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Posted February 12, 2013
J-Hawks get priceless victory over Prairie

(Left to right): Athletics director Chris Deam, booster club officer Mark Fiala, booster club officer Mike Kadlec and Principal Chuck McDonnell during a halftime ceremony celebrating the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Booster Club going over $2 million all time in fundraising.

CEDAR RAPIDS — They celebrated Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s athletics booster club going over the $2-million mark in all-time fundraising Tuesday night. Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s basketball team gave a performance that was worth just as much.

“All two million,” said Jeff’s Ky Kramer, after a 58-45 victory over Cedar Rapids Prairie. “We really needed this win. This whole year has kind of been up and down, a struggle. So this win was big for us.”

It ended a three-game losing streak for the J-Hawks and moved them back to the even mark at 10-10.

“We needed this badly,” said Jefferson’s Creighton Robinson. “We need momentum going into the substates, so this game was important.”

The way they got it was important, too. The big three of Kramer, Robinson and Jacob Olson were able to get off offensively, which hasn’t always been the case lately.

Junior point guard Olson led the way with 18 points, Robinson had 17 and Kramer 14, That was with Olson overcoming sickness.

“I thought Ky and Cray anchored us,” said Jefferson coach Stu Ordman. “Then in many ways, this was Jacob’s best game this season. He has been very ill all week, but he sucked it up.”

Ordman thought the presence of forward Layne Sullivan was important as well. He returned to the starting lineup after missing a game with injury and scored seven points and had five rebounds.

Jefferson led virtually the entire way.

“We shared the ball well, shot the ball well and played pretty good defense,” said Kramer, honored pregame with Robinson and Marcus Floyd as the club’s seniors. “That right there will put you on top most nights.”

Prairie (5-15), meanwhile, lost for the sixth straight time and for the eight time in nine games. Jace Hanna had 19 points but got little help offensively from his teammates. The Hawks shot just 33 percent.

Here is the game boxscore:


C.R. PRAIRIE (45): Thomas Eilers 2-7 0-0 6, Bryce Meeker 1-5 0-0 2, Ty Mougin 0-5 0-0 0, Jace Hanna 6-13 7-8 19, Michael Mims 2-4 0-0 6, Tyler Butz 1-3 0-0 2, Demetrius Harper 3-5 1-3 7, Dylan Kuchemann 0-2 2-4 2, Jalen Rima 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 15-45 11-17 45.

C.R. JEFFERSON (58): Ky Kramer 5-7 3-4 14, Layne Sullivan 1-6 5-7 7, Creighton Robinson 5-9 4-4 17, Marcus Floyd 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Olson 8-17 2-2 18, Jake Van Oort 1-2 0-0 2, Brandon Wiederin 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas Larson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 14-17 58.

Halftime – Jefferson 25, Prairie 20. 3-point goals – Prairie 4-21 (Eilers 2-6, Mougin 0-3, Hanna 0-6, Mims 2-3, Butz 0-1, Kuchemann 0-2), Jefferson 4-12 (Kramer 1-2, Robinson 3-5, Olson 0-3, Van Oort 0-1, Larson 0-1). Rebounds – Prairie 28 (Hanna 11), Jefferson 30 (Kramer 7). Total fouls – Prairie 15, Jefferson 14. Fouled out – None. Turnovers – Prairie 13, Jefferson 12.

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