The Prairie Home boys and girls junior high basketball teams had the best of both worlds last night in CCAA action at Pilot Grove.
While the Lady Panthers edged Pilot Grove in a thriller 36-35 in overtime, the Prairie Home boys had a little easier time by turning back the Tigers by a score of 49-25.
The Lady Panthers, 9-2 on the season, actually trailed Pilot Grove 12-5 after one and 19-11 at the half. However, in the second half, Prairie Home rallied back by outscoring the Lady Tigers 24-16 to tie the game at the end of regulation by a score of 35-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, Prairie Home outscored Pilot Grove 1-0 for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls started out slow in the first half. “We hit two quick baskets to start the second half and then took the lead for the first time with two minutes left in the game. Peterson. Johnson and Rhorer hit 8 of 12 free throws in the last four minutes of the game and in overtime. Peterson then hit a two to tie the game. Meanwhile, in overtime, Rhorer hit one free throw to win it. Pennington had a super night scoring a career-high 10 points. We only had five players. Brandi Bell had a leg injury but fought through the pain to play the whole game. I am proud of these girls. We had a total team effort.”
Shianne Rhorer led the scoring attack in the game for Prairie Home with 20 points. Haven Pennington chipped in 10 points while Kristen Peterson added four and Jameshia Johnson with two.
For Pilot Grove, Kirstie Schupp had 10, Reagan Walker and Cathlynn Hardt nine each, Sasha Moore four, Isabella Roth two and Madison Kempf one.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said it was a fun game to watch.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they led Pilot Grove from the first quarter on while going up 13-6 after one, 20-17 at the half and 33-23 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Panthers all but sealed the victory by outscoring the Tigers 16-2.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said he thought the boys started a little sloppy and really cleaned it up by the second half. “We did a terrific job of making adjustments at halftime and attacking them better on offense,” Oswald said. “Our defense really stepped it up in the second half and that led to some easy scoring opportunities.”
Ross Kendrick had the game-high for Prairie Home, who improved to 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the CCAA, with 23 points.
Creed Flood chipped in 13 while Wyatt Borghardt added six, Ty Stinson three and Tyler Carmichael and Sage Eichenburch with two points each.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Mize had seven, Lane Mize six, Austin Kollmeyer four, Preston Shepherd three, Garrett Streit and Robert Vollmer two each and Gage Shepherd with one.
Pilot Grove coach D.J. Leverton said the boys did an excellent job in the first half defending their inside game and stopping penetration. “In the second half, they hit some open outside shots and pulled away with some good defensive pressure,” Leverton said.