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Logan Hoffman loves playing Mid-Prairie.
The Tipton senior has feasted on the Mid-Prairie team over the course of his career. Following 31 and 37-point performances in his junior year, which helped Tipton squeak past the Golden Hawks twice, Hoffman posted a 41-point effort Nov. 28 as Mid-Prairie found themselves outgunned 81-62.
“We knew he was a great player, obviously last year he put up great numbers against us. We attempted to keep it in control tonight and obviously didn’t, but even from last year he’s more improved,” head coach Daren Lambert said.
“He just knows what he can and cannot do, and tonight he did a lot of things.”
The senior shot 83.3 percent from the field, going 15-18, including a perfect 5-5 from three. The tally was the second-highest single game scoring total for a player on the young season and brought his career average up to 20.6 points per game against the Golden Hawks.
Offensively, his night mirrored that of his team, who managed to drain 12 3-pointers during the game.
The Mid-Prairie defense forced their fair share of turnovers with their pressure, but they could not find an answer when Tipton threw it right back in their face.
“I thought this year, compared to last year at this point in the season, we’d handle pressure a little bit better. We’ve got guys who haven’t seen that type of pressure and that kind of threw us for a loop,” Lambert said, though he said the team improved as the game went on.
Tipton managed to use that to build a 10-point lead after one quarter, but a poor period of turnovers and susceptibility to the long ball were crucial mistakes which allowed Tipton doubled their advantage from 10 points to 20 in the final minutes of the first half.
After the run, Mid-Prairie never did get back in it, but Lambert said he saw some good things from a number of players who saw time.
“We have a lot of guys who can do things offensively, just kind of figuring out how to piece them all together at this point in the season is what we’re taking a look at,” Lambert said. “I’m very pleased about the guys who came off the bench.”
Lambert specifically mentioned Ryan Slaubaugh, who led the team with 18 points, and Grant Boyse, who was a perfect 4-4 from the field with nine points.
“It’s nice having guys who can come in and the offense doesn’t drop off,” Lambert said, noting they would have to take a look at the film to see if any lineup adjustments were warranted.
With game one down and obvious room for improvement, Lambert said he was going to focus his energy on one area in particular.
“The big thing is rebounding the basketball,” Lambert said.
“I think a lot of it was just not being in the right position, not setting ourselves up to make an attempt at the ball.”
Tipton: 22; 19; 29; 10; 81
Mid-Prairie: 12; 10; 27; 13; 62
Ryan Slaubaugh 18
Dominic Pickard 11
Kyle Miller 5
Cary Schaefer 4
Mid-Prairie falls to 0-2
The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks dropped their second straight home game to open the season Dec. 1 when they hosted Northeast Goose Lake by a score of 70-45.
Northeast managed to build a 33-17 halftime lead behind a pair of 16-point performances from juniors Braeden Hoyer and Dawson Stoll.
Mid-Prairie got contributions across the roster with six players scoring at least six points, but no player scoring more than eight.
Mid-Prairie will attempt to get its first win of the season with matchups coming against Regina, Wilton, and Durant.
Northeast: 12; 21; 19; 18
Mid-Prairie: 6; 11; 14; 14
Cale Roberton 8
Five tied at 6
Tom Butters 6
Grant Boyse 3
Kyle Miller 3