If the Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams had nightmares about returning to Keytesville Friday night for a non-conference game, it’s easy to see why.
After losing in both the boys third place game and the girls championship game the week before against SW Livingston County, the Panthers were bound and determined the right the ship against the Tigers.
As it turned out, the Lady Panthers wound up beating Keytesville by 50 (80-30) while the Prairie Home boys defeated the Tigers by 30 (68-38).
The Lady Panthers, improving to 18-3 on the season, pretty much had its way with Keytesville by leading 49-11 at the half and 67-27 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home outscored the Lady Tigers 13-3.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said this was a fun game to watch. “This was probably our second best game that we have played all year,” Armontrout said. “Everything was flowing. We move the ball around and rotated well on defense. We also shot the ball well. Overall, this was a great team performance and look to keep adding to the win column with three conference games this coming week.”
Shianne Rhorer led the scoring attack for Prairie Home with 35 points along with nine rebounds, five steals and five assists.
Rachel Distler finished the game with 22 points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist while Makayla Zey added nine points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists, Josie Flood with six points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, Kristen Peterson with four points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals and Ally Small with two points and four rebounds.
The Lady Panthers also had their highest shooting percentage of the season by hitting on 32 of 55 shots from the field for 58 percent and 13 of 17 from the foul line for 76 percent.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they had a little tougher time against the Tigers but still managed to lead 25-8 after first period’s end and 36-16 at the half. The Panthers also dominated the second half by outscoring Keytesville 32-22 for the victory.
Armontrout said the boys didn’t shoot the ball very well but made up for it by attacking the rim. “I thought we executed the game plan very well tonight,” Armontrout said. “We have a three-game week this coming week so I hope we can continue to improve game by game.”
Ross Kendrick led four players in double figures for Prairie Home, who improved to 9-12 on the season, with 23 points along with 13 rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Ben Stock also finished the game with a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one assist, as did Creed Flood with 13 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and two assists. Wyatt Borghardt added 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals while Sage Eichenburch chipped in two points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists, Austin Small also with two points and Colin Fair with one rebound.
The Prairie Home boys also finished the game, hitting 29 of 65 shots from the field for 45 percent and 9 of 19 from the foul line for 47 percent.