The Prairie Home boys basketball team may have picked up its biggest win to date on Monday after beating Class 3 South Callaway in Mokane by a score of 78-60.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they fell on the road against the state-ranked Lady Bulldogs 75-49.
The Prairie Home boys, improving to 14-10 on the season, outscored South Callaway in three of the four quarters and led 22-12 after one, 43-28 at the break and 61-48 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home held a 17-12 advantage to win the game by 18.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said he thought the boys played their best game of the season against South Callaway.
“Everyone contributed and everyone played well,” Armontrout said. “Defensively, I thought we contested shots and I thought we rebounded well. Offensively, we remained patient throughout and took good shots all night. However, a couple of times I thought we forced our shots. We passed the ball well and I thought we crashed the boards good, too. Overall, good performance by everybody. I hope to carry that over into our next game.”
Senior Creed Flood had another big night for the Panthers with 38 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. He also dished out five assists and had one steal.
Kassen Lock also finished the game in double figures with 14 points along with seven assists, six steals and four rebounds while Blake Petsel added 12 points, three steals and one assist, Alex Rhode six points and two rebounds, Clayton Pethan four points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals, Luke Stewart two points, four rebounds and one assist, Sage Eichenburch two points and two rebounds, Ty Stidham four rebounds and one steal and John Fontana with one rebound.
The Panthers also finished the game hitting 30 of 59 shots from the field for 51 percent and 12 of 29 from the foul line for 41 percent.
For South Callaway, Helsel had 19 points.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they had one bad quarter against South Callaway but otherwise played a competitive game for the most part.
The Lady Bulldogs led Prairie Home 27-18 after one and then outscored the Panthers 28-8 in the second to go into the half on top 55-26. South Callaway also held a 16-14 advantage in the third to extend the lead 71-40. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Prairie Home outscored South Callaway 9-4.
Armontrout said he thought his girls played well, South Callaway is just good.
“Defensively, I thought we rebounded well,” Armontrout said. “We didn’t contest like I had hoped and they made us pay. Offensively, we moved the ball well and got some good looks. We played a great first quarter, it was that second quarter that hurt us. Overall, I thought we played pretty good. Hope to continue that in our next game and heading into districts.”
Mann had 25 points to lead all scorers for South Callaway.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 9-14 on the season, Kourtney Kendrick finished the game with 17 points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Ashlyn Twenter chipped in 10 points and four rebounds while Maggie Wood added seven points and five rebounds, Jerzee Cantrell three points and Kelsey Watson two points, three rebounds and two steals.
For the game, the Lady Panthers also hit on 15 of 40 shots from the field for 38 percent and 16 of 23 from the foul line for 70 percent.