If you were wondering where the offense was going to come from this year for the Pratt High School Greenbacks, you’re still wondering that—as the Greenbacks dropped their season opener on Friday to Andale 44-24.
If you were wondering where the offense was going to come from this year for the Pratt High School Greenbacks, you’re still wondering that—as the Greenbacks dropped their season opener on Friday to Andale 44-24. It’s not that the Greenbacks couldn’t play with the #2 ranked in 4AII Indians. Had a few shots fallen for the Frogs, the game would have been much, much closer. Pratt battled the bigger, more experienced Andales all night, but things just would not go the Greenbacks way. The Greenbacks started slowly on offense, only putting up 14 points in the first half. Meanwhile, Andale was working the ball inside to their bigs, for which Pratt really had no answer. Using their height advantage, Andale forged a 26-14 lead at the break. Andale benefited from sinking 14/17 free throws in the first half as well. As cold as Pratt was in the first half, they were even colder in the second half. At times it appeared as though Andale was experimenting with undersized rims in their gym. The ball didn’t seem to be able to fit through it— for either team. Pratt only scored 10 points in the second half, but Andale only scored 18 themselves. Andale was able to claim a 44-24 win, but neither team was exactly lighting it up. Part of that was that both teams were playing good defense, of course. “Defensively, we couldn’t have played much better,” PHS coach David Swank observed. “We battled, we competed. If you told me before the game we would hold Andale to 44, I’d have taken that.” “Offensively, we had decent shots, they just didn’t go in,” Swank continued. “We didn’t finish, we didn’t attack aggressively. It will come, it’ll just take some time.” Despite the loss, Swank felt there had been some positives. “We got good shots against a good team,” he concluded. “We didn’t take bad shots, we didn’t turn the ball over.” Scoring: Shumway 4, Ruckle 3, Kohman 6, Sullivan 7, Barnard 4