Petty’s record night lifts Cats by Buffs
Amy Petty didn't need the Queen of Winter Sports crown she received at halftime of the De Soto High School boys game to prove herself regal.
The senior guard went off on Prairie View during De Soto's 54-47 home win Friday, setting what are believed to be school records with eight 3-pointers and 37 points.
Her latest point total gives her 210 points in the 10 games since the Christmas break, or a 21-point average during that stretch. She has reached 23 points in games against Wellsville, Louisburg and Paola. Then she had 30 versus Baldwin.
At times she appeared unstoppable Friday. But in Pettyesque fashion, she pointed to her teammates as the catalysts for her success.
"I was open," she said. "And my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball.
"Their coach was yelling at them to cover me better. But they didn't respond."
Petty started the game just like she ended it -- with the hot hand. The shooting guard made half of her 3-pointers in the opening period and scored all 16 De Soto points during that time span. The Wilidcats led 16-14 after the first eight minutes.
Early in the fourth period, Petty sandwiched two 3-pointers around Brianna Eldridge's old-fashioned three point play to turn a one point Wildcat lead into a 49-45 advantage with just more than two minutes left in the game.
Wildcat teammates Jackie Goleman and Kira Gonzalez scored the next four points with an offensive rebound and put back and a pair of free throws, helping De Soto secure the seven-point win.
Prairie View countered Petty's offensive explosion by getting 16 and 15 points from Kristina Sommer and Regan Boyer, respectively.
In the first period alone there were nine lead changes and a tie. The biggest lead either team could gain was three points. Then in the second period there were two lead changes and three ties.
The Wildcats took the lead for good with 66 seconds left in the opening half when Petty was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. She missed the first free throw but made the last two to give De Soto a 26-24 advantage. The Wildcats led 26-25 at the half.
Early in the second half, De Soto took a 34-27 lead when Goleman sank a pair of free throws with four minutes, 55 seconds left in the third quarter. Petty had six points in the 8-2 run.
Prairie View reduced the deficit to 37-36 when Carissa Wendt capped a 9-3 run with a running jumper with less than three minutes left in the period. De Soto led 42-38 going into the final period.
Eldridge cut the deficit to 43-42when she grabbed the final of three-straight Prairie View offensive rebounds and scored on the fourth quarter put back. Petty then secured the win with her long-range shooting.
De Soto shot just over 40 percent for the game on the strength of 9-for-16 shooting from behind the arc. Gonzalez knocked down the other three.
Prairie View shot under 32 percent from the field, but remained alive on the strength of a 43-34 rebounding advantage. The Buffalos pulled down 21 offensive caroms to keep possessions alive.
Hannah Page led the way for the Buffalos with 12 rebounds. Sommer and Eldridge pulled down 10 and nine boards, respectively. Goleman had eight for De Soto.