The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball team dropped two games Friday night on the road against the Sturgeon Bulldogs, losing by the scores of 59-52 and 55-31, respectively.
The Lady Panthers, dropping to 9-13 on the season, trailed Sturgeon 28-21 at the break and then was outscored 27-10 in the second half.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the girls got off to a great start, but the second quarter turnovers hurt the Lady Panthers.
“They had 26 points off turnovers,” Armontrout said. “We didn’t value the basketball. Defensively, I thought we did a decent job in the half court. They got a lot of easy baskets in transition. Good test for us to get ready for districts. Tough game versus South Callaway Monday and then Jamestown on Thursday.”
Burris had 13 points to lead all scorers in the game for Sturgeon.
For Prairie Home, Kourtney Kendrick finished the game with a double-double with 13 points and 13  rebounds. She also had three steals.
Maggie Wood added eight points and two rebounds while Jerzee Cantrell had four points, six rebounds and one steal, Kesley Watson four points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist and Ashlyn Twenter with two points and four rebounds.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they led Sturgeon 18-11 after one and 27-21 at the half. However, in the third quarter, Sturgeon rallied back with a 18-12 advantage to tie the game at 39-all. Meanwhile, in the final period, Sturgeon outscored Prairie Home 20-12 to win the game by seven.
Armontrout said the boys also got off to a great start.
“Turnovers hurt us,” Armontrout said. “I thought our defense in the second half wasn’t very good. We gave up easy shots and didn’t rebound very well. Offensively, I thought we were pretty stagnant on the offensive end. We didn’t value the basketball very well. We executed well down the stretch, just didn’t hit the shots. Also, to get a technical with 11 seconds left to go in a one possession game was awful. I didn’t say anything, and that official can’t call that in that moment. I didn’t even get a warning. I thought that was awful. I don’t complain about the officiating, but I thought that was a bunch of crap. That wasn’t why we lost, we missed some free throws down the stretch and didn’t convert on some easy layups. Overall, proud of the effort and look forward to continue the last two games.”
Stone had the high game for Sturgeon with 23 points.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 13-10 on the season, Creed Flood finished the game with 34 points and 10 rebounds along with one steal and one assist.
Clayton Pethan added five points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals while Ty Stidham had five points, one rebound and one assist, Kassen Lock four points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals, Luke Stewart one rebound, one steal and one assist and Sage Eichenburch with one rebound.