The top-seeded Prairie City Panther boys ran away with the 79-33 win over the No. 3-seeded Adrian Antelopes in Friday’s game four at the 1A-8 High Desert District Tournament.
The win advances the Panthers to the final game, set for 5:45 p.m. Saturday where they will face the winner of tonight’s game between the No. 2-seed Jordan Valley Mustangs and the No. 4-seed Huntington Locomotives.
Prairie City’s Dorran Wilson led scoring for the Panthers with 23, followed by Levi Burke with 17.
Burke was named the Dairy Queen Player of the Game.
Panther Lucas McKinley scored all of his 15 points from beyond the arc in the first half.
Prairie City was fast from the start, as Panther Syd Holman sent the tipoff to Burke who laid it in.
Prairie City was quick to grab steals and rebounds with a strong press.
Burke and Wilson went on a scoring rampage in the first quarter, Wilson scoring 13 and Burke with 10, and Prairie City led 29-12.
Prairie City outshot Adrian 28-9 in the second, and Panther fans roared as Holman sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Panthers had a 57-21 lead at the half.
“They were excited to play basketball today — the anticipation has been crazy,” said Panther head coach Sam Workman.
In the third, seconds and minutes ticked down as Prairie City passed the ball around the perimeter, and Adrian outscored the Panthers 7-3.
Several Panthers came off the bench in the final minutes of the game, showing off their skills.
Jonathan Lawrence and Brandon Horrell each landed 3-point shots, and Tristan McMahan added 3 in the final seconds.
“They stepped up had some fun, hit some threes and just had a good time,” Workman said.
Dorran Wilson: 23 points (three 3-pointers, 2-4 free throws)
Levi Burke: 17
Lucas McKinley: 15 (five 3-pointers)
Syd Holman: 11
Jojari Field: 3 (one 3-pointer)
Jonathan Lawrence: 3 (one 3-pointer)
Tristan McMahan: 3 (one 3-pointer)
Jayden Winegar: 1