Although last night’s wins didn’t count in the conference, the Otterville boys and girls basketball teams  let it be known to the rest of the teams in the CCAA conference that they are going to be in it for the long haul.
While the Lady Eagles defeated Prairie Home 50-40, the Otterville boys were just as impressive by turning back the Panthers by a score of 54-49.
The Lady Eagles, 3-2 on the season, led Prairie Home 14-7 after one and 27-14 at the half. However, in the second half, the Lady Panthers outscored Otterville 26-23 to cut the lead back to 10.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls played scared in the first half.
“Hannah Stone controlled the lane in the first half,” Scott said.  “We tried to shoot the ball below the box in the first half, they blocked a lot of our shots.  We simply didn’t play physical in the first half.  In the second half we battled each play.  Our shots were from 12-17 feet away from their big girls in side.  We out scored them in the second half.  We played hard each and every play, got on the floor for the lose balls and hit the boards hard.  We attacked the basket offensively.   Otterville hit two last second threes at the end of the half and third quarter. Those were big plays when you realize we pulled within six with two minutes to go.  The girls worked hard to get back in this game.  Kendra Stinson lead the team with 17 points, 12 of which came in the second half.  Katlynn Watson had 11 points, which included three-threes. Josie Flood once again had a strong game on the boards.  Josie refuses to allow anyone to take the ball away from her.  Tonight we showed the conference that we have improved.  We have to start playing to win, we must play hard every play and will from now on.”
Hannah Stone led the Lady Eagles with 17 points while Stephanie Oswald chipped in 15.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-5 on the season, Kendra Stinson finished the game with 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Katlynn Watson also scored in double digits with 11 points, three rebounds and one steal while Makayla Zey added seven points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists, Josie Flood with four points, one rebound and one steal, Brooke Emmerich with one point, two rebounds and one steal and Ally Small with two assists.
For the Otterville boys, they led Prairie Home 11-9 after one and 29-20 at the half. However, in the third quarter, Prairie Home rallied back with a 16-8 scoring edge to cut the lead to one at 37-36. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Eagles outscored Prairie Home 17-13 to win the game by five.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said his team lost a close game in which they battled back from an early deficit.  
“We again played behind which is something we have to get out of a habit of doing, but at least we were able to come back and hold a lead late,” Oswald said.  “We just have to learn how to play with a lead and finish the game off.  I thought we all played well the entire game and the second half we did a lot of things to keep them from going on any big runs.  Defensively, we had a lot of key stops and forced a lot of turnovers which allowed us to get back into the game and then hold a lead with about three minutes to go.  We just have to learn how to finish a team off and play to win.”
Jake Gaskell led three players in double figures for Otterville, 3-1, with 14 points. Ryan Benny chipped in 12 and Devin Rockett 11.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-5, Trever Huth had 24 points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Rayce Kendrick added 15 points, three rebounds and three assists while Sam Distler had eight points, five rebounds and three assists and Kody Utterback with two points, five rebounds and one steal.