put losses on Pirate team
The Pirate boys basketball team opened up MEC Conference
action on Jan. 3, with a home game against the Chillicothe
Both of the teams played pretty much neck and neck the
first half, despite the fact that Chillicothe went on
to win 58-47.
After the first quarter of action, neither team appeared
to have control, as Chillicothe had a one-point lead after
outscoring the Pirates 8-7.
In the second quarter, the Hornets outscored the Pirates
by only three points. Chillicothe outscored Platte County
14-11 to take just a 22-18 lead into halftime.
The Hornets came out of halftime with a little more offense
that the Pirates, outscoring them 13-8 in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, both teams offenses came
to life. During the quarter the two teams combined for
44 points. Chillicothe did, however, outscore the Pirates
again 23-21. This gave Chillicothe a 58-47 conference
victory over the Pirates.
Junior Travis Frogge was the leading scorer for the Pirates,
putting up a season high 27 points. Frogge also shot 2-2
from behind the three-point line. Senior Mitch Black followed
Frogge with 10 points. Freshman Zo Riley was able to contribute
six points to the Pirates' effort, and junior Sean OConnor
had four points.
The Pirates hit 60 percent of their shots from the field,
and 50 percent from the free throw line during the game.
OConnor led the team with nine rebounds on the
night. OConnor was followed by Riley with seven,
Black with five, Frogge with two, and senior Shane Praiswater
and junior Taylor Seedorf both had one rebound each.
Junior Kyle Richter led the team with three steals, followed
by Black and Riley who both had one steal apiece.
The next night, Jan. 4, the Pirates headed north to LeBlond
in St. Joseph, but the Pirates could not pull out a win.
Platte County lost to LeBlond by a final score of 58-38.
Platte County jumped out to an early lead in the game.
They appeared to have momentum early on as they outscored
LeBlond 8-7 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, LeBlond broke the game open. They
came out on fire and outscored the Pirates 24-6. This
gave LeBlond a sizable 31-14 halftime lead.
The Pirates came out in the third quarter, but they could
not gain any ground on LeBlond, as both teams scored 13
points in the quarter.
Platte County could not overcome the large point spread
in the fourth quarter, and the Pirates were again outscored,
this time 14-11.
LeBlond was able to overwhelm the Pirates by a final
score of 58-38.
Frogge was again the leading scorer with 10 points and
one three-pointer. Frogge was followed by OConnor
who had eight points, Riley and Seedorf had seven points
apiece, and Richter had six points.
The Pirates shot only 29.5 percent from the field, making
only 13 shots out of 44 attempts. Platte County shot 55
percent from the free throw line, making 11 of 20 free
Richter led the team with five rebounds, and was followed
by OConnor with four, Black with three, and Frogge,
Seedorf, Riley, and junior Brent Parker all had one rebound
Richter and OConnor both led the team with three
The next varsity action for the boys basketball
team comes at the Kearney Tournament. The Kearney Tournament
lasts from Jan. 7-12, at Kearney.