Kassen Lock scored a team-high 17 points, and teammates Blake Petsel and  Clayton Pethan added 14 each as the Prairie Home boys basketball team defeated Bevier 67-56 in the opening round of the Keytesville Tournament on Tuesday.
The Panthers, improving to 12-4 on the season, opened the first half with a 37-23 lead against Bevier but was outscored 33-30 in the final two periods.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin said the Panthers are now taking everybody’s best shot. “People are playing their best and forcing us to tough out wins,” McLaughlin said. “That’s great for us going into tournaments. Outstanding overall team game with a lot of balance and nice execution across the squad. Best of the year.”
In addition to scoring 17 points, Lock also finished the game with three rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Petsel added four assists, two rebounds and two steals to go along with his 14 points while Pethan had 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Ty Stidham also chipped in 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists while Luke Stewart added eight points, six rebounds and one assist and Blaine Petsel with four points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Kade Shaver had the high game for Bevier with 25 points.
Note: The Prairie Home girls fell to top-seeded Madison 82-29 in the opening round on Tuesday.