The Prairie Home boys and girls junior high basketball teams couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the season last night while hosting the Otterville Eagles in CCAA action.
While the Lady Panthers defeated Otterville 27-26 in a thriller, the Prairie Home boys were equally impressive by turning back the Eagles by a score of 49-34.
The Prairie Home girls, closing out the season at 13-2 overall, trailed Otterville 6-2 after one, 12-8 at the half and 22-13 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, the Lady Panthers rallied back with a 14-4 advantage for the victory.
Winners of 10 straight games, Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the Lady Panthers never led until they hit a running 8-foot shot with 5.6 seconds left.
“We ended the third by scoring five points in the last nine seconds,” Scott said. “We started pressing and forced Otterville to make turnovers. We also got key baskets by Pennington and Leonard late. Then, with 9 seconds left, Shianne drove the ball to the right baseline and hit a game-winning running 8 foot shot with 5.6 seconds left. The girls really battled and never gave up. We have won five games this year coming from behind late in the game. These girls have battled all year while overcoming injuries. Most games we also had only five players, but the girls just wouldn’t lose. I am so proud of this team.”
Shianne Rhorer had the game-high for Prairie Home with 18 points while Kurstin Leonard chipped in four and Kristin Peterson, Haven Pennington and Jameshia Johnson with two points each.
Capps and Stone each had 10 points in the game for Otterville.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they led Otterville 24-11 at the half and 39-21 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Otterville rallied back with a 13-10 advantage.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was a very good game and a great way to end the season.
“We led from start to finish and played a complete game,” Oswald said. “I thought this was our best game we had all season because we didn’t have a quarter where we didn’t play very good. All season long, it seemed like each game we had a section of the game where we let our guard down but this game we played well all the way through. We started strong and built a nice lead and never let up. I was very proud of my guys tonight, as well as all season long. They really started playing well together the last couple of weeks. The future for Prairie Home basketball is looking bright based on how they worked this year. If they keep at it, they will contend and be a very tough team for years to come.”
Creed Flood paced all scorers in the game for Prairie Home, who finished the season at 11-4 overall and 9-1 in the CCAA, with 20 points. Ross Kendrick chipped in 10 while Wyatt Borghardt added nine, Adam Lohse six and Ty Stinson with four.
For Otterville, Franklin Oswald had 16 points.