Prairie takes it to Waterloo West, 59-26

Girls' basketball: After a frustrating practice Monday, it all clicks on game day

CEDAR RAPIDS — Monday’s practice led to frustration.

“We were trying to run their plays, and we were getting mad at each other,” Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Rachael Kilpatrick said.

Something changed before Tuesday, though. Something clicked.

“The girls went home and watched tape some more,” Prairie Coach Josh Bentley said. “When they came back, they all had it down.”

Class 5A 14th-ranked Prairie looked in midseason form Tuesday night, motoring past Waterloo West, 59-26, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game at Prairie High School.

“We thought it would be a really close game,” Kilpatrick said. “We got the scouting report, and we really took it to heart. It was frustrating at first, but tonight, we really clicked.”

As expected, Prairie’s guards led the way. Mallory McDermott scored 17 points, Sarah Schmitt added 13 and Sid McCrea 11.

And the posts more than held their own. Kilpatrick tallied 10 points, and Halle Person pulled down 12 rebounds.

“We balance each other out,” Kilpatrick said. “They’re going to shoot a lot of 3s, and when we get the ball, we’re expected to finish.”

Prairie (2-0 overall, 1-0 MVC) pulled away at the start of the second quarter, scoring the first seven points for an 18-7 lead. It was 27-12 at halftime, then the Hawks buried 6 of 11 long-distance shots in a 26-point third-quarter barrage and eventually triggered the continuous clock.

It was an extremely impressive performance by a team that might be at the top of the second tier in the MVC, assuming Iowa City West, Iowa City High and Cedar Falls represent the elite class.

“We want to compete with those teams, but yeah, I think everybody else is shooting for that fourth spot,” Bentley said. “That wouldn’t be a bad place to be.”

Prairie held the Wahawks (1-1, 0-1) to 20-percent shooting. Lauren Conrey and Na’Tracia Ceaser paced West with nine points apiece.

CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE 59, WATERLOO WEST 26

At C.R. Prairie

WATERLOO WEST (26): Kaitlyn Meyer 0-2 0-0 0, Lauren Conrey 3-8 1-2 9, Na’Tracia Ceaser 3-15 2-2 9, Jada Draine 2-8 0-2 5, Zia Collett 1-11 1-2 3, Camryn Meyer 0-0 0-0 0, Shiila Robinson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 9-45 4-8 26.

C.R. PRAIRIE (59): Sarah Schmitt 5-11 0-0 13, Sid McCrea 4-12 1-2 11, Mallory McDermott 7-13 1-3 17, Rachael Kilpatrick 4-6 2-2 10, Halle Person 1-4 1-2 3, Makenna Moenk 1-3 0-0 3, Morgan Erickson 1-3 0-1 2, Anique Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Jakayla Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Leggat 0-1 0-0 0, Jocelynne DeLarm 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 5-10 59.

Halftime: Prairie 27, West 12. 3-point goals: West 4-13 (Conrey 2-3, Ceaser 1-5, Draine 1-4, Collett 0-1), Prairie 8-18 (Schmitt 3-7, McCrea 2-4, McDermott 2-5, Moenk 1-1, Leggat 0-1). Team fouls: West 10, Prairie 5. Fouled out: Collett. Rebounds: West 29 (Conrey, Draine, Collett 6), Prairie 38 (Person 12). Assists: West 3 (Ceaser 2), Prairie 12 (McCrea, Person 3). Steals: West 10 (K.Meyer 4), Prairie 9 (Kilpatrick 3). Turnovers: West 20, Prairie 12.

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