MEEKER – The Prague basketball teams kicked off their seasons on local rival Meeker's turf Saturday, resulting in a 76-62 win for the Meeker boys and a 59-24 win for the Prague girls.
Dylan Thomas kicked things off for the Bulldogs with a 2-pointer and 3-pointer to start the boys game and give Meeker an early 5-0 lead. Josh Whitfield hit a layup and-one but two 3-pointers by Prague's Isaac Bloomer kept the Red Devils in it early.
The Bulldogs closed out the first with a 10-4 run to take an 18-10 lead at the end of the first. The teams stayed in step for the most part for the second and third, but any time Prague would close the gap, Meeker would get small rallies going to take back the momentum.
Prague's Zadden Jones fouled out early into the fourth quarter and Bloomer received his fifth foul with 35.7 to go. Several other players were on the verge of fouling out.
Thomas, Josh Whitfield, and Justis Nelson each finished with four fouls for Meeker and Brady Thorpe, Gage Cantrell and Calvin Boyce had four for Prague.
Meeker's Joe Coker led all scorers with 17 points, including three 3-pointers and was 4-5 from the stripe. Whitfield had 15, Thomas and James Green had 12 apiece and Brett Roach had 11.
Bloomer led Prague with 16 points, Cantrell had 13 and Jones put in 12.
The win moves the Bulldogs to 3-0 on the season. They will host Luther Tuesday and play in the OBU tournament from Thursday through Saturday. The 0-1 Red Devils travel to Stroud Tuesday.
Chantae Embry started her high school career off on a high note Saturday as the Prague girls beat Meeker 59-24.
Embry kicked off the game with a 3-pointer and led all scorers with 28 points. She was 11-17 from the field and had eight rebounds. Macyn Anderson had 14 points for the Lady Devils on five 3-point buckets.
Kennedy Brewster had eight points to lead the Meeker girls.
The Prague girls got off to a shaky offensive start, coach Benny Burnett said, but they held Meeker to only two field goals in the first half to enter the break with a 23-8 lead. The offense came around in the second half, outscoring Meeker 13-9 in the third and 23-7 in the fourth.
Meeker (1-2) will host Luther at 6:30 Tuesday as 1-0 Prague heads to Stroud.