The Prairie City Panther boys went on the counterattack in North Powder Thursday, defeating the Powder Valley Badgers 67-64.
It was a turning of the tables, after the Badger boys beat the Panthers in overtime 80-76 on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Prairie City.
The Dec. 19 game was especially sore because the Panthers had a healthy lead through the first half, at one point up by 20.
Panther head coach Sam Workman said this time the Badgers had a 10-point lead early in the game, and by the half Prairie City was trailing by just one point.
Workman said it was a good game and his team played a better fourth quarter.
“They took care of the ball better,” he said. “That half-court trap — we practiced for it Wednesday, and we were ready for it on Thursday.”
Syd Holman led with 23 points for the Panthers, followed by Dorran Wilson with 19, Levi Burke 16 and Lucas McKinley 9.
“It was good to get back at them at their place,” Burke said. “It was good payback.”
The Prairie City boys and girls varsity teams will face Grant Union’s varsity teams, starting with the girls at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, in John Day.