On Homecoming night, Pratt's girls defeated Smoky Valley 47-36 while the PHS boys fell to the Vikings 60-36.
On Homecoming night, the Pratt High basketball teams split with visiting Smoky Valley. Lady Green took the opener 47-36 while the Greenbacks dropped the boys game 60-36.
Smoky’s girls had an 8-6 advantage after one period. The Lady Vikings had run a combo defense to take PHS sharpshooter Allisan McGowan out of the game.
In so doing, they were leaving other Greenbacks open, but no one was able to find the range consistently for Pratt. Luckily, the Vikings were having their own shooting issues and could only open a 2 -pt lead after one.
“Their diamond-and-one got us back on our heels a little bit,” PHS head coach Dustin Hildebrand observed. “We missed our first couple of open looks, and then no one had any confidence.”
The second quarter saw Smoky go on a 9-0 run to open it. Rheagan Hoover and Kierson Maydew each made a basket late to get PHS back in the game, trailing 18-12 at the intermission.
The third quarter was a complete about face as the Lady Frogs came out fired up and hitting on all cylinders. They played defense, rebounded and hustled like dervishes. Kaitlyn Rasmussen scored 4 pts, then Dani Staats nailed a couple of 3s and that seemed to open up the basket for everyone. McGowan hit a 3, and Hoover and Kyra Johnson also tallied in the 17-4 effort in Q3. That put PHS up 29-22 heading to Q4 over the stunned Vikings.
Up by 9 as timed ticked away, Rasmussen, McGowan and Jenna Fincham hit freebies to keep Smoky at arms length. 47-36 PHS was the final.
“It was mainly a mental adjustment at halftime,” Coach Hildebrand said of the startling turnaround. “Kaitlyn attacked the basket in the 2nd half, and when Dani started hitting shots, the whole team got confidence.”
The boys game was pretty much all Smoky Valley. They shot it well, they defended well and they rebounded well. They led 17-4 after one. Pratt made a bit of a run to get back to within 26-18 at the break.
The second half belonged to the Vikings. Travis Theis scored all 10 PHS pts in Q3 as the rest of the Frogs had trouble getting anything going. Smoky ran away and hid in the final period to win going away 60-36.
Pratt basketball travels to Nickerson on Tuesday.