Prep Basketball

With "money on the table," Prairie's Sarah Schmitt delivers

3-pointer with 9 seconds left in OT lifts Prairie past Kennedy

Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawks
Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS — A nightmarish shooting night morphed into a dreamy finish for Sarah Schmitt.

Without one of her backcourt running mates and burdened by an uncharacteristically cold touch, Schmitt came through at the end, hitting a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in overtime to give Class 5A 11th-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie a 46-45 Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Friday at Prairie High School.

“Coach (Josh Bentley) was confident in me and told me to keep shooting,” said Schmitt, who had missed 17 of her 20 attempts before nailing the winner.

“He was confident in me the whole way.”

Prairie (15-6 overall, 9-4 MVC) prevailed despite the absence of Sid McCrea, at home with illness.

The Hawks trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter, then scored 10 straight points for a 39-36 lead, and it was back and forth the rest of the way.

Kennedy’s Hailey Dolphin drilled a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in regulation to put the Cougars (10-11, 6-7) in front, 43-41. The shot also gave her 1,000 points for her career.

But Prairie got three shots on its next possession, and Rachael Kilpatrick converted the third to send it the game to overtime.

Auddie Alepra’s basket put Kennedy in front, 45-43, then Schmitt hit the winner on a broken play.

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“It wasn’t as planned,” Schmitt said. “I was going to drive or hit Mallory (McDermott), but it didn’t work, so we went to a five-out.”

Bentley said, “I told (Schmitt and McDermott), one of you needs to make a play.”

Instead, Schmitt made a shot.

Kennedy was called for a charge on its next possession, then very nearly got a steal on the ensuing inbounds pass.

“I thought there was a foul, but (the officials) said nobody had possession,” Kennedy Coach Tony Vis said.

“You’ve got to give (Schmitt) credit. Tough shooting night, but she hit the shot when there was money on the table.”

McDermott led Prairie with 16 points. Schmitt added 12, and Halle Person posted nine points and 10 rebounds.

Dolphin posted 17 points, Alepra 15 for Kennedy.

CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE 46, CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY 45 (OT)

At C.R. Prairie

C.R. KENNEDY (45): Hailey Dolphin 7-21 2-2 17, Madison Friauf 3-9 0-1 7, Sadie Powell 2-5 0-2 4, Olivia Hellweg 0-7 0-0 0, Auddie Alepra 6-11 3-3 15, Camryn Ray 1-5 0-0 2, Ashley Vis 0-2 0-0 0, Lauryn Vaske 0-0 0-0 0, Sophia Barrett 0-0 0-0 0, Tessa Steffen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-60 5-8 45.

C.R. PRAIRIE (46): Sarah Schmitt 4-21 2-3 12, Mallory McDermott 7-11 0-0 16, Rachael Kilpatrick 2-3 0-0 4, Morgan Erickson 0-1 0-0 0, Halle Person 3-8 2-4 9, Makenna Moenk 1-5 1-2 3, Quinn Deahl 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 18-51 5-11 46.

Halftime: Prairie 23, Kennedy 23. End of regulation: 43-43. 3-point goals: Kennedy 2-13 (Dolphin 1-3, Friauf 1-3, Powell 0-1, Hellweg 0-4, Vis 0-2), Prairie 5-13 (Schmitt 2-7, McDermott 2-3, Person 1-2, Moenk 0-1). Team fouls: Kennedy 11, Prairie 12. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Kennedy 44 (Friauf 11), Prairie 34 (Person 10). Assists: Kennedy 5 (Hellweg 3), Prairie 7 (Schmitt, Moenk, Deahl 2). Steals: Kennedy 6 (Friauf, Powell 2), Prairie 5 (Kilpatrick 2). Turnovers: Kennedy 10, Prairie 8.

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