The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams had a tough time on the road Tuesday night while losing to Father Tolton by the scores of 60-51 and 58-37, respectively.
The Lady Panthers, dropping to 1-1 on the season, trailed Father Tolton 23-7 at the half before rallying back with a 19-11 scoring edge in the third quarter to cut the lead to eight at 34-26. Unfortunately for Prairie Home, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Father Tolton stormed back with a 23-11 advantage in the final period to win by 21.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls had a good second half by scoring 30 points.
“ We ran the set to break their defense to score,” Scott said. “We simply were not physical enough inside to get rebounds. Their 3”s killed us. They have a huge court. We pulled to within three at 37-34 in the fourth, only to allow Tolton to go on a 21-3 run. We just ran out of gas. Katlynn a super night hitting four 3’s and also worked on both ends of the court. Makayla Zey had another good night for a freshmen. We must get more steals if we are going to turn the ball over 24 times. In the third quarter we showed what we could do offensively. I was very proud of the girls in their comeback run. This is a larger school so to show the fight to come back when we were down so far shows me the girls want to win. Little things that I tell the girls to do will make a difference in their play really showed in the game. Games like this early in the season will only help us down the road.”
Hope Wright had 18 points and River Remis 15 for Father Tolton.
For Prairie Home, Katlynn Watson finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Makayla Zey had 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal while Kendra Stinson chipped in eight points, three assists, two steals and one rebound, Josie Flood with two points, 10 rebounds and two assists, Krista Small with two points, seven assists, one rebound and one steal and Brooke Emmerich with two rebounds and two assists.
For the Prairie Home boys, they actually had a good start to the game while leading Father Tolton 12-8 after first period’s end. Unfortunately for the Panthers, they were outscored 52-39 the rest of the way to suffer the loss.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said the boys didn’t have a very good shooting performance against Father Tolton.
“Although we were able to put some points on the board and keep it close, we just didn’t have everything together offensively,” Oswald said. “Ball movement was there and we had some open looks but we just had a bad shooting night and couldn’t play through it. Most of our points came from either us penetrating and finishing at the basket or free throws. Defensively, we played what I called a 50/50 game. Fifty percent of the time we were doing what we were supposed to be doing, we had good rotations, forced some turnovers or low percentage shots, but the other 50 percent of the time we were out of sync. A lot of times we were lost or beat down the floor or just a variety of things that gave them too many open looks and they capitalized.”
Sam Distler had the hot hand for Prairie Home, 1-1 on the season, with 22 points. Trever Huth chipped in 12 while Rayce Kendrick added nine, Klay Holliday six and Kody Utterback with two.