The Emmanuel Adigun era in Pratt High girls basketball began with a win Friday night against highly regarded Andale. Lady Green took control of the game in the second quarter and eventually pulled away for a 57-42 victory over the home-standing Indians.
PHS began the game a little tight. The first quarter saw the Greenbacks a step slow on defense as Andale attacked their pressure pretty effectively. Pratt was frequently making turnovers when they had the ball. Andale’s dribble penetration was getting them to the foul line.
Luckily, the Lady Indians were not making their free throws— a factor that never improved for Andale, as they only converted 52% of their chances from the charity stripe on the evening. Also, Stonie Flemming hit a couple of treys for Pratt and so Lady Green only trailed 15-12 at the end of the first frame despite not having played particularly well.
Luckily, the jitters only lasted one quarter. “I told the girls to just relax and have fun,” Coach Adigun said. And have fun they did in the second quarter, as Bre Becker hit a three to get things started, and then Hailey Hook followed with two more to give Pratt the lead 21-15 at the 5:40 mark over the stunned Indians. At halftime, Pratt was up 30-23.
The second half saw Pratt extend its lead, and as they did so, Andale appeared to go into desperation mode. Andale was ranked #6 pre-season in 4AII, but dropped their opener to Winfield. The prospect of starting the season 0-2 after such lofty expectations seemed to create a sense, not of urgency, but of panic in the Lady Indians. Their offense increasingly lost patience as the game progressed.
The Greenbacks were able to get their offense clicking in the second half, especially inside. “We know many teams are going to try to pack it in on Jenson (Maydew),” Coach Adigun explained. “When we started hitting from outside it loosened everything up for everybody in our offense.”
It was a good team win as Lady Green had exceptionally balanced scoring. Bre Becker and Hailey Hook had 11, Jenson Maydew 10, Stonie Flemming 9 and Amy Olson and Paige Bailey 8 apiece.
“The girls showed great balance, camaraderie and togetherness,” Adigun concluded. “They did a terrific job of sharing the ball. I was very proud of them.”