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Pirates capture consolation trophy with two wins at state

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Despite a sustained surge during the second half — during which the Prairie boys outscored Ambrose more than two-to-one – the Pirates’ slow start to the 1AD1 state tournament stranded them in the consolation bracket. Prairie went on to beat Riverstone by 12 and Liberty Charter by 39, securing a trophy despite a 57-55 loss in the opening round.

Against Prairie, Ambrose’s Ethan Christenson wound up scoring 42 points on 14 field goals and a 12-for-17 night at the foul line; during the second round, eventual runner-up Valley held Christenson to 29, held the next-highest scorer to 12 and went on to win by three. But when Valley met Lapwai in the title game, Lapwai prevailed, 68-46, led by the two-headed scoring threat posed by Kendall Leighton (22 points) and Emmit Taylor III (18).

After Christenson’s eruption, Prairie held Riverstone’s top two scorers to a combined total of 21 and kept all of Liberty’s to single-digits.

Prairie finished 22-5 overall.

Ambrose 57, Prairie 55

Trailing 37-10 at halftime, Prairie regrouped and outscored Ambrose 15-7 during the third quarter and 30-13 in the fourth, bringing the game down to a contested shot at a late tie during the closing seconds.

Spencer Schumacher finished with a team-high 16 for Prairie, Devin Ross scored 14 and Hunter Chaffee finished with 10.

Prairie 61, Riverstone 49

Leading 33-14 after the first quarter, Prairie protected a lead with a 12-11 double-double by Devin Ross and near double-doubles by Spencer Schumacher (23 points, 9 rebounds) and Hunter Chaffee (11-8). Nick Mager also scored 11, and Prairie achieved its largest lead — 25 points — shortly before halftime. Riverstone’s effort included a 12-1 scoring run – not nearly enough to match a 25-3 stretch Prairie put together.

Prairie 80, Liberty 41

Hunter Chaffee scored 34 points including seven three-pointers during his last high school basketball game. The Pirates built a 42-15 halftime lead, which grew to 41 points — at 77-36 — before the buzzer.

Spencer Schumacher scored 13 and Nick Mager scored 10.


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