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Posted December 2, 2011
New-look Prairie hammers Jefferson

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Alisa Weiland races down the court during the Hawks' game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Prairie High School on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (David Scrivner/SourceMedia Group)

 

CEDAR RAPIDS — There are convincing signs thatĀ a recession may be ending.

And we’re not talking economy.

Short-handed Cedar Rapids Prairie collected 16 steals, forced 32 turnovers and posted a wire-to-wire 61-37 rout of shorter-handed Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game Friday night at Prairie High School.

The Hawks (3-1 overall, 2-0 MVC) have won three straight games for the first time since February 2008.

“We’ve got great chemistry, and we’ve been working hard in practice,” said sophomore Madison Dellamuth. “If you have good practices, it’s going to show in games.”

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Madison Dellamuth shoots over Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Maddie Koolbeck during their game at Prairie High School on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (David Scrivner/SourceMedia Group)

Prairie suffered through a three-year malaise that was reflected in a 12-53 record. Happier days appear to be ahead.

“This team likes to run, and we’ve got some girls that can finish,” said Prairie Coach Steve Doser. “This style suits their play.”

Three Hawks reached double figures. Cyerra Hutchins led the way with 18 points (16 in the second half) and 10 rebounds.

“The first half, I wasn’t game-ready,” Hutchins said. “Coach told me at halftime to drive to the basket.”

Dellamuth filled the stat sheet with 13 points, six boards, five steals and four assists. Alisa Weiland added 11 points.

The Hawks were without Kaitilyn Yanacek, who had suffered a concussion. Jefferson (1-2, 0-2) has been minus Taylor Jacobson (ankle) since late in the first game of the season — she’s expected to return after Christmas — and Rachel Broghammer injured an ankle at the end of the first half Friday.

Prairie methodically pulled away. It was 15-9 after a quarter, 29-18 at halftime, 47-28 following three quarters.

Without a doubt, it’s a different team.

“We’ve changed everything. We changed the offense, the way we brought the ball down the floor. Everything,” Doser said. “Our mindset has changed. We’ve got a basketball-minded team.”

Maddie Koolbeck and Kaitlyn Davidson scored 11 points for the J-Hawks. Koolbeck pulled down 10 rebounds.

Jefferson hosts Keokuk on Saturday. Prairie is off until Tuesday, when it travels to Cedar Falls.

C.R. PRAIRIE 61, C.R. JEFFERSON 37

At C.R. Prairie

C.R. JEFFERSON (37): Kaitlyn DavidsonĀ 3-12 2-2 11, Madison Blietz 4-10 0-0 8, Dani Stromert 1-5 1-2 3, Rachel Broghammer 1-4 2-2 4, Maddie Koolbeck 5-10 1-1 11, Kylie Jonas 0-4 0-0 0, Hannah Towns 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-45 6-7 37.

C.R. PRAIRIE (61): Cyerra Hutchins 9-16 0-1 18, Alisa Weiland 4-15 0-0 11, Courteney McCrary 3-7 2-2 8, Madison Dellamuth 6-10 1-1 13, Emilie Rotter 3-5 1-2 7, Mackenzie Serbousek 2-3 0-1 4, Abby Ganske 0-0 0-0 0, Chrisandra Freeman 0-0 0-0 0, Marisa Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Neuhaus 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Kiana Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Josie Wagner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-59 4-7 61.

Halftime: Prairie 29, Jefferson 18. 3-point goals: Jefferson 3-10 (Davidson 3-7, Blietz 0-1, Koolbeck 0-2), Prairie 3-14 (Hutchins 0-1, Weiland 3-9, McCrary 0-2, Dellamuth 0-2). Team fouls: Jefferson 8, Prairie 9. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Jefferson 32 (Koolbeck 10), Prairie 32 (Hutchins 10). Assists: Jefferson 3 (Stromert 2), Prairie 11 (Dellamuth 4). Steals: Jefferson 10 (Davidson 4), Prairie 16 (Weiland 6). Turnovers: Jefferson 31, Prairie 20.

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