Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout is finding out that its better to have senior Creed Flood on his team than try to defend him.
Otterville found that out first hand Friday night as Flood went for a season-high 41 points to lead the Panthers past the Eagles 81-51.
“This was by far our best game this year,” Armontrout said. “Of course it helps that Creed had 41. We held their leading scorer to 13 points, which was our gameplan, and played great team defense. I also thought we rebounded well for an all-around great game. I’m really proud of Creed. He’s back to his old self.
“Not only did he have 41, he had eight rebounds and six assists. He was getting other people involved, setting up his teammates, and making great decisions. That’s what great leaders do and it was fun to watch. Everyone else played their part and our bench stepped up. That’s what great teams do. Everyone has a role.”
It’s easy to see what Flood’s role Friday night against the Eagles. After battling through a leg injury last season, Flood appears to have found his step this season.
Such was the case in the first quarter as Flood went for 11 points and scored the game’s first seven points to push the Panthers on top 7-0.
Prairie Home never trailed after that while extending the lead to 13 at 19-6 after reeling off eight during during a two minute span with 2:05 left.
The Panthers also hurt Otterville from the outside with four three-pointers in the opening period to make it 24-8.
Flood also came up big in the second quarter with 16 of the team’s 28 points, which included nine of the team’s final 12 points.
Prairie Home outscored Otterville 28-15 in the period to extend the lead to 52-23 at the half.
The second half was no different than the first as Prairie Home led by as much as 33.
As for Flood, the senior standout scored the team’s first-six points in the third quarter to up the lead to 33 at 58-25. However over the next-three minutes, Otterville went on a 12-4 run to cut the lead to 28 at 64-38.
Prairie Home freshman Ty Stidham stopped the run with a three to cut the lead to 29 at 67-38. Then, after a basket by Otterville, Flood scored with 13 seconds left to push the lead back up to 29 at 69-40.
Prairie Home and Otterville each had 17 points in the third quarter.
In the final period, Prairie Home outscored Otterville 12-11 while Flood again had six straight for the Panthers to extend the lead to 29 at 76-47.
Sophomore Alex Rhode then scored on a putback for two of his 12 points with 5:54 left to make it 78-47. Meanwhile, over the next two minutes and 24 seconds, Prairie Home outscored Otterville 3-2 by hitting 3 of 4 shots from the foul line to seal the victory.
In addition to scoring 41 points in the game, Flood also had eight rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead three players in double figures.
Kassen Lock finished the game with 13 points, five steals, three assists and one rebound while  Rhode added 12 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Ty Stidham six points and three steals, Austin Small three points, Luke Stewart and John Fontana each with two points and one rebound, Sage Eichenburch two points and one steal, Clayton Pethan nine rebounds, three assists and one steal and Gabe Turner with one steal.
Prairie Home also finished the game, hitting 29 of 57 shots from the field for 51 percent and 14 of 24 from the foul line for 58 percent.
For Otterville, Taylor Zumsteg had 15 points to lead all scorers.
The Prairie Home boys and girls will participate in the Pilot Grove Tiger Classic this week. The Tigers will play Monday against Otterville and Thursday against Pilot Grove. As for the Lady Panthers, they will play Tuesday against Otterville in a rematch and again on Thursday against Sedalia Sacred Heart.
The boys and girls championship games will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9th.