The Prairie Home boys and girls opened the 2017-18 season in convincing fashion Tuesday night on the road by beating Northwest of Hughesville by the scores of 69-59 and 38-26, respectively.
The Lady Panthers never trailed in the game against Northwest of Hughesville and led 13-3 after first period’s end, 21-11 at the half and 34-13 after three quarters of play. Northwest of Hughesville held a 13-3 advantage in the fourth.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said it was a good first win.
“We did some good things, but we have to improve on a lot of things,” Armontrout said. “The biggest thing is fouls. We were in foul trouble in the third quarter. We had a decent lead but we stopped attacking the basket and settling for jump shots. We have a tough opponent after Thanksgiving break in Community, who happens to be ranked No. 9 in Class 1. We will see where we are at after this game.”
Freshman Kourtney Kendrick led all scorers in the game for Prairie Home with 15 points along with nine rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Maggie Wood finished the game with 11 points, three steals and two rebounds while Jerzee Cantrell added eight points, four rebounds and two assists, Kelsey Watson four points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist, Ashlyn Twenter five rebounds and one assist and Cheyenne Jacks with two rebounds.
Gregory had the team-high for Northwest with seven points.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they had a little tougher game while leading Northwest of Hughesville by only four at the half at 27-23. The Panthers also held a 17-10 advantage in the first and then outscored Northwest 16-9 in the third to extend the lead to 43-32. Meanwhile, in the final period, Northwest rallied back with a 27-26 scoring edge.
Coach Armontrout said the boys had a good first three quarters and then let up at the end to put them away.
“We got into foul trouble there in the second half,” Armontrout said. “I thought we were patient on the offensive end and got some good looks. We threw the ball away there early; we just got in a hurry. Defensively, I thought we played well, just weren’t in the right spots early on and made some adjustments. Again, have a tough opponent on Tuesday in Community after Thanksgiving. Look to stay unbeaten.”
Clayton Pethan led three players in double figures for Prairie Home with 20 points along with 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Creed Flood finished the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists while Alex Rhode added 11 points, three rebounds and one assist, Kassen Lock nine points, four rebounds and two steals, Luke Stewart nine points, two rebounds and one steal, Ty Stidham five points, three rebounds and three assists, Gabe Turner two points and Sage Eichenburch with one rebound.
Tichenor had 27 to lead all scorers for Northwest.