By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
On Senior Night at East Troy high school, it was only appropriate that Nate Dodge and the Prahl brothers were the dominating force against Jefferson. The Trojans cleaned up a sloppy start and got the easy victory on Tuesday night, 74-64.
Senior Night is suppose to honor all the hard work these four years players have put into their team throughout their college career. On Tuesday night you didn’t have to know the names of the three East Troy seniors, to know who they were. Nate Dodge finished the game with 15 points on 6-12 shooting, Alex Prahl chipped in 17 points and Brett Prahl was two points from breaking his own scoring record, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds.
Jefferson and East Troy both had to shake off a sloppy start, which saw 5 turnovers within the first minute and a half of the game. The Eagles were outsized before they even took the floor, with their tallest player Scott Janney only standing at 6’5. The Trojans got back in the groove quickly as they went on to have a 22 points quarter, holding the Eagles to only 11 points.
Head Coach Darren Rayfield of East Troy subbed his starters in and out through out the first quarter, as the game started to seem in their hands with a 22-11 score at the end of the first. “I knew we had a size advantage even with the bench guys, so I wanted to keep my starters fresh and sit them periodically.” It didn’t help Jefferson that they racked up ten turnovers in the first quarter and looking nervous at times against East Troy’s monster frontcourt.
The start of the second quarter is something that Jefferson would like to quickly forget. The Eagles could not score a basket against the Trojan’s defense for the first four minutes of play, and were only able to score 7 points in the second quarter. They missed shot after shot as East Troy’s big men lived under the basket grabbing rebounds. Coach Rayfield kept his starters in most of the second quarter, which shows why they went into the half with a 40-17 lead over the Eagles.
After halftime Jefferson wanted to show everyone that they weren’t just going to lay down against a bigger opponent. The Eagles gained a little momentum starting the third on a 6-0 run, causing East Troy to call a quick timeout. “The guys just didn’t look full focused coming out of the locker room, so I wanted to call a timeout before Jefferson went on a bigger run,” said Rayfield. Those quick six points were the only ones that came easy to the Eagle in the third, as Brett and Alex Prahl locked down the paint the rest of the quarter. With a 1:45 left in the third, the Trojans were leading 55-31 with most of their bench in the game. Jefferson was able to score 21 points in that quarter, but still trailed 61-38 going into the fourth.
As the fourth quarter started, sitting on the bench was all of the East Troy starters. This is when Jefferson made a small run, but was quickly dissolved as the Trojans put Nate Dodge back in the game, who made sure the Eagles didn’t get any closer. Jefferson was able to score most of their points in the post late in the game, because the Prahl brothers were on the bench. East Troy was to big, quick; ball dominant and basketball smart for Jefferson. The Eagles leading scorer was point guard, Marcus Ott, who finished with 14 points and 4 assists. The final score 74-64, does not do the game justice as most Jefferson points were scored when East Troy had their bench in. The East Troy Trojans increase their undefeated record to 15-0, looking to be in great shape come playoff time next week.
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