Lady Panthers fall to Comets, 24-22
The Prairie Home boys and girls junior high basketball teams opened the 2017 season on the road Tuesday night against the Fatima Comets.
While the Prairie Home boys defeated Fatima 29-21, the Lady Panthers fell in their season opener by a score of 24-22.
The Prairie Home boys, improving to 1-0 on the season, opened the first half with a 10-8 lead against Fatima and then outscored the Comets 19-13 in the second half.
Prairie Home Dalton Armontrout said the boys had a very slow start. “Offensively, we took a lot of early shots,” Armontrout said. “We missed a lot of easy layups and were not very patient on offense. Defensively, we gave them a lot of second and third chance opportunities. We did not box out at all. Overall, it wasn’t bad for a first game, but we have things to work on from here on out.”
Oliver Lock led the Panthers with 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and one assist.
Tripp Kendrick finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He also had two steals. Peyton Pitts chipped in seven points and grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds while Dakota Kuester and Aiden Paustian each had one rebound.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they trailed Fatima from the opening tip-off as the Lady Comets led 17-9 at the half and 21-14 after three. Prairie Home held a 8-3 advantage in the fourth quarter.
Armontrout said the girls got off to a very slow start. “I think most of that was nerves,” Armontrout said. “Once we settled down, we started moving the ball and making good passes. Defensively, I thought we did what we needed to do which was to force them into taking jump shots. It just happens that it seemed like they made every jump shot. They only had two shots in the paint all night. We put the press on and got some turnovers. Overall, I was very impressed with the girls. We will look to build upon this for the upcoming season.”
Madison Brown and Allison Simmons each had nine points in the game for Prairie Home. Brown also finished the game with six steals and two rebounds while Simmons had six rebounds and two assists. Paiton Williams chipped in two points along with five rebounds, two steals and one assist while Aubree Hedgepath added two points, two rebounds and one steal, Kamden Holliday with one steal and Makayla Davis with one rebound.
Fatima was led by Chayce Gier with 16 points.