By John Butters. The JOURNAL
The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks gave the Regina Regals a run for their money, but came up short in the final minutes, losing by a score of 50-46.
Though the Regals led most of the game, the Hawks narrowed the gap to two points in the fourth quarter. A pair of missed Hawk free throws put the ball and the lead back in the Regals? hands.
Thought Mid-Prairie took the loss, Golden Hawk Head coach Stephen Bender saw a lot of good things from his team.
?First half turnovers in the first quarter really hurt us and so did Shae Becker getting in foul trouble,? he said. ?In the second half we made a nice run and got it to 2 points with a chance to to tie it with a minute left in the third quarter. Unfortunately, Shae picked up another foul and they went on a 5-0 run the last minute.?
Defensively, Bender said, the Hawks did well. However, the defensive rebounding still needs work.
?In the second half, our defense was great holding them to 19 points, but they had 10 second chance points.
Bender said he is very optimistic on the rest of the season.
?This was our first full game with all players available and I could tell our offense was not quite where it needs to be. I expect a big improvement by our next game,? he said. ?AnnaVilovchik , Addie Rath and Shae had solid games for us and I though Kessa Jones played a great game.?
The Hawks go back into action on Friday when they play the Wilton Beavers in Wellman at 6 p.m. They play the Durant Wildcats on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., also in Wellman.