The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams fell on the road Friday night against Class 2 Salisbury by the scores of 70-61 and 62-44, respectively.
For the Prairie Home boys, who dropped to 13-8 on the season, they battled Salisbury for the first-two quarters tied at 38-all. However, in the third quarter, the Panthers outscored Prairie Home 18-10 to extend the lead to 56-48. Meanwhile, in the final period, Salisbury held a 14-13 advantage to win the game by nine points.
Despite the loss, Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said his team played extremely well. “We faced a great team in a great atmosphere,” Armontrout said. “It was good for our boys to experience something like that. We did a lot of good things, but it came down to rebounding. We gave up way too many offensive rebounds and gave up some late free throws. They went man and we came away with two empty possessions and they made us pay on the other end. We shot very well from the free-throw line. Overall, it was a good effort and I was glad to see the boys come out the way we did.”
Garrett Francis had the team-high for Salisbury with 26 points.
For Prairie Home, Ross Kendrick finished the game with 31 points and eight rebounds. Wyatt Borghardt added nine points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds while Creed Flood had eight points, six rebounds and one assist, Clayton Pethan six points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist and Kassen Lock with six points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
The Panthers were 12 of 16 from the foul line in the game for  75 percent.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they also played Salisbury close while trailing the Lady Panthers 25-23 at the half. However in the second half, Salisbury outscored Prairie Home 37-21 to win the game by 18.
Coach Armontrout said the girls just weren’t into it. “We couldn’t do anything offensively or defensively,” Armontrout said. “We couldn’t box out and we couldn’t defend. We were reverting back to the old style that we played earlier in the year. We need everyone to contribute and it didn’t happen tonight.”
Amanda Nejedly had the high game for Salisbury with 14 points.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 14-7 on the season, Shianne Rhorer finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds. Rachel Distler chipped in 14 points, four steals and two rebounds while Kristen Peterson added eight points, two rebounds and one steal, Kurstin Leonard two points, one steal and one assist, Elizabeth Fairchild one point and Ashlyn Twenter with two rebounds and one assist.
The Lady Panthers also finished the game hitting 10 of 14 shots from the foul line for 71 percent.