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Oakley wins; buzzer-beater bounces; Pirates place second

South rises: 1AD1 girls basketball tournament ends in a coup

— Each year there had been a 1AD1 girls basketball trophy, the blue plaque adorned with a bronze figure had ended up northbound on U.S. 95 — until last Saturday, Feb. 17, when Prairie’s title bid came down to a last-second three-point try.

Oakley had beaten Lapwai Friday to become the first non-Whitepine League team to make a 1AD1 girls basketball final since the classification split in 2009, according to the Lewiston Tribune. And Oakley had made a tough shot to take the lead after Prairie senior Josie Peery tied it at 31-all during the final minute.

But the potential buzzer-beater bounced away and Oakley won, 33-31 — the lowest-scoring game PHS played all season.

Leah Higgins (13 points) and Peery (11) scored team-highs.

To reach the final — and to secure second place — the Prairie girls beat Shoshone 51-38 in the semifinal on top scoring by India Peery (17), Josie Peery (16) and Jordyn Higgins (13) — having already beaten Rimrock 71-24 in the quarterfinal, on top scoring by India Peery (18) and Jordyn Higgins (10).

Prairie finished 24-3 overall.


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