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Hawks Back at Home to Face Wildcats

Posted: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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After back-to-back road games to open the 2019 portion of their schedule the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk boys and girls basketball teams return to Tim Grady Gymnasium Tuesday to meet the Durant Wildcats.

The Golden Hawk girls enter play with an overall record of 8-4 after a 43-41 win at Anamosa on Saturday. The Hawks were led in the game by Shae Becker’s double double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. For the season Becker leads Mid-Prairie at 14 points per game, sixth in the River Valley Conference. Her 80 rebounds also lead the team and place her eighth in the RVC. Kessa Jones is best on the team and eighth in conference with 27 assists.

Durant comes into the game with an overall record of 2-10. In their last game they were beaten by Cascade 56-28. The Wildcats were led by Hannah Happ and Kamryn Meyer each with 10 points. For the year Durant is paced by Meyer at 12 points per game, ninth in the River Valley Conference. Meyer is also the leader on the glass with 106 total rebounds, third in the conference. Happ is the leading Durant assister with 32 helpers on the year, fourth in the RVC. This week Mid-Prairie head coach Stephen Bender talked about the match up with the Wildcats. “Durant is a team that we should beat but you can’t just show up and expect to win. They just beat a ranked Monticello team. They are much better than the first time we played.”

These two teams met to open the season in November with Mid-Prairie taking a 69-49 road win.

The Mid-Prairie boys come into the game with an overall record of 5-6. They were beaten Saturday at Anamosa 73-66 despite a 20-20 game from Tom Butters with 26 points and 23 rebounds. Butters leads the Golden Hawks at 13 points per game, eighth in the River Valley Conference. His 124 rebounds are best on the team and second in the league. Brad Tornow leads the Hawks, the conference and is eighth in class 2A with 58 assists.

Durant enters the game with an overall mark of 4-7. They were beaten Saturday by Cascade 38-37 with Easton Botkins and Bryce Lafrenz leading the way with 10 points each. For the season the Wildcats are led by Botkins at 16 points per game, fifth in the RVC. His 40 assists are best on the team and third in the conference. Lafrenz leads the Wildcats on the glass with 66 rebounds, seventh in the River Valley. This week Mid-Prairie head coach Daren Lambert talked about what the Hawks need to do to get back on track. “Losing hurts. They don’t like to lose. I told them we can’t win Tuesday if we don’t go win Monday at practice. It’s going to be the simple things, taking care of the basketball, being patient on the offensive end and playing great defense. Those things will lead to wins.”

These two teams met twice a year ago with the Wildcats sweeping both meetings.

You can hear all of the action live tonight on AM 1380, FM 102.5 and KCIIradio.com, beginning with the Washington HyVee pregame show at 5:30, tip of the girls game at six with the boys to follow.