The Prairie Home boys basketball team knew they would have their hands full on the road Friday night against the Jamestown Eagles.
They just didn’t know whether the Eagles would be up for the task for 32 minutes. Prairie Home got that answer while prevailing in a close game by a score of 56-47.
While the win improved Prairie Home’s record to 7-7 overall, head coach Jesse Oswald said this was a very good road win.
“We are starting to play a lot better team ball and it showed tonight,” Oswald said. “Jamestown is a very young, quick, and athletic team and they gave us some problems with their length. I thought that our guys stayed calm and kept their cool down the stretch. We were very patient and ran our offense very well to the point of getting the shot we wanted on almost every possession. Defensively we allowed too much penetration which hurt us early, but we were able to really play some great defense in the second half to really help us close the game out.”
The Panthers definitely had a game of their hands against Jamestown while leading 31-28 at the break. However, in the third quarter, the Eagles outscored Prairie Home 10-7 to tie the game at 38-all. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Panthers began to add some distance between them and Jamestown while holding a 18-9 advantage for the victory.
Trever Huth led all scorers in the game for Prairie Home with 25 points. Sam Distler chipped in 15, Rayce Kendrick eight and Kody Utterback and Klay Holliday each with four.
Jamestown was led by Ethan Hunziker with 11 points.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they struggled offensively while trailing Jamestown 8-2 after one, 32-10 at the half and 46-22 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Panthers outscored Jamestown 13-6.
While outscoring the Lady Eagles 25-20, Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said this was two totally different halves of basketball.
“We did not come to play in the first half,” Scott said. “Our girls have never beat Jamestown and it really played a mind game with them. We just didn’t play one play well in the second quarter. They outscored us 24-8 and our effort just wasn’t there. Jamestown plays so hard on each play of the game. They are so quick and any mistake will give them the chance to score. The second half we played a solid game. We outscored them in the second half 23-20. We played their game, which was uptempo. Our press caused Jamestown to have the turnovers we had in the first half. Offensively, we were able to take the ball inside to our big girl, Makayla Zey. Makayla had a double/double with 16 points and 16 rebound. Makayla had half our team rebounds. Makayla is really becoming our go to player. She only had one turnover on the night. I can’t say enough about how hard Makayla works on both ends of the floor each game. Josie Flood and Makayla are really becoming a good 1-2 post team. Kendra Stinson also had 8 points. I am sure we will play Jamestown one or two more times this season. I hope the second half was enough to show our girls that we can compete with them if we play hard on every play.”
Page 2 of 2 - Freshman Makayla Zey finished the game with a double-double for Prairie Home with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Kendra Stinson added eight points, one steal and one assist while Katlynn Watson chipped in five points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Brooke Emmerich with four points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals, Josie Flood with two points, five rebounds and one assist, Krista Small with three rebounds and Ally Small, Amber Carmichael and Kim Hettinger each with one rebound.
Prairie Home also finished the game shooting 32 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line.