Posted On: 01/6/22 10:18 AM

WELLMAN -- Frenetic, swarming defense, and balanced scoring helped lead Mid-Prairie to a critical River Valley South Conference win over Wilton on Tuesday night, 62-51. The win gives the Golden Hawks control of the division race and keeps their record unblemished.

Wilton big man Caden Kirkman Caden Kirkman 6'8" | PF Wilton | 2023 State IA has established himself as one of the best players in 2A, and Mid-Prairie knew going in that they needed to find a way to slow him down and they did just that, limiting him to just two points on three shots in the first half. Some timely 3-pointers and a full-court defense that forced a number of turnovers helped lead the Hawks to a 27-21 halftime advantage, then they blew it open in the third quarter, winning that stanza 25-12 to build a 52-33 lead after three quarters. Things got interesting in the fourth quarter, as Wilton opened the final frame with 13 straight points to trim the deficit down to six points, but Mid-Prairie responded with five straight of their own to grab control and race to the finish line.

Mid-Prairie (8-0, 7-0) was led by Alex Bean Alex Bean 6'1" | PG Mid-Prairie | 2023 State IA and Carter Harmsen Carter Harmsen 6'5" | SF Mid-Prairie | 2022 State IA , who each had 19 points to

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