From the outset, the Lady Greenbacks were all over visiting Hays like a monkey on an orange. Racing out to a demoralizing 26-2 1st quarter lead, the Pratt High girls’ basketball team breezed to a 70-29 win against the overmatched Indians.
From the opening possession— on which Jenson Maydew tossed in a 3-ball off an in-bounds play, it was apparent that Lady Green had a better idea of what they were doing and why than did the Lady Indians. “We played well,” evaluated PHS head coach Emmanuel Adigun. “The things we DO well, we DID well.”
Those things are pressure defense and balanced scoring. If the Lady Frogs are doing both those things well, they are a load. Tuesday night, they were a load. In the first quarter, Hays was having trouble getting the ball into the half-court against the swarming Greenbacks, let alone generating any kind of offense. The Lady Indians managed but a pair of lonely free throws in Q1.
Meanwhile, Paige Bailey was running wild in transition, scoring 4 baskets. Maydew added another 3 and a field goal. Bre Becker, Amy Olson and Kelsey Smith-Potter each connected for 2 and Stonie Flemming dropped in a 3-pointer and a free throw. It was 26-2 after the first 8 minutes.
In the second quarter, PHS had a slight letdown—allowing 13 points to Hays. “We had a few defensive breakdowns,” Adigun pointed out. “We had some undisciplined play for a few minutes. We need to learn to not be satisfied unless we play a complete 32 minutes.” But not to worry. Pratt scored 18 themselves in that stanza and lengthened their lead to 44-15 at the break.
Q3 was more of the same as Hailey Hook paced Pratt with 9 points. Q4 went by quickly with reserves like Samaria Kohman, Bailey Batman, Hannah Coates and Sydney Stivers getting some minutes. “We got good effort from the bench,” said Coach Adigun. At the end it was 70-29 Pratt, and Hays High was glad it was over.
One of PHS’ strengths is scoring balance, and this game was evidence of that. “We have a bunch of girls who are out to help each other succeed,” Adigun explained. “That makes us hard to game-plan against.” PHS has 6 girls averaging over 6 ppg, which makes it tough on opposing coaches.
PHS faces a difficult opponent Friday when 2A #1 ranked Hillsboro comes to town.
Pratt 26 18 21 5 70
Hays 2 13 10 4 29
Paige Bailey 12, Haylie Hook 13, Becker 8, Coates 2, Flemming 7, Olson 8, Smith-Potter 3, Jenson Maydew 17