PHS girls defeat Cimarron 62-49

Normally, a coach wouldn’t look forward to playing the #2 team in 3A the afternoon after taking a loss the night before. But PHS coach Emmanuel Adigun was anxious to get back on the horse, no matter who they had to play in order to make it happen. “I took the loss (against Lyons Friday night) hard,” he explained. “I felt that we had turned the corner with our defensive discipline, then we got away from it again last night. I needed to see us get back to playing right. We did that this afternoon, and came away with positive results.” The positive results came in the form of a 62-49 win against one of the better girls’ teams in Southwest Kansas, the Cimarron Bluejays— who entered the contest sporting an impressive 14-1 record and a #2 ranking in class 3A. Lady Green has at times been tight offensively when playing against good teams. That was not the case Saturday afternoon, at least not after the opening minutes. Early on, Cimarron’s aggressive defense forced some PHS turnovers— and even when Pratt did break the pressure, they missed the lay-ups. The Lady ’Jays were up early 9-4. But then Pratt got things turned around. Toward the end of Q1, Kelsey Smith-Potter went coast-to-coast after a steal, Amy Olson canned a 3-ball, and Smith-Potter ended the frame with a putback “and-1”. 21- 16 Pratt after one quarter. The teams traded buckets in the second quarter. It didn’t hurt Pratt’s cause a bit that Cimarron’s Morgan Ediger and Hailey Hoskinson both had to ride pine due to foul trouble. Pratt had balanced scoring in Q2 with Paige Bailey, Kaylie Hook, Stonie Flemming and Jenson Maydew scoring between 2 and 4 points. 31-25 at intermission, Frogs up. The 3rd quarter is often when Lady Green buckles down on the defense, and this game was no exception. PHS limited Cimarron to just 6 points in the frame while posting 13 of their own. Pratt was on top 44-31 heading into the decisive stanza. The 4th quarter turned into a slugfest as Cimarron wasn’t going to let Pratt win without proving they could shoot free throws. Pratt made 16/19 from the charity stripe to keep the margin of victory at 13, 62-49. Pratt will travel to take on another highly ranked team, Sterling, on Tuesday. PHS girls 21 10 13 18 62 Cimarron 16 9 6 18 49 Pratt: Paige Bailey 10, Hook 8, garten 2, Breann Becker 10, Flemming 2, Amy Olson 12, Smith-Potter 7, Jenson Maydew 11 Cimarron: Boo Dupree 15, Burns 6, Kari Blattner 12, Hoskinson 2, Ediger 7, Bailor 5