The Prairie Home Lady Panthers basketball team couldn’t have started any worse Friday night against the Otterville Eagles.
Trailing 22-8 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Panthers came back and used that as a spark to tie the game at 53-all after 32 minutes. Meanwhile, after going to overtime, Prairie Home outscored Otterville 12-8 to garner a 65-61 victory.
While the win improved Prairie Home’s record to 2-1, head coach Dalton Armontrout said he was proud of the girls n how they fought back.
“They showed me a lot,” Armontrout said. “Offensively, we forced and took bad shots early and that’s why we got off to a slow start. However we did a better job in the next three quarters and in overtime. We hit some big shots down the stretch and I think our defense kept us in the game. We also forced 15 turnovers just by pressuring the ball. We still missed some easy layups, but overall I thought we bounced back great for the win.”
While the two teams will hook up again on Tuesday in the Pilot Grove Classic, the Lady Panthers will learn from this game in what not to do the next time.
Unfortunately for Prairie Home, they had no answer for Otterville early on as senior Dalanney Stone and junior Abby Nichols had their way inside while combining for 20 of the team’s 22 points to lead the Lady Panthers 22-8.
With just three field goals in the first eight minutes, Prairie Home came out and turned up the pressure on Otterville by forcing nine turnovers. The Lady Panthers also hit 5 of 11 shots in the second quarter to turn a 14 point deficit to a six point game at the break at 29-23.
Prairie Home also outscored Otterville 15-7  in the second.
As for the third quarter, Prairie Home outscored Otterville 16-14 and trailed by as much as 12 at 39-27 with 3:16 left. However over a span of two minutes, the Lady Panthers went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to two at 39-37 with 58 seconds remaining.
Freshman Maggie Wood also got hot in the third by scoring six of her team high 22 points.
But even that looked to be not enough as Otterville closed out the period with a four point lead at 43-39.
The four quarter was back and forth, with Prairie Home tying the game at 43-all after back to back baskets by Kelsey Watson and Ashlyn Twenter. However after four straight points by Otterville to go up 47-43, Prairie Home rallied back to take a one-point lead on a basket by Wood to make it 51-50.
Prairie Home also outscored Otterville 14-10 in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately over the final minute and 28 seconds, the Lady Eagles outscored Prairie Home 3-2 to tie the game at 53-all.
Otterville also took the early lead in overtime with a free throw and a field goal to go up 56-53. However after a three by freshman Jerzee Cantrell to tie the game again at 56-all,  Otterville went up 58-56.  Cantrell hit another three to give Prairie Home the lead at 59-58. Kourtney Kendrick then scored from inside and followed it up with two free throws to cap off a 7-0 run to push the lead to five at 63-58.
Otterville cut the lead to two on a three pointer by senior Kelsey Lynn to make it 63-61 with 2.8 seconds left. But after fouling with 0.1 seconds left, Kendrick buried two free throws to seal the victory.
Kendrick and Wood finished the game with 22 points each. Kendrick also had eight rebounds, two steals and two assists while Wood had three rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Kelsey Watson finished the game with eight points, two rebounds and one steal while Ashlyn Twenter added seven points, five rebounds and two steals and Jerzee Cantrell with six points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The Lady Panthers also finished the game, hitting 24 of 57 shots from the field for 42 percent and 14 of 22 from the foul line for  64 percent.
Stone finished the game with 28 points to lead all scorers for Otterville.