The Prairie Home boys and girls junior high basketball teams had the best of both worlds Tuesday night while picking up two straight wins against the Bunceton Dragons by the scores of 41-12 and 37-32, respectively.
The Prairie Home boys, 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the CCAA conference, opened the first quarter with a 17-2 lead and then outscored the Dragons 24-10 for the rest of the game for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said the boys played a lot better tonight in comparison to the night before.
“We attacked the basket and did a good job of finishing our layups,” Oswald said. “I also felt that defensively we shut them down, forced a lot of turnovers, and didn’t give them any easy looks.”
Creed Flood paced all scorers in the game for Prairie Home with 14 points. Ross Kendrick chipped in 13 while Wyatt Borghardt added eight, Ty Stinson four and Tyler Carmichael with two.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the CCAA, Bryan Terrell had eight while Rylee Knapheide and Riley Layne chipped in two points each.
Bunceton coach Yancy Cody said the boys had trouble making shots. “We executed ok but it just didn’t go in,” Cody said.”
As for the Prairie Home girls, they trailed Bunceton 6-2 after one, 16-9 at the half and 20-16 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 14-10 advantage in the final period to tie the game at 30-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, the Lady Panthers pulled away with a 7-2 scoring edge for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls never led in the game until 25 seconds left. “We had three lead chances the last 30 seconds and pressed the last-two minutes with only four players on the court,” Scott said. “We were down by six and then tied the game with 1.7 seconds left in regulation. Johnson and Bell hit the boards hard the last minute of the game. Rhorer then hit a shot and free throw with 1.7 seconds to send us in overtime. What a team effort. The girls never gave up and I am so proud of them to come back and win this game. Shianne had a great fourth quarter and overtime by scoring 17 points but the other girls were the ones getting the ball on rebounds and steals.”
Shianne Rhorer had a career-high for Prairie Home, 8-2 on the season, with 30 points. Kristin Peterson chipped in four while Haven Pennington added two and Jameshia Johnson with one.
For Bunceton, Aubrey Scott had 14 points and four rebounds while Rachel Lenz added six points and seven rebounds, Emily Clevenger with five points and four steals, Lauren Wieland with five points and two assists and Skyler Shuffield also with two points.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said the girls must continue to keep getting better. “At times we played well,” Arnold said.
Monday’s games
Prairie Home (G) 27
Jamestown 5
Kristen Peterson and Shianne Rhorer each had eight points, leading the Prairie Home girls junior high basketball team past Jamestown in CCAA action Monday night at Jamestown.
The Lady Panthers outscored Jamestown in all four quarters and led 3-0 after one, 14-4 at the half and 20-5 after three quarters of play.
Jameshia Johnson tossed in five points while Haven Pennington added four and Kurstin Leonard with two.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls have been off four days and it showed. “We got off to a slow start,” Scott said. “Our defense was good. We rebounded well but just get the ball to fall in the basket. Kristen Peterson had a nice all-around game, and Jameshia Johnson did a nice job on the boards.”
Jamestown (B) 40
Prairie Home 36
The Jamestown boys junior high basketball team rallied from a one-point deficit at the half by outscoring Prairie Home 23-18 in the final-two periods for a 40-36 victory Monday night in CCAA action at Jamestown.
The Eagles trailed Prairie Home 18-17 at the half but rallied back with 11-6 advantage in the third quarter to go up 28-24. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Panthers matched Jamestown with 12 points.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said the boys played hard but you could tell there was a little bit of rust from having a full week off from games. “This was a very tough game for our guys to adjust to, as we had a lot of guys get into foul trouble early and it really kept us from getting into a rhythm,” Oswald said. “This was something that they will have to learn from and learn how to right through a couple of fouls here and there and still be able to play the kind of game they have to play.”
Ross Kendrick netted 19 points to lead all scorers for Prairie Home.
Creed Flood tossed in nine points while Ty Stinson added four, Wyatt Borghardt had three and Tyler Carmichael with one.
For Jamestown, Trenton Barbour had 17 and Garrett Wolfe 11.