Lady Panthers finish fourth after beating Metro East Lutheran 45-11

Three games in two days wasn’t exactly what the Prairie Home boys basketball team had in mind while playing in the Calvary Lutheran Tournament in Jeff City.
However after beating KC Metro Lutheran 54-16 in the opening round on Friday, the Panthers had an even tougher task with two games on Saturday. Of course the Panthers took care of business just the same Saturday morning by turning back Illinois Lutheran 62-46. However, in the championship game later that day, Prairie Home appeared to have nothing left while falling to St. Elizabeth in the championship game 55-29.
In the game against KC Metro, the Panthers led 32-5 at the half and 49-12 after three quarters of play.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was a good opening round game for the Panthers.
“Our defense did a lot for us in terms of forcing turnovers and creating easy shots,” Oswald said. “We really played as a team and got a lot of people involved.”
Kody Utterback led a balanced scoring attack for Prairie Home with 12 points. Trever Huth chipped in 10, Chance Whitehurse seven, Rayce Kendrick and Sam Distler each with six, Nathan Small and Klay Holliday each with four, Jonathan Brandes three and Ben Stock with two.
In the game against Illinois Lutheran, the Panthers led 24-17 at the half and 39-26 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home held a 23-20 advantage.
Oswald the boys played really well again.  
“This was a morning game and we got back late the night before but we still came out with a lot of fire and intensity and controlled the game,” Oswald said.  “We got too relaxed in the fourth quarter and tried to do to much individually, but all in all I thought that we played a very good game.”
Huth paced all scorers in the game for Prairie Home with 28 points. Distler tossed in 12, Utterback 11, Kendrick nine and Brandes with two.
In the championship game against St. Elizabeth, Prairie Home trailed 13-4 after one, 22-15 at the half and 42-20 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Wildcats held a 13-9 scoring edge.
“We let this one get away from us early and then didn't come out with any fire in the second half,” Oswald said. “We allowed one of their players to really get into a rhythm and they took the game and put it out of reach early in the 3rd quarter.  I still think that we fought hard, but we really ran out of gas early.  It was a successful weekend taking second place.”
Wilde had 29 points and Kasper 11 for St. Elizabeth.
For Prairie Home, 5-7 on the season, Distler and Utterback each had eight points while Kendrick chipped in seven and Huth six.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they defeated St. Paul-Farmington 65-16 on Friday and then followed it up with a 45-11 win over Metro East Lutheran on Saturday.
In the game against St. Paul-Farmington, the Lady Panthers led 42-5 at the half and 56-12 after three quarters of play.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the Lady Panthers got the eighth seed in this tournament.  
“We should have been the second seed,” Scott said. “After our first round loss Thursday night to the tournament champions, we had something to prove to ourselves and the others in the tournament.   We came out to prove that we were totally seeded wrong.   Our press in the first quarter controlled the game from the first play.  We were able to get scores  off the press.   We had everyone on the team score.  Three players in double figures and two others scored eight points.  Everyone got to play a lot, we needed to get everyone some playing time without pressure.   I thought we passed the ball well to the open man.  We ran our offenses each time down the court.     I feel this was a game that made us better teammates to each person on the team.”
Katlynn Watson led a balanced scoring attack for Prairie Home with 16 points along with three steals, two rebounds and one assist.
Makayla Zey finished the game with a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds along with two steals and one assist. Kendra Stinson also had 13 points, six steals, one rebound and one assist while Josie Flood added eight points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds, Brooke Emmerich with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Krista Small with two points, three rebounds and two assists, Kim Hettinger with two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Ally Small with two points, two rebounds and one assist and Amber Carmichael with one point, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
In the game on Saturday, the Lady Panthers again got off to a good start to lead Metro East Lutheran 27-6 at the half and 41-11 after three quarters of play.
“We ended up taking fourth place in the tournament,” Scott said.  “It wasn’t what we wanted but we took care of business to be successful in the end.  We had a hard time scoring in the first quarter but ended the quarter with a 10-2 lead.  We had a huge second quarter outscoring them 17-4.  We were able to get steals that led to some fastbreaks.   Kendra Stinson picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the quarter.  In the second quarter, Kendra came back into the game to have a huge quarter with nine points.  Kendra got us started with steals and defense. The Metro team was big and physical.  They really pushed us around on the broads.  We had 20 jump balls in the game. We were not strong physically  to control the boards and loose balls.  We worked hard to get our hands on the ball, but we just couldn’t take it away from them.   We got tired in the fourth quarter. We played three games in 45 hours.    This tournament was a good event for us to see different teams, plus coming off a long break to get some playing time for all our players.  We come back to play on Tuesday night against and undefeated Tuscumbia team.”
Kendra Stinson paced all scorers in the game for Prairie Home 5-7 on the season, with 15 points along with five steals, two assists and one rebound.
Makayla Zey had 12 points, eight rebounds and one assist while Katlynn Watson added 12 points and seven steals, Josie Flood with two points, eight rebounds and three steals, Brooke Emmerich with two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Kim Hettinger with two points, one rebound and one steal, Krista Small with five assists, three rebounds and one steal, Ally Small with two rebounds and two assists and Amber Carmichael with one rebound.