Burnt River def. Prairie City 50-40 OT
UNITY - The Burnt River High School girls basketball team staged a furious comeback effort in the third quarter and then shut out Prairie City in overtime, snapping the Panthers modest two-game winning streak with a 50-40 victory in a non-league game on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the turnover-filled first quarter with the Panthers (3-2) holding a 9-4 lead after the first eight minutes of action.
In the second quarter, Prairie City out-scored Burnt River 13-12 to hold a 22-16 halftime advantage.
After Brittany Reid scored the opening basket of the third quarter for the Panthers, Burnt River (2-1) caught fire and went on an 11-0 run to take a 27-24 lead.
"We talked in the locker room at halftime about freakout," Burnt River coach Tonya Snyder said. "I put six points on the board and then wrote freakout under it. I told the girls that six points is nothing to freakout about, but you're playing freakout ball. I said to them we just need to relax and calm down. I told the girls what we needed to do was just play our game, and the second half was evident that we were able to settle down and play an excellent game of ball. We fell behind early in the game and with our young team this is something we have to work on. We can't keep digging holes for ourselves, its something we have to get over."
Trailing 32-26 heading into the final quarter of play, Prairie City went to work behind the scoring of Lindy Black to tie the score 40-40 with 1:16 left in the contest.
Burnt River had several opportunities from the free-throw line to put the game away in regulation time but couldn't get the shots from the charity stripe to fall.
In the four-minute overtime period, Prairie City went completely flat from the field, and a pair of baskets by Abby Bradford and two more by Courtney Schnetz sealed the Panthers' fate and gave Burnt River the victory.
"We played very poorly and got out-hustled the whole game. I've never seen the kids that flat," Prairie City coach Gene Mills said. "There was just no intensity, and when Amanda (Rockhill) and Brittany (Reid) fouled out it hurt us. But you have to learn to play without fouling. We didn't play very well and didn't deserve to win this one."
Reid scored a game-high 16 points to lead Prairie City, and Black added 12.
Burnt River had three players in double figures led by Alison Derrick with 14 points. Bradford hit for 12 and Schnetz scored 11.