Prep Basketball

Cedar Rapids girls' basketball overcomes slow start to subdue Kennedy

Hawks win 13th straight, 62-37

CEDAR RAPIDS — With two minutes gone in the second quarter Friday night, Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Josh Bentley called timeout and absolutely went off on his team.

Really, really ripped into his girls. You could hear him scream from the other side of the Hawks gym.

“I hope it was appropriate,” Bentley said, with a grin. “I don’t know exactly what was said.”

“You could hear him, even with the band going,” marveled Prairie guard Sarah Schmitt. “Sometimes he yells, but not to that extent. But we played really bad, and we deserved it.”

Deserved it, got it, and responded to it.

Eight straight points followed, allowing Prairie to take a lead. Then it was a bunch more points after that, as the Class 5A fifth-ranked Hawks rolled to a 62-37 win.

If you’re counting at home, Prairie outscored Kennedy after Bentley’s tirade by a 49-18 margin. That’s pretty good.

“We just came out slow, weren’t playing much defense,” Schmitt said. “We’re usually a really good defensive team.”

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“Basically what was said was you aren’t doing what we’ve been doing all year,” Bentley said. “It’s about playing with energy and effort and playing as a team. I thought we were playing selfish on offense, and I thought we were playing selfish on defense. We weren’t helping our teammate defensively in the gaps. Our help-side defense, we were just standing and watching, giving up base cuts. Just an energy thing, poor effort. I wasn’t very pleased with it.”

As usual, this was the Sid and Sarah Show offensively for Prairie (14-2), which won its 13th-straight game. Schmitt and fellow guard Sidney McCrea scored 19 points apiece, with the duo combining to go 15 of 25 from the field.

Schmitt had four 3-pointers.

Auddie Alepra and Sadie Powell scored nine points apiece for Kennedy (6-9), which was coming off a huge upset of Cedar Rapids Washington last weekend. These teams will meet again Feb. 16 in a 5A regional opener at Prairie.

“It’s really hard to play a team three times, and we know that,” Schmitt said.

“I’m not real excited to see them again,” Bentley said. “I guess one of the perks is we have so many games left. We’ve got five (regular-season) games to play over the next seven days. I think our girls will probably forget about them. We’ve got a week of preparation. But we’ve got to come back to that 6:08 timeout, and that’s the effort we need for 32 minutes.”

AT CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE

C.R. KENNEDY (37): Camryn Ray 2-13 0-0 4, Auddie Alepra 3-9 3-4 9, Madison Friauf 2-2 0-0 4, Sadie Powell 1-7 7-9 9, Lauryn Vaske 1-3 0-0 2, Laila Sain 2-3 0-0 6, Carlee Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Sophia Barrett 0-1 0-0 0, Tori Knight 0-1 0-0 0, McKenna Maus 1-2 0-0 3, Ella Cadenhead 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Vander Sanden 0-0 0-0 0, Kendal Runels 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-44 10-13 37.

C.R. PRAIRIE (62): Sidney McCrea 8-14 2-4 19, Rachael Kilpatrick 1-3 0-0 2, Quinn Deahl 1-1 0-0 2, Mallory McDermott 4-11 2-2 11, Sarah Schmitt 7-11 1-1 19, Hailey Cooper 0-2 1-2 1, Jenna Leggat 0-2 1-2 1, Makenna Moenk 2-4 2-2 7. Totals 23-48 9-13 62.

Halftime — Prairie 32, Kennedy 26. 3-point goals — Kennedy 3-14 (Alepra 0-3, Powell 0-2, Vaske 0-1, Sain 2-3, Smith 0-2, Knight 0-1, Maus 1-2), Prairie 7-19 (McCrea 1-5, Kilpatrick 0-2, McDermott 1-5, Schmitt 4-6, Moenk 1-1). Rebounds — Kennedy 25 (Friauf, Powell 6), Prairie 32 (Schmitt 8). Total fouls — Kennedy 13, Prairie 11. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Kennedy 14, Prairie 14.

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