Pratt High lost both ends of the twin bill at Andale on Friday night.
At this point of the season, the Pratt High basketball teams have to be feeling like movie extras in Fort Apache. So far, every team they have played has been known as the Indians, and for the most part, the Indians have gotten the better of it.
The most recent tribe to leave the Greenbacks with arrows sticking out of them was Andale, who won the girls game 54-36 and the boys game 51-33 at home on Friday night.
The girls game was close early on, the score tied 7-7 halfway through the first period. Andale led just 11-9 heading to the second frame.
Unfortunately, the Lady Indians erupted in the second quarter, going on a 13-2 run to seize control of the contest.
“In the 2nd quarter they got on a run,” PHS headgirls coach Dustin Hildebrand explained. “They got in the paint for easy baskets and we gave up several offensive rebounds for points.”
“We also had too many turnovers,” Hildebrand added.
By halftime, Andale had extended their lead to 29-16.
The second half was relatively even, but PHS could not make up the deficit from Q2.
Allisan McGowan (10) was in double figures for Lady Green. Kierson Maydew added 8 and Dani Staats 7.
Also scoring for Pratt were Rheagan Hoover (4), Jenna Fincham (3) and Makenzie Baird (2).
In the boys game, it was a similar story, except for the boys, it was the entire second half that cost them instead of just one period.
The Frogs were knotted at 12 with the Indians after 8 minutes, and only trailed by 6 at halftime 31-25.
Kaden Evert had 17 of his 19 points in the first half to keep PHS close.
The lid went on the basket for Pratt in the second half though, as they only managed 6 points in Q3 and 2 points in Q4.
Andale had good size inside, and when the Greenbacks cooled off from the perimeter, there wasn’t much room for them inside the paint, and points became scarce.
Hurting the Frogs as much as anything was losing the battle on the boards as Andale outrebounded Pratt 20-9.
“They’re a tough team,” PHS head boys coach Chris Battin said of Andale. “We have to make rebounding a team emphasis. We have to do the little thngs better than the other teams for us to be successful. On offense, we started dribbling too much.”
Scoring for Pratt: Kaden Evert 19, Wyatt Schrag 2, Zach Shanline 2, Grant Bolen 4, Jarrett Bates 4, Brett Winsor 2.
Pratt High basketball gets the first non-Indian opponent Tuesday night when they will travel to Kingman.