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Lady Prophets End An Era (video)00:00 AM January 29, 2018
The 2017-2018 edition of the Lady Prophet basketball team had the unenviable task of playing the program's last home game in school history on Monday night. While they were excited about the opportunity they had just a few factors weighing on their minds: Dozens of basketball alumni in attendance, Senior Night, and playing a team you just played 48 hours earlier. The team over came all the challenges and pulled out a 32-27 win over St. Bede.
The Prophets had defeated the Bruins on Saturday afternoon by 8 points in a hard fought contest. It was evident from the outset that the teams were very familiar with each other has neither team could do much on either end of the court with the Bruins holding a 7-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Prophetstown switched to a full court press to start the second quarter and were able to hold St. Bede scoreless for 7 minutes, but they had offensive problems of their own. The Prophets managed 6 points in the quarter with St. Bede hitting a 3-ball in the final 30 seconds to take a 11-8 halftime lead.
The Prophets began to execute their offense much better in the third quarter, but it was all with-in 8 feet of the basket as St. Bede did not give the Prophets any looks from the outside. P-town ended the night without a single 3-point basket. Courtney Pierceson scored the final 6 points of the quarter for the home team on three baseline jumpers to put the Prophets up 21-17. She led the scoring with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
St. Bede would not go away and were able to stay close hitting two 3-point shots in the final few minutes. The Prophets continued to patiently run their offense and took a 23-20 lead on a put back by Hannah Mckinney. The game eventually came down to free throws as Olivia-Hope Toppert and Courtney Pierceson each made critical charity tosses in the final 2 minutes. The Prophets were 12/19 from the line.
Senior Dena Johnson had 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
Watch the highlights of the final few minutes.
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