DAYVILLE - In what could end up being a key game in determining seeds to the District 4/1A Tournament, the Monument/Dayville Lady Tigers wrapped up the first half of the TriCo League basketball season on Jan. 13 with a convincing 48-28 victory over Prairie City.
The Lady Tigers (7-2 league, 11-3 overall), came out of the starting gate in a hurry taking a 17-5 lead after the first eight minutes against a Lady Panther squad that appeared tired after having its three-game winning streak snapped by a 60-42 defeat at Spray Jan. 10.
Tiffnie Ashley and Amanda King scored six points each in the first quarter and Emma Winkelman knocked down the first of a pair of three-point shots to get Monument/ Dayville off and running.
King and Winkelman finished tied for team-high scoring honors with 12 points apiece.
"I thought we moved the ball around well tonight and I'm happy we won," King said.
Monument/Dayville kept rolling in the second quarter putting up 10 additional points to hold a comfortable 27-10 halftime advantage.
Sporting a black eye from last week's Huntington game thanks to an elbow, Winkelman canned her second three-point goal in the second quarter, but said she wasn't sure whether the injury helped her shooting.
"I thought we played well as a team tonight," she said.
Kayla Reid took the game over in the third quarter hitting for nine of her game-high 14 points and Prairie City (4-4 league, 5-8 overall), cut the lead to 34-22.
"We couldn't get a lot of our shots to fall and I didn't think I played so good," Monument/
Dayville's Madi Anspach said. "We played OK, but I didn't think we were meshing like we can. We were playing more like individuals."
Prairie City coach Penny Black said the girls "played their little hearts out" coming off a tough game at Spray.
"They dug down deep and played good defense. We just couldn't get anything to go down," she said.
"We didn't play very good and they played better, that was about it," said Prairie City's Bradi Voigt. "We got into foul trouble and didn't shoot very well."
DAYVILLE - The capacity crowd in attendance at the Jan. 13 matchup between Monument/Dayville and Prairie City learned in a hurry what high school boys basketball is all about.
Prairie City lit things up from the opening tip and took a 22-17 lead after the first quarter. The Panthers stayed hot from the field pushing the margin to 43-34 at halftime and appeared to be in complete control of the game.
After upping the lead to 11 points early in the third quarter the Tigers mounted a comeback when the Panthers got into foul trouble, but Prairie City managed to hang on to come away with a 60-59 victory.
"We made a lot of fouls in the second half and put them on the line and in the bonus way too quick, said Prairie City coach Denis Fast.
Beau Cruise kept the Tigers in the game early on, scoring 10 of his career-high 27 points in the first quarter.
"I didn't know I scored 27 points," said the senior who was limping a bit after the game. "We made a big comeback, but fell short. Right now, I've got a lot of hurts but I'll get better."
Free-throw shooting played a key role in Prairie City's victory. The Panthers were 15-for-23 from the charity stripe while the Tigers went 10-for-30.
Monument/Dayville had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter, but were only 4-for-11 from the line.
Yazzie Voigt scored 14 points and Levi Voigt had 12 for Prairie City.