For the second time in a little over a week, the Prairie Home boys basketball team proved to be a little better than the Higbee Tigers Wednesday night in the CCAA Tournament at Bunceton.
While beating the Tigers 58-30 last Tuesday, the Panthers scored one less point last night in a 57-30 win.
In other games last night in the tournament, the 2-3 matchup was everything it was made up to be as the Jamestown girls edged Otterville 56-48. Meanwhile, in the final game last night, the Bunceton girls cruised past the Higbee Lady Tigers by a score of 52-35.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Prairie Home boys playing Otterville at 5 p.m., followed by the Jamestown girls versus Malta Bend at 6:30 and the Bunceton boys versus Malta Bend at 8.
As for the game last night against Higbee, Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was a good win to open up the conference tournament.
"We played very well together and shot extremely well tonight," Oswald said. "I thought our defense really had them on their heels most of the night. We allowed only two points in the second quarter and they were both free throws. Again, we had a great effort from all of our guys and it was a good win."
Led by sophomore Rayce Kendrick, who finished the game with 17 points, the Panthers dominated the Tigers from the opening tip-off while leading 19-8 after first period's end and then reeling off 11 straight points to start the second quarter to extend the lead to 30-8 with 2:05 left.
While holding Higbee to just two points in the second period, Prairie Home also led 33-10 at the half.
Of course the second half was no different than the first as Prairie Home came out and dictated the tempo of the game while outscoring the Tigers 14-7 in the third to make it 47-17. Meanwhile, with a running clock in place in the final period, Higbee came back and outscored the Panthers 13-10.
Trever Huth also scored in double figures for Prairie Home, who improved to 9-8, with 13 points. Kody Utterback tossed in eight while Jonathan Brandes added five, Ben Stock four, Sam Distler three, Blake Huggins with two and Chance Whitehurse with one.
For Higbee, Caleb Starks tossed in eight points.
The top-seeded Bunceton girls also dominated from the start against Higbee while scoring the game's first 22 points to lead the Lady Tigers 22-0 after one.
While holding the Lady Tigers scoreless in the first quarter, Bunceton also forced 17 turnovers in the first half.
"I thought we played defense better than the game Monday night against Prairie Home," stated Bunceton coach Mike Arnold. "The girls came out and played hard the entire game. The game was physical but I thought the girls came out and set the tone early and tried to make Higbee play quicker than they wanted."
Page 2 of 2 - Junior Sam Brandes was also on a mission for the Lady Dragons. With 10 of the team's 22 points in the first quarter, Brandes came back with five more in the second quarter to lead all scorers for Bunceton at the half with 15.
Bunceton, who improved to 14-1 on the season, also reeled off 13 straight points during a four minute stretch in the second to lead at one point by a score of 35-3 with 2:41 left in the half.
While outscoring Higbee 15-7 in the second period to lead 37-7 at the break, the Lady Dragons showed little signs of slowing down in the second half by outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-11 in the third to extend the lead to 34 at 52-18.
Meanwhile, with a running clock in place in the final period and all five starters on the bench, Bunceton failed to score a point against Lady Tigers, who reeled off 17 unanswered points.
Sam Brandes led all scorers in the game for Bunceton with 16 points along with four rebounds and four steals.
Erica Kahle finished the game with 13 points, eight assists and three rebounds while Rachel Emde added nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals, Julia Kahle with six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, Maddy Berwanger with five points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal, Lexus Chapman with three points and one assist, Deanne Emde with five rebounds and one steal, Kylee Flatt with three rebounds and Morgan Wieland with one rebound.
Hope Clark had 16 points for Higbee while Alex Forrester added 13.
The Lady Dragons also hit on 3 of 8 shots from the foul line for 38 percent while Higbee made 5 of 9 shots from the line for 56 percent.
The game of the night came in the first game as the No. 2 Otterville Lady Eagles battled No. 3 Jamestown.
Of course seeds mattered little in the game as Jamestown led Otterville 16-10 after first period's end and 28-26 at the half. However, in the third quarter, Otterville rallied back with a 15-11 advantage to lead Jamestown by two at 41-39.
But even that was short-lived as Jamestown stormed back with a 17-7 scoring edge in the final period for the victory.
Lexi Muri and Mackenzie Strother each had 15 points in the game for Jamestown while Hannah Stone tossed in 24 points to lead all scorers for Otterville.