The Prairie High girls basketball team proved they can play just fine with seven players.
Fine enough in fact to become the first team from outside California to win the West Coast Jamboree.
Megan Lindsley scored 21 points and Andrea Smith a career-high 16 as the Falcons defeated Southern California power Buena of Ventura, Calif., on Friday in the final of the Gold Division of the tournament at Antioch, Calif.
“We just pressed hard from the get-go,” Prairie coach Al Alridge said. “It was our fourth day in a row playing, plus we were playing only seven kids, so it was a good accomplishment in that regard.”
Prairie (9-1) was able to build a lead of 12 points late in the game before turnovers helped Buena close the gap.
Jackie Lanz, who had 12 points, iced the game for the Falcons with two 3-pointers.
Heather Corral, who had an off-game with just five points, and Cori Woodward, who had seven points, 11 assists and six rebounds, were named to the all-tournament team.
West Coast Jamboree
At Antioch, Calif.
PRAIRIE 67, BUENA 60
PRAIRIE — Cori Woodward 7, Heather Corral 5, Kelsey Asplund 6, Nicole Goecke 0, Megan Lindsley 21, Andrea Smith 16, Jackie Lanz 12. Totals 25 (10) 7-10 67.
BUENA — Smith 2, McGuier 18, C. Maciel 8, Hernandez 6, T. Marciel 4, Cooper 9, Moten 14. Totals 20 (4) 17-23 60.
Prairie 20 11 21 15—67
Buena 13 10 20 17—60