The Prairie Home Lady Panthers basketball team could have easily packed its bags after trailing by 16 in the third quarter.
Instead, the Lady Panthers battled back to cut the lead to four in the final period before running out of gas to suffer a 50-38 loss.
With the district tournament set to start next week in Pilot Grove, the Lady Panthers will go in as the No. 6 seed at 2-20 overall. The loss against Jamestown was also the final game of the regular season for Prairie Home, who finished 0-4 in the CCAA conference.
Prairie Home coach Trever Huth, who was standing in for head coach Shelly Rex, said after trailing by just four after the first quarter the girls came out in the second a little slow but then fought hard to comeback.
“I thought the girls played well but there was just times in the game where we got a little lazy on defense,” Huth said. “They had a good dribble drive penetration. Give Jamestown credit, they played hard all four quarters and that is just something as Prairie Home that we need to improve on. Other than that, offensively there times where we cut to the basket and shot well and moved the ball. Overall the girls did well but we just came up short.”
The Lady Panthers were definitely short on shots in the first half. Although the first quarter showed Prairie Home trailing by just four at 9-5, the second quarter was pretty much the nail in the coffin as Jamestown came out and reeled off 16 straight during a five minute stretch to extend the lead to 12 at 21-9.
The Lady Eagles wound up outscoring Prairie Home 20-6 in the second quarter to lead by a score of 25-15 at the half. However it was more the Lady Panthers own doing in the period while hitting just 2 of 10 shots from the field for 20 percent
For the half, Prairie Home converted on just 5 of 21 shots for 24 percent.
The third quarter was a little better for the Lady Panthers. Jamestown still won the battle with a 13-11 advantage to lead by 12 at 38-26. But that all changed in a matter of minutes in the final period as Prairie Home got back to back threes from Maggie Wood and Kelsey Watson to cut the lead to six at 38-32 with 6:27 left. Then, after another round of threes-one by Jamestown and one by Prairie Home-the Lady Eagles closed out the game with a 9-3 run over the final four minutes to win by double digits.
Huth said the girls just ran out of gas late in the fourth quarter. “I think that’s probably part of it but sometimes our girls kind of give up to be honest,” Huth said. “It’s just effort on our part. If we give effort like they did all four quarters I think that game would have been real close.”
Blake Scholl had the team high for Jamestown with 14 points while Chaine Harlan chipped in 11.
For Prairie Home, Maggie Wood finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist. Kelsey Watson tallied eight points, five steals, four assists and two rebounds while Ashlyn Twenter added six points and 10 rebounds and Paiton Williams with three points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Lady Panthers also finished the game, hitting 11 of 37 shots from the field for 30 percent and 6 of 8 from the foul line for 75 percent.