue Devils timeout with 3:34 remaining.
From there, it was tied once at 42-42, on a hoop by Shepherd, and Salmon River led once, 44-42, on a hoop by Branstetter, before Dietrich sniper Matigan Bingham hit the key shot: her third three-pointer of the game. Hubert led all scorers with 16.
Salmon River will play Rockland for third place at 11 a.m. MT at Nampa High School.
KUNA - Grangeville had an early lead against Cole Valley Christian, but the Chargers eventually pulled away, 48-35, despite shooting just 12 percent from the field during the first half. Grangeville went 10-for-62 for the game, but put together a 14-3 run that staked out a 16-8 lead during the second quarter.
The capstone for that sequence was a jumper by Hailey Sullivan, who finished with 10. McKenzie Kennedy, who finished with 18, kept the lead at seven with a pair of free throws late in the second quarter.
After that, Cole Valley Christian ran off a lead-changing 14-0 run that Kennedy snapped with a trey from the right wing corner. Kennedy's three lifted GHS within four, 25-21, with 2:34 left in the third quarter.
Kennedy struck again early in the fourth quarter, with another three, which lifted GHS within three, 30-27.
Rachel Kelley was hit with her fifth foul almost immediately thereafter, and CVC's lead grew through a mix of scores mainly by Paige Albers (17 points) and Holly Golenor (10).