Prairie Home boys beat Dragons for the second time in a week, 76-41
On the way to beating the Bunceton Lady Dragons Tuesday night in Prairie Home 60-35, the Lady Panthers also had all kinds of twists and turns for their 20th win of the season and second straight in the CCAA conference.
While starting the game with five players (Prairie Home has only six total), the Lady Panthers had to play almost the entire game with just four on the floor due to a injury the night before and for other reasons.
But as it turned out, Prairie Home had just enough in the tank to beat Bunceton for the second time in as many weeks.
While the Lady Panthers improved to 20-3 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA, head coach Dalton Armontrout said this is not how he pictured ending the season, but it is what it is. “The girls showed a lot of heart tonight,” Armontrout said. “It was a great night for the seniors.”
Little did Armontrout know that all four players for the Lady Panthers would score in double figures. But that’s exactly what happened as junior Shianne Rhorer led the charge with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She also had five steals and two assists. Kristen Peterson, meanwhile, finished the game with 16 points, four steals and one rebound while Ally Small added 12 points, five rebounds and two steals and Makayla Zey with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Lady Panthers also led from start to finish against Bunceton while taking a 15-12 advantage after one and a 27-19 lead into the half.
However at one point, the Lady Dragons used their five players to cut Prairie Home’s lead to one at 10-9 after two free throws by sophomore Lauren Wieland. Bunceton also had the lead down to 12-11 with 1:58 left after a basket by freshman Taylor Burnett.
However after going up by three after first period’s end, the Lady Panthers began to add a little distance between them and Bunceton in the second quarter to lead by eight at the break.
While receiving a standing ovation from the Prairie Home crowd at the half for their effort, the Lady Panthers gave the crowd even more to cheer about by reeling off eight straight during a two-minute stretch in the third quarter to extend the lead to four at 41-27 with 1:57 left.
Senior Ally Small and sophomore Kristen Peterson also combined for 14 of the team’s 18 points in the period for the Lady Panthers with eight and six, respectively.
Of course the Lady Panthers didn’t stop there. By outscoring Bunceton 18-10 in the period, Prairie Home also extended its lead to 16 at 45-29. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Panthers came out and reeled off five straight in the first-two minutes to up the lead to 21 at 50-29 and then outscored Bunceton 10-6 for the rest of the game for the victory.
Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt said hats off to Prairie Home. “They played a good game,” Hurt said. “We tried all night to get into the middle of the lane because we were not hitting any shots from the outside. They did not let us in. We double-teamed Shianne all night and she still put 21 on us. We will watch the video and try to correct the mistakes and move on.”
Rachel Lenz had the high game for Bunceton, who dropped to 2-19 overall, with nine points. Lauren Wieland and Emily Clevenger chipped in eight points each while Taylor Burnett added six and Morgan Wieland and Jenna Kahle each with two points.
Prairie Home also finished the game shooting 58 percent from the field and 55 percent from the foul line. As for Bunceton, they shot just 28 percent from the field and 42 percent from the line.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they also had good balance up and down the lineup while beating Bunceton 76-41.
The Panthers, improving to 11-12 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA, outscored Bunceton in all four quarters and led by as much as 30 at the midway point in the third quarter.
Armontrout, however, said it wasn’t the start they wanted. “We finally started playing Prairie Home basketball in the second quarter,” Armontrout said. “We attacked the rim a lot tonight and got to the foul line. We have been playing some good basketball over the last four games and hope to continue that in our next game against Higbee.”
Although the Panthers finished the game with three players in double figures, they trailed twice in the first half after Rylee Knapheide hit a three to start the game for the Dragons. Meanwhile, after a strong surge by Prairie Home to lead by one at 10-9 after one, Bunceton came back with another three by Knapheide to give the Dragons the lead at 12-10 with 7:30 left in the half.
Bunceton never led again after that as Prairie Home went on a 19-2 run over the next five minutes to lead the Dragons by a score of 29-14 with 1:46 left. Sophomore Creed Flood and junior Wyatt Borghardt also combined for 16 of the team’s 22 points in the period as the Panthers doubled its scoring against Bunceton at the half 32-16.
Prairie Home scored in bunches after that with runs of eight straight twice and another seven in a row to lead Bunceton after three by a score of 61-27. The Panthers also had their best scoring quarter in the third with 29 points to lead by as much as 37.
Prairie Home also had plenty of scoring to go around in the third quarter, with Flood tossing in 12 and Ben Stock and Borghardt each with seven.
With a running clock in place to start the final period, Prairie Home picked up where they left off from the third quarter by outscoring Bunceton 15-14 to win the game by 35. Senior Dylon Custer, however, was the lone bright spot for the Dragons in the final period with four threes.
Bunceton coach Jacob Wickham said the boys had a really good first quarter, which seems to be the same story for every game.
“We just lost our composure and allowed Prairie Home to dictate the speed of the game,” Wickham said. “We went away from what was working for us, which was controlling the ball on the offensive end and taking the shots we wanted to take. Prairie Home made some good adjustments and we just didn’t handle them well.”
Flood wound up with 23 points to go along with his five rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead the Panthers. Ben Stock chipped in 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double. He also had three assists and one steal. Borghardt added 18 points along with four assists, three steals and two rebounds while Ross Kendrick had eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists, Austin Small with five points and three rebounds, Sage Eichenburch with two assists, one rebound and one steal and Colin Fair with one assist.
Prairie Home also finished the game hitting 32 of 63 shots for 51 percent and 11 of 16 from the foul line for 69 percent.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 0-21 on the season, Dylon Custer had 15, Blake Petsel nine, Brayden Dole seven, Rylee Knapheide six and David Knipp and Riley Layne each with two.
The Dragons also made good on 3 of 4 free throws for 75 percent.