A poor second half doomed the Pratt Community College Beavers women’s basketball team on a pre-Thanksgiving road swing to Lamar (CO) a few weeks ago.
PCC was able to avenge that defeat Monday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, getting past the Lady ’Lopes 67-58 in the return match.
“We gave the game away to them last time,” PCC head coach Stephanie Thompson said. “It felt good to get a little revenge on them here at home.”
Lamar likes to play a 2-2-1 half-court trap. It gave the Beavers some trouble initially, but they made an adjustment and began taking the ball down the wings rather than the middle and it resulted in some good looks.
“We worked on that this week,“Thompson explained. “They want you to try to get the ball in the middle, so we attacked down the side instead. We still had too many turnovers, but overall we got the job done.”
Tatiana Grant and Hannah Mehl were effective finishers on the pressbreaker, combining for 20 points in the first half to lead the Beavers to a 35-27 advantage at the break. Grant scored buckets slashing to the hoop and Mehl hit several baseline jumpers.
The second half began with Lamar hitting some tough shots and Pratt going cold. At the 16:00 mark, the ’Lopes had knotted the score at 40.
Hayli Smith began to find the range for PCC though, and Grant and Mehl rediscovered their touch over the next several minutes. With 7:00 to go, the Lady Beavers had retaken the lead, 53-47.
Lamar made a late run, aided by some iffy charging calls against the Beavers. They would get back to within 3 with 3 minutes left on the clock, but then went into hack mode, trying to get the ball back by putting Pratt at the charity stripe. The Lady Beavers were up to the task, sinking most of their free throws down the stretch to hold off the Lady ’Lopes, 67-58.
“We started off the year shooting well from the line, but recently we’ve been having trouble there,” Thompson mentioned. “It was nice to see us get back to making them when we needed to.”
“I told the girls this game would come down to rebounding and free throws,” Thompson continued. “And it did,” The Beavers outrebounded Lamar 59-41 and outscored them from the stripe 22/33-12/21, which accounted for the margin of victory.
The win improves PCC to 8-3 on the year. The will travel to Allen County Wednesday for a double –header with the men. Game times will be 6 p.m. amd 8 p.m. The men and women each play twice more before the holidays.
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PCC 35 32 67
Lamar 27 31 58
Grant 5-1-3/4-16; Pendry 1-0-3/4-5; Smith 6-0-3/6-15;
Strobel 2-0-0-4; Broadwater 0-0-3/4-3; Mehl 7-0-4/6-18; Parks 0-0-2/2-2;