The Prairie Home Lady Panthers basketball team dropped to 3-7 on the season by losing to St. Elizabeth 56-45 last night in the Calvary Lutheran Tournament in Jefferson City.
St. Elizabeth led Prairie Home 22-10 after one, 32-23 at the half and 45-27 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Panthers rallied back with a 18-11 advantage.
Despite the loss, Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls are starting to play a lot better.
“We had a bad third quarter plus St. E went 8 for 10 shooting in the first quarter,” Scott said. “We cut our turnovers way down, only four in the first half. But nine in the third quarter did us in. We out scored St. E the final three quarters, with a huge quarter in the fourth. We are beginning to score from the outside, this will really help our inside game. Brooke Emmerich had 13 points, we need her to shoot from the outside. Katlynn Watson hit two threes in the fourth also.
“Our go to gal is still Makayla Zey. She had a super all around game. She had 17 points and 11 rebounds and led the team in assist with four. Makayla is getting better every game, she works so hard on both ends of the floor every play. Ally Small came off the bench to play her best game of the year. She didn’t score, but battled defensively and passed the ball well. St. E is a very good team thought we did a good job on the offensive end of the floor, but defensively we are slow reacting. Maybe the long break had something to do with that part of the game. I don’t understand the seeding of this tournament. We got the eighth seed, Calvary got the fourth seed and we beat them by 60 last week. This might have been the championship game of the tournament in the first round. This was our best game of the season, if we ever put four quarters together we will start winning against the good teams we play.”
Freshman Makayla Zey finished the game with a double-double for Prairie Home with 17 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists and one steal.
Brooke Emmerich added 13 points and one rebound while Katlynn Watson chipped in seven points, four rebounds and one assist, Kendra Stinson with six points, two steals, two assists and one rebound, Josie Flood with two points and three rebounds, Krista Small with three rebounds, two assists and one steal, Ally Small with two steals, two assists and one rebound and Amber Carmichael with one assist.
Prairie Home also finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field and 62 percent from the foul line.