PHS won the girls basketball game with Larned Friday night 46-23. The Indians won the boys game 60-49.

The Pratt High basketball teams split with Larned in the season opener at the Swamp on Friday night. The PHS girls won the opener 46-23 but the Indians dropped the Greenback boys 60-49 in the finale.

The Pratt girls outscored Larned in every quarter on their way to the first win of the Dustin Hildebrand era. “It feels great to get the first one out of the way right off the bat,” the new PHS girls coach admitted. “The girls worked so hard, it was a great atmosphere, it was a fun win.”

Both teams were a little tight in the early going, with the rims not cooperating with either squad. Lady Green got a little bit the better of the first period, leading 6-3 after 8 minutes.

PHS broke loose in the second frame, getting some buckets in transition off the press. At intermission, Pratt had gone up by double digits 21-11.

The third quarter passed with neither team able to get much going but Pratt still led 24-13 after three frames.

In the decisive stanza, the Greenbacks really got the transition game going, and put 22 points on the board. Kaitlyn Rasmussen got the hot hand, scoring the final 10 points of the game for PHS. At the final buzzer, Pratt had extended their lead to 46-23, doubling up the Lady Indians.

The difference in the game, according to Hildebrand, was the full-court pressure applied by Pratt throughout the game. “I always tell the girls that when we press, we may not steal the ball every time, but by the 4th quarter, the other team is going to be tired and we’ll have the energy and be able to take advantage,” Coach Hildebrand explained.

8 different girls scored for Lady Green in a nice team effort. “This team is going to be scoring by committee,” Hildebrand said. “When everybody up and down the line-up contributes, it adds up.”

PHS girls 6 15 3 22 46

Larned 3 8 2 10 23

Dani Staats 11, Allisan McGowan 5, Kierson Maydew 6, Jenna Fincham 5, Madalynn Wilson 5, Makenzie Baird 2, Rheagan Hoover 2, Kaitlyn Rasmussen 10

Things didn’t go as well for the Pratt boys, who were outscored in every quarter by a hot-shooting Larned team. PHS got down early, and never could close the gap. When Pratt would make a run, Larned would have an answer.

Pratt trailed 19-15 after one period, but turnovers allowed the Indians to go up 34-27 at halftime. The second half was pretty even, with Larned outscoring PHS by just two in each period . But PHS could never get close enough to throw a scare into the Indians, and ended up falling 60-49.

“We couldn’t get a stop when we needed one,” observed PHS head coach Chris Battin. “In the first quarter, they got any look they wanted.”

Being a step slow getting back in transition defense cost the Greenbacks all night as well. Battin also mentioned failure to box out on the boards as an issue that hurt the Frogs.

Although at times the Greenbacks looked good when they had the ball, Coach Battin felt that overall they struggled to get in rhythm and were plagued by mental lapses.

Pratt will face Hays High at home next Tuesday.

PHS boys 15 12 11 11 49

Larned 19 15 13 13 60

Studer 12, Theis 3, Evert 3, Bates 6, Bolen 13, Kolm 3, Winsor 3, Schrag 3, Shanline 3