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Posted December 3, 2010
Down 16 at half, Jefferson rallies past Prairie

Cedar Rapids Jefferson players celebrate their 46-43 girls' basketball win over Cedar Rapids Prairie on Friday. (Becky Malewitz/SourceMedia Group News)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Danielle Stromert delivered at the line. In the clutch. Again.

Stromert drained four free throws in the final minute — her only four points of the night — and Cedar Rapids Jefferson rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat Cedar Rapids Prairie, 46-43, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game Friday night at Jefferson High School.

“They were key,” said Stromert, a sophomore. “But I had a lot of bad passes, way too many turnovers, and I kind of owed it to the team.”

Stromert stepped to the line, unafraid, with the J-Hawks (2-1 overall, 2-0 MVC) down a point with 28 seconds to go. After all, she had been in this situation before.

She came through Tuesday at Cedar Falls. And she came through again Friday. The first shot rattled home. The second was strictly net.

“I had confidence because we work on this every day in practice,” she said.

Stromert added two more foul shots with 9 seconds left to conclude the scoring.

The J-Hawks suffered through a nightmarish first half — “about as bad a half of basketball as I’ve ever sat through,” said Coach Larry Niemeyer — in which it committed 21 turnovers.

Prairie (1-3, 0-2) led 8-2 after one quarter, then a 12-0 run in the second quarter — keyed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Alisa Weiland — staked the Hawks to a 25-9 halftime lead.

But when the second half began, the momentum shifted.

Jefferson outscored the Hawks, 22-10, in the third quarter to get within four points as the final period began.

“We continue to struggle in the third quarter,” said Prairie Coach Steve Doser. “It bit us in the butt again tonight.

“The kids are hungry to win. We just need to eat a full meal. Right now, we’re skipping on the vegetables. We’ve got to put teams away.”

Jefferson took its first lead at 37-36 on Taylor Jacobson’s free throw with 5:29 to go, then Britteny Steffeny’s hook shot made it 39-36.

Prairie regained the advantage at 43-40 with 3 minutes to go, but freshman Madison Dellamuth — probably the best player on the floor — suffered a leg cramp with 1:25 left and the Hawks nursing a 43-42 edge. She didn’t return.

Clutch time, then, was Stromert’s time.

“She’s going to be a good basketball player,” Niemeyer said. “We’re playing a lot of sophomores. In the second half, we ran the offense and hustled a little better.”

Jacobson led the J-Hawks with 17 points, 14 in the second half. Steffeny had 16 rebounds to go with eight points.

Weiland paced Prairie with 18 points. Dellamuth added 13 points and four assists.

Jefferson is at Keokuk on Saturday before playing at Linn-Mar on Tuesday. Prairie hosts Cedar Falls on Tuesday.


C.R. PRAIRIE (43): Katie Carver 1-4 1-2 3, Alisa Weiland 7-18 0-1 18, Courteney McCrary 0-5 1-2 1, Mackenzie Blaha 0-4 0-0 0, Madison Dellamuth 3-11 6-8 13, Shelby Crist 3-6 0-1 6, Kaitlyn Wieland 1-3 0-0 2, Katilyn Yanacek 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-52 8-14 43.

C.R. JEFFERSON (46): Kaitlyn Davidson 1-5 0-0 3, Ashley Madsen 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor Jacobson 4-10 6-10 17, Rachel Broghammer 4-7 0-0 8, Britteny Steffeny 4-8 0-0 8, Danielle Stromert 0-2 4-6 4, Madeline Koolbeck 1-2 2-2 4, Madison Blietz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-34 12-21 46.

Halftime: Prairie 25, Jefferson 9. 3-point goals: Prairie 5-19 (Weiland 4-10, Blaha 0-2, Dellamuth 1-6, Crist 0-1), Jefferson 4-11 (Davidson 1-4, Jacobson 3-7). Team fouls: Prairie 16, Jefferson 15. Fouled out: Broghammer. Rebounds: Prairie 30 (Wieland 9), Jefferson 36 (Steffeny 16). Assists: Prairie 10 (Dellamuth 4), Jefferson 6 (Madsen, Stromert 2). Steals: Prairie 17 (Carver 6), Jefferson 8 (Davidson 4). Turnovers: Prairie 21, Jefferson 31.

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