Lady Panthers drop season finale against Jamestown, 55-41
The Prairie Home boys basketball team had the perfect ending to the regular season Friday night by beating the Jamestown Eagles 47-41.
The Panthers, who closed out the season at 14-11 overall and 3-3 in the CCAA, trailed Jamestown 27-18 at the half before rallying back with a 29-14 advantage in the final-two periods for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was a fun game to be a part of as far as the competitiveness, the atmosphere with the fans and the fact it was homecoming.
“Jamestown and Prairie Home always seems to bring out the best in each other and it was a real good game,” Oswald said. “The first half I thought we settled to much for jump shots early and didn't make them work on defense. Defensively, we had a lack of communication for the first half and it allowed them to go on some runs by screening and attacking where there was no help. The second half was much better on both ends. We didn't allow them to attack us as much and we kept them out of the paint. Offensively we started moving the ball better and attacking inside and it worked. We stayed away from jump shots for the most part and got inside which is what we wanted.”
Senior Trever Huth had the high game for Jamestown with 17 points while Sam Distler and Rayce Kendrick added 12 points each and Klay Holliday and Kody Utterback with three points apiece.
For Jamestown, Andy Thompson tossed in 11 points while Alden Rohrbach had eight.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they had a slow start while trailing Jamestown 18-8 at the end of the first quarter.
That proved to be the difference as the Lady Eagles prevailed by a score of 55-41.
Prairie Home, who dropped to 10-14 overall, trailed Jamestown 29-21 at the half and 45-27 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 14-10 advantage in the final period.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls started out cold in the first quarter. “We had five missed two foot shots and that really set the tone for the night,” Scott said. “We simply missed too many lay-ups all night to win the game. We did battle back in the second quarter to pull to within six, but a last second shot at the buzzer set us to the locker room down by nine. That shot really broke our backs in the game. We fought so hard to get back in the game only to have a defensive mistake cost us. We were never in the game after that shot. We did not play as well as a team as we have been.”
Freshman Makayla Zey finished the game with a double-double for Prairie Home with 21 points and 11 rebounds along with two steals.
Kendra Stinson had 13 points, three rebounds and two steals while Brooke Emmerich added two points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists, Katlynn Watson two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Krista Small two points and three rebounds, Josie Flood one point, three rebounds and one assist, Ally Small one rebound and two assists and Kim Hettinger with one rebound and one steal.
Prairie Home also finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 66 percent from the foul line.