Tenacious defense and opportunistic offense lifted the Pratt High School Lady Greenbacks to their second win of the season, a 48-16 domination of Kingman.
The Frogs forged a 13-3 1st quarter lead. Freshman guard Breann Becker got the starting nod and responded by hitting a jumper to give Pratt the early lead. That seemed to give Pratt confidence and Payton Hoeme and Jenson Maydew combined for 11 more points in the quarter. Maydew’s ‘and-one’ and Hoeme’s lay-up in transition at the buzzer keyed the Greenback blitz.
In the second quarter, the Greenbacks emphasized working the ball inside where they had a height advantage. Hoeme and Maydew canned 13 points between them in the stanza. As Kingman sagged to try to take away the middle, Becker and Stonie Flemming hit treys to keep the Kingmans honest.
While the Greenback offense was scoring in a variety of ways, perhaps the larger story was the defense. The Pratt bigs swatted away numerous Eagle shots in the lane, and even better, the blocks were accomplished without fouling. “Payton really altered their interior shots tonight,” head coach Dean Rausch said. “Kingman couldn’t get anything up inside the paint.” Perimeter defense was also stellar, as evidenced by plays like Amy Olson getting a 5 second count on her girl.
The result was that Kingman could only manage 7 points before the break, and PHS had a 37-7 lead heading for the locker room. “The defense was stingy tonight,” Rausch reiterated. “The girls did a good job.”
After the intermission, Becker kept the Pratt offense going with 7 points and Paige Bailey added a bucket. The defense continued to frustrate Kingman, and as the second half wore on, the Kingman players were getting visibly upset at their inability to solve the Greenback pressure. The 4th quarter featured a running clock with the huge Pratt advantage on the scoreboard, and the game ended with Pratt on top, 48-16.
Coach Rausch was pleased with his team’s balanced scoring. “That’s the first time this year we’ve had three girls in double figures (Becker, Hoeme, Maydew),” he said. “That’s going to be one of our goals over the Christmas break is to continue to improve our ability to spread the scoring around.” One more bit of pre-holiday business remains as the Greenbacks travel to Hays on Thursday to take on the 3-2 Lady Indians.
Pratt 13 22 9 4 48
King 3 4 3 6 16
Bailey 2-0-0/1-4; Breann Becker 2-2-2/2-12; Tilley 1-0-1/2-3; Flemming 0-1-0-3; Hoeme 7-0-0-14; Maydew 5-0-2/4-12
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