Pretty Prairie makes history with state title win
DODGE CITY, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Pretty Prairie Lady Bulldogs won their first-ever Basketball State Championship with a 37-35 victory over the Centralia Lady Panthers.
Centralia entered the Class 1A Division I tournament as the second seed. Pretty Prairie came in as the five seed.
Centralia took an early lead on an Oen Deters three-pointer. Pretty Prairie quickly took a 5-3 lead on a McKenna Vogl layup and Abigail White three. The lead would change hands six times in the opening quarter. Centralia led 13-12 at the end of the quarter.
Pretty Prairie went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter. They never led by more than six in the quarter or the game. They finished the quarter leading Centralia 24-21.The two teams combined for only 12 points in the third quarter. Centralia trimmed the Lady Bulldog lead to just one point, 29-28.The fourth quarter saw six lead changes between the two teams. With thirty seconds to go, Centralia led by one point, 35-34. Aubrey Young found an open Abigail White at the top of the key. White shot a three-pointer and made it. Pretty Prairie retook the lead 37-35.Centralia took a desperation heave and missed as the buzzer sounded. Pretty Prairie celebrated their win in the center of the court.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 38.9% making 14 of 36 field goals. They made four of 12 three-pointers and five of eight free-throws. Pretty Prairie had a total of 34 rebounds, 10 offensive, and 24 defensive. They also got 12 points from their bench players.
McKenna Vogl led the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points. Abigail White scored eight with two threes. Aubrey Young scored the other two threes on her way to nine points.
”Our defense and our rebounding has won us 25 games this year,” said Pretty Prairie Head Coach Scott Goering. “We gotta get stops down the stretch and we have to rebound. Then good things happen.
”In their last six games, Pretty Prairie allowed only 25.7 points per game. Five of those six teams won 20 games or more this season.
”We have won every tournament we played in this year,” said Coach Goering. “That was our goal, to win four tournaments.
”Centralia shot 24.4% from the field making 11 of 45 shots. They made five of 18 three-pointers and eight of 10 from the free-throw line. Avery Deters led the Lady Panthers with 17 points. Her sister, Oen Deters, scored 16 points.
Pretty Prairie last played for the state championship in 1996 but lost the game. This year’s victory gives the Lady Bulldogs their first Basketball State Championship and finishes the year 25-1.
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