The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams had both the good and bad Monday night while hosting the Otterville Eagles in CCAA action.
First with the good. After struggling in the first half offensively, the Prairie Home Lady Panthers rallied back in the first half to beat Otterville by a score of 69-40.
As for the bad. The Prairie Home boys had numerous opportunities to seal the victory in the final period but allowed Otterville to keep the game close and eventually win the game on a shot at the buzzer for a 33-31 victory.
The Lady Panthers, improving to 14-7 overall and 2-2 in the CCAA, trailed Otterville 18-9 after first period's end after allowing the Lady Eagles to go on a 10-0 run during a three-minute stretch. And while the Lady Panthers outscored Otterville 18-11 in the second quarter, they still trailed by two (29-27) at the break.
Of course that all changed for the good in the third quarter as sophomore Makayla Zey caught fire by scoring 10 of the team's 22 points. Prairie Home also went on three different runs in the third by opening the half with six straight points. The Lady Panthers also reeled off seven straight to push the lead to 10 at 43-33 with 1:57 left. Meanwhile, in the final minute of the period, Prairie Home scored another six in a row to extend the lead to 15 at 49-34.
Otterville never got any closer than 17 for the rest of the game while Prairie Home led by as much as 30 (69-39) after two free throws by freshman Shianne Rhorer with 1:11 left.
The Lady Panthers also outscored Otterville 20-6 in the final period.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said it is nice to get back on the winning side of the game again. "The girls played four hard games in a week," Scott said. "I was looking for more full-out effort tonight. I wanted the girls to play every play all out and I thought we did that well. Every players on the floor can score and that is what makes us win. I also thought we worked hard on defense by forcing 16 steals."
Rachel Distler led the scoring attack in the game for Prairie Home with 20 points along with five rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Shianne Rhorer had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Makayla Zey added 17 points and 10 rebounds along with six assists, three steals and two blocked shots, Josie Flood with seven points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists, Brooke Emmerich with four points and four steals, Krista Small with two points, four rebounds and three assists and Kim Hettinger with two rebounds.
For Otterville, Stephanie Oswald tossed in 13 points.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they also had a slow start against the Eagles while trailing 12-2 after the first-eight minutes of the ballgame.
Page 2 of 2 - The only difference is that Prairie Home started its comeback a little earlier by outscoring Otterville 13-6 in the second quarter to cut the lead back to three (18-15) at the half.
The Panthers also won the third quarter by outscoring Otterville 8-6 to lead by two at 26-24. Also in the third, Rayce Kendrick and Ross Kendrick combined for all eight of the team's points for Prairie Home.
Prairie Home and Otterville battled back and forth in the final period, with neither team leading by more than three points. Unfortunately for the Panthers, they picked the wrong time to go in a slump at the free-throw line. With the game tied at 31-all with one minute left, Prairie Home and Otterville both missed crucial free throws that would have given them a leg up. Meanwhile, after exchanging turnovers with 17 seconds left, the Eagles scored what turned out to be the winning basket on a 10-foot jumper by Jake Neal for the two-point victory.
Prairie Home coach Cary Bibb said his team didn't start out ready to play with five turnovers in the first-eight possessions. "We didn't shoot well enough to win," Bibb said. "Kudos to Otterville on making the plays to win the game."
Justin Halgen had 15 points while Jake Neal chipped in eight for Otterville.
For Prairie Home, who dropped 10-12 on the season and 2-2 in league play, Kody Simmons tallied nine points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Rayce Kendrick added seven points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals while Wyatt Borghardt chipped in seven points, Ross Kendrick with six points and four rebounds and Klay Holliday with two points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists. Jonathan Brandes also had five rebounds for the Panthers, who finished the game shooting 32 percent from the field and only 27 percent (4 of 15) from the foul line.