Mid-Prairie boys are moving on
WILTON – The Mid-Prairie High School boys’ varsity basketball team got a thrilling 63-61 victory over the West Liberty Comets at Wilton High School in an opening-round district tournament game on Monday, Feb. 17.
The Comet senior duo of Brett Becker and Kyle Miller presented the Golden Hawks with a lot of trouble in the first half, combining for 25 of West Liberty’s 40 first-half points. After 16 minutes of play the Comets led 40 – 34.
“Becker and Miller are both really good players. We went into halftime knowing that we had to do a better job of defending and rebounding,” Mid-Prairie head coach Chris Kern said.
The Golden Hawks got the message and executed the plan, out-rebounding West Liberty in the second half and holding the Becker-Miller combo to only six points in the final 16 minutes of the game.
At a 61 – 61 tie with eight seconds showing on the clock, Mid-Prairie senior Nick Stimson attempted a 3-point shot that rimmed away from the hoop. Stimson’s classmate Dayton Hall was there to collect the rebound, however, and his put-back attempt found the bottom of the net just before the final buzzer.
“In the second half we were very determined to play better defense and rebound the ball better. We had increased effort and we helped each other out on defense much better. We had more energy but at the same time were more patient on offense which helped our defense,” Kern explained.
Hall led the Golden Hawks with 20 points and six rebounds. Stimson added 11 and senior Christian Johnson had 10 points.
Mid-Prairie plays next at Iowa City Regina on Thursday, Feb. 20.
“We have a big job ahead of us. We need to figure out how to slow down their offense. Going to their home floor increases the difficulty but we think we can go up and play there. We are looking forward to the opportunity,” Kern added.