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Basketball team beats
Smithville, loses to Benton

by Tad Brewer
Landmark editor

The Platte County Pirate boys’ basketball team moved to 8-16 on the season, after recently defeating Smithville and losing to Benton.

Both of these games came against Midland Empire Conference opponents.

The Pirates took on the Smithville Warriors on Tuesday, Feb. 12. This game was the annual Senior/Parent’s Night game.

The Pirates put on a show for their parents, as they took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back the rest of the way.

After the first quarter of action, Platte County had jumped out to an early three-point lead over the Warriors. The Pirates led 12-9, and they never looked back from there.

Platte County outscored Smithville 15-12 in the third quarter of action.

As the game entered halftime, Platte County controlled the momentum in the first half and looked to do the same during the second half. The Pirates led 27-21 at the half, and needed to hold off the Warriors throughout the second half, in order to pick up a much needed conference victory.
Platte County’s defense did the job in the third quarter as they prevented Smithville from cutting into the Pirates’ lead.

The Warriors only scored seven points, while the Pirates were able to put up 11 points of their own. This gave Platte County a 10-point, 38-28 point lead as the game entered the final quarter of action.

In the fourth quarter, the Pirates’ defense gave up 13 points, but offensively Platte County still outdid the Warriors, putting up 14 points of their own. The Pirates won this game by a final score of 52-41.

Senior Mitch Black put on a show on Senior Night, as he burnt the Warriors for 25-points. Black was followed in scoring by freshman Zo Riley with 11, juniors Sean O’Connor and Kyle Richter with 6 points apiece, and then junior Mark Dudley who had 4 points. Black had the only three-pointer on the night, for Platte County. Junior Travis Frogge sat this game out, and did not play.

In their second conference game of the week, the St. Joseph Benton Cardinals traveled into town.

The Pirates had already lost to the Cardinals earlier in the season, back in the Kearney Tournament. Platte County sought revenge for this earlier loss, but the Pirates would not find it, as they would fall to Benton for the second time this season.

Platte County stayed even with Benton through much of the game, and neither team could keep the momentum, nor pull away from the other team. After the first quarter of action, the Pirates trailed the Cardinals by only two points, 12-10.

In the second quarter, neither team was able to make any large advances offensively. Benton outscored Platte County 9-5 during the second quarter.

As the game entered halftime, Benton had extended its lead to six points over the Pirates. The Cardinals led Platte County by a small score of only 21-15 at halftime. The Pirates needed to come out in the third quarter and set the tone for the second half.

Platte County came out in the third quarter on fire offensively. The Pirates were able to take the lead away from Benton by the time that the third quarter had ended. Platte County outscored Benton 24-13 during the third quarter, and took a 39-34 point lead as the game was set to enter the final quarter.

Despite putting up 24 points of offense in the previous quarter, the Pirates could not find their offensive niche in the fourth quarter. Platte County gave up 12 points defensively, while they were only able to muster up 1 point of their own during the fourth quarter. Benton won the ballgame by a final score of 46-40.

For the second game in a row, Black led all of the Platte County scorers with 14 points. Black was followed in scoring by Frogge with 13 points, junior Brent Parker with 6 points, Riley with 5 points, and senior Shane Praiswater had 2 points.