Kingman girls defeated Pratt High 54-43 Tuesday night at the Swamp.

It was déjà vu all over again for the Pratt High girls as they fell 54-43 to Kingman in a game eerily similar to the first matchup between the clubs. It has been a constant theme for Lady Green this season to suffer through a slow start, then battle back the rest of the game only to fall short in the end.

“Kingman was the more aggressive team on offense early on, no doubt,” PHS head coach Dustin Hildebrand admitted. “We were back on our heels a little bit. We hadn’t played in over a week and kind of lost the flow.”

PHS trailed 10-4 after one frame, but that would be the only stanza in which the Greenbacks were not within one possession of the Eagles in score-by-quarters. Kingman is a highly-regarded 3A girls basketball team, coming in at 9-3 and undefeated in the CKL. They played well, but the Greenbacks were right there with them most of the way.

“I told the girls we should be able to play with good teams like that every night,” Hildebrand said. “We always battle back when we get down. There’s no quit in these girls. But our challenge is to be able to get ahead and not have to come from behind every game.”

With both teams posting 11 in Q2, it was 21-15 Kingman at the intermission. Kingman’s Bailey Bangert had three 3s to lift the Eagles in the first half.

In the third quarter, Pratt tried to make a move, pouring through 15 pts. Unfortunately, some of Kingman’s supporting cast got the hot hand as they forced the ball inside more, and the Eagles were able to extend their lead to 39-30 with one period remaining.

Pratt cut the deficit to 7 at the 3:00 mark, but that was as close as they would get. Just like in the previous game with Pratt, the Lady Eagles know how to sit on a lead. They handle the ball well enough that you have to foul, and they made 11/13 FT in Q4 to keep Pratt at arm’s length. “Against Kingman, you just can’t afford to get behind,” Coach Hildebrand observed.

Kingman held on to win 54-43, but Lady Green made them work for it.

PHS travels to Hillsboro on Friday.

Kingman 10 11 18 15 54

PHS girls 4 11 15 13 43

PHS scoring: Kaitlyn Rasmussen 12, Maydew 9, Staats 9, McGowan 8, Baird 5