The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk girls basketball team ended their season Wednesday night, falling to #4 Mediapolis 60-36 on the road in the regional semi finals. The Bullettes controlled the game from the opening tip, taking an 11-2 lead just three minutes into the game. Despite falling behind early Mid-Prairie began to dig in defensively and trailed 15-6 midway through the second quarter. Part of the Golden Hawk game plan was to be aggressive with the basketball in order to get the Bullettes into foul trouble but the officials allowed play to be extremely physical. Mid-Prairie trailed 27-12 at the halftime break.
In the second half Mediapolis continued to be physical with the Golden Hawks and crash the boards hard. Led by 6′0 point guard Heidi Hillyard, Mediapolis would stretch their lead to as many as 28 in the second half with the help of hot shooting from the floor and repeated trips to the free throw line. Mediapolis center and leading scorer on the season Andrea Larson shot more free throws in the third quarter alone than Mid-Prairie attempted in the game. Following the game Head Coach Stephen Bender talked about his team’s effort.
“We didn’t get any practice time for tonight, we played last night, Mediapolis is fresh, and going up against one of the top five team in the state when they are fresh and playing at their place is not an easy task, and we didn’t get to work on those things that we would work on, which makes it very difficult. I don’t know of any team that could come in here and get a win that way, but I am extremely proud of our girls’ effort,” Bender said. “We aren’t used to that physical of a game, I’m not sure how many times we were on the floor, but it seemed like we were getting on the floor quite a bit. A lot of that stuff wasn’t getting called, and when you aren’t used to it, it is tough to adjust to. Maybe I need to get some padding and push them around in practice more, I don’t know.”
In the loss Mid-Prairie was led by Taylor Kurtz with 11 points. Mid-Prairie says good bye to three seniors from this years team and ends their season at 11-10. Mediapolis is now 22-1 on the year and will be in action Saturday night at Wilton in the regional finals.