The Prairie Home boys and Bunceton girls basketball teams knew it had to come to an end sometime.
Unfortunately for the two teams, that time came Friday night in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament at Eldon as the Panthers fell to top-seeded Jamestown 74-37 while the Lady Dragons dropped a 72-46 decision against Higbee.
Prairie Home closed out the season at 15-12 overall but hung with the Eagles down by only six (13-7) after one and 34-18 at the break. The second half, however, was a different story as Jamestown dominated the Panthers with a 40-19 advantage to win the game by 37.
“I thought we played a good first half, it was the third quarter that hurt us,” Armontrout said. “They came out and we didn’t. Jamestown is a very good team and did what they had to do. I wish the outcome could have been different, but I know the guys played extremely hard.”
Garrett Wolfe had 21 and Trenton Barbour 19 for Jamestown.
For Prairie Home, Creed Flood and Kassen Lock each had 13 points. Lock also finished the game with three rebounds, two assists and one steal while Flood had two rebounds, one steal and one assist. Clayton Pethan clanked in four points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal while Blake Petsel added three points, two steals and two assists, Sage Eichenburch and John Fontana each with two and Luke Stewart with three rebounds and one assist.
Bunceton vs. Higbee
As for the Bunceton girls, they were also within striking distance against Higbee.
While beating the Lady Tigers during the regular season, Bunceton found itself trailing at the break against their CCAA rival by 11 at 28-17. The Lady Dragons also trailed at the end of three by 12 at 43-31. However in the fourth, Higbee exploded for 29 points while holding Bunceton to 15 to win the game by 26.
Bunceton coach Brian Emde said the girls got off to a slow start and struggled shooting it through the night. “We had foul trouble with Wieland and Moser fouling out and three others with four,” Emde said. “Lauren Wieland enjoyed her ninth double-double and her last five games were consecutive double-doubles.”
Grace Westfall led four players in double figures for Higbee with 21 points. Geocie Sager had 15 and Sam Nelson and Devin Clark each with 10.
For Bunceton, Lauren Wieland added 20 points and 18 rebounds to go along with four assists and two steals.
Taylor Burnett finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists while Chloe Moser added five points, five rebounds and one steal, Skyler Shuffield four points, seven rebounds and one assist, Madelynn Myers three points and two rebounds, Cara Bishop two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist and Emily Clevenger one point, six steals, three rebounds and three assists.