Tigers Wilt Un­der Fourth Quar­ter Heat

POTTSVILLE RIDES PRESS TO 51-35 WIN OVER PRAIRIE GROVE

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

PRAIRIE GROVE — Trail­ing Prairie Grove, 29-28, en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter Pottsville turned up the heat ap­ply­ing full-court pres­sure and went on to a 51-35 win Tues­day, Nov. 27, 2018.

The Apaches cre­ated turnovers on the Tigers’ first two pos­ses­sions of the pe­riod which they con­verted into Kade Main­hart’s 3-pointer, Lo­gan Porter’s drive and put­back of his own miss as well as an old-fash­ioned 3-point play from Carter Hor­ton. The 8 unan­swered points in the first 1:53 of the fourth al­lowed Pottsville to surge ahead, 36-29.

“We didn’t han­dle that change of pace very well and it cost us,” said Prairie Grove coach Steve Ed­mis­ton. “If we’d been a lit­tle bit more calm, got the ball back in the half-court, I think we could have been OK. We just made some mis­takes. The prob­lem was we made those mis­takes con­sec­u­tively and that al­lowed them to kind of run out on us a lit­tle bit.”

Pottsville outscored Prairie Grove 25-6 in the fourth quar­ter to pull away as Porter and Hor­ton each scored 15 points apiece to lead the Apaches.

In a way the fourth quar­ter press was a tes­ta­ment to Prairie Grove’s qual­ity of shot se­lec­tion in the third when the Tigers boasted a nearly 2-to-1 ad­van­tage in scor­ing ra­tio (11-6). The Tigers quickly erased a 22-18 half­time deficit get­ting a pair of John May­ers’ free throws and Ri­ley Rhodes’ 3-pointer to briefly take the lead be­fore it re­verted to Pottsville on two buck­ets in the paint.

Nick Pohlman el­e­vated on the base­line to score ty­ing the con­test at 26-26, the sec­ond tie of the pe­riod. Rhodes hit his sec­ond trey of the quar­ter on an as­sist from Alex Ed­mis­ton and the Tigers led by three. Wes­ley Heikes’ jump-hook pulled Pottsville within a point, at 29-28, at the close of the third.

“For three quar­ters I thought we played re­ally, re­ally well; made good de­ci­sions, hit some key shots, big shots,” Ed­mis­ton said. “Seems like the fourth quar­ter right now, we got to learn how to work through that, we got to learn how to play a com­plete game.”

Se­nior James Mill­wood led Prairie Grove with 13 points. Rhodes was also in dou­ble fig­ures with 11.

POTTSIVILLE 51, PRAIRIE GROVE 35

Pottsville 13 9 4 25 — 51 Prairie Grove 4 14 11 6 — 35 Pottsville (4-1): Lo­gan Porter 15, Carter Hor­ton 15, Kade Main­hart 12, Wes­ley Heikes 9.

Prairie Grove (1-3): James Mill­wood 13, Ri­ley Rhodes 11, John May­ers 4, Alex Ed­mis­ton 3, Nick Pohlman 2, Braden Ris­ner 2.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Prairie Grove se­nior Ri­ley Rhodes tries to work out of a half-court trap em­ployed by Pottsville. Rhodes scored 11 points, but the Tigers lost to the Apaches, 51-35, at home on Nov. 27.

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