Prairie Home Panthers basketball coach Dalton Armontrout said Saturday’s 72-52 win over Keytesville in the third place game of the Keytesville Tournament was a good bounce back win from its overtime loss last week against Brunswick.
Although the Panthers showed little if any fall off from the narrow loss to Brunswick, senior Creed Flood pointed out before the game to hang around and watch the show.
As it turned out, Flood delivered on his message while finishing with 38 points and 17 rebounds along with three steals and three assists.
“We didn’t play that great in the first half,” Armontrout said. “We played a much better second half. Offensively, I thought the guys passed up open shots and tried to force a lot. Defensively, I wasn’t real impressed. We got beat back a couple of times and let guys go down the middle of the lane and hit a layup. We also had a couple of times where we gave up the baseline for an easy layup. Only a couple of weeks until districts start so we have to do a better job on defense if we want to take that next step.”
The Panthers will find out in the next-two games with a road game at Higbee on Thursday, Feb. 1st and a game at Salisbury on Friday, Feb. 2nd.
As for the game against Keytesville, the Panthers pretty much controlled the game from the opening tip while leading the Tigers 17-9 after first period’s end and 28-21 at the break.
Flood also had 12 of the team’s 17 points in the opening period, which included four of the five to closeout the quarter.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Prairie Home also finished the first eight minutes by hitting 7 of 14 shots from the field for 50 percent.
But that all changed in the second quarter as Keytesville rallied back with six straight during a minute and a half stretch to cut the lead to five at 24-19.
The Tigers never got any closer in the quarter as Prairie Home came back and outscored Keytesville 4-2 to lead at the half by seven.
Flood finished the first half with 20 of the team’s 28 points.
In the second half, Prairie Home again outscored Keytesville 20-16 to lead by 11 at 48-37. And once again, Flood led the way for the Panthers with 12 of the team’s 20 points in the period, which included a shot at the buzzer near the half-court line.
The fourth quarter was pretty much all Prairie Home. While holding a 24-15 advantage in the period, the Panthers also put together a 9-0 run during a two minute stretch to extend the lead to 20 at 63-43 with 2:52 left.
Prairie Home also reeled off six straight after that to up the lead to 24 at 69-45 with 1:22 remaining. Meanwhile, with a sizeable lead and a little over a minute left to play, Armontrout emptied his bench to finish out the game.
Clayton Pethan finished the game with nine points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and three steals while Alex Rhode added eight points, two assists and one rebound, Kassen Lock seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists, Blake Petsel three points, one rebound and one assist, Ty Stidham two points, two assists and one rebound and Luke Stewart with two points and one steals.
The Panthers also finished the game shooting 46 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line.
Evan Craig had 22 points for Keytesville.