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Another trip down the court, another West Branch 3-point bucket.
West Branch hit 11 3-point shots in a 71-34 win over Mid-Prairie to complete the season sweep of the Golden Hawks. The streaky 3-point shooting of the Bears combined with Mid-Prairie shooting 29 percent from the field led to a quickly lopsided game.
Mid-Prairie jumped out to a 2-0 lead off a Chaz Patterson bucket under the basket, but one of the state’s leading scorers Beau Cornwell quickly got to work and drained a 3-point shot to make the score 5-2 and give West Branch the lead. They held the lead for the rest of the game.
Nearly every time it seemed the Golden Hawks were poised to start a run and would get a basket or two, the Bears would go down the court, move the ball around their offense and find the open man for a 3-point shot. This halted any progress Mid-Prairie tried to make into the deficit. Most of the points for West Branch came in their 44-point first half.
Slow starts to games have been a problem for Mid-Prairie over the year, with just 98 first quarter points scored this year, the lowest amount of any River Valley Conference team.
The scoring for Mid-Prairie was spread out with six players scoring either four or six points, but nobody above the six-point mark. Rebounding was much of the same, with seven having two or more rebounds but the leading rebounders Patterson and Tom Butters having four each.
Mid-Prairie will face off against ranked Iowa City Regina on Tuesday and will travel to Monticello on Friday.
West Branch: 21; 23; 16; 11; 71
Mid-Prairie: 7; 8; 12; 7; 34
Chaz Patterson 6
Cale Robertson 6
Tom Butters 4
Chaz Patterson 4
First quarter dooms M-P
Bellevue used a 27-point first quarter to keep a comfortable lead over Mid-Prairie throughout their Saturday game.
The 27-10 deficit was tough to overcome for the Golden Hawks despite a strong game from Tom Butters at 17 points and nine rebounds. Cale Robertson was the other double-digit scorer for Mid-Prairie with 10 points, five rebounds and one assist.
In the the second quarter things started to settle down for the Golden Hawks as they outscored Bellevue 18-13 to cut the Bellevue lead to 12 at halftime. Then another strong start to the half from Bellevue grew the lead to 21 heading into the fourth quarter.
It was another rough night from the field for Mid-Prairie, shooting 32 percent from the field.
Mid-Prairie: 10; 18; 11; 18; 57
Bellevue: 27; 13; 20; 20; 80
Tom Butters 17
Cale Robertson 10
Dominic Pickard 9
Tom Butters 9
Kyle Miller 5
Cale Robertson 5
Brad Tornow 3
Cary Schaefer 2
Ethan Trimpe 2