The Prairie Home boys basketball team continued its string of six straight wins Monday night on the road by beating the Russellville Indians 59-39.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they fell against Russellville 68-22.
The Panthers, 6-2 on the season, finished the game with seven players in the scoring column and led Russellville 22-5 after one, 41-13 at the half and 52-25 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Russellville outscored Prairie Home 14-7.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin pointed to a gradually growing level of confidence, smothering defense and sound ball management for the continuation of the winning streak. “The kids are in a nice groove right now, and we’ll turn in practice to the development of depth, working on some technical things we can improve, and keep the train rolling,” McLaughlin said. "The growth of the team this season has been gradual, but you feel it building.  They stay humble, they work hard, they don't yip and talk trash, they just do their thing play by play and night by night.  They have won 21 of their last 24 quarters, and have handled a lot of different things other teams threw at them to throw  them off.  They have been resilient, and adapted."
"Blake Petsel sets the table for everyone else to really score and succeed.  He is an ultimate enhancer, and under ultimate control.  Kassen and Clayton are just two outstanding players ---they could do it on their own every night, but they take a lot of joy in  making other people look good.  Blaine, Luke and Ty are three guys who are great role players --- They come up with huge plays that are worth 5 or 6 points in the scheme of the court."
Junior Kassen Lock is definitely rolling. After putting up 24 points Saturday in the championship in the Tiger Classic in Pilot Grove, Lock had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal in the win over Russellville.
Clayton Pethan finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists while Blaine Petsel added 10 points and one assist, Blake Petsel with nine points, four steals, three assists and one rebound, Ty Stidham five points and two rebounds, Luke Stewart two points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist, Oliver Lock two points and one steal, Colton Searles with one rebound and one steal and Gabe Turner with one rebound.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they trailed Russellville 28-4 after one, 39-14 at the half and 64-14 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, the Lady Panthers outscored Russellville 8-4.
McLaughlin said the kids really struggled in these matchups tonight. “I felt that our effort was ok and improved through the game, but it was a tough challenge against a really fine, deep, established team,” McLaughlin said. Ashlyn Twenter met the physicality level and waded in and fought back. She never quit, and this was really encouraging to me.”
Chyan Wilkes had 22 points to lead all scorers for Russellville while Allison Schrimf and Jayla Volkart chipped in 12 points each.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-7, Maggie Wood had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals. Ashlyn Twenter finished the game with six points and three rebounds while Kelsey Watson added four points and one steal, Paiton Williams two points and three rebounds, Kaelyn Crews two rebounds and two steals and Madison Bishop with two rebounds and one steal.