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Prairie Home season will have happy ending despite loss

Prairie Home dropped a 57-36 decision to Walnut Grove in a Class 1 semifinal game Thursday. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

COLUMBIA --- This wasn't the end of the dream, it was just a pause.

A disappointing pause, to be sure, but a pause nonetheless.

And it doesn't really matter what the scoreboard reads on Friday, either, this story will have a happy ending.

As it should. Because this season has been something special.

There's no sugar-coating this one, however, as the tradition-rich Walnut Grove Lady Tigers brushed aside the Prairie Home Lady Panthers --- these new kids on the block --- 57-36 in the Class 1 semifinals Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

"I thought we came out kind of flat tonight. I don't know why, but we did," Lady Panthers coach Dalton Armontrout said. "I'm sure the atmosphere and everything else had something to do with it, but I thought we were kind of timid. We didn't attack the basket at all.

"We were out of rhythm and we stood around a lot tonight, more than usual."

As usual, the Lady Panthers were out-numbered --- Walnut Grove has more cheerleaders (eight) than Prairie Home has players (six).

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