The Prairie Home Lady Panthers basketball team had its post-season hopes cut short last night in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament at Glasgow.
While playing No. 2 Community, the Lady Panthers had one bad quarter and that proved to be the difference in a 57-38 loss.
The Lady Panthers closed out the season at 17-8 overall.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said Community came out in man defense and the girls handled that well and then they switched to a zone and it stopped the girls in their tracks with only six points near the basket.
“They took our inside game away,” Scott said. “Our shooting went cold most of the game.”
Not so in the first and fourth quarter as Prairie Home played Community to a 26-26 tie.
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, they couldn’t make up for the two bad quarters as Community outscored Prairie Home 29-12 for the victory.
Community also led Prairie Home 27-16 at the half and 42-30 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Trojans outscored Prairie Home 13-8.
Shianne Rhorer led the scoring attack for Prairie Home with 14 points while Rachel Distler chipped in 12, Makayla Zey six and Krista Small, Kim Hettinger and Josie Flood each with two points.
Scott said Rhorer and Distler were able to score with 26 of the team’s 38 points. “I thought we hit the boards well,” Scott said. “Community is so big but I thought Makayla did an outstanding job rebounding for us. To be honest, we got beat by a better team tonight. Their three seniors came here to win. I thought our youngest showed up tonight.”