ST. PAUL - The Prairie City High School boys basketball team ran its season record to 8-1 with a pair of victories over nonleague opponents Perrydale and St. Paul during a successful Christmas break swing through Western Oregon on Dec. 28-29.

On Tuesday, Dec. 28, Prairie City coach Denis Fast said the Panthers played well against a good, athletic team to defeat Perrydale 65-46.

"We were down 31-30 at halftime, but came back and outscored them 25-15 in the second half to win the game," Fast said. "We were really strong in the second half and held them to just two points in the fourth quarter.

"Perrydale has a good team and they should win their league this year."

Evan Fast scored 17 points for the Panthers with Greg Waggoner hitting for 14 and Yazzie Voigt adding 11.

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, Fast and Waggoner had another big game scoring 17 and 14 points respectively, as Prairie City rolled to a 71-40 victory over St. Paul.

"St. Paul has a good, young team," coach Fast said. "I thought we played by far the best defensive game we've played all season against them.

"I was able to use 12 players in the game and all of them got significant playing time. That was a good deal for us.

"Also, it was good for our team to be able to travel to another part of the state and see how some of the other teams stack up against the kind of players we have."

Jason Jackson was the third player in double figures for Prairie City with 12 points.

The Panthers return to TriCo League competition on Friday, Jan. 7, traveling to Monument for a key game against the Tigers.

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