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Golden Hawks Advance; Top West Branch For Third Time

Posted: Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 9:38 pm
Author: KCII Sports- Jason Troop

It’s always said that beating the same team three times in a single season is a tough feat, and Mid-Prairie found that out Saturday night in Wellman.  After trailing for most of the game, the Golden Hawks took the lead for good with 1:12 left and hung on for a 33-31 win to advance to the regional quarter-finals Tuesday. Mid-Prairie (18-5) got 12 points from Mallory McArtor, 10 in the first half, and Maria Swartzentruber poured in all 10 of her points in the second half en-route to the third win over West Branch (14-10) this season, none by more than four points.  The low scoring affair was marked by some sloppy play by Mid-Prairie, who relied on their defense and charity stripe success to turn the tide.  Erika Murphy hit 4-of-4 from the line in the fourth quarter and the Redlinger twins combined to hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to conserve the lead.

Mid-Prairie is back in action Tuesday night at Iowa City-Regina.  The Golden Hawks split the season series against fellow conference co-champion with each team winning on the others floor.   KCII will have live coverage starting at 6:30.