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January 25, 2019 Tigers tamed by Mid-Prairie
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Mid-Prairie’s 54-47 win over Tipton played out like essentially two different games.

For the first 26 minutes Mid-Prairie dominated, largely propelled by their high-low game and post-players. However in the final six minutes, Tipton’s pressure defense combined with some streaky shooting cut their deficit from 18 to as small as seven.

“I think in the first half we were more focused and just really pumped to get our streak going again and play together as a team,” Mid-Prairie’s Maddie Nonnenmann said.

Nonnenmann led Mid-Prairie with 16 points on the night with a lot of her points coming off baskets set up by Mid-Prairie forward Shae Becker, who finished the night with eight assists.

“We like to go high-low and it normally works out for us,” Nonnenmann said.

Mid-Prairie built a 9-0 lead to start the game, with Tipton getting their first points just before six minutes into the game. A big reason for that came from Kessa Jones harrassment of Tipton point guard Emily Hermsen, who was held scoreless until the fourth quarter. Jones ended up with five steals.

At one point in the third quarter Mid-Prairie had doubled up their opponents 40-20, and it seemed like the Golden Hawks would cruise to an easy win. Mid-Prairie’s lead was too high to overcome, but Tipton seemed to be close to bringing it back after they moved to full court pressure on defense.

A 14-2 run for Tipton combined with some missed free throws from Mid-Prairie made the game competitive again, but the Golden Hawks eventually were able to regroup and get a few stops on defense.

Mid-Prairie shot 19-37 from the floor and assisted on 14 of their 19 field goals.

Tipton was into foul trouble early in both halves of the game, with Alex Hoffman fouling out and Hermsen reaching four fouls. Tipton outrebounded Mid-Prairie 30-21 with a 13-3 advantage on offensive rebounds.

Mid-Prairie has nowreached double-digit wins on the season, moving to 10-5 overall and 9-5 in River Valley Conference play. They’re currently in third place in the RVC South.

Box Score

Tipton: 10; 7; 6; 24;—; 47

Mid-Prairie: 11; 16; 14; 13;—; 54

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