The Glasgow and Prairie Home boys basketball teams made a statement Tuesday night in the opening round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament at Jamestown.
While the Yellowjackets, the tournament’s top seed, beat eighth-seeded Missouri School for the Deaf 78-26, the Prairie Home boys were just as impressive against the Jamestown Eagles for a 53-26 victory.
Of course one of the two teams will have their season come to an end on Thursday in a semifinal game starting at 6 p.m.
The Panthers, improving to 15-11 on the season, outscored Jamestown in each of the four quarters of play and led 22-12 at the half and 34-20 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home outscored Jamestown 19-6 to win the game by 27.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said defensively the boys played great for most of the game.  
“We had a couple of miscues but we really rode our defense hard tonight,” Oswald said.  “I thought that we just kept Jamestown off balanced most of the game and didn’t let them get many good shots off tonight.  They shot a low percentage and that was because we took pride in our defense tonight and played the way that we know how.  Offensively we waited about 6 minutes to really get things going.  We started moving better with and without the ball and we got the shots we wanted.  I thought this was a good way to start districts but the celebration is going to be short-lived.  We face a very tough Glasgow team Thursday, which we will do everything we can to get ready for them and prepare ourselves for success one way or another.”
Trever Huth led the scoring attack in the game for Prairie Home with 21 points. Sam Distler chipped in 10 while Kody Utterback and Rayce Kendrick added eight points each and Jonathan Brandes, Klay Holliday and Ben Stock with two points each.
For Jamestown, Andy Hardwick had five points.
As for the Yellowjackets, 21-5 on the season, they also led MSD from start to finish while going in at the break by a score of 51-18. Glasgow also held a 27-7 advantage in the second half to win by 53.
Glasgow coach Mick Cropp said the boys shot the ball really well especially in the first half. “It was good to come out and play well considering we only have played one game in the past 11 days,” Cropp said.
Blake Hackman had 21 points and six rebounds in the game for Glasgow. Ethan Thompson chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals while Jimmie Wilson added 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Reid Littrell with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Glasgow also finished the game shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the foul line.