Golden Hawks hand No. 4 Mediapolis its first loss
MOUNT VERNON — Eighth-ranked Mid-Prairie avenged one of its losses from a year ago, defeating previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Mediapolis 40-31 on Rivalry Saturday at Cornell College.
The Golden Hawks (6-2) jumped out to a 12-6 lead after one quarter and then used a 12-0 run in the second to build a 24-9 halftime lead. Mid-Prairie’s defense held the Bullettes to 3-for-18 shooting in the first half.
Mediapolis (10-1) closed to within four points in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Hawks snuffed out the rally by holding the Bullettes scoreless for the final four minutes of the game.
Mid-Prairie held the Bullettes to nearly 30 points below their season average, held them to a season-low 27 percent shooting from the field and forced 27 Mediapolis turnovers.
“Obviously this is a huge win for our kids and our program,” Mid-Prairie head coach Marc Pennington said. “I was very proud of how we attacked Mepo from the opening tip and put the pressure on them for 32 minutes.”
Senior Mariah Swartzentruber scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Golden Hawks, and she also had six steals in the contest. Sophomore Andrea Larson scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Bullettes.