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The final scoreboard between Mid-Prairie and Williamsburg read 63-40, a 23-point win. Despite the huge margin, the scoreboard makes it seem closer than the game was in a dominating non-conference win for Mid-Prairie.
The night was all about balance on the offensive end, with six players scoring at least eight points on the night but just one hitting double-digits. Tom Butters led the way with 12 points and eight rebounds for Mid-Prairie.
Halfway into the first quarter the score was 8-1 Mid-Prairie, and their ability to hold back the Williamsburg offense just seemed to spur them on more as Mid-Prairie boosted their lead to 18-3 at the end of the first quarter.
“We’re starting to just work a little harder and we’re all bought in to that if we play as a team then we can win games,” Dom Pickard, who had nine points on the night, said.
In the first quarter it was like there was a lid on the basket for Williamsburg as they missed some wide-open layups and couldn’t hit anything from the outside.
“We just played really strong gap defense and didn’t allow any easy drives to the bucket. We made them hit their shots and they couldn’t which worked out,” Chaz Patterson said.
The win is the second in a row for Mid-Prairie and gives them a winning record at 3-2. Those wins are starting to build confidence for Mid-Prairie and it just seems like things are clicking at the right time.
“It feels pretty good to just have a lot of fun playing basketball. We haven’t really felt this in awhile so that’s refreshing,” Patterson said.
Patterson added nine points and five rebounds off the bench for Mid-Prairie, including two three-point play opportunities on the night.
Late in the second quarter and early in the third, Williamsburg had an opportunity for a run, but every time they seemed to get a couple 3-pointers in a row, Mid-Prairie would come down and get the ball into the lane and fight right back.
The big win allowed Mid-Prairie to get their entire bench into the game as Chris Miller, Jacob Nonnenmann, Brody Miller, Jack Baker, Ryan Smit and Logan Harmsen saw big minutes late in the game. Chris Miller had two points and three rebounds, Jack Baker added four points, Brody Miller added an assist.
Mid-Prairie now has Tuesday off and hosts a back-to-back this weekend with Cascade on Friday and Bellevue on Saturday.
Mid-Prairie: 18; 16; 20; 9; 63
Williamsburg: 3; 10; 11; 15; 40
Regina downs Mid-Prairie
Near the midway point of the third quarter, Brad Tornow crossed over his opponent and pulled up in the lane to cut Regina’s lead to 31-29. After he hit the shot the gym erupted as Mid-Prairie was keeping pace and looking for their first win over Regina since 2010.
On the next possession Regina’s Masen Miller hit a long jumper, two of his 26 points on the night, to quiet the crowd and start off an 11-0 Regina run. Over the final 12 minutes the Regals would push what was once a close game to a 21-point victory.
Mid-Prairie coach Daren Lambert said the Regal’s run to finish the quarter started to force players to try and rush things on the offensive end to quickly make up the deficit.
“I think as players who have gotten behind, you think you have to do so much on the offensive end, but really it has to be on the other end,” Lambert said.
“We go in spurts where we do good things on the offensive end, but when it falls apart it is usually when we’re trying to force it.”
By the end of the night the Golden Hawks had turned the ball over 14 times, in part due to rushing on offense and trying to make up the deficit all at once.
“We have a lot of great offensive players, but we have to allow the game to come to us,” Lambert said.
Regina: 16; 11; 15; 19; 61
Mid-Prairie: 13; 11; 7; 9; 40
Mid-Prairie topples Knights
Mid-Prairie put up their highest point total of the year so far in a 76-62 win over North Cedar. The Golden Hawk offense was once again balanced, with six above eight points on the night and three in double figures.
Cale Robertson led the team with 14 points on 6-11 shooting, hitting two 3-pointers. Tom Butters had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Brad Tornow added five points, seven assists and two steals.
Mid-Prairie took a 34-23 lead into halftime and extended the lead to 51-33 into the final quarter of the game. The final quarter was a high scoring affair for both sides as the teams combined for 51 fourth-quarter points. Jacob Nonnenman and Logan Harmsen tallied their first points of the season in the win, both making their only field goal attempts.
It was the first win for Mid-Prairie over North Cedar since January 2011.
North Cedar: 14; 9; 10; 26; 62
Mid-Prairie: 18; 16; 17; 24; 76