The Prairie Home boys and girls picked up two big conference wins on the road Thursday night in a make-up game against the Higbee Tigers.
Led by a 27 point and 17 rebound effort by freshman Kourtney Kendrick, the Lady Panthers defeated Higbee by a score of 60-50. Meanwhile, in the boys game, senior Creed Flood had his normal double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace Prairie Home in a 55-39 win over the Tigers.
The Lady Panthers, improving to 9-9 on the season and 2-0 in the CCAA trailed Higbee 29-23 at the break but then rallied back with a 37-21 advantage in the final two periods for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said just a good win as far as conference and district opponent. “We haven’t played for a week so the girls got off to a rough start,” Armontrout said. “I liked how we battled back. We kept chipping away. I thought we played our best basketball the second, third and fourth quarters. I thought we defended the three pretty well; we didn’t come away with rebounds like I would have hoped. Offensively, Kourtney kept us in the game and when she didn’t have a shot, she found the open person. We had a lot better ball movement in those last three quarters.”
In addition to scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds, Kendrick also had seven steals and one assist for the Lady Panthers.
Ashlyn Twenter finished the game with 11 points and nine rebounds while Maggie Wood added 11 points, three rebounds and one steal, Jerzee Cantrell nine points, four rebounds and one steal and Kelsey Watson with two points and six rebounds.
Prairie Home also finished the game shooting 26 percent from the field and 60 percent from the foul line.
Higbee was led by Westfall with 12 points.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they also had their hands full early on while leading Higbee by just one (25-24) at the break. However in the second half, the Panthers outscored Higbee 30-15 for the 16 point victory.
Armontrout said not the team’s best game. “We had trouble rebounding the basketball,” Armontrout said. “They were a big team and had big guards so we didn’t match up well with them. I thought offensively we settled there for a little bit. We didn’t attack the gaps. However, we did a lot better job in the fourth at attacking the goal and cutting off each other.”
Flood also finished the game with five steals and five assists for Prairie Home, who improved to 12-8 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA. Blake Petsel tossed in 16 points along with five rebounds, one steal and one assist while Kassen Lock added nine points and dished out four assists along with three rebounds. Alex Rhode tallied eight points, seven rebounds and one steal while Luke Stewart had three points and two rebounds, Clayton Pethan two points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal and Sage Eichenburch with one rebound.
For the game, the Panthers also hit on 20 of 59 shots from the field for 34 percent and 6 of 13 from the foul line for 46 percent.
For Higbee, Schnell had 12 points.