Pratt High girls basketball defeated Macksville Monday night 41-16; PHS also dropped both games to Altamont/ Labette County Friday.

It had been awhile since the Pratt High girls basketball team had tasted victory. The losing skein ended Monday night as Lady Green drilled Macksville 41-16.

The Pratt girls were energetic on defense and aggressive on offense from the opening tip, racing out to an 11-2 first quarter lead.

PHS continued to build their lead through the second quarter as they were able to force the Mustangs into numerous turnovers.

“We knew going in that pressure would get to them,” said PHS head coach Dustin Hildebrand. “It was good to get back to our plan of defense creating offense. In recent games, we haven’t been able to do much with the ball when we got it. Tonight, we scored off the turnovers."

The Greenbacks featured a balanced attack with 6 players scoring at least 4 points. Lady Green also tallied from inside as well as outside, with many of their points coming inside the paint.

The game went to running clock in Q4 and PHS reserves got some playing time.

“It was good to get up on them early,” Hildebrand said. “Hopefully, the momentum from this will carry over to Tuesday night.”

PHS scoring: Allisan McGowan 11, Kaitlyn Rasmussen 9, Kierson Maydew 6, Madalynn Wilson 4, Dani Staats 7, Rheagan Hoover 4

It was a long drive over to Altamont for the Pratt High basketball teams on Friday. It was an even longer drive home as Labette County took both ends of a twin bill from the visiting Greenbacks, and neither game was particularly close.

Lady Green lost to the undefeated Grizzlies 48-15 in a running clock affair. Down just 1 point after the first quarter, things went south for PHS beginning in Q2. The Grizzlies defensive pressure got to the Greenbacks, and they went into a prolonged scoring drought.

Pratt's girls amassed 15 turnovers on the night and only shot 16% from the floor. Their lack of offensive aggression resulted in only four attempts from the charity strip on the evening (converting 3). Defensively, Lady Green were again bitten by the foul bug, with the Altamonts getting to the line 24 times, sinking 15.

PHS Scoring: Allisan McGowan 8, Rheagan Hoover 5, Jenna Fincham 2.

The boys game saw 6-1 Altamont/Labette County gradually pull away from the Greenbacks until the last part of Q4 was played with the running clock. The Frogs ultimately lost 56-31.

The talented Grizzlies shot 49% from the floor to 28% for PHS, and doubled up the Greenbacks on the boards 26 rebounds to 13.

"At times. we started to show signs of improvement," said PHS head coach Chris Battin. "Labette is good, especially when they get hot, and we struggled to guard them."

"We need to shoot the ball better if we want to get this thing headed in the right direction," Battin continued. "We can't have nights with no 3s, like tonight. We got some good looks, ran some good sets... We're just not where we want to be yet, offensively."

"We also have some little things to clean up on defense," Coach Battin concluded. "We're going to be ok, we just need to keep battling."

PHS scoring: Brett Winsor 13, Landen Studer 6, Nate Kolm 4, Jarrett Bates 4, Kaden Evert 2, Grant Bolen 1, Wyatt Schrag 1

The Greenback hoopsters will host Halstead on Tuesday night.