By John Butters, The JOURNAL
Saturday?s game between River Valley Conference rivals Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks and the Durant Wildcats featured a series of runs by both teams, that ended with a Wildcat win of 78-54.
Playing on the road, the Hawks came out slow and allowed the Wildcats to set the pace of the game with a 14-2 run.
The Hawks would trail the Wildcats throughout the first half. The Hawks came back in the second quarter and reduced the lead to as little as seven points, but were still down 33-25 going into the second half.
In the the third quarter, the Wildcats built a lead of 15 points before Mid-Prairie came back and cut it to five. Durant closed the quarter with a 17-2 run to increase their lead to 20.
In the fourth quarter, the Hawks made another run to reduce the lead to 11 with just four minutes left in the game.But a final scoring drive by the Wildcats put the game out of reach in the closing minutes.
Mid-Paririe Head coach Daren Lambert said the game said the game was a shoot-out between the two teams.
?We started out slow and Durant created a large lead in the first quarter. Our guys responded by cutting the lead to 8 at the half. Durant did a good job of responding to our runs with their own. In the third quarter, Durant pulled ahead 20 points and we had a great push to bring it back to nine but costly turnovers at key times and Durant?s abilities to capitalize on our mistakes allowed them to pull out the victory,? he said.
The Hawks were led by Cary Schaefer with 12 points and Tom Butters with 10.
Mid-Prairie is now 2-5 on the year and Durant is 5-2.