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Boys basketball: Panthers pull away from Ashby in second half

The Parkers Prairie boys basketball team got above the .500 mark on the season with an 84-60 Little Eight Conference victory over Ashby at home on Thursday night.

The game was tight heading into the break with Parkers Prairie (10-9, 3-5 LEC) leading just 38-34, but was broken open with a second-half run by the Panthers.

Junior guard Casey Peterson led all scorers with 20 points for the Panthers.

"I was really proud of my team tonight," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "There were a lot of positives to take away from tonight, even though the score might not reflect it. The guys worked really hard to keep the game close in the first half. In the second half, we made some timely mistakes and the Panthers took advantage. It kind of took us out of our game plan and we never really recovered after that."

The Arrows (0-19, 0-8 LEC) were led by freshman forward Scott Johnson with 14 points and eight rebounds and senior guard Miles Wing put up 12 points, nine boards and four assists.

"I was really happy to see our guys a lot more aggressive on offense," Knick added. "It allowed us to get a lot better looks. Mason Jensen was a lot more aggressive tonight and hit some nice shots. Christian Koefod also had one of his best games of the season and Miles Wing did a little of everything."

Freshman guard Christian Norby finished with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists off the bench, Jensen had 11 points and eight boards and Koefod added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Parkers Prairie heads to Rothsay to take on the Tigers (1-16, 1-7 LEC) on Tuesday night at 7:15, while Ashby prepares for Underwood (9-8, 4-5 LEC) in a conference matchup at home on Monday night at 7:15.

GAME SUMMARY

PARKERS PRAIRIE 38 46 — 84

ASHBY 34 26 — 60

ASHBY — Johnson — 14 points, 8 rebounds; Wing — 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists; Norby — 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Jensen — 11 points, 8 rebounds; Koefod — 11 points, 7 rebounds; Nathan Cook — 6 rebounds, 4 steals

Will Benson

Will Benson is the sports reporter for the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2015 and is a Minnesota native, but grew up living in Iowa City, Iowa for 12 years. You can follow him on Twitter at WillBensonEP.