Originally published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 12:05a.m.

PRESCOTT — The Prescott boys basketball team found themselves in another battle Monday against region foe Coconino. It was a better performance for the Badgers, who played better defense and had more energy in the early going, but they met the same fate they have all season at home, a loss. The Badgers fell to the Panthers 64-58.

It was a close game throughout, with both the Badgers and Panthers making runs over the course of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, the Badgers cut the lead to only four but turnovers late sealed their fate and moved their region record to 1-2.

Once again, it wasn’t a bad game for the Badgers, but rather their inability to put together a full 32 minutes that hurt them tonight, especially being outscored 17-6 in the second.

“The second quarter (was the difference tonight),” said Badgers head coach Travis Stedman. “We didn’t match their intensity coming into the second quarter. We had everything going, the ball was falling and when the ball is falling everything is good, everything is easy and the bucket seems huge, but (when) you start dealing with adversity that bucket gets smaller and smaller.”

For the game, the Badgers were led by Korey Schwartz with 15 points, followed by Milap Owens who had 13.

The Panthers were led by Preston Olney with 16 points, while Roy Billups and Brennan Motes pitched in 14 pints apiece.

UP NEXT

The Badgers play next after the winter break on the road at Lee Williams High School on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 5 p.m.

Chris Whitcomb is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @AZChris32. Email him at cwhitcomb@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.