The Pratt High School girls basketball team chalked up another convincing win Friday night at home, downing the Smoky Valley Lady Vikings 47-15.
Both teams played well defensively in the early going. Pratt led 10-3 after 1 quarter on the strength of 6 Payton Hoeme points and 4 free throws from Jenson Maydew. The Vikings had some looks at the basket, but their shots were not going in.
The defenses dominated again in the second quarter, Smoky Valley again only managing 3 points while Pratt put up 7. Breann Becker had a bucket and a free throw, Stonie Flemming canned a couple from the charity stripe and Hoeme added another basket to account for PHS’ scoring. It was 17-6 at intermission.
The 3rd quarter was huge for Pratt as they began to pound the ball inside to Hoeme, who responded by putting in 12 points in the frame. “Smoky Valley went to a zone,” Greenback head coach Dean Rausch explained. “Jenson (Maydew) was on the wing and did a great job of feeding it inside to Payton.”
“It was what we’ve been waiting for out of Payton,” Rausch continued. “A real break-out game.” Hoeme ended the night with a game-high 20 points.
Five other Lady Frogs scored a bucket each in the big 3rd quarter, as Pratt’s girls shared the ball when they weren’t getting it inside to Hoeme. Whitney Tilley, Amy Olson, Maydew, Flemming and Becker all got in on the action. It was 39-14 PHS going into the final period.
Paige Bailey paced the Greenbacks in Q4 with 4 points. Tilley added another hoop and Kelsi Potter-Smith scored as well. The Smokies only managed 1 point in the final frame and so Pratt expended their big lead even farther. The contest ended with Pratt on top 47-15.
Pratt’s girls have now won 4 of their last 5 games in raising their record to 5-4. In three of those games, they have held their opponents to under 20 points.
The Lady Greenbacks are off until next Friday January 18 when they travel to Macksville to take on the Lady Mustangs. With just girls games that night, times are 6 and 7:30 p.m.
PRATT 10 7 22 8 47
SMOKY 3 3 8 1 15
Bailey 1-0-2/5-4; Becker 2-0-1/2-5; Tilley 2-0-0-4; Flemming 1-0-2/3-4; Olson 1-0-0-2; Payton Hoeme 9-0-2/2-20; Potter-Smith 1-0-0-2; Maydew 1-0-4/4-6