MCLOUD – The Prague boys and girls had sweeping success on their return to the court from Christmas break at McLoud Tuesday night. The Lady Red Devils started the 2018 portion of their season with a 57-28 rout over the Lady Redskins and Isaac Bloomer led the Prague boys to a 49-39 win.
Bloomer put up all of Prague's points in an 8-4 run to kick off the game that included a 3-pointer and an and-1 bucket. Garret Wilson made a basket to get within two of the Red Devils, but a short 4-1 run pushed Prague out ahead 12-7 as the first quarter ended with both sides tossing up goose eggs for the final 1:38.
Chase Mahtapene made two free-throws to spark McLoud for eight unanswered points capped on a layup from Mahtapene and assist from Wilson to go up 15-12 with 2:53 before the half. Bloomer hit his second 3-pointer of the night in a 5-1 solo run that saw McLoud's Logan Wahpekeche miss his first free-throw and the Red Devils went into the lockers with a 17-16 advantage.
The teams kept trading blows in the third and up 27-26, Ray Embry put in a bucket to create some separation in a 13-2 run to go into the fourth with a 40-28 lead.
The final eight minutes were spent almost entirely at the free-throw line, where the Red Devils went 9-15. McLoud was 7-9 from the line in the final quarter. Mahtapene had two buckets in the fourth, making him the only player in the quarter that scored outside of the charity stripe.
Bloomer led all scorers with 26 points, Brady Thorpe had seven and Embry and Gage Cantrell each had six points.
The Redskins finished with three scorers in double digits but didn't have much outside help. Mahtapene had 13 to lead McLoud, Wilson had 12 and Brandon Vinson had 11. Wahpekeche was the only other scorer for McLoud and finished with three points.
The win moves Prague to 3-4 on the season as they prepare to head to the Ripley Tournament this Thursday through Saturday. McLoud drops to 4-5 and will play in the Bethany Invitational this weekend.
The Lady Red Devils remained undefeated on the season and stopped McLoud's win streak at three with their 57-28 win on the road at McLoud Tuesday night.
Prague got off to a 13-5 run in the first and extended ahead 26-11 at the half.
Chantae Embry kept pounding the paint to kick off a 17-2 run that saw Cheyenne Banks put in the only bucket of the quarter for McLoud with 3:45 left before the fourth.
Embry made two free-throws with 5:11 left in the game to go up 53-16 before making her exit. Callie Cardin drained a triple to send McLoud on a 12-4 run to close things out, but there was no catching up at that point.
Embry completed the game with 25 points to lead all scorers while Macyn Anderson had nine and Morgan Cooper had eight.
Banks led McLoud with nine points and Katelyn Hoover had five. Cardin drained two 3-pointers to finish with six points.
No. 2 in Class 2A Prague (7-0) will try to keep their record untarnished at the Ripley Tournament this weekend. The Lady Devils won their host tournament Dec. 16, with a 62-59 overtime victory against No. 5 in 5A Woodward.
McLoud (3-6) will travel to Bethany this weekend to play in the Bethany Tournament.