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Down one point with 22.5 seconds left, the Mid-Prairie defense worked double-time to force a Mediapolis turnover and get the ball back in their hands.
Inbounding the ball in front of their own bench, Mid-Prairie looked for an opening but couldn’t find one. Time out Mid-Prairie, 8.7 ticks left.
“It was a little helter-skelter and I wanted to get the guys back into a set we could go to,” Mid-Prairie coach Daren Lambert said.
They inbounded the ball. Cale Robertson dribbled to the right, tried to get the ball down to the post to Tom Butters, but the shot didn’t fall and Mid-Prairie dropped the game 58-57.
“It was designed to get the ball in and get a good look for our post, and if that wasn’t there we have a guy popping out for a high-low look or a 3-point shot,” Lambert said.
Mediapolis in part came back due to getting hot at the right time and hitting 3-point shots that gave them the lead.
“Like I told them, you force them to shoot over the top of your hands and live with what you get,” Lambert said. “Unfortunately they hit a couple big threes from guys who normally don’t hit those.”
An area the Golden Hawks struggled from was the free-throw line, going 9-17 from the free-throw line.
“Free throws are a mentality type of thing, especially when you’re this far in your high school career you have to go through the routine and be mentally focused,” Lambert said.
Two Mid-Prairie players got into double-digits on the night with Cale Robertson leading the charge with 13 points and five rebounds. Robertson was 4-9 from the field and 4-5 from the free-throw line.
The team was led in rebounding by Tom Butters, who grabbed six of his eight rebounds on the offensive glass.
Mediapolis: 19; 12; 11; 16; 58
Mid-Prairie: 11; 20; 13; 13; 57
Golden Hawks destroy Wilton
The Golden Hawks won big with a strong four-quarter effort in a road game at Wilton.
Mid-Prairie jumped out to a 19-6 lead early in the night and due to that nearly the entire team got minutes and 12 Golden Hawks were able to put the ball in the basket at some point in the night.
Three were in double-digits and Kyle Miller led Mid-Prairie in scoring with 16 points on an efficient 7-8 shooting and 2-3 from the free-throw line. Cale Robertson added 13 points and Ryan Slaubaugh had 10 off the bench.
The win was the second in a row for Mid-Prairie, their first back-to-back wins since Dec. 16, 2016.
Mid-Prairie: 19; 17; 25; 16; 77
Wilton: 6; 10; 17; 4; 37
Camanche gets hot from three
Eleven 3-point field goals from Camanche proved to be too much to overcome in a road loss for Mid-Prairie.
Mid-Prairie was down 14 at the half after strong shooting from Camanche. Camanche was able to keep offensive momentum in the second half, increasing their lead after each quarter.
Mid-Prairie: 12; 18; 13; 13; 56
Camanche: 19; 25; 16; 17; 77