CEDAR RAPIDS — Dubuque Senior will cause nearly every team it plays this season plenty of big-sized headaches.
That’s because the Rams are loaded with bigs.
At times in Friday night’s Mississippi Valley Conference game against Cedar Rapids Prairie, Senior’s shortest player on the court was 6-foot-5.
“Size was definitely a factor,” said Prairie Coach James Moses after his team’s 52-34 loss to the Rams. “Dubuque Senior showed why they are a top-five team in the state.”
Senior (2-0) overcame a five-point deficit in the second quarter, holding Prairie (1-4) to just 12 points in the second half.
“I thought we played hard,” Moses said. “I think we got a little impatient in our half-court sets. Dubuque Senior did a good job of keeping things tight in the lane, forcing us to shoot from the outside.”
Senior led 27-22 at the break and gradually pulled away in the second half behind strong play off the offensive boards.
Josh Weeber came off the bench to lead the Rams with 16 points. Kyle Haber added 13 for the winners.
Prairie was paced by sophomore Mitchell Lorenz, who tallied all seven of his points off the bench in the second quarter when the Hawks built a 20-15 lead.
“We didn’t convert well in transition,” Moses said. “We just didn’t take advantage of the fast break opportunities when we had the chance to run.”
Senior held the Hawks to four field goals in the second half and was content to hold the ball, forcing Prairie to come out and foul.