The visiting Haven Wildcats won both ends of Tuesday's twin bill at the Swamp, defeating Lady Green 52-29 and the PHS boys 46-36.
It was Haven’s night Tuesday at the Swamp as the visiting Wildcats took both ends of the twin bill with the Greenbacks.
Haven won the girls game 52-29 and the boys game 46-36.
Lady Green hung with the 12-2 Wildcats for the first half, but then were victimized by cold streaks in each of the final two frames, allowing Haven to stretch out the lead.
Pratt trailed 13-5 after the opening stanza, then closed to within 21-16 at the break. Kaitlyn Rasmussen took advantage of a defensive mismatch to strike for 12 points in the first half to pace the Greenback attack. Haven was buoyed in the first half by four swishing trifectas from Emmiley Hendrixson.
PHS head coach Dustin Hildebrand felt going in that the Wildcats were perhaps the best “team” top to bottom the Pratt girls had faced this season, requiring a total group effort defensively if the Frogs were going to slow down the potent Wildcat line-up.
Haven went on a 7-2 run to start the second half, a Dani Staats basket being all Pratt could muster. Kyra Johnson and Kierson Maydew were each able to tally in the second half of Q3, but that’s all Pratt would get. PHS just basically misfired on offense: not taking the best shots, turning the ball over and missing most of the good shots they did get. Heading to the final quarter, Haven had a 34-22 advantage.
A 9-0 run by the Wildcats to open Q4 pretty well decided the outcome, putting the visitors ahead by 20 with 4 minutes to play. Down the stretch, Makenzie Baird and Madalynn Wilson made free throws, but the cosmetics of the game would have been prettier if Pratt would have converted a few more of their attempts from the charity stripe. Staats and Rheagan Hoover scored hoops in Q4, but it was not enough. Haven won going away 52-29.
“The first half, we held our own,” Coach Hildebrand said. “We did a good job defensively.”
“In the second half, Haven turned up their defensive intensity and we weren’t able to match that with our offense,” Hildebrand continued. “We just had too long of stretches where we didn’t match their aggression. We were a little bit back on our heels.”
Each team won two periods in the boys game, but in the end, the Wildcats took the game 46-36.
Pratt carved up Haven’s 1-3-1 zone trap in the first quarter to take a 13-5 lead after the first eight minutes. Travis Theis, Nate Kolm and Landen Studer drilled 3s for PHS.
The Wildcats went to a 3-2 zone for most of the rest of the game, and that defense was able to slow down the Greenback attack. Haven outscored Pratt 18-5 in the second period to take a 23-18 lead at intermission.
The third quarter was nearly as bad for the Frogs, with Haven extending their lead to 37-26. In the middle two periods, the Wildcats picked up the tempo offensively and went aggressively to the offensive glass. They were able to force PHS into some turnovers and get out in transition a little bit. And Pratt had a long cold spell shooting.
Zach Shanline got 5 quick points for PHS to begin Q4, and Travis Theis completed a 4-pt play (fouled on a made 3). That brought Pratt back to within 4 halfway through the final period at 39-35.
That would be Pratt’s last gasp, however, as Haven regained control following a time-out, and only allowed 1 more Greenback point down the stretch while scoring 7 of their own. That accounted for the final score 46-36 Haven.
Pratt shot only 34% for the game, with 6/21 from the arc. And PHS only made 6/11 free throws. Haven was 43% from the floor, with more of their shots coming at the rim in transition and off the glass. Their zone forced Pratt to the perimeter, and the Frogs didn’t have a good shooting night. The Greenbacks had no one in double figures.
“I thought the kids played hard, with a lot of effort,” PHS head coach Chris Battin said. “We just needed more shots to fall.”
“Haven had a good game plan against us,” Battin continued. “They packed the lane to take away our penetration, and then we didn’t hit the outside shots.”
The Greenbacks will host Smoky Valley Friday for Homecoming.