MONUMENT - It'll be another clash of the cats Thursday, Feb. 9, when the Dayville/Monument High School and Prairie City boys basketball teams face off for their second league game of the season.
Both teams are at the top of the High Desert League-West. A win for Dayville/Monument will put them as the No. 1 seed for the 1A-8 District Tournament, set to begin Thursday, Feb. 16 in John Day.
A win by Prairie City would mean a playoff game, likely on Saturday, Feb. 11, at a neutral site.
"A lot is at stake, and we anticipate a hard-fought game," said Dayville/Monument coach Ron Schafer.
"We will go and play tough like we've done the last couple of weeks. We want to come out with intensity and passion, and execute our offense and defense. We hope for a victory," said Prairie City coach Darren Lemon.
Other Tiger action
The Tigers took two more wins last weekend.
They scored a 68-35 win at Spray on Thursday, Feb. 2, and grabbed a 78-29 win on Feb. 4 over the Ukiah Cougars, in a home game played at Monument.
In the game with Spray, among the scoring, Tiger Jake Buce led with 17 points; Jon Kimball put up 13 points; Justin Larson, 12; Colten Winters, 11; and Jamen Schafer, 8 points.
Both offense and defense came out strong, said coach Schafer.
"Every player on the team played and scored," he said of the Ukiah game. The Tigers were led offensively by Winters, with 22 points. Jamen Schafer had 10 points; Kimball, 8; Jeremy Hand, 8; and Larson, 7. Other players also put up points for the team.
After facing Prairie City, the Tigers will travel to Mitchell for a final league game on Friday, Feb. 10.
Other Panther action
The Panthers beat the Long Creek Mountaineers 69-23 at Long Creek on Feb. 3.
Younger players got in playing experience against the Mountaineers, who never give up, noted Lemon.
Prairie City continues to work on its free throws, which he said could be a deciding factor in this weeks games.
Brady Doty led with 11 points; Mack Clark and Cory Hayes each had 10; Zane Stewart, 9; Derek Kell, 8; Austin Rose, 6; Kushaiah Dahlen and Cole Hoberg, 4 each; Fernando Ceja, 3; and Sawyer Schulze and Triston Emmel, 2 each.
The Prairie City boys beat the Spray Eagles 70-47 on Feb. 4 at Prairie City.
Prairie City worked on their offensive and defensive play against the Eagles, who play a man-to-man defense. The senior night was emotional for the six Panther seniors, Lemon said.
Doty led the Panther scoring with 15; Hoberg had 12; Kell, 11; Schulze, 8; Rose, 6; Emmel, 4; Hayes, 3; Dahlen and Stewart, 2 each; and Ceja, 1.
The squad had one more game on the official schedule. Theyll travel to Ukiah on Friday, Feb. 10.
You never know whats gonna happen up there, Lemon said. Games are always tough in the Ukiah gym. They have a small court, and the home team takes advantage of it.
Lemon hopes Prairie City fans will turn out in Dayville, and he urges them to arrive early.