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Defensively, the Prairiland Patriots played aggressive, suffocating defense. Offensively, they shot the ball exceptionally well. And it all added up to a dominating 42-16 victory over Bonham on Tuesday, despite being down two starters.

“We’ve been in a slump lately, especially defensively, but we picked it up today,” Prairiland head coach Callie Tucker said. “Lately, we’ve needed grit and intensity that wasn’t there, but I saw it from them today, and that was really encouraging.”

Abi Farmer continued her strong play of late, building on a 32-point game last week and turning in a 19-point outing against Bonham.

“She’s really stepped up,” Tucker said. “It took her a bit to get into basketball mode after volleyball ended, but that’s to be expected. She’s really coming into her own out there and becoming a big leader for us.”

The effort was all the more impressive given that they were operating with a short bench, Tucker said.

“We’ve had two girls out with injuries, and so it’s been a rough week, but it’s been good,” she said. “They’re learning that no one’s going to step up for them, and that they have to take charge. They did that today.”

Tommy Culkin is sports editor for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at

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