The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams pulled off the sweep Friday night at home by beating Northwest of Hughesville by the scores of 60-23 and 42-29, respectively.
The Lady Panthers, 1-3 on the season, trailed Northwest 11-7 after first period’s end but rallied back with a 35-18 advantage for the rest of the game.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin said this game was a good stepping stone for the girls.
“Kelsey and Maggie’s overall personal demonstrates what good defensive pressure, hustle and anticipation can create for you,” McLaughlin said. “The two between them had 16 steals, 26 points and eight steals. Paiton Williams moved to the wing and introduced herself to varsity basketball with a 10 point, five rebounds, two steals and two assists night. She is improving by leaps and bounds. Kaelyn and Madison did a great job defensively, and moved the ball in and out of the high post against the zone and put it on the hands of scorers. I was really proud of how the kids responded to starting behind, and then just putting a complete game together, handling a run from them and separating at the end. It’s an excellent game to build on.”
Kelsey Watson had a double-double for Prairie Home with 13 points and 11 steals to go along with three rebounds and two assists.
Maggie Wood finished the game with 13 points, eight rebounds, six steals and six assists while Paiton Williams added 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, Kaelyn Crews six points, two rebounds and one steal and Madison Bishop with five rebounds.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they led Northwest 35-15 at the half and then outscored the Mustangs 25-8 in the second half.
McLaughlin said this game was a great game in several respects. “Outstanding scoring balance and conversion from rebounds and steals to transition scoring, the kind of smothering defense that makes up for whatever we give away in lack of size, and an ability to resist extreme physicality by an opponent until we imposed our will and broke theirs,” McLaughlin said. “We put a 41-13 run together in the last three quarters and scored 15 “kills”-when you stop an opponent on three straight possessions. To guard and have your opponent come up empty 45 times is remarkable for any team and I want that to be part of our identity that we can stop anyone.”
Kassen Lock led three players in double figures for Prairie Home with 15 points, three steals, two assists and one rebound. Clayton Pethan had a triple double with 14 points, 10 rebound and 10 assists. Luke Stewart added 11 points and eight rebounds while Blake Petsel chipped in nine points, four steals and two assists, Blaine Petsel seven points and six rebounds, Ty Stidham three points, three rebounds and two assists and Ryan Small with one point.
In the JV game, Prairie Home defeated Northwest 41-30.
Oliver Lock had 13 points to lead the Panthers while Mason Wells and Colton Searles added five points each and Mason Wells and Jordan Johnson each with two points.
Prairie Home’s JV led Northwest 27-19 at the half.