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Posted February 1, 2013
Hawks hot from outside

CEDAR RAPIDS — Last time these teams met, a 3-pointer at the end decided it.

This time, it was a barrage of them at the beginning.

Cedar Rapids Prairie drained eight treys in the first half and upended Class 5A ninth-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington, 75-61, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game Friday night at Washington High School.

“We know we have shooters, and we know we have to keep moving, keep moving to get open,” Courteney McCrary said. “If you’re going to shoot it, shoot it.”

Friday, the Hawks shot it. They were 10 of 21 from long distance, including 8 of 10 in the first half in building an 11-point lead.

“They played outstanding,” Washington coach Frank Howell said. “They really got things going from outside, then we were just trading baskets with them in the second half.”

Washington won a previous game against the Hawks, 65-62, on Dani Franklin’s 3-pointer at the buzzer Jan. 11 at Prairie. That game didn’t count in the MVC standings.

This one did. And it turned the Valley Division race into a three-team sprint to the end. Prairie (13-6) and Washington (14-5) both are 8-3 in league play, as is Waterloo West.

Cedar Rapids Xavier is a half-game lead at 8-4.

Madison Dellamuth led the Hawks with 22 points and six assists. The junior point guard suffered a torn ACL in last year’s regional final, but showed quickness reminiscent of her pre-injury days.

“It’s feeling a little better all the time,” she said. “It seems as soon as we get going a little bit, it works itself out.”

Prairie Coach Steve Doser said, “She’s probably 90 percent. We’ve been wanting her to become more active offensively. We want her to take at least 15 shots a game. Tonight, she was key.”

Cyerra Hutchins added 16 points, McCrary 15 and Alisa Weiland 13. Those four combined for the Hawks’ 10 treys.

Prairie scored the final 11 points of the first half to break a 27-27 tie.

Washington got within 58-51 with about 6 minutes left, but the Hawks scored the next seven points to extend the margin to 14.

Franklin scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor) before fouling out to pace Washington. Abby Herb added 18 points.

After the customary postgame huddle, the Prairie locker room erupted.

“It was relief,” Dellamuth said. “We really wanted to beat them, and tonight we proved we could do it.”

Prairie could face Washington in a regional-semifinal rubber match Feb. 16.


At C.R. Washington

C.R. PRAIRIE (75): Cyerra Hutchins 5-11 4-6 16, Alisa Weiland 5-10 0-0 13, Courteney McCrary 6-12 0-0 15, Olivia Usher 0-1 6-6 6, Madison Dellamuth 9-16 2-3 22, Chrisandra Freeman 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Moenk 1-1 0-1 2, Grace Gudenkauf 0-1 0-0 0, Rachel Shalangoski 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 26-52 13-18 75.

C.R. WASHINGTON (61): Abby Herb 8-13 2-3 18, Aleena Hobbs 2-9 3-4 7, Colby Bjornsen 2-7 0-0 4, Madison Kramer 2-9 0-0 4, Dani Franklin 8-10 0-1 19, Devin Glenski 3-5 0-0 9, Callie Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Sophie Malcolm 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 5-8 61.

Halftime: Prairie 38, Washington 27. 3-point goals: Prairie 10-21 (Hutchins 2-5, Weiland 3-7, McCrary 3-4, Usher 0-1, Dellamuth 2-3), Washington 6-20 (Herb 0-2, Hobbs 0-2, Bjornsen 0-2, Kramer 0-5, Franklin 3-4, Glenski 3-5). Team fouls: Prairie 11, Washington 16. Fouled out: Franklin. Rebounds: Prairie 31 (Hutchins 8), Washington 28 (Hobbs, Franklin 8). Assists: Prairie 14 (Dellamuth 6), Washington 17 (Herb 5). Steals: Prairie 4 (McCrary 2), Washington 4 (Herb 4). Turnovers: Prairie 11, Washington 12.

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