NAMPA – Shoshone weathered a 12-turnover first half and got by Prairie 30-27 on Friday night, Feb. 15. The Pirates shot 11-for-43 from the field as both teams played withering defense.
The Prairie girls took a 27-26 lead with about a minute remaining, but Shoshone immediately countered with a jumper to lead 28-27. After PHS worked passes for a look at a three-pointer that bounced off the back iron, Shoshone converted two foul shots with 19 seconds left to force Prairie to shoot for a tie. The Pirates nearly had the look they wanted, but a Shoshone player deflected a long cross-court pass at the last possible moment. Possession stayed with Prairie, but a last-chance shot with five seconds to go bounced out of bounds with a tenth-of-a-second on the clock – prolonging a moment of agony for the Cottonwood team that had all but crushed Shoshone with intense full-court press defense.
Shoshone finished 10-for-32 from the field, and just 25 percent during the first half. But during the second half, Shoshone reduced the number of possessions lost to the pressure as foul trouble reduced Prairie’s backcourt aggression.
Madison Shears finished with 11 points as Prairie’s top scorer, and none for Shoshone notched double-digits.
The Pirates had led 8-2 after the first quarter and 15-14 at halftime. They went up 23-18 during the third quarter, but lost two starters -- Jordyn Higgins and Theresa Wemhoff -- to foul-outs late in the game.
Shoshone will play Genesee for the 1AD1 state title; Prairie will play Lapwai for third place at 11 a.m. MT Saturday, Feb. 16.