Lady Panthers lose 56-54; Prairie Home boys drop one-point decision, 60-59 in OT
The Southwest Livingston County boys and girls couldn’t have scripted Saturday’s 56th annual Keytesville Tournament any better.
With the Lady Wildcats defeating No. 2 and state-ranked Prairie Home 56-54 in the championship game, the Southwest Livingston County boys took it to another level by rallying in overtime past the Panthers in the third-place game by a score of 60-59.
While both the SW Livingston County girls and Prairie Home entered the game state-ranked, the game played out just how everybody thought it would with the Lady Wildcats jumping out to sizeable lead in the first quarter only to have Prairie Home rally back to make it a four-point game at 20-16.
The second quarter was just a close as the first, with SW Livingston County holding a 13-12 advantage to lead at the break by a score of 33-28.
Of course without the play of junior Shianne Rhorer, the Lady Panthers may have very well been looking at a double digit deficit instead of a five-point game. Rhorer finished the first half with 18 of the team’s 28 points.
Sophomore Kortlyn Rounkles also had 18 for SW Livingston.
In the third quarter, Prairie Home cut the lead to three on two different occasions at 33-30 after a basket by Makayla Zey with 7:40 left and a putback by Rhorer with 7:10 remaining to make it 35-32. However after Rhorer picked up her third foul of the ballgame at the 2:41 mark, SW Livingston came back and reeled off five straight points to lead by nine by a score of 47-38.
The Lady Panthers had their chances in the fourth quarter by outscoring SW Livingston 16-9 and even led by two at 52-50 after a basket by Rhorer with 2:31 left. However four straight turnovers by Prairie Home allowed SW Livingston to score back-to-back baskets to go up by two at 54-52 with 42 seconds left.
Meanwhile, after back-to-back turnovers by Prairie Home and Southwest Livingston, Rhorer hit a five-foot jumper with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 54-all.
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, they never got any closer in the ballgame as senior Haliey Cheeney hit two big free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
The Lady Panthers still had a chance after that but turned the ball over on the in-bounds pass to end the game.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said he thought the Lady Panthers came out slow. “They were a good team,” Armontrout said. “We did a good job at battling back. We didn’t do very well on the free-throw line tonight, and we missed a lot of layups. We fought as hard as we could. I was proud of the girls to see them not give up.”
Rhorer finished the game for Prairie Home, who dropped to 15-3, with 31 points. She also pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double along with two steals and one assist.
Rachel Distler added 14 points, two steals, two assists and one rebound while Makayla Zey chipped in five points, 15 rebounds, three steals and one assist, Josie Flood with four points, five rebounds and one steal, Kristen Peterson with one steal and one assist and Ally Small with one rebound.
The Lady Panthers also hit on 14 of 27 shots from the foul line for 52 percent.
For SW Livingston, Rounkles had 26 points.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they had victory within their grasp while leading SW Livingston 26-22 at the half and 46-35 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, the Wildcats rallied back with Prairie Home’s leading scorer on the bench with a 17-6 advantage to tie the game at 52-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, Southwest Livingston outscored Prairie Home 8-7 to win the game by one.
Armontrout said the Panthers let one get away. “We didn’t box out,” Armontrout said. “We didn’t hit free throws very well and we didn’t move the ball very well. It was just one of those nights. We fought hard, we also do. That’s something I don’t have to worry about with these guys. We’ll look to get back on track this week.”
Creed Flood had 35 points and 14 rebounds to lead Prairie Home, who dropped to 7-11 overall. Flood also had five steals and two assists. Ben Stock added nine points, nine rebounds and two steals while Ross Kendrick chipped in eight points and seven rebounds, Wyatt Borghardt with seven points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists and Sage Eichenburch with one rebound.