The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams picked up the sweep last night at home by beating the La Monte Vikings by the scores of 65-44 and 57-36, respectively.
The Prairie Home boys, improving to 14-8 on the season, outscored or matched La Monte in each of the four quarters of play and led 17-12 after one, 43-24 at the half and 55-36 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Panthers held a 10-8 scoring edge.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the boys had a decent start, but kind of let off the gas.
“This was not our best defensive effort tonight and that has to change going forward and actually pretty quickly because we have Jamestown on Friday,” Armontrout said. “We did a great job at crashing the boards and attacking the zone, getting into the middle of it. Defensively, we have to do a better job at sliding our feet and stop following around screens.”
Kody Simmons, who has been on a tear lately, finished the game with 24 points and five rebounds for Prairie Home.
Rayce Kendrick tallied 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals while Wyatt Borghardt added 13 points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Sam Distler with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists, Blake Huggins with three points, one rebound and one assist, Klay Holliday with two points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists and Ben Stock with two points, one rebound and one steal.
La Monte was led by Tristen Hackworth with 11 points.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they led La Monte 27-22 at the half and then outscored the Lady Vikings 30-14 in the second half for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls knew coming into the game that LaMonte was a number one seed in their district next week.
“After a conference loss Friday night and snow, I thought we started out slow in  the first quarter,” Scott said. The next three quarters was all Lady Panthers.  Makayla Zey had a career night with 26 points.  She also added 17 boards, 8 blocks, 8/10 free throws and three steals, plus she was playing sick.    Makayla has really stepped up her game the last six games scoring-wise.  We needed that inside force to finish out our season strong.  We are one win away from a 20 win season.  We had foul problems in the first half, but every player did their part to step up and battle tonight.  Rachel Distler had a good all-around game. Freshmen Kristen Peterson and Kurstin Leonard were keys tonight when we had foul problems.  They both did a good job on defense for us when we needed them the most.  Senior Brooke Emmerich also played most of the game and had a very nice senior night to go out with a win.  Brooke has been a hard worker for us all four years it is nice to see her on a winning team.”
Makayla Zey finished the game with a double-double for Prairie Home, 19-5 overall, with 26 points and 17 rebounds. She also had eight blocked shots, three steals and one assist.
Rachel Distler added 14 points, three rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots while Shianne Rhorer tallied nine points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Kristen Peterson with four points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, Brooke Emmerich with two points, five assists and one steal, Josie Flood with two points, four rebounds and one assist and Kurstin Leonard with two rebounds.