Some nights the basket is the size of a thimble. At least, that’s what it looked like in the first half for the Pratt High School girls, who on Tuesday dropped a 60-42 decision to the 2A #10 ranked Sterling Black Bears on Senior Night at home.
In the first quarter, nothing would fall for the Lady Greenbacks. Lay-ups, jumpers, floaters, put-backs, set shots, free throws…You name it, the Frogs shot it; and it wouldn’t go in. Amazingly, they were only down 11-7 at the end of the period, but the drought continued in the second quarter for Pratt while Sterling began to find some traction.
Using pressure defense and furiously attacking the basket in Q2, the Black Bears forged a 28-14 cushion for themselves at the intermission.
After the break, Pratt continued to struggle offensively while Sterling was scoring like crazy from the free throw line. The Bears were 9/11 from the charity stripe in the third quarter alone.
The 4th quarter was even more foul-plagued as Sterling trooped to the foul line 15 times, converting 11.
“That’s just the way the game was being called,” PHS head coach Dean Rausch observed. “The kids just have to adjust, and we didn’t. Sterling is one of the CKL’s top teams at getting to the free throw line, and they took advantage of it again tonight.”
The prodigious whistle-blowing (a total of 61 foul shots were attempted in the game) took away any flow there might have been to the contest. If you like endless check-out lines or sitting in traffic jams, you might have enjoyed watching this game.
The rim loosened up a bit for Pratt in the 4th quarter—they outscored Sterling 19-16 in that stanza. But they could not overcome the hole they had previously dug for themselves, and fell by a 60-42 count,
PHS 7 7 9 19 42
STER 11 17 16 16 60
Bailey 5; Hook 2; Becker 10; Tilley 1; Ramos 3; Olson 4; Hoeme 12; Maydew 5