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Panther Boys come up short at Holiday Hoops Tourney

The Prairie Heights boys basketball team experienced a rough end to 2011 last Thursday and Friday at the Holiday Hoops Tournament played at both Columbia City and Carroll.

Coach Brett Eltzroth’s Panthers lost each of their four games in the event, causing their overall season record to dip to 2-9.

Prairie Heights’ best showing in the tourney actually came in its initial game against East Noble Thursday afternoon. The Panthers rallied to tie the Knights, 46-46 at the end of regulation time. East Noble then put together a 7-2 run in the extra session to claim a 53-48 victory.

T.J. Blair tossed in 17 points to pace the Knights. Ian Dove and Jacob Brown both chipped in 11 markers to the winning attack.

Jacob Heller tallied 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to top Prairie Heights. Ryan Day added 10 points, Tyler Carbone seven boards and Jackie Owens three assists to the Panther ledger.

A couple of hours later, a weary Panther club stepped onto the court against host Columbia City, which was making its tourney debut. The fresher Eagles flew to a 94-23 triumph.

Derek Hinen led a quintet of Columbia City players in double figures with 18 points. Daniel Woll and Matt Rethlake each knocked down 16 points, while Drew Benedict and Drew Burnsworth netted 14 apiece.

Heller had six points and Dylan Stayner five for the Panthers.

Prairie Heights took on Wawasee in its first of two games Friday. Sparked by 24 points from Jacob Thompson and 13 from Ryndan Aaron, the Warriors pulled away for a 64-38 victory over the Panthers.

Heller again spearheaded the Prairie Heights attack with 13 points and seven rebounds. Woody Riha pitched in eight markers and Carbone nabbed seven caroms.

In their tourney ender, the Panthers came up short to Heritage, 74-42. Four Patriots finished in double digits, led by Mitch Castleman with 17 points.

Kyler West drilled 15 points and dished out three assists for Prairie Heights. Heller tacked on 13 markers and Carbone five rebounds.

GAME SUMMARIES

East Noble 53

Prairie Heights 48 (OT)

Scoring by quarters

EN 16 8 10 12 7 -53

PH 12 11 8 15 2 -48

East Noble

Ben Murray 2; Jacob Brown 11; Ian Dove 11; Nick Myers 7; Houston Pattee 2; T.J. Blair 17; Andrew Gordon 3

Prairie Heights

Ryan Day 10; Kyler West 6; Jackie Owens 0; Landon Wohlers 4; Jacob Heller 21; Tyler Carbone 4; Woody Riha 3; Spencer Hess 0; Zach Shepard 0; Dylan Stayner 0; Tom Beiswanger 0

Columbia City 94

Prairie Heights 23

Scoring by quarters

CC 25 25 30 14 -94

PH 10 5 2 6 -23

Columbia City

Drew Benedict 14; Derek Hinen 18; Drew Burnsworth 14; Brandon Gay 0; Matt Rethlake 16; Jacob Johnson 5; Daniel Woll 16; Tristan Wright 3; Jonathon Simmons 4; Austin Paul 4

Prairie Heights

Ryan Day 0; Kyler West 2; Jackie Owens 2; Landon Wohlers 0; Jacob Heller 6; Tyler Carbone 0; Woody Riha 2; Spencer Hess 0; Corey Johnson 3; Zach Shepard 3; Dylan Stayner 5; Tom Beiswanger 0

Wawasee 64

Prairie Heights 38

Scoring by quarters

WW 17 21 20 6 -64

PH 12 16 9 1 -38

Wawasee

Austin Lutz 0; Douglas Hapner 0; Trent Koble 8; Chase Myers 0; Jacob Thompson 24; Ryndan Aaron 13; Alex Clark 8; Zac Patrick 4; Garrett Balser 2; Justin Fick 4; Bauer Schmeltz 0; Kody Carpenter 1

Prairie Heights

Ryan Day 4; Kyler West 6; Jackie Owens 0; Landon Wohlers 2; Jacob Heller 13; Tyler Carbone 0; Woody Riha 8; Spencer Hess 2; Corey Johnson 0; Zach Shepard 3; Dylan Stayner 0; Caston Everidge 0; Tom Beiswanger 0

Heritage 74

Prairie Heights 42

Scoring by quarters

HE 19 20 16 19 -74

PH 9 9 13 11 -42

Heritage

Will Knapke 9; Conner Sheehan 2; Nate Scheumann 12; Mitch Castleman 17; Brenton Lockett 7; Aaron Home 10; Zac Toles 11; Gerardot 6

Prairie Heights

Ryan Day 3; Kyler West 15; Jackie Owens 0; Landon Wohlers 2; Jacob Heller 13; Tyler Carbone 0; Woody Riha 2; Spencer Hess 5; Corey Johnson 0; Zach Shepard 2; Dylan Stayner 0; Caston Everidge 0; Tom Beiswanger 0