The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams will play for another day after dropping its season opener Friday at Slater.
While the Lady Panthers fell to Slater by 27 at 61-34, the Prairie Home boys struggled even more to put the ball in the basket while dropping a 80-33 decision.
Prairie Home girls basketball coach Mark McLaughlin said the girls did compete hard against a team that was significantly improved from the video he watched from last year.
“I thought Maggie (Wood) and Kelsey (Watson) put up really solid offensive numbers,” McLaughlin said. “Maggie and Kelsey each had eight deflections to go with their stats while Kaelyn (Crews) added 13. “That’s the beginning of the rhythmic kind of defense that we want to play though our pressure was ineffective against this team. There’s no getting around that playing with five isn’t easy. Junior high ball in the fall was a good introduction to how you do that, but that situation means you go as hard as you can for as long as you can. We had five standing at the start and five standing at the end.”
Slater never trailed in the game against Prairie Home and led 11-5 after one, 25-9 at the half and 43-22 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, the Lady Wildcats outscored Prairie Home 13-12.
Abby Uhlich had 24 points and Jayleigh Perrig 10 for Slater.
For Prairie Home, Maggie Wood finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds and one steal. Kelsey Watson added 11 points, three rebounds and one steal while Kaelyn Crews had two points, two rebounds and one steal, Madison Bishop two points and two rebounds and Paiton Williams with one rebound and one steal.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they had a tougher task against a team that made it all the way to the quarterfinals last year. Slater seemed to have little drop off Friday while leading the Panthers 46-19 at the half and 71-30 after three quarters of play.
McLaughlin said this was a very tough opener against a team I’d expect to be in the Class 2 Final Four. “They are extremely athletic, big and strong and manhandled us physically,” McLaughlin said. “I tip my cap to Coach Yung and his team. Tough, skilled, disciplined and classy. If my team hadn’t given all they could, became timid, or gave up I’d feel worse about this game. We came out after a great preseason prep, had ducks in the row, and came out tough and threw the first punch. After a timeout, they punched back. Clayton got in extreme foul trouble and picked up a third foul and then a fourth when we’re trying to get a sub in for him. It’s the classic definition of everything that could go wrong did.”
Chandler Zydbel and Aden Campbell each had 17 for Slater while Keegan Zydbel added 16.
For Prairie Home, Kassen Lock had 10 points, five rebounds and one assist.
Blake Petsel finished the game with five points, four assists and three rebounds while Clayton Pethan added five points and four rebounds, Luke Stewart five points and one rebound, Blaine Petsel four points, three rebounds and one assist, Oliver Lock two points and Ty Stidham with six rebounds.