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Up 10-9 with 1:40 left in the first quarter against Class 2A No. 3 Cascade, the Mid-Prairie boys were having one of their best defensive quarters against one of the best teams in the state.
There were a couple things going well according to Mid-Prairie junior Cale Robertson.
“I thought our ball movement was pretty good, the high-low action was really good and Tom (Butters) was getting some good looks because of it,” Robertson said.
A four-minute scoring drought for Mid-Prairie allowed Cascade to pull into a double-digit lead midway through the second quarter and the Golden Hawks couldn’t close the lead back down as Cascade eventually finished the game with a 69-48 win.
“They were just getting easy points, it wasn’t like they were hitting these impossible shots. They were just making easy ones,” Robertson said.
The first half was a strong one for Robertson, who had 13 first-half points for the Golden Hawks and shot 3-6 from 3-point range overall.
Robertson said in the first quarter they did a good job of taking away the backdoor cuts that Cascade is good at, but as they got into the flow of the game Cascade adapted to get that open.
“Our help side defense was really bad, they’re a really good team obviously but they were just getting the guy on the backside every time,” Robertson said.
The Golden Hawks celebrated their bevy of seniors prior to the game, with seven Mid-Prairie seniors playing their last game in front of a raucous home crowd.
Terrhyn Jacoby, Cary Schaefer, Ryan Slaubaugh, Colin Gingerich, Josh Slaubaugh, Kyle Miller and Jacob Busch were all presented with a senior banner and recognized before the game.
Cascade: 14; 18; 16; 21; 69
Mid-Prairie: 10; 12; 8; 18; 48
Cale Robertson 13
Dominic Pickard 7
Tom Butters 8
Brad Tornow 4
Josh Slaubaugh 4