Mid-Prairie comes from behind against Fairfield
By Derek Helling
The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk and Fairfield Trojan boys’ basketball teams played a game that made all those who braved the drifting snow to attend forget about the weather. Mid-Prairie ended up winning the game 51 – 42, but they did not do so without immense drama.
Fairfield’s zone defense was very effective in the first half, creating 10
Golden Hawk turnovers that helped the Trojans build a 10-point lead going into the break, 31 – 21.
“We went to a zone into the second quarter and they [Mid-Prairie] struggled,” Fairfield head coach Tyler Miklo said.
“I thought we were missing some passes in the first half,” Mid-Prairie head coach Chris Kern added.
Both teams made their halftime adjustments and came out for the final 16 minutes of play. The Golden Hawks switched to a man defense from their zone they had played in the first half and it paid big dividends. The Trojans were limited to only 11 points in the second half and were outrebounded 33 – 18.
The offense improved for Mid-Prairie as well. The Golden Hawks reduced the turnovers to three in the second half and put up 30 points to take the victory in the final four minutes of play.
“We were very impatient offensively in the second half. We took too many quick jump shots and when Landon [Gamrath] picked up his fourth foul early that really hurt us; we need his size inside. We had opportunities and we just didn’t finish,” Miklo explained.
“Our defense was outstanding in the second half. It bred our offense. We came out in man and just decided were going to man them up. Our bench was also fantastic tonight. When your bench can produce like that and you don’t have any drop off, that’s huge,” Kern said.
Fairfield shot 15/44 (34 percent) from the field. The Trojans went 9/12 from the free-throw line and 3/16 from 3-point range. Seven Fairfield buckets were assisted. The Trojans recorded five steals and a block.
Junior Federico Ferretti led Fairfield with 19 points. Senior Vincent Horras had seven rebounds to lead the Trojans. Ferretti and senior Joe Hietpas tied for the team lead in assists with two. Ferretti and sophomore Jordan Reid each had two steals. Gamrath provided Fairfield’s lone block.
Senior Christian Johnson led Mid-Prairie with 17 points. Johnson and senior Nick Stimson each grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Golden Hawks. Stimson and senior Wyatt Cady both had two assists.
The non-conference win improves Mid-Prairie’s record to 7-5. Fairfield’s record drops to 7-6. The Golden Hawks will be on the court again Thursday, Jan. 23 at home against Camanche. The Trojans will be in action on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at home against Centerville.