After a close first quarter Monday night in the opening round of the 58th annual Keytesville Tournament, the No. 4 Prairie Home Lady Panthers took matters into their own hands against fifth-seeded Bunceton.
With a lineup of only five girls, the Lady Panthers outscored Bunceton in every quarter for a convincing 57-38 victory.
In other games on Monday, the No. 2 Prairie Home boys upended Norborne 58-40 while the No. 1 Southwest boys defeated Bunceton 83-31. The Southwest girls, also a No. 1 seed, beat Keytesville 67-22.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with Norborne girls playing Brunswick at 4:30 p.m., followed by Brunswick boys versus Bevier at 5:45, Higbee girls versus Bevier at 7 and Keytesville boys versus Higbee at 8:15.
The Lady Panthers, improving to 8-8 on the season, led Bunceton by only one (14-13) after first period’s end before outscoring the Dragons 43-25 for the rest of the game. Prairie Home opened the first half with a 29-20 lead.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the girls got off to a slow start and then settled down and began to work the ball.
“I thought we looked for our shot earlier in the game and then settled for jump shots,” Armontrout said. “Defensively, we did pretty well on the Moser girl and double teamed her and made her give it up. I felt like we really played the second and third quarters well. We were very balanced tonight. Everyone who scored was in double figures. We’ll have a tough test on Thursday against the No. 2 team in the state in Class 1.”
Kourtney Kendrick led the Lady Panthers with 21 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double. She also finished the game with a team-high five steals.
Ashlyn Twenter added 16 points, four rebounds and one steal while Maggie Wood added 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals, Kelsey Watson 10 points, three rebounds and three steals and Jerzee Cantrell with four rebounds and one steal.
Prairie Home also hit on 13 of 23 shots from the foul line for 57 percent.
As for Bunceton, who dropped to 6-10 on the season, Lauren Wieland had 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Skyler Shuffield finished the game with 10 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one assist while Taylor Burnett added nine points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals, Chloe Moser three points, 10 rebounds and one steal, Cara Bishop two points and three rebounds and Jenna Kahle with one point.
Bunceton coach Brian Emde said the girls had a poor shooting night while converting on only 18 percent of their shots as well as missing 15 free throws. “Skyler Shuffield did a good job scoring her second double-double of the year with 10 points and 12 boards,” Emde said.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they led Norborne from the opening tip and took a 31-20 lead at the half and a 41-30 advantage after three. The Panthers also outscored Norborne 17-10 in the final period.
Armontrout said the boys had a fast start to the game but doesn’t know what happened in the next three quarters. “We quit playing,” Armontrout said. “We talk about being more consistent, but that wasn’t the case tonight. Norborne was not very good and we let them back into the game.”
Creed Flood led a balanced attack for Prairie Home, who improved to 10-7 on the season, with 26 points along with 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Clayton Pethan finished the game with 18 points, nine rebounds, four steals and four assists while Luke Stewart added four points, three rebounds and one steal, Kassen Lock two points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists, Alex Rhode two points and five rebounds, Blake Petsel two points, one steal and one assist and Ty Stidham and John Fontana each with two points and one rebound.
The Panthers also hit on 25 of 46 shots from the field for 54 percent and 7 of 12 from the foul line for 58 percent.
For Norborne, Coats had 17 points.