Rising Star: Pretty Prairie girls basketball

Pretty Prairie girls’ basketball won the program’s first state championship this season.
Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 9:30 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Pretty Prairie girls’ basketball won the program’s first state championship this past weekend. Upsetting the two seed Centralia for the 1A-D1 title in a nail-biting showdown.

In the last seconds of the game, Centralia threw up a three at the final buzzer, hoping to get the one-point win over Pretty Prairie.

“The entire thing was just nerve wracking. The last quarter, I do not remember much of,” said senior post Mckenna Vogl. “It was just completely a blur but just watching and hoping that that shot wouldn’t go in, was just insane and that feeling after was just amazing.”

But the shot bounced off and the Bulldogs won their first state title ever, 37-35.

“We actually haven’t had a lot of close games this year. We’ve beat people by more than ten in every other game. So having a close game, just watching us battle, make big shots, make big stops, it was fun,” said Pretty Prairie head girls coach Scott Goering.

“I had this feeling inside that I didn’t really tell anybody about, but I kind of felt like it was our season,” said senior point guard Jorah Harbaugh.

Jorah Harbaugh and her younger sister Joley’s mother Jenny, currently an assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs, led Pretty Prairie to its last state tournament appearance 22 years ago when she played.

“It’s kind of a dream come true, not going to lie. I know when my mom was in high school they were the last ones to go to state and just talking or being with some of her teammates that went and I think they got fourth back then,” said Harbaugh. “Just the experience was so unreal and we made it all the way to the championship game. It was just so crazy.”

Able to finish the business their mom started over two decades ago.

“Our cross-country team took third in the state and our volleyball team took second and so that kind of really lifted us for basketball, got us ready for that, getting that confidence, showing them that they can accomplish a lot,” said Goering.

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