PRAIRIE CITY - Lindy Black hit a basket to open the game for the Prairie City girls against Crane on Friday, Dec. 6, but after that the Mustangs went on a 12-2 run and cruised to a 51-36 non-league basketball victory.
The loss dropped Prairie City's season record to 1-1.
After falling behind early, the Mustangs caught fire and took an 8-2 lead with 5:22 showing on the clock in the first quarter.
"We came out in a fog and I don't know what the problem was," Prairie City coach Gene Mills said.
Panther center Amanda Rockhill got into foul trouble in the first quarter which enabled Crane to work the ball inside for some easy baskets to build a 14-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
Prairie City pulled things together in the second quarter and played Crane evenly, with each team putting 13 points on the board.
Trailing 27-17 heading into the third quarter, Prairie City stayed hot from the field with 15 points to begin cutting into the Mustang lead.
"We played well and were down by only seven points to start the fourth quarter and then let things slip away from us," Mills said.
In the fourth quarter the wheels came off the Prairie City offensive machine and Crane out-scored the Panthers 12-4 to put the game away.
"We let them work the ball inside on us in the fourth quarter and they were able to score some easy points," Mills said. "They have a good team, but we were able to play right with them most of the time."
Nicole Lawrence scored 13 points for Prairie City and Black added seven. Brittany Reid and Rockhill checked in with six points apiece.
Crane had two players in double figures, led by Katrina Pelroy with a game-high 16 points. Teammate Laura Nichols scored 14.
Prairie City played in Monument against Monument-Dayville on Tuesday; results from that game were not available at press time. The team hosts the Tigers in a return game on Friday, Dec. 13. Tip-off time is set for 6 p.m.