Crane takes lead, runs with it against P. City

Prairie City's Josh Moulton (No. 14) lays the ball in over the outstretched arm of Crane defender Kenny Haigh (No. 24) in Friday's Old Oregon League basketball game. Moulton scored a game-high 27 points, but it was not enough as the Mustangs defeated the Panthers 60-49. The Eagle/DAVID CARKHUFF

Crane def. Prairie City 60-49

PRAIRIE CITY - The Crane boys basketball team went on a 9-0 run to open its Old Oregon League game against Prairie City on Friday, Feb. 7, and went on to dump the Panthers 60-49.

The victory upped the Mustangs' record to 6-4 in league games. Prairie City dropped its second straight league game to fall to 5-4 and 8-8 overall.

"We just dug ourselves too deep a hole," Prairie City coach Gene Mills said. "They're a good team, and you can't do that against a good team. The kids played hard, but we had a difficult time hitting our outside shots tonight."

Prairie City trailed 35-25 at halftime, but managed to shave the lead to six points on two occasions in the third quarter before turnovers allowed the Mustangs to maintain their advantage.

"We cut the lead to six points twice, and it looked like maybe... but then they'd hit a couple of shots to go back up again," Mills said. "The kids are still doing the right thing and we're still in the hunt for the playoffs. We need to win two of the next three to be sure we at least have a playoff. Probably that game with Wallowa will be the one. We split with Crane so we're still even with them. It could come down to next weekend."

Josh Moulton had a big night, scoring a game-high 27 points to lead Prairie City. Teammate Tyler Waggoner added 10 points and William Rockhill scored four.

Chance Miller paced Crane with 24 points. Kenny Haigh scored 17 points and Derek Vasquez added 10.

Jordan Valley def. Prairie City 68-46

JORDAN VALLEY - On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Panthers lost a key game to Jordan Valley by 22 points, 68-46.

Mills said the Mustangs did just about everything they wanted to do on the court.

"We played okay, but they played great," he said. "This Friday's game against Wallowa is going to be a big one for us, with a district playoff spot probably on the line. We have to win Friday's game for sure and we also have to beat Adrian on Saturday. This may put a lot of pressure on us, but the pressure will be on them too."

Tip off for the game on Friday, Feb. 14, in Prairie City is set for 3 p.m, and the Panthers final home game of the season on Saturday against Adrian will begin at 1 p.m.

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