PRAIRIE CITY - The Prairie City basketball teams went three for four last week.
The Panther boys dominated Harper and Huntington at home to rebound from a five-game losing streak. They beat Harper 70-33 Friday, Jan. 16. Prairie City took an early lead and controlled the game leading 41-7 at halftime.
Brandon Crisler led the team with 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. However, Dylan Hendriksen earned a double double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Hendriksen also added five steals. Tel Winegar had 11 points.
The Panthers got strong all-around contributions from Marshall Mecham with nine points, nine rebounds, nine steals and six assists, and Colton Schulze, with six points, nine steals and nine assists.
Prairie City continued to score big points with a 62-8 win against Huntington Saturday, Jan. 17. The Panthers put up 38 points in the first half while holding the Locomotives to five points. Prairie City kept Huntington scoreless in the second and third quarters.
Crisler again led the team, and earned a double double, with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He added five steals in the game. Hendriksen had 16 points and six rebounds. Mecham earned the Panthers' second double double of the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mecham added five steals and five assists. Schulze had nine points, five assists and five steals.
"Overall, it was a good weekend for us, we needed to get back on track with our offensive play and we definitely accomplished that this weekend," Prairie City coach Ryan Gerry said. "We were able to play at a very high level of intensity and the players that came in off the bench were able to also bring that to the floor. The test for us right now is to continue this level of play week in and week out."
The Panther girls also had two big games, although they were much closer. They beat Harper 42-36 Friday, Jan. 16 and fell 28-26 to Huntington Saturday, Jan. 17.
The Prairie City girls had 12 steals in the game against Harper. Skylar Fast had five steals of her own in the game. She also added five rebounds and five points against Harper. Sherree Wright led the team on offense with 12 points and six assists.
Prairie City kept the game against Huntington close for all 48 minutes. The Panthers led by four after the first quarter and trailed 12-11 at halftime. The game was up for grabs going into the fourth quarter with the score at 18-17, but the Locomotives outscored Prairie 10 to nine in the final quarter to secure the win.