After missing a shot at the title for the second year in a row in the Keytesville Invitational Tournament over the weekend, Prairie Home senior Shianne Rhorer wasn’t about to let the Fayette Lady Falcons ruin her show on Monday.
While averaging 23.1 ppg along with 12.8 rpg this season, which was good enough to lead both categories in the Boonville Daily News Prep Honor, the senior standout backed it up again on Monday with 34 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lady Panthers past Fayette 60-27.
But that’s not all. Rhorer also finished the game with a team-leading eight steals and four assists for Prairie Home, who improved to 14-6 on the season.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said this was probably one of the best first halves the girls have played all season.
“We did a lot of good things,” Armontrout said. “However, we need to be better at boxing out. There was quite a few times where we just simply waited for the ball to come to us. In the second half I thought we got a little complacent and didn’t do the things we needed to do to keep our lead.”
If Armontrout was worried about giving up the lead, he didn’t have to worry very long. After surrendering the first basket of the ballgame, the Lady Panthers never trailed after that while leading 20-8 after first period’s end. Prairie Home also finished the final two minutes and 28 seconds on a 12-0 run with Rhorer scoring nine of the team’s 20 points.
Of course it all started on the defensive end for Prairie Home, which forced 18 turnovers alone in the first half.
However it got worse before it got better for Fayette in the second quarter. Although the Lady Falcons outscored Prairie Home 4-2 for the first-two minutes, they were no match for the rest of the half as the Lady Panthers came back and reeled off 17 unanswered points to extend the lead at the half to 39-11.
The Lady Panthers also blew their shooting average for the season out of the water in the first half by hitting 17 of 25 shotsfor 68 percent with six different players in the scoring column.
But like all good things, they must come to an end. Such was the case in the third quarter as Fayette outscored Prairie Home 14-11 while reeling off nine straight points during a three-minute stretch.
The Lady Panthers still led Fayette by 25 (50-25) at the end of the third quarter and would push the lead to 30 at the 6:11 mark in the fourth on a basket by Rhorer to make it 56-25.
Prairie Home also outscored Fayette 10-2 in the fourth to win by 33.
Rachel Distler finished the game with 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals for Prairie Home. Kristen Peterson added six points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists while Kurstin Leonard had four points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Elizabeth Fairchild two points and Ashlyn Twenter with one point, three assists, two rebounds and one steal.
Prairie Home also finished the game shooting 79 percent from the field and 57 percent from the foul line.
For Fayette, Grace Boulden had 14 points.