The 3rd quarters were not kind to the Pratt High School basketball teams Tuesday as they hosted Hesston on Senior Night. Lady Green dropped the opener to the Swathers 35-27 while the boys fell 52-40.

The 3rd quarters were not kind to the Pratt High School basketball teams Tuesday as they hosted Hesston on Senior Night. Lady Green dropped the opener to the Swathers 35-27 while the boys fell 52-40.

Both Pratt teams played fairly well, and it would have taken a huge effort for either to knock off their Hesston opponent—both of whom are ranked #1 in class 3A. The Greenbacks made the Swathers work for it, but in the end, Hesston took care of business.

The PHS girls led in the first half, 10-4 after 8 minutes and 18-12 at halftime. Hesston missed some easy shots, and the Lady Frogs took advantage to get ahead. The Pratt girls’ only seniors, Jenson Maydew and Amy Olson, each got 2 points in Q1. Paige Bailey paced Lady Green in the first period with 4 points.

In the second half, it was Pratt’s turn to miss several lay-ups. Hesston also turned it up defensively a notch, and began to get some buckets off turnovers and in transition—something Lady Green had kept them from doing in the first half.

At the 4:00 mark of the third quarter, PHS was still up 21-18, but then the deep-freeze set in. Pratt would not score for the remainder of Q3, nor would they score in the fourth quarter until under a minute was left in the game. Hesston went on a 14-0 run over the next 11 minutes.

They took the lead at 2:52 of Q3 by hitting one of the few treys they were able to manage on the night. Then they just kept building the lead until it was 32-21 with 2:00 left in the game. Pratt wasn’t playing badly defensively, but they just weren’t getting the ball in the basket.

Jenson Maydew was held in check in part by sitting with foul trouble, and in part by the Swathers’ length in the paint. When she was on the floor, she was being doubled in the post by a pair of 6-footers, which meant someone else was going to have to pick up the scoring for PHS—and no one did. “We lose a lot of our scoring momentum when Jenson goes out,” admitted head coach Emmanuel Adigun.

Another aspect of the game that suffered when Maydew was sitting was rebounding. Hesston collected quite a few offensive boards, and Pratt got very few second-chance opportunities. Maydew hit a pair of 3-balls in the final minute, but it was too little, too late, and Hesston prevailed 35-27.

“I thought we competed well,” Coach Adigun said. “We did a good job of executing the game plan.” “Hesston is a good ball club,” Adigun continued. ”They have good length in the middle and a couple of good shooters on the perimeter. That makes them hard to guard.”

“I was proud of the way we battled,” he added. “We proved we’re a good ball club, being able to stay with Hesston. We were just a couple of missed shots away from being able to take them out of their comfort zone, which is to be patient with the basketball.”

PHS girls 10 8 3 6 27

Hesston 4 8 13 10 35

Bailey 6, Hook 2, Becker 2, Flemming 2, Olson 2, Smith-Potter 2, Jenson Maydew 11

The Greenback boys never led, but they also hung with the Swathers until the 3rd quarter. Seniors Ryan Landry, Christian Kurz, Josh Shumway, Liam Kahmeyer and Shawn Ramos got the starting nods from head coach David Swank on Senior Night. Although some are not regular starters, as a group they stayed with the Swathers.

Toward the end of Q1, Derek Barnard had subbed in and hit a pair of 3-pt. plays (one old-school, one new-school) and PHS trailed just 11-9 after eight minutes. In the second quarter, PHS kept pace. Spencer Sullivan hit back-to-back baskets and Samson Kohman collected 6 points to keep Pratt within 26-23 at intermission.

Just like in the girls’ game, the roof fell in in the third quarter. Hesston began to heat up from long range and the Greenbacks had no answer. Held to just 5 points in the frame, the Frogs gave up 18 and Hesston found itself up by 16, 44-28, heading into the decisive stanza.

Although trailing by a substantial margin, Pratt fought back in Q4. They cut into the deficit some, but Hesston ended up with the win 52-40. “I was proud of the way we fought back in the 4th quarter,” Coach Swank said. “We battled and battled.”

“We did some good things tonight,” he continued. “We didn’t have many turnovers in the first half, and we had 11 steals on the night. We just missed too many shots in the 3rd quarter.”

In the last regular season game, Swank felt that his team, even though losing, had accomplished some positives that would help them going forward into sub-state. “We can build off this defeat,” Swank said. “We don’t have to beat Hesston to go to State.”

“We got better tonight,” he added. “We improved against their physicality and their pressure defense, and that will help us in the post-season.”

Pratt boys 9 14 5 12 40

Hesston 11 15 18 8 52

Barnard 9, Spencer Sullivan 10, Ruckle 2, Samson Kohman 15, Ramos 1, Kahmeyer 1, Bartel 2

Pratt High is in the Russell sub-state. The girls will play 0-20 Nickerson in the first round at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday March 6. The boys will play 4-16 Nickerson in the first round on Friday March 7 at 6:00 p.m. The other side of the bracket has Larned and Russell. The Tribune will publish the brackets next week.