Posted On: 01/14/20 3:55 PM

Jamari Smith scored a game-high 22 points for Hempstead in the win

CEDAR RAPIDS -- The #6 Hempstead Mustangs bounced back from their first loss of the season in a big way on Monday night, building up a lead as large as 31 against a solid Prairie team en route to a 63-48 road win.

Hempstead suffered their first defeat last week, dropping a one-point game at Iowa City West, but they showed they are among the elite teams in 4A on Monday. They scored the first nine points of the game before Prairie closed the first quarter on a 9-1 run. Early in the second quarter, the Hawks took a brief 11-10 lead, but it was all Hempstead after that. The Mustangs responded with a 17-2 run that eventually stretched into a 27-8 run to close out the half. They were nearly perfect in the second quarter, going 10-11 from the floor, building up an 18-point halftime advantage.

The second half was more of the same, Hempstead getting great looks and converting. Their lead ballooned to 53-22 before they took their foot off the gas and got a little sloppy late, but it was

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