PHS girls basketball beat Larned 37-23 Friday night. The Greenback boys also dropped the indians 49-42.
Going into the rematch with Larned, PHS head coach Dustin Hildebrand was looking for consistency out of his Lady Greenbacks. It would be hard to say that the Pratt girls were consistent, but they rode a big fourth quarter to a repeat of their victory against the Indians that had opened up the season. The final score this time was 37-23.
The game was tighter than that for most of the way, however. Both sides initially had difficulty putting the ball in the hole. Jenna Fincham, returning to the PHS line-up after missing a couple of games with illness, broke the ice after 3 minutes of play with a bucket.
Allisan McGowan (2) and Dani Staats combined for 9 points worth of trifectas to spot PHS to an 11-4 lead halfway through Q2. For the rest of the first half and the first five minutes of the third quarter, however, Pratt went cold and Larned went on an 11-0 run to take a 15-11 advantage with 3:00 left in Q3.
Then Staats hit a pair of quick buckets to get the game tied again. From that point, PHS outscored the Indians 22-8. Lady Green’s halfcourt trap forced Larned into repeated turnovers and PHS began knocking down some shots, scoring 17 in Q4- one of their biggest frames of the season. Madalynn Wilson had a 3 to advance PHS’ fortunes.
Protecting the lead down the stretch, Rheagan Hoover scored out of the 4-corners and Kaitlyn Rasmussen made a 1&1.
“It took awhile,” said Coach Hildebrand, “but when we got to that next level of intensity defensively and started hitting some shots, it gave us confidence. That big fourth quarter gave us the win.”
PHS girls 5 6 9 17 37
Larned 4 6 7 6 23
PHS scoring: Allisan McGowan 17, Staats 9, Hoover 4, Wilson 3, Fincham 2, Rasmussen 2
If you want to know whether the Frog boys have improved this year, look no further than this game. They were drilled by Larned to open the season, but took this rematch 49-42 on the Indians’ home floor.
Pratt led 15-10 after the initial stanza with Landen Studer (4) and Kaden Evert (6) doing much of the damage. Then, it was 26-15 at the intermission.
To start the second half, Larned went with an aggressive trapping defense. Pratt soon adjusted, and Nate Kolm had 5 pts including an “&-1” to keep the Greenbacks ahead following Q3, 37-25.
Larned kept up the pressure in the final quarter and chipped into the Pratt lead, but Jarrett Bates hit a couple buckets off of nice Grant Bolen assists to keep things from getting too dicey.
A few more made free throws down the stretch and the Frogs would’ve won comfortably, but as it was, they at least did win 49-42 as time ran out on the Larned rally- and PHS had the payback game.
“I thought we played with energy and passion,” observed head coach Chris Battin. “We had good contributions from several kids. It was a good game for us. We did a good job defensively against their best players.”
PHS boys 15 11 11 12 49
Larned 10 5 10 17 42
PHS scoring: Kaden Evert 18, Kolm 8, Studer 7, Bates 7, Theis 5, Bolen 4
The Greenback boys and girls will compete next week in the Hoisington tournament. Both teams will play on Monday: girls vs Russell at 3 p.m. and boys vs Lacrosse at 4:45.