The Lady Vikings came away with a 47-42 upset win over the visiting Lady Greenbacks Friday night in Lindsborg.
There are no gimmes in the CKL, especially on the road. Most people were probably expecting the Pratt High girls basketball team to have a fairly easy win over previously winless Smoky Valley. Problem is, apparently nobody told the Smoky Valley girls they were supposed to lose. The Lady Vikings came away with a 47-42 upset win over the visiting Lady Greenbacks Friday night in Lindsborg. The Lady Frogs looked out of sorts from the outset. One of their keys is to get off to a fast start, and they definitely did not do that Friday night. “We have to find a way to create some energy at the start of the game,” offered Emmanuel Adigun, PHS head coach. “We have to shoot the ball better at the start of the game.” Smoky Valley played a zone defense that sagged in on post player Jenson Maydew, and none of the other girls were making their shots from the perimeter in the first quarter. Without scoring much, Pratt had trouble being able to apply much pressure defense, and when they did, Smoky didn’t seem much bothered by it. Instead, it was Pratt that found themselves turning the ball over, and just not clicking offensively. Smoky led 7-5 after the first period. Pratt grinded in Q2, and got up 20-18 heading to intermission, but there was no feeling of comfort among the Pratt faithful. In the second half, Pratt’s defense got the Vikings to throw the ball up into the cheap seats a few times, but Smoky was making shots when they got them. Pratt was still turning the ball over, and missing shots when they got them. One could see Smoky Valley’s confidence growing as the game wore on, and the Pratt girls becoming more tentative—especially on offense. Pratt was down 33-29 heading to the final stanza. Lady Green got down by as many as 6 at one point in Q4. Not quitting, they made a little run and got back to a one-point deficit, 41-40 with 1:22 to play after Stonie Flemming hit a trifecta. But Smoky would not fold and they held on down the stretch for the 47-42 win. Pratt plays Macksville next Friday at home. PrattG 5 15 9 13 42 Smoky 7 11 15 14 47 Hook 2, Garten 4, Breann Becker 12, Flemming 5, Smith-Potter, Jenson Maydew 16