Layne Brandes had the game to remember Thursday night on the road against the New Bloomfield Wildcats.
Aside from Prairie Home beating New Bloomfield 32-28, Brandes also finished the game with a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three rebounds and one assist.
Of course the win didn’t come easy for the Panthers, who trailed 16-13 at the half and 28-23 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 10-6 advantage in the final period.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin said this was the boys best game.
“We got off to a great start, but their physicality and size threw us off stride after that good start,” McLaughlin said. “We were up 10-2 and then trailed 16-13 at half.  The boys chipped away in the second half, were down six a good part of the second half, then tied it and went ahead on a quick flurry with about three minutes to go.  They played smart in nursing the lead, avoiding fouls and getting stops down the stretch.  Layne hit two big free throws down the stretch to stretch our lead to four.  Landon had another outstanding overall game with points, rebounds, and steals, and his emergence over the last three games has given us another strong element.  Tripp was very good inside and out, is really settling into playing a good inside-out game.  Dakota contributed strongly again with steals and rebounds.  Layne at 14 points,  and 11-steals was huge.  Our team made it’s biggest stride of the season in playing against a bigger, stronger team and did the smart basketball things you need to do to win.”
Tripp Kendrick finished the game with nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist for Prairie Home, who improved to 4-8, while Landon Case had seven points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals, Grant Milne with two points and three rebounds and Dakota Kuester with six rebounds and three steals.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they fell on the road against New Bloomfield 26-11.
The Lady Panthers, dropping to 5-8 on the season, trailed New Bloomfield 11-3 at the half and then were outscored 15-8 in the second half.
McLaughlin said New Bloomfield was a strong, physical team.  “They defeated Tuscumbia 39-13 and Tuscumbia beat us 31-24, so on paper, we held a little tougher on the defensive end and that gave us a chance,” McLaughlin said. “Foul issues made it difficult for us to exert the level of pressure I would have liked.  Offensively, we struggled with all the bumping, hand checking and shoving. The kids never quit however, so that was a positive.”
Madison Brown had the high game for Prairie Home with nine points along with four rebounds and two steals.
Kelcy Mullett finished the game with two points and four rebounds while Kate Crews had two rebounds and Aubree Hedgpath with one rebound and one steal.