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Odd Quarters Sink Golden Hawks in Demons Win
Posted: February 6, 2013 @ 8:30 am In Today's Local Sports
The Washington boys grabbed a win last night over Mid-Prairie 46-38.
Offensively both teams came on in spurts, and it was Washington who found a way to have the most of them.
In a physical game, Washington came out guns blazing offensively and defensively holding the Golden-Hawks to one point for most of the first quarter, but eventually letting in a three ball from Dayton Hall to make the score 13-4 after one.
A comfortable lead for Washington after one was turned into trailed by as much as seven in the second quarter, as Washington was stricken with their scoreless quarter. Mid-Prairie held Washington scoreless in the second quarter, and made up their deficit in just 1:34. Washington kept playing and finally grabbed some momentum back after Justin Hoffman nailed a three point shot. Washington would make it a one point game from Hoffman’s three at 2:40 left in the second to halftime trailing 21-20.
The third quarter could have been called the first quarter for Mid-Prairie, as they struggled scoring from anywhere again and trailed after three 33-27.
Golden Hawk head coach Chris Kern talked after the game about how the first and third quarters have to be like the second and fourth, and to do that his team needs to hit the easy shots.
“We did some things as far as not stepping up and hitting shots, I don’t know how many open shots we missed tonight without seeing the shooting chart,” Kern said. “A lot of the shots we should of hit and then you have to step up to the line and hit your free throws, once again we missed several two shot opportunities and little things like that catch up with you and eventually that momentum is going to go the other way.”
The fourth quarter was a coast for both teams, neither making it close or further away until the end when Mid-Prairie had to foul the Demons, making the final score 46-38.
Washington was led by Justin Hoffman with a 16 point night.
Demon head coach Bryce Smeins said he thought his team was patient on offense which led to the good play.
“We had some good looks tonight, I thought that [Hoffman] had a good game on the offense end and nice job on defense,” Smeins said. “I thought we were a little more patient on offense and we had some really good looks, and if you keep having good looks night after night eventually you’re going to knock some shots in. There were a couple stretches where we turned the ball over too much, but for the most part a pretty good effort.”
Mid-Prairie was led by Spencer Shalla with 12 points on the night.
Washington goes on to play Mt. Pleasant on Friday, while Mid-Prairie will play West Liberty on Thursday.
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