The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball team would have preferred different results last night while hosting Father Tolton in the home opener at Prairie Home.
Nonetheless, Father Tolton came away with the sweep against Prairie Home while winning the girl’s game 64-42 and the boy’s game 81-23.
The Lady Panthers, 1-1 on the season, trailed Father Tolton 39-18 at the half and 52-39 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Father Tolton outscored Prairie Home 12-3 to win the game by 22.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls played hard all night. “Father Tolton never let up the pressure for one second,” Scott said. “We played a great second half. “We are young so this was a good game for us to see pressure defense at a high level. Father Tolton was just so big they just beat us to death. However, I was pleased with our effort.”
Hope Wright led three players in double figures for Father Tolton with 18 points. River Remis chipped in 15 while Lydia Hale added 11.
As for Prairie Home, freshman Shianne Rhorer  led the scoring attack with 13 points. Rachel Distler finished the game with 12 while Makayla Zey added eight points, Brooke Emmerich with two and Krista Small with one.
The Lady Panthers also hit on 23 of 35 shots from the field for 66 percent.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they trailed Father Tolton 19-2 after first period’s end, 43-16 at the half and 68-18 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Father Tolton outscored the Panthers 13-5.
Prairie Home coach Cary Bibb said Father Tolton is very athletic and talented.  “They are a legit contender for state championship,” Bibb said.  “Our kids continued to battle all game long and I am very proud of them for that.  We need to get a lot better at executing our offense and inbound plays if we are going to be successful this year.”
Michael Porter led all scorers for Father Tolton with 22 points.
For Prairie Home, 1-1, Kody Simmons tossed in eight while grabbing seven rebounds. Rayce Kendrick also had eight points, six assists and four rebounds while Jonathan Brandes added three points and six rebounds, Ben Stock with two points and three rebounds and Wyatt Borghardt with two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist.