PRATT, Kan.- It can be understandably difficult for a team to find its groove after an extended layoff, but the Beavers showed no rust in today's 86-77 win over Neosho County.
Janell Douvier led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 57 percent (8-14) from the field. She was also 2-5 from beyond the arc, while adding seven rebounds to her state line. Dymond McElrath's offensive output has continued to trend upwards, as the sophomore guard added 19 points to Pratt's effort. She ended the afternoon 6-13 on her field goal attempts, including 3-7 from deep. Jazmin George came off the bench to provide key relief for the Beavers, scoring 12 points on five of six shooting.
As is part of Coach Ishee's script, defense was largely a part of the Beavers nine-point, forcing 21 Panther turnovers. Pratt managed to clog up the lane and get to the rim, as Neosho County accounted for 22 fouls compared to Pratt's 10. The Beavers took advantage of the margin, connecting on 23 of 28 free throws.
The win moves the Beavers to 10-4 on the season, and 4-1 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Coach Ishee will have a few days to prepare his team for a matchup with Butler Community College when the Beavers travel to El Dorado on January 8. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM.