Prairie Home senior Trever Huth had 28 points, and teammate Sam Distler chipped in 13 as the Panthers defeated the Tuscumbia Lions Tuesday night in Prairie Home by a score of 55-42.
The Panthers, 6-7 on the season, led Tuscumbia 13-12 after one, 29-22 at the half and 40-30 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home outscored the Lions 15-12 to win the game by 13.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was a great game from start to finish.
“Offensively we did well and were very patient all night and shot the ball really well,” Oswald said. “Defensively was where I knew this game would be won. We allowed one person to get in double digits but everyone else stayed below six points, including one of their best scorers in Zane Humphries. He lit us up for 28 the last time we played them and we were able to hold him to just five points this time. I thought that we did a tremendous job of playing team ball tonight. This was a great game to win. Tuscumbia is a tough team and we were able to build and maintain a good lead the second half.”
Kody Utterback chipped in seven, Rayce Kendrick five and Chance Whitehurse with two.
For Tuscumbia, Wyatt Ahart had 19 and Quentin King six.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they fell against Tuscumbia by a score of 64-51.
The Lady Panthers, who dropped to 5-8 on the season, trailed Tuscumbia 10-7 after one, 31-22 at the half and 47-40 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Tuscumbia outscored Prairie Home 17-11 to win the game by 13.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said in a game of non stop pressure defense both teams ran up and down the court all game.
“We lost to Tuscumbia earlier this year 80-50 and in that game they did not press us in the last half,” Scott said. “Tonight we came to play hard every play of the game. Tuscumbia hit a 25 foot shot at the end of the first quarter to go up 10-7. The second quarter they went on a run to take a nine point lead into halftime. The third quarter we came out and played well. The third quarter has been our bad quarter this year. We out scored them 18-16. They took the lead 37-36 with 2:54 in the third. Going into the fourth only up by seven was a total surprise to Tuscumbia. With 6:07 to go it was 50-47. Tuscumbia then went on a run to build a nine-point lead with 4:30 to go. We only scored three points the rest of the game.
Page 2 of 2 - “They were too quick for us, we just couldn’t get the steals we needed to finish the game. It was by far our effort of the year. We had sophomore Brooke Emmerich and two freshmen lead the way in scoring and rebounding. Their was a total of 50 turnovers in the game. Both teams did their share. We had some great passing and good defense. We had major foul problems all game. We did a lot of subbing in and out from defensive to offense on each died ball in the fourth. I can’t say enough about Brooke and Josie tonight. Our team played hard, we simply go beat by a better team but we showed we have improved 100% since the beginning of the season. We are young we will just get better and better.”
Brooke Emmerich led the way offensively for Prairie Home with 25 points along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Makayla Zey finished the game with a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds along with five steals and two assists. Josie Flood had four points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two steals while Krista Small added four points and six rebounds, Kendra Stinson with three points, eight assists and two rebounds, Kim Hettinger with one point, Katlynn Watson with one rebound and one assist and Ally Small and Amber Carmichael each with one rebound.
Prairie Home also finished the game shooting 46 percent from the field and 53 percent from the foul line.