Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Prairie's Spencer Schumacher scored 31 points during a 72-62 win at Grangeville on Thursday night, Nov. 30.
As of Friday, December 1, 2017
GRANGEVILLE The Prairie basketball boys clawed back from down 11 points to tie the score at halftime of Grangeville's home opener Thursday night, Nov. 30, which PHS went on to win, 72-62.
Grangeville's lead thinned as the Bulldogs' foul trouble piled up late in the first half, with a six-point GHS advantage trimmed back to one when Noah Kaschmitter picked up his third foul on a fast break layup by Damian Forsmann with 4:35 left in the second quarter.
The score remained essentially tied as the squads matched each other shot-for-shot, with Trey Dreadfulwater leveling it at 33-all late in the period. The last two makes of the half -- both three-pointers -- made it 36-all at intermission.
Dreadfulwater went on to finish as Grangeville's high scorer with 25 points, and Kaschmitter netted 11 on a perfect four-for-four from the field and three-for-three at the foul line.
But Spencer Schumacher dominated the second half and finished with 31 points, including a bellower of a layup on which he pushed Prairie's tenuous lead up to five points, 62-57, and drew Kaschmitter's fifth and final foul with 5:20 left in the contest.
After that, Prairie allowed Grangeville only five points, not counting the Bulldogs' misfired free throws which allowed the Pirates lead to grow.
Coming - Prairie is scheduled to follow up its season opener with five games before the Christmas Break, the next of which is Kamiah's Dec. 5 visit to Cottonwood. Grangeville is in action Saturday, Dec. 2, against McCall, at GHS.