The Prairie Home boys basketball team will play for another day after beating Tuscumbia 69-55 in the opening round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament Thursday night in Eldon.
As for the Pilot Grove and Bunceton boys, they had their seasons cut short on Thursday with the Tigers losing to St. Elizabeth 67-57 and the Dragons fall to No. 1 Jamestown 97-22.
The Panthers, 15-11 on the season, will play the Eagles for the third time this season tonight in the semifinal round starting at 7 p.m.
In the only other games on Thursday, No. 3 Glasgow beat sixth-seeded Higbee 63-42. Glasgow will play St. Elizabeth in the second semifinal tonight starting at 8:30 p.m.
On the girls side of the bracket, No. 1 Glasgow will face fourth-seeded Tuscumbia at 4 p.m. while No. 6 Bunceton battled No. 7 Higbee at 5:30.
The Prairie Home boys led at the end of each quarter against Tuscumbia, taking a 14-10 lead after one and a 41-25 into the half. However in the second half, the Lions actually outscored Prairie Home 30-28 to cut the lead back to 14.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the guys played extremely hard. “We got some open looks and we made extra passes,” Armontrout said. “However, I thought we could have rebounded better. Overall, a win is a win, especially in district play. We’ll have a quick turnaround and play Jamestown on Friday.”
Kassie Lock led the scoring attack for Prairie Home with 28 points along with two rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Creed Flood finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals while Clayton Pethan added 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals, Blake Petsel four points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Luke Stewart four points and one rebound and Alex Rhode with two rebounds and one assist.
The Panthers also finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field and 68 percent from the foul line.
For Tuscumbia, Morgan Crane had 17 points.
St. Elizabeth vs. Pilot Grove
The Tigers gave St. Elizabeth everything they could handle and more in the first quarter while trailing by just two at 17-15.
However for the rest of the game, the Wildcats outscored Pilot Grove 50-42 to win the game by 10. St. Elizabeth also held a 22-8 in the second quarter.
The loss closed out Pilot Grove’s season at 3-20 overall.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys knew they had a tough task.
“We knew we could fight and pressure their guards in the second half to give ourselves a shot,” Skaggs said. “Our second quarter struggles led us into a hole that was tough to climb out of. However, we turned up the tempo in the third quarter and started to create turnovers and easy baskets for ourselves. We got all the way back to two possessions under two minutes, but we were gassed at that point and the tank was empty to push further. All I can really say that regardless of our wins and losses this year these guys have fought adversity all year with Cole Mize going down and continued to fight every night out. All in all other guys stepped up in his absence and found ways to contribute to our team. We are going to miss our three seniors and we wish the best to them in their next chapter.”
Ross Struemph had 19 points and Coltin Green 14 for St. Elizabeth.
For Pilot Grove, Bailey Quint had 19 points, Cole Meisenheimer 10, Cole Mize nine, Lucas Fahrendorf, Gavin Shepherd and Anderson Twenter six each and Ethan Williams with one.
Jamestown vs. Bunceton
The Bunceton Dragons had their season come to an end Thursday night against top-seeded Jamestown in the Class 1 District 9 Tournament at Eldon.
The Dragons, who closed out the season at 2-22 overall, trailed Jamestown 53-14 at the break and 85-18 after three quarters of play.
Jamestown improved to 23-2 on the season.
Bunceton coach Cass Keene said Jamestown was able to have success in their press and turned the Dragons over frequently before they were able to get into the half court. “We refused to execute our press breaker and looked lost against their 1-2-2 zone press,” Keene said. “When we were able to force missed shots Jamestown dominated the offensive glass. Jason Burnett came out shooting and had 8 of his 10 points in the first quarter.”
Austin Flippin had 21 points to lead all scorers for Jamestown while Garrett Wolfe and Cole Thiessen added 15 points each.
For Bunceton, Jason Burnett tossed in 10 points while Brayden Doyle added six, Hunter Shuffield and Lane Maddex two each and Dillon Alpers and Landon Petree each with one point.