Class 3A’s 19th-ranked Prague held Depew scoreless in the fourth quarter, and the Red Devils punched their ticket to Saturday’s Prague Chamber Czech Holiday Classic finals by way of a 48-36 win Thursday night.
The Devils led 14-8 after one quarter, but were tied at 27 with the Class 2A Hornets at the half. Each team added nine points in the third for a 36-all deadlock to start the final eight minutes of play, and that’s when PHS head coach David Day called for the press.
“We pressed them hard,” Day said. “Our defense in the fourth quarter was the key.”
The Devils outscored the Hornets 12-0 down the stretch.
Grayson Hamm, by way of four shots from 3-point range, fueled Prague with a season-best 18 points. Tyler Ouderkirk added a pair of treys and a dozen points for the victors.
“That was Grayson’s best game of the year,” Day said.
Luke Edwards and Wyatt Smith led Depew with 13 and 11, respectively. Smith nailed three shots from beyond the arc.
Now 3-2, the Red Devils will face Henryetta at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the tournament’s championship game.
Henryetta’s Megan Tabor hit a bucket as time expired, allowing Class 3A’s No. 14 Lady Knights to record a 48-46 upset over host and sixth-ranked Prague in Thursday’s semifinals of the Prague Chamber Czech Holiday Classic.
The Lady Red Devils trailed by six after the first quarter, but came back to shared a 25-all halftime tie. Prague led 36-34 after three quarters.
“It was a hard-fought game, but we just turned the ball over a lot,” said PHS head coach Jay Depanion, whose Lady Devils are now 4-1 on the season.
Prague’s Whitney Stotler poured in a game-high 26 points in a losing cause. Three Lady Knights finished in double figures, led by MaKayla Blackbear’s 14.
Tabor finished with 10 points.
The Lady Red Devils will face Depew at 4 p.m. Saturday in the tournament’s third-place game.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.