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February 2, 2017 Golden Hawks bounce back from OT loss with win at Durant
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DURANT

Mid-Prairie led by as many as 20 points in a 52-44 win at Durant on Friday. Ali Butters scored 17 points for the Golden Hawks, who led 41-28 after three quarters of play.

Class 3A No. 12 Mid-Prairie led 14-12 after one quarter, but tightened up defensively in the second quarter.

“We didn’t play great but we were up seven at halftime, and we had a great start to the second half,” Mid-Prairie coach Stephen Bender said.

Shae Becker made her first three of the year, and Addie followed it with a three-pointer to put Mid-Prairie up by 13.

The Golden Hawks, playing the game just 24 hours after an overtime loss, would lead by 20 before Durant started to chip away at the lead late.

Addie Rath had 13 points and four assists for Mid-Prairie, who finished with 16 assists on 20 made field goals. Ireland Hostetler had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Shae Becker had eight points and four assists.

WELLMAN

Mid-Prairie came back from a nine-point deficit to force overtime with Camanche on Thursday, but the Golden Hawks came up short in a 48-46 loss.

Ali Butters led Mid-Prairie with 15 points before fouling out in regulation. She also had seven rebounds and three assists. Addie Rath scored 11 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assits.

Mid-Prairie trailed by nine points with four minutes remaining when Caitlyn Riggan hit a three-point shot. Shortly after, Anna Vilovchik attempted her third three-point field goal of the season, resulting in her second make, cutting the lead to five.

The game was tied 44-44 when a Camanche turnover gave the ball to the Golden Hawks at half court with 1.2 seconds remaining.

Coach Stephen Bender called timeout and drew up a play. Rath, who was the intended recipient of the inbounds pass was knocked to the ground, but time expired without a whistle.

In overtime, Mid-Prairie was whistled for a foul on a Camanche inbounds play and trailed by two after the ensuing free throws.

Rath took the ball and went coast to coast, but the layup just missed the mark at the buzzer.

“It was definitely hard to lose a game that way, against a very good Camanche team, a game that we played well enough to win, probably should have won,” Bender said.

“Hopefully the girls will take that and use it as motivation to get after it in the rest of the games we have going into tournament time and maybe give them a little motivation to prove to people that we’re better than that loss.”

Mid-Prairie held Camanche (14-6) to just 16-48 shooting, but struggled to keep their opponents off of the offensive glass. Camanche held a 43-35 advantage on the boards, led by six-foot two-inch junior Lea Lefebure who grabbed eight offensive rebounds and 16 total. Lefebure also blocked six shots and is tied with Ireland Hostetler for the 3A lead with 64 for the season (with Hostetler having played two less games).

Ireland Hostetler finished with six points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.

WELLMAN

Mid-Prairie held Wilton to four points in the third quarter, but the Golden Hawks led by just four points after three quarters of play.

Mid-Prairie scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to beat Wilton 48-39 in Wellman on Tuesday.

“We felt like we were in control the whole time, we never were behind, but we could never pull away until the end of the game,” Mid-Prairie coach Stephen Bender said.

Ireland Hostetler finished with 12 points, six rebounds and equaled her career-high with seven blocked shots.

“That was huge,” Bender said. “She’s been having a really good year, with the blocks and averaging nearly a double-double. She had just a great all around game.”

Addie Rath led Mid-Prairie with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. She added two steals and two blocks as well. Ali Butters scored 11 points and had three assists and two steals.

Mid-Prairie led 9-7 after one quarter and the game was tied at 22-22 at the half.

Wilton (10-7) had won eight of its last nine games entering Tuesday’s contest.

Mid-Prairie will be on the road Tuesday, Jan. 31 at West Liberty (0-19) and Friday, Feb. 3 at 2A No. 10 Cascade (16-2).

On Tuesday, Feb. 7 the Golden Hawks will host Washington in the final home game of the season, which is also a “pink out” and cancer awareness night.

It is a special night to honor those who are currently fighting the battle or have in the past, and anyone currently fighting cancer will be admitted free.

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