Pratt girls beat Chaparral and Wichita North to advance to the TOC finals.
The Chaparral Roadrunners are just the kind of team that causes the Pratt girls to lick their chops. Whenever Lady Green plays a squad whose ball-handling isn’t quite up to handling their pressure, they usually have a field day with their defense creating numerous offensive opportunities. The opening quarter of the first-round game resembled a lay-up drill as Pratt’s defense forced numerous Roadrunner turnovers. Lady Green was all over Chaparral like ugly on an ape, and it resulted in several easy scores for Pratt. Meanwhile, the ’Runners were having a hard time even getting a shot on goal. Chappy finally broke into the scoring column with 32 seconds left in the first stanza. Unfortunately for them, PHS had already logged 16 points, and when Stonie Flemming netted a 3 at the buzzer, the Frogs had a dominating 19-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Coach Emmanuel Adigun was cagey before the game when asked about his game-plan, but it became apparent that the plan was to smother the Roadrunners with defense until such time as the lead looked safe. That took until roughly the start of the second quarter, when the full-court press was taken off. “The girls did a terrific job of executing the game plan,” Adigun said. “I told them this was the best they’ve looked all season from a discipline standpoint. I am very proud of the girls tonight.” Adigun went ten-deep on his bench during the contest, but there was little if any drop-off no matter who was on the floor for the Lady Greenbacks. Nine girls scored for Pratt. “We always talk about how we can’t be any worse when the bench comes in,” Adigun explained. “The bench did a very good job tonight. They executed well.” The score was 34-7 at halftime, and PHS did not let up in the 3rd quarter. Although not scoring as much in transition, they executed their offense well— especially pounding the ball inside to Jenson Maydew who got 8 of her game-high 14 points in that frame. Up 49-9 with a running clock in the 4th quarter, Pratt’s reserves got good PT and the game ended with PHS up 55-19 . PHS girls 19 15 15 6 55 Chaparral 2 5 2 10 19 Jenson Maydew 14, Breann Becker 11, Bailey 6, Hook 4, Garten 4, Flemming 8, Olson 2, Smith-Potter 4, Kohman 2 That created a semi-final match-up between Pratt and Wichita North on Friday night. Pratt advanced to the TOC finals by getting past Wichita North 56-43. North took the early lead on the strength of some accurate shooting, but Paige Bailey and Kelsey Smith-Potter provided a spark for the Greenbacks off the bench, and Lady Green went on a 12-0 run over the final 4 minutes of Q1 to go up 17-9. The teams played even up in the second frame and it was 33-25 Pratt at intermission. The Frogs were taking advantage of some fast-break opportunities while North began to convert some drive-and-dishes. Bre Becker had 5 and Amy Olson 4 points to pace the Pratt scoring. After halftime, Pratt began to pound the ball inside, and Jenson Maydew had 10 of her game-high 18 points in the second half. North hit some 3s to stay a part of the game, but over the last 2 or 3 minutes, Pratt took the air out of the ball and converted enough free throws to hold on for the 56-43 win. Lady Green will play St. John Saturday night at 8 for the TOC title. PHS girls 17 16 9 14 56 North 9 16 10 8 43 Paige Bailey 10, Hook 3, Garten 8, Becker 7, Olson 8, Smith-Potter 2, Jenson Maydew 18