Pratt High's girls got past Hoisington Tuesday 47-44, but the Greenback boys lost a toughie to the Cardinals 43-40.
Familiar foes faced off Tuesday at the Swamp as Pratt High basketball hosted Hoisington on Senior Night. It would be the rubber match between the respective squads as each boys and girls team had previously won one game in the season series.
The Pratt girls were able to prevail 47-44, but the Greenbacks lost the boys game 43-40.
Lady Green and the Cardinals played another tight contest, this one not being decided until the final 30 seconds. Pratt led 13-10 after one period with seniors Makenzie Baird and Bridget Kiley scoring two of PHS’ first three baskets.
Rheagan Hoover had 4 points to pace Pratt in the second quarter, but Hoisington was hot from long range and took the lead 24-23 heading to halftime. “Give Hoisington credit,” Pratt coach Dustin Hildebrand said. “Our game plan was to force them into outside shots, which they have been struggling with all season. They were able to knock them down tonight.”
Lady Green had to contend with the Cardinals dialing long distance all game, as Hoisington was an amazing 9/11 from the arc. “Our girls were able to overcome their hot shooting with energy and effort,” Hildebrand said. “We really had to play hard to stay in it.”
In the third quarter, Pratt’s trapping defense began to pay off as they were able to force some turnovers. Pratt went up by 6 on a Jenna Fincham bucket, but Hoisington replied with a pair of trifectas to get the game tied late in Q3. Kaitlyn Rasmussen hit a 3 at the buzzer from roughly halfway up Gang Green to reclaim the momentum and stake PHS to a 38-35 lead heading to the decisive stanza.
Kierson Maydew scored in the lane to get Pratt going in the final quarter. A steal and coast to coast bucket by Allisan McGowan gave PHS some breathing space, but a couple more Hoisington treys closed the score to 43-42 with :53 to play.
Pratt had been running clock on their possessions, inviting fouls. Pratt scored their last 5 points from the charity stripe, with Dani Staats responsible for 3 of those- 2 coming with 30 seconds left and the game tied at 44. Pratt’s defense got a huge stop as the Cards went for the tie or the win, and McGowan was fouled with 1 second remaining. She made 1 FT to put the icing on the cake and PHS took the season series with Hoisington by winning 47-44 in a nailbiter.
“We were just a little bit deeper than them,” Hildebrand concluded. “We played a lot of girls, and 8 of them scored. We were able to wear them out a little bit and then our press was able to get some turnovers.”
You couldn’t have gotten a sheet of paper between the two teams in the boys game it was so close. 11-10 Pratt after one; knotted at 24 at the intermission; and still tied at 35 heading to the final quarter.
The first time Pratt played the young Cardinals, they couldn’t have hit the ocean dropping a ball off a cruise ship. Hoisington has improved since then, however, and were 5 for their first 5 from the floor to take the early 10-7 lead halfway through Q1.
PHS went into a zone for a few possessions and that seemed to break the Cardinals offensive rhythm. Pratt managed to get on top 11-10 after the first quarter.
The second quarter went back and forth, with Hoisington utilizing the 3-ball to good effect. Travis Theis had 6 of his game-high 16 points in Q2 to pace the Frogs. 24-24 at the half.
Five different Greenbacks scored in Q3: Kaden Evert nailed a 3 to jump-start PHS in the second half. Theis, Landen Studer, Nate Kolm and Grant Bolen each also tallied in the frame. 35-35 after 3.
Unfortunately, the Pratt offense hit the skids in Q4 following an early Theis 3-ball. Pratt would not score again until a Brett Winsor bucket at 1:30. Luckily, the Greenbacks played well defensively and kept Hoisington in sight. The Cards were only up 42-40 following Winsor’s score.
On Hoisington’s ensuing possession, Theis took a charge and PHS had the ball back with a chance to tie. After running some clock, Pratt went for the shot with 16 seconds left, but it was off the mark. Immediately putting Hoisington on the line, the Frogs got the ball back down just 3 with under 10 seconds to play.
After a two-timeout chess match between the coaches, Pratt ran a play and got an open look at a 3, but it was off. The Greenbacks chased down the rebound and got another attempt up at the buzzer, but it also wouldn’t fall and Hoisington emerged with the 43-40 win.
The difference in the game may have been at the arc, as Hoisington was 6/12 to Pratt’s 2/15. “Our offense got some good looks, particularly in the first half,” PHS head coach Chris Battin said. “You gotta knock those down in a close ball game.”
Battin also felt the defense had some lapses in the second period. “Some defensive breakdowns cost us,” he said. “We didn’t guard the ball well. We let them get open off of some ball screens and they knocked down some 3s.”
Pratt outrebounded Hoisington 19-14, and turnovers were about even, just 9 or 10 for each team.
It was the end of the regular season for Pratt, with the next action being a week from Thursday at the Holcomb Sub-State. Pratt’s girls finish the regular season at 9-11, the boys are 8-12.
Although official seedings will not be announced until Saturday, it appears likely that Pratt’s boys will face #1-ranked Holcomb in the opening round. The girls opponent could still change depending upon late-season results.