In a game that featured a number of twists and turns, Wilton stole a Cedar Valley Conference road win at Mid-Prairie 52-50 Tuesday night. In a game heard on KCII it was all Wilton early, the Beavers ran out to a 15-5 lead at the end of the first quarter before Mid-Prairie answered with a run of their own to take their first lead at 21-19. The rest of the game no team would lead by more than six points.
Mid-Prairie did it with balanced scoring, putting seven players in the scoring column while Wilton leaned heavily on all conference candidate center Cole Crawford and his game high 33 points. Mid-Prairie held a 44-40 lead going to the final eight minutes but found themselves trailing 50-48 with under 30 seconds to play until Nathan Faselt hit a fade away jumper in the lane to tie the game at 50. On the ensuing possession Wilton’s Seth Kauffman was fouled on a three point attempt with under a second remaining, he stepped to the line and connected on two of three shots to secure the win. Following the game Mid-Prairie Head Coach Chris Kern talked about his team’s effort.
“We wanted to start out man and set the tone, and I thought our kids played great defense tonight, even though Crawford’s getting 33, I think we shut Wilton down as a hole, we didn’t let them explode on us,” Kern said. “I was real pleased with our defense, our man-to-man was tough and I think it was like it was before break, it was tough. We put ourselves in a position to win.”
Mid-Prairie was led by Dayton Hall’s 13 points, Nathan Faselt had 12. Mid-Prairie is now 5-4 on the year and 3-4 in the Cedar Valley Conference. The boys will next host Clear Creek Amana Thursday.