PHS girls basketball downed Hoisington 46-32 to claim 5th place in the Winter Jam.

A good way to tell whether a team is improving is when they play an opponent again later in the season. Judging by that standard, you’d have to say the Pratt High girls basketball squad is coming along nicely. The Lady Greenbacks took the consolation championship of the Hoisington Winter Jam on Saturday, defeating the host Lady Cardinals 46-32 to avenge a pre-Christmas loss.

Playing a morning tip-off in an away game on the opponent’s home floor, it might not seem like many of the intangibles were in PHS’ favor, but that doesn’t take into account the desire for payback on the part of Lady Green- who seemed intent upon avenging their previous defeat.

In the first half, Dani Staats made two 3s and Allisan McGowan drained three. Makenzie Baird had a couple of baskets inside and Kierson Maydew and Rheagan Hoover connected from the charity stripe. Kaitlyn Rasmussen scored 4 points as well.

The Frogs led 13-8 at the quarter and had doubled up the Cardinals 26-13 at the intermission. PHS played very well defensively in the first half, with 9 steals while committing few fouls. Hoisington turned it over 10 times and had tough luck even when they did manage to get up a shot.

In the second half, playing with a lead, Lady Green was more deliberate on offense, looking to get the ball inside. Defensively, they made Hoisington work long and hard to get shots up. The result was a low-scoring quarter, but one in which PHS increased its lead to 35-18 heading to Q4.

In the 4th quarter, Pratt may have gotten a little lackadaisical on defense, especially from the standpoint of putting the Cardinals on the free throw line. Scoring many of their points that way, Hoisington chipped into the Pratt lead in Q4. PHS wasn’t going to let the game get away from them however, and hung in there to post the 46-32 victory.

“When the momentum shifted in the fourth quarter, we got a little timid,” observed PHS head coach Dustin Hildebrand. “But we held our poise there at the end.”

“The girls did a great job the first half executing our defensive game plan,” Hildebrand added. “It was a good all-around win.”

Lady Green has this week off to prepare for the spate of league games that will close the season, commencing with hosting Kingman on Tuesday January 30.

PHS girls 13 13 9 11 46

Hoisington 8 5 5 14 32

PHS scoring: Dani Staats 11, Allisan McGowan 11, Kaitlyn Rasmussen 8, Rheagan Hoover 7, Kierson Maydew 5, Makenzie Baird 4