The Pratt Community College mens’ and womens’ basketball teams both moved to 3-0 on the young season with a sweep of Hesston College Tuesday night.
The Lady Beavers got the evening’s proceedings off to a good start with a 71-65 overtime victory. The men followed up with a solid 68-52 win over the Larks.
The Lady Larks were 2-0 and came in averaging 85 points per game.
The first half was a little sloppy back and forth, the officials making their presence known with lots of whistles.
The Beavers managed to take a slim 33-31 lead to the break despite three of the starters being in foul trouble.
“In the second half, Pratt did a better job of getting ball inside to get easy looks with their height advantage,” said Taylor High, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach. “Unfortunately the Beavers continued to turn the ball over too much though, and could not convert on some of those easy looks letting Hesston hang around.”
With the game tied 62 all in the last minute, both teams had multiple chances to pull ahead but couldn’t finish, forcing overtime.
The Larks jumped out to a 3 point lead in OT, but the Beavers defense held Hesston scoreless over the final two minutes.
The Beaver offense attacked inside time and again and the Larks resorted to fouling to try to stop them. PCC went 9-11 from the charity stripe to get a hard fought 71-65 win.
Maddie Pendry led the Beaver’s attack once more with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Tatiana Grant added 15 points and 9 rebounds of her own.
In the nightcap, the tone was set on the game’s initial possession with PCC getting on the scoreboard first courtesy of a Lucas Stivrins dunk.
Hesston boasts a couple of the leading scorers in Division 2, but aggressive Beaver defense held the Larks offense in check for most of the game.
PCC head coach Jesse Shaw said, “The guys clamped down defensively, holding Hesston to 52 points. That helped us weather a poor shooting night and allowed us to ride home with the girls in a good mood at 3-0.”
Aaron Abram led the Beavers in scoring with 19 and also had 7 rebounds.
Daylin Thomas chipped in 12 points and 4 rebounds. Kazmere Boyd added 11 points and 4 boards.
Lucas Stivrins scored 11 to go with 5 rebounds. Stivrins also was able to use his length to establish control of the lane area, blocking shots and intimidating Larks who ventured into the paint.
Javis Flynn turned in another solid performance with 9 points, 3 boards, 4 assists and 6 steals. “He controlled the game from 3 point line to 3 point line,” observed Shaw.
Page 2 of 2 - The home opener for both squads is Saturday. The women will take on Bethany while the men will face off against Northern Oklahoma. Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, 6 &8.