Prairie Home’s Trip Kendrick had the game of his life Thursday night while hosting the New Bloomfield Wildcats.
While the Panthers defeated New Bloomfield 34-26, Kendrick scored a game-high 17 points while pulling down six rebounds.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Prairie Home led New Bloomfield after the first-two periods by the scores of 6-3 and 14-11. However, in the third quarter, New Bloomfield rallied back with a 8-7 advantage to make it a two-point ballgame at 21-19. Fortunately for Prairie Home, the Wildcats never got any closer as the Panthers stormed back with a big fourth quarter by outscoring New Bloomfield 13-7 to win the game by eight.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” said Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout. “The biggest thing was our rebounding. We rebounded extremely well and we cut down on our turnovers. There’s a big difference between a 30 turnover game and a 12 turnover game. I thought we attacked the basket and didn’t settle for jump shots, and we did extremely well late in the game. Overall, a good win.”
Oliver Lock finished the game with eight points, five rebounds and one steal for Prairie Home. Peyton Pitts chipped in seven points and seven rebounds while Evan Rhorer added one point and two steals and Dakota Kuester with one rebound.
The Panthers also finished the game 6 of 13 from the foul line for 46 percent.
New Bloomfield was led by Schuster with seven points.
New Bloomfield (G) 43
Prairie Home 31
The New Bloomfield girls junior high basketball team outscored Prairie Home 22-11 in the first-two periods and never looked back Friday night in Prairie Home.
The Lady Panthers, dropping to 7-5 on the season, trailed New Bloomfield 11-7 after one and 22-11 at the break before rallying back with a 15-8 advantage in the third to cut the lead back to four at 30-26. Unfortunately for Prairie Home, they had nothing else left in the tank as New Bloomfield pulled away in the final period with a 13-6 scoring edge for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said pretty slow first half, but the girls had a good third quarter. “Our fourth was sluggish,” Armontrout said. “We could not get that defensive stop that we needed. I thought we rebounded well for the most part. Offensively, we just got lazy with the ball and threw it away and right into their hands.”
Nichols had the game-high for New Bloomfield with 20 points.
For Prairie Home, Allison Simmons finished the game with 17 points and three rebounds.
Madison Brown tallied nine points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist while Kamden Holliday added three points and one steal and Paiton Williams with two points, two rebounds and one assist.
The Lady Panthers also finished 9 of 18 from the foul line for 50 percent.