The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams had the perfect start to the 2012-13 season Tuesday night by beating Northwest of Hughesville by the scores of 50-41 and 36-32.
The Lady Panthers, 1-0 on the season, led Northwest of Hughesville 15-14 at the half and then outscored the Mustangs 21-18 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said for the first game the girls came out and played well.
“We dominated from beginning to end but we couldn’t hit our five foot shots,” Scott said. “Everybody did well on the team. Makayla Zey had a great game. She scored for us and hustled on the boards. Our defense was our key. As a team we played really good defense. Kendra almost had a double-double. Katlynn came off the bench and worked our offense and rotated the ball. Meanwhile, in the post, Makayla, Josie Flood and Allie Small all stepped up. For the first game and as young as we are, we rebounded well and played great defense. We still have to work on our shooting.”
Makayla Zey finished the game with a double-double for Prairie Home with 16 points along with 10 rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Katlynn Watson had eight points, three steals, one rebound and two blocked shots while Krista Small added five points and five rebounds, Kendra Stinson with three points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and one assist, Brooke Emmerich with two points, seven assists, six steals and two rebounds and Josie Flood with two points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists.
For Northwest, Paige Norfleet had eight points while Lindsey Blaylock and Alyssa Durrill each with six points.
For the game, Prairie Home hit on 13 of 45 shots from the field for 29 percent and 4 of 10 from the line for 40 percent. Northwest made 11 of 37 shots from the field for 30 percent and 10 of 17 from the foul line for 59 percent.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they trailed Northwest of Hughesville 9-7 after one and 21-17 at the half. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Panthers rallied back with a 33-20 advantage for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said the team started off this game rather slow and flat, which is often expected in a first game.
“The second half we were a different team on both sides of the ball,” Oswald said. “Shooting-wise, we had great looks all game and did a great job of really being patient on offense and not forcing anything. We really turned a lot of opportunities of having good shots, into great shots by making an extra pass and playing unselfish. We shot 54% overall for the game which will put us in position to win a lot of games. We do need to tighten up a few things on defense and improve our free throws but I was very satisfied with our win tonight. It was a hard fought game and we put ourselves in position to win and was able to close it out.”
Trever Huth had a double-double in the game for Prairie Home with 20 points and 10 rebounds along with four assists and three steals.
Rayce Kendrick had 16 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals, while Sam Distler added 10 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists, Klay Holliday with two points, three rebounds, three steals and three steals and Nathan Small with two points.
For Northwest, Cortlen Austin had 17 points and Quincy Wicker 14.