SPRAY - Illness, nagging injuries and the rigors of a long season finally got to the Prairie City High School girls basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 8.
Entering the game against Spray, the Lady Panthers were hoping for an upset victory, which would have meant a trip to the District 4-1A playoffs.
It was not to be as the Eagles dumped Prairie City 57-44.
Spray opened the game with a 6-0 run and held a 15-8 lead after the first quarter of play thanks to a pair of three-point baskets by Emily Fischer, and it was all downhill for the Lady Panthers after that point.
"The girls were sick again and we couldn't get anything going against them tonight," Prairie City coach Penny Black said. "I think the girls are just worn down and tired."
Prairie City put eight additional points on the board in the second quarter but the Eagles answered with 11, to hold a 26-16 halftime lead.
The wheels came completely off for the Lady Panthers in the third quarter.
Prairie City scored just a single point on a 1-for-2 effort from the free throw line by Danielle Ricco and when Spray put up 18 points, the game was beyond reach and the Lady Panthers' dream of reaching the playoffs was gone.
Lindy Black scored nine points for Prairie City and Kayla Reid had eight.
Megan Garber scored a game-high 24 points for Spray and teammate Fischer had 16, including three 3-point baskets.