Ross Kendrick scorched the nets for a game-high 31 points, leading the Prairie Home boys junior high basketball team past Malta Bend 52-36 in CCAA action Friday night at Prairie Home.
The Panthers, 8-4 overall and 6-1 in the CCAA, opened the first half with a 34-16 lead and then outscored Malta Bend 12-4 in the third to extend the lead to 46-20. Meanwhile, in the final period, Malta Bend rallied back with a 16-6 advantage.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said the guys came out and had a good game to closeout the week. “We tried some different things on both offense and defense that we haven’t done before and our players really responded well,” Oswald said. “Ross Kendrick really got things going in the second quarter for us, scoring 13 of our 22 points that quarter.”
Creed Flood finished the game with 14 points for the Panthers while Wyatt Borghardt added five points and Ty Stinson with two.
For Malta Bend, Lucas Eberting tossed in 16 points while Trent Horn added 10 points.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they defeated Malta Bend 40-19 to improve to 10-2 overall.
The Lady Panthers came out slow to start the game while trailing Malta Bend by a score of 7-6. However for the rest of the game, Prairie Home outscored the Lady Tigers 34-12 to win by 21.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the Lady Panthers are becoming a second half team and they have been for two weeks. “We were able to work the ball inside and that’s where Shianne Rhorer and Jameshia Johnson got their points,” Scott said. “Kristen Peterson had another good night at the point and our defense stepped it up in the second half.”
Shianne Rhorer paced all scorers in the game for Prairie Home with 25 points while Kristen Peterson had seven and Jameshia Johnson and Kurstin Leonard each with four.