It was the best of quarters, it was the worst of quarters.
The final score of the game did not tell the full story Friday night, as the Pratt High girls basketball team slipped out of Kingman with a 46-42 win.
It was the best of quarters, it was the worst of quarters. The final score of the game did not tell the full story Friday night, as the Pratt High girls basketball team slipped out of Kingman with a 46-42 win. A look at the final tally might lead one to think the game was close throughout, but it was not. Pratt rode a nearly flawless 3rd quarter to open up a 15-point lead heading into the 4th quarter. The final stanza was dreadful, however, and Lady Green almost let the game slip away— but they did hang on to post their third win of the season against only one defeat. Early on, both teams looked as though they hadn’t played a game in a couple of weeks, maybe been off for the holidays or something. The first quarter was marred by turnovers and inaccurate shooting from all hands. Paige Bailey was able to get 3 baskets in transition to pace Lady Green in Q1. Jenson Maydew added 4 points. Defensive pressure was at times effective for PHS, but they also gave up some easy baskets. Luckily, Kingman missed several ducks and cripples, and PHS took a 10-6 lead after Q1. The teams played fairly evenly in Q2, with Pratt getting just a little bit the better of it and heading to the halftime locker room up 21-15. In the third period, the Greenbacks matched their point total from the entire first half— tossing in an impressive 21 points. Maydew hit the first 7 for Pratt. Kelsey Smith-Potter and Bailey each chipped in 5 points, and Bre Becker and Amy Olson each added a pair. With the fast break offense in high gear, and leading 42-27, Pratt looked poised to dominate or at least coast in the final frame. But it didn’t turn out that way. Pratt went into a patient offense, taking time off the clock with every possession. The only problem was, they missed their shots when they finally took them. Kingman began to find the range and with 1:18 to play, they had narrowed the deficit to 44-37. All Pratt had to do was make free throws down the stretch to maintain a comfortable lead, but free throws weren’t falling for the Lady Frogs on this night— and things got interesting. When time ran out, Kingman had closed to within 4 at 46-42, but Pratt had done just enough in the 4th quarter to hold on for the win. PHS will face Hays Tuesday night at home. Paige Bailey 15, Jenson Maydew 12, Becker 9, Flemming 3, Olson 2, Smith-Potter 5