The Prairie Home boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday night at home by beating Community R-6 by a score of 62-40.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they fell to Community R-6 by a score of 65-12.
The Prairie Home boys, 1-2 on the season, outscored Community R-6 in three out of the four quarters of play and led 29-12 at the half and 37-24 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Panthers held a 25-16 advantage.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin said the boys played an outstanding overall game. “The defensive effort was stellar, and we played with the fluid flow that will distinquish our really good nights,” McLaughlin said. “I was really impressed with Clayton’s overall game, essentially taking it over with 19 second half points. Blaine, Kassen and Blake all stepped up tremendously with production, great handling decisions, and the pace they created. We learned the value of humility in our first two games, and demonstrated the value of hard work, focus and sticking to the gameplan in this game. Community is a good team that I believe we will see again down the road.”
Clayton Pethan finished the game with a double-double for Prairie Home with 26 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five steals and four assists.
Blaine Petsel finished the game with 13 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal while Kassen Lock had 12 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, Blake Petsel six points, five assists and two steals, Ty Stidham three points, four rebounds and one steal and Luke Stewart with two points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Community R-6 was led by Evan Hartsock with 12 points.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they had a horrendous start against Community R-6 while trailing 41-3 at the break and 61-9 after three quarters of play.
McLaughlin said Community R-VI is a state level girls team.  
“Coach Curtis is 11 or 12 years into a consistently excellent program,” McLaughlin said. “Our girls struggled mightily with their defensive intensity and simply couldn’t match up with them.  In the later stages of the game, I saw some flashes-Madison, Kaelyn and Paiton continue to develop aspects of the game that don’t always show up in the boxscore.  Maggie and Kelsey are very sound players who took a lot on their shoulders last night. The prescription for our team is to get everyone in the gym for practice consistently the next two to three weeks, and our results will improve.”
Natalie Thomas had 16 and Deann Brooks 12 to lead Community R-6.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 0-3, Maggie Wood had five points, three rebounds and two steals. Kelsey Watson chipped in four points, one rebound and one steal while Madison Bishop added three points, five rebounds and two steals and Paiton Williams and Kaelyn Crews each with four rebounds and one steal.