CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie Ridge guard Michael Bradshaw came out of the Wolves’ locker room after halftime as hot as a sauna.
Bradshaw made his first five shots of the third quarter, including two 3-pointers that capped a run of 15 consecutive Prairie Ridge points that started in the second quarter, as the Wolves defeated Grant, 64-42, in their nonconference boys basketball game Saturday night.
“I just got open shots, got a couple screens on me, I know that,” said Bradshaw, who finished with a game-high 20 points. “Everyone was trying to get me the ball after I made a couple in a row. I looked for my shot pretty quick and they kept falling.”
Prairie Ridge (8-6) actually trailed 17-16 with 2:44 remaining in the first half, but led 21-17 at halftime. Steve Ticknor scored on a rebound basket to start the second half, then Bradshaw hit a layup, two 3s and a 16-footer in the Wolves’ next 10 points. The lead went to 35-19.
“[Grant] is a very good team in transition,” Wolves coach Corky Card said. “We want to run, but we didn’t want it to be a sloppy, ugly game. The best thing we did was keep pressure on them and not give them many open looks, just made them fight for everything.”
The Wolves shot 68 percent (17 of 25) on second-half field goals and hit 60 percent (27 of 45) for the game.
“We were getting good shots and moving the ball inside more,” said forward Steve Ticknor, who scored 14 points. “We got it inside-out and got good pull-up shots.”
Prairie Ridge also frustrated Grant with its 2-3 trapping zone defense. It helped limit the Bulldogs (7-6) to 28.6 percent (14 of 49) from the field.
“Give them credit for how hard they play, No. 1,” Grant coach Wayne Bosworth said. “They’re moving all over the court, always in your face, their rotations are right on. And they did a heck of a job boxing us out. Every time we missed a shot, I’m looking at our bigs and they’re boxed all the way outside the lane. They beat us; we didn’t beat ourselves too bad.”
Ryan Gilbert added 10 points for the Wolves, and Bradshaw had a game-high eight rebounds. Prairie Ridge outrebounded the Bulldogs, 36-24.
Prairie Ridge did lose starting guard Matt Perhats with a sprained right ankle late in the second quarter. Card said the trainer's diagnosis was not a high ankle sprain, but that Perhats will miss Tuesday's Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game at Crystal Lake South and could be out as long as three weeks.