The Prairie Home girls junior high basketball team moved one step closer to the championship in its own tournament by turning back New Franklin last night 51-16.
In other games last night, the New Franklin boys defeated Otterville 24-21 in semifinal action. Meanwhile, in the loser's bracket, the Prairie Home boys toppled Bunceton 52-18 while the Otterville girls defeated Bunceton 39-24.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the New Franklin girls playing Jamestown at 5 p.m., followed by Pilot Grove boys versus Russellville at 6:15, Pilot Grove girls versus Russellville at 7:30 and New Franklin boys versus Jamestown at 8:45.
As for the games last night, the Prairie Home girls led New Franklin 31-12 at the half and 43-16 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers outscored New Franklin 8-0 for the victory.
Rachel Distler paced all scorers in the game for Prairie Home with 22 points. Shianne Rhorer chipped in 21 while Kurstin Leonard added six and Jameshia Johnson with two.
For New Franklin, Chloe Dobson and Jasmine Himmelberg tossed in six points each while Cierra Maupin added four.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls ran up and down the floor well all game and jumped out to a quick lead. "Kurstin Leonard stepped up her game and Rachel Distler and Shianne Rhorer played great team play. The defense was also super."
The New Franklin boys also led Otterville from start to finish while going up 6-5 after one, 12-9 at the half and 14-13 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 10-8 for the victory.
Austin Jones had the team-high for New Franklin with 10 points while Hunter Rohlfing chipped in four and Caleb Philips, Kale Harris, Brendan Hundley, Josh Udinyiwe and Philip Udinyiwe each with two points.
For Otterville, Franklin Oswald led all scorers with 14 points while Cody Campbell added five and Taylor Zumsteg with two.
The Prairie Home boys were also victorious last night against Bunceton and led 8-6 after one, 28-12 at the half and 46-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Panthers outscored Bunceton 6-1 for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was a much better game than the one they played Monday night. "Our guys fell into a rhythm and just looked a lot more relaxed out there," Oswald said. "The first quarter we missed a couple of easy shots inside, but after that they started falling. Our defense was much better this game as well, as we got a lot of steals and deflections."
Ross Kendrick led three players in double figures with 22 points. Creed Flood chipped in 16 while Wyatt Borghardt added 12 and Ty Stinson with two.
For Bunceton, Rylee Knapheide and Bryan Terrell had six points each while Riley Layne added four and Eli Pearcy with two.
In the final game, Delanney Stone had 13 points and Trudy Capps added 11 as the Otterville girls turned back Bunceton.
Skyler Shuffield had eight points in the game for Bunceton, who trailed 23-14 at the half and 31-18 after three quarters of play. Emily Clevenger had six for the Lady Dragons while Courtanie Johnson and Rachel Lenz added four points each and Katelee O'Bryan with two.
Tuesday's games
New Franklin's boys No. 2 team and the Pilot Grove girls advanced to the winners bracket Tuesday night in the opening round of the Prairie Home Junior High Basketball Tournament.
The Bulldogs beat Pilot Grove by a score of 30-22 while the Lady Tigers upended New Franklin's seventh grade by a score of 37-17.
In other games Tuesday night in the tournament, the Russellville girls turned back Jamestown by a score of 49-14 while the Jamestown boys defeated Russellville 42-26.
The New Franklin boys seventh grade team, 1-0 on the season, led Pilot Grove 12-10 at the half but was outscored 10-8 in the third quarter as the Tigers rallied back to tie the game at 20-all. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs held a 10-2 scoring edge for the victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the Bulldogs had eight boys who played hard for 26 minutes to earn a win. "I am very proud of the group for making it through a hard-fought game and coming out on top," Schlotzhauer said.
Mason Bailey netted 16 points to lead New Franklin while Bailey Lyons added 12 and Carson Evans and Kole Felten each with two.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Mize had 10 and Brandon Kamphefner and Preston Shepherd two each.
Pilot Grove coach D.J. Leverton said this was a good match for the Tigers.
"We struggled early to score but picked it up in the second and third quarter," Leverton said. "We did some good things on defense after some adjustments at the end of the first quarter. Preston had a good game for us with 6 points and rebounded the ball really well. Cole put in 10 and worked the offense into some good positions throughout the game."
As for the Pilot Grove girls, they led New Franklin 16-5 at the half and then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 21-14 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Reagan Walker had 21 points to lead all scorers for Pilot Grove while Cathlynn Hardt added eight and Kristen Schupp and Madison Kempf with four points each.
For New Franklin, Kacie White tossed in nine, Grace Hundley four and Bailey Young and Lilly Oser each with two.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said the girls started the game a little tentatively.
"Pilot Grove's pressure gave us some trouble and resulted in some transition baskets for them," McGowan said. "We settled down and played better as the game went on, and I was really pleased with the third quarter. This was the first middle school game for these girls and hopefully as the year goes along they improve and enjoy the season."
The Russellville girls also led Jamestown from start to finish while taking a 38-7 lead at the half.
Olivia Windsor tossed in 20 points and McKendra Fischer with 18 for Russellville.
For Jamestown, Cara Scheperle and Sierra Cooper each had five points.
As for the Jamestown boys, they actually trailed Russellville 6-4 after first period's end before rallying back with a 38-20 advantage for the rest of the game for the victory.
Garrett Wolfe led three players in double figures for Jamestown with 16 points while Austin Flippin and Trenton Barbour added 10 points each.
For Russellville, Beau Bryant chipped in 10 points.