Prairie Ridge runs past Dundee-Crown in 4th quarter
This is not how Dundee-Crown would have written the script for senior night.
Prairie Ridge overcame a 9-point second-half deficit to hand the Chargers a 46-43 loss.
The Wolves, trailing 36-27, scored the last basket of the third quarter and opened the fourth with a 15-5 run to take the lead for good.
Down a point, the Chargers' defense forced 3 straight turnovers but they couldn't convert at the other end. Two free throws with less than 10 seconds to go put the Wolves up 3, and D-C's 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.
"We had our chances," said Chargers coach Lance Huber. "We had a big lead and let it slip away. I thought Prairie Ridge did a great job of getting back in the ballgame. They capitalized on opportunities and they made some shots. We had some looks and just couldn't quite knock them down."
Zach Lindquist was the unlikely catalyst for Prairie Ridge. He came off the bench to knock down three 3-pointers during the Wolves' late run, and wound up as their leading scorer with 13 points.
Kennon Cook had 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the way for D-C. Terrell Powell, one of the Chargers playing his final home game, added 12 points and 5 boards.
The teams traded runs throughout. The Chargers fell behind 13-4 in the second quarter. But Cook scored 6 points during a 16-2 run that put the Chargers up 5. They took their biggest lead on a shot from beyond the arc by Cook, but couldn't sustain the momentum.
The Chargers were their own worst enemy at times with 19 turnovers. By contrast, Prairie Ridge turned it over just once in the first half and 7 times for the game.
"We're just really loose with the ball," Huber said. "And until we clean that up, we're not going to be very successful. And we missed a lot of layups too, and that's a bad combination."
The Chargers did some good things as well, outrebounding the visitors and holding them to 35% shooting, but they fell to 4-6, 4-5.
Mason Loucks added 10 points for Prairie Ridge, while Carter Evans contributed 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Hunter Guyon added 6 points for the Chargers.