The Butte Falls Loggers jumped to a quick lead on a pair of threes by junior point guard Emmit Bateman and extended the lead to 10 before the Prospect Cougars got on the board. The Cougars fought back, but still found themselves on the short end of a 17-9 score at the end of the first period.For a time, especially at the end of the second period, it appeared that the Loggers were going to run away with the game, but to the credit of Prospect, they never gave up and eventually fought back and took the lead in the game at the buzzer to end the third period. The Cougars tied the game at 48 and took the lead with a three-pointer, their first lead of the entire game.
In the fourth period, the Loggers managed to work up a four point lead, only to see that evaporate when the Cougars again tied the game at 59, and then again at 61. The Loggers went up by three and the game ended with that margin at 66-63.
From the opening, the game was non-stop action. Despite the tight dimensions of this court there was a great deal of activity and relatively little whistled calls by the referees. James Ramirez ended up on the line several times for the Loggers during the third period missing on a couple occasions before finding the range and dropping four in a row.
This was the second meeting of the year for the two teams; earlier in the year they met at Prospect and the cougars pulled that one out in a low-scoring contest with a final of 43-33. This loss drops Prospect to 7-10 for the season; Butte Falls improves to 8-13. Both teams played Saturday (after press time) and have a final game on Feb. 16.
At the end of the season, Prospect will lose seven seniors, Lane May, Boston Ehlers, Isaac Reynolds, Kyle Roe, Kevin Baker, Scotty Kennedy and Evan Jermain. James Ramirez is the only senior player listed on the Loggers roster.
Butte Falls had four players in double figures; Alex Cool-Hunsaker had a career high 19 according to Coach Kim Horn.