The Prairie Home girls basketball team did everything possible to keep up with the Sturgeon Bulldogs on Tuesday.
Although Sturgeon’s team doubled Prairie Home’s in numbers, the Lady Panthers hung tough for about a quarter and a half before bowing out by a score of 73-41.
“I thought the girls played with a lot more energy tonight and looked better even though the score doesn’t reflect it,” said Prairie Home coach Shelly Rex.
Despite being outscored in all four quarters, Prairie Home trailed by just 13 (33-20) at the half against the Lady Bulldogs. However, in the second half, Sturgeon began to wear down the Lady Panthers with their inside game and pressure defense by outscoring Prairie Home 40-21 to win the game by 32.
Emma Bright had 23 points and Jahna Burris 21 to lead all scorers for Sturgeon.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 2-17 on the season, Kelsey Watson had her best game of the season with 18 points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists.
Maggie Wood finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist while Ashlynn Twenter added six points, three rebounds and two assists, Paiton Williams four points, eight rebounds, eight steals and two assists, Madison Bishop two points, three rebounds and three steals, Savana Tracy two points and one assist and Kaelyn Crews with one point, three rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Sturgeon (B) 66
Prairie Home 50
Kenny Stone led four players in double figures with 17 points and Sturgeon outscored Prairie Home in three out of the four quarters of play Tuesday night in Prairie Home.
The Panthers, dropping to 12-7 overall, trailed Sturgeon 20-10 after one, 31-24 at the half and 40-32 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Sturgeon held a 26-18 advantage.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin said the guys played a very good game against a team that beat them by 35 in January 2nd and cut that down to 16.
“I think Sturgeon is better and it respresented their 10th straight win,” McLaughlin said. “Rounding into tournament form. I appreciate the effort our guys fought with, made one major run to cut the lead from 30-15 early in the second to 31-24 by halftime. That was important. We got nice production from Blaine tonight with 12 to go with Kassen’s 15 and Clayton’s 14 point nights. While we didn’t get the win, I feel we got some good experience out of this game and continue to learn about ourselves, even 19 games in.”
Jacob Brooks had 14, Logan Flashpohler 12 and Jake Snider with 11 for Sturgeon.
For Prairie Home, Kassen Lock had 15 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist. Clayton Pethan finished the game with 14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists while Blaine Petsel added 12 points, two rebounds and one assist, Blake Petsel five points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal, Luke Stewart four points, five rebounds and one steal and Ty Stidham with four rebounds, three assists and one steal.