Girls Basketball Recap

Girls Basketball Recap

Natalie Bennett, Journalist

Prairie Girls Basketball just ended their 2018-19 season. The team went 18-4, maintaining a 16 game winning streak, and beating some of the biggest teams in the state.

 

On November 30th, the girls started off the season with a game against the number 4, Iowa City West. Prairie kept a close game but West finished with a last-second shot. Prairie lost 53-55.

 

“It was unfortunate when we lost ⅔ of our first games to buzzer beaters, until the following Tuesday when we started our 16 game winning streak,” commented Sarah Schmitt, a leading scorer for the Prairie Hawks.

 

The Hawks finished 2-0 during their series with Cedar Rapids Washington. Wash had a better seed than Prairie at the time of the first game, but they pulled away with the 14-point victory on their court, 70-56. The rematch occurred at Prairie with a victory for the Prairie Hawks.

 

Mallory McDermott stated that the Cedar Rapids Washington wins were, “significant to the successful season.”

 

“The Cedar Rapids Wash game was another huge victory on our home floor, the girls handled the adversity well,” added head coach, Josh Bentley.

 

The Cedar Rapids Washington wins led to another victory vs. Cedar Falls who had a higher seed in the rankings as well. That game was crucial towards the team for their 9 seed ranking later in the season.

 

The game at Wells Fargo resulted in a loss for the Prairie Hawks to Urbandale, 59-64. Coach Bentley’s reaction to the loss was that he was proud of the team’s efforts. “I won’t ever forget the Urbandale game because of the atmosphere and how the kids played with 6.8 seconds left to tie the game up.”

 

Despite the loss, all five starters received awards for their efforts throughout the season. Sidney McCrea and Sarah Schmitt got 1st Team All-Conference, Mallory McDermott with 2nd Team All-Conference, Rachael Kilpatrick and Quinn Deahl with honorable mentions.

Coach Bentley was awarded the Metro and District Coach of the year award and he didn’t just accept it individually. “I like to call it a Metro Staff of the Year award Because it is nothing that I am doing by myself. It is everyone else that is making me look like the smart one.”