Third-quarter run lifts Regina past Mid-Prairie

Third-quarter run lifts Regina past Mid-Prairie

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Third-quarter run lifts Regina past Mid-Prairie

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In a game full of runs, the final and most important one belonged to Regina.

Class 2A second-ranked Regina closed the third quarter on a 13-0 run and never let Mid-Prairie get closer than five points the rest of the game on its way to a 50-37 win in a River Valley Conference South Division matchup at Regina.

“We said in the locker room this is the quarter where we are going to win or lose it,” Regina senior Kennedy Brown said. “We needed to run the floor and our goal was to get stops and rebounds and push it up the floor that quarter. That game we were kind of on and off but we started to click.”

Brown scored four of her team-high 15 points during the key third-quarter run. Regina improved to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in RVC play.

Mid-Prairie (2-2) got a game-high 16 points from Ali Butters but could never fully recover from the 13-0 spurt to end the third quarter while falling to 2-1 in conference play.

“Regina is a good team so they aren’t going to lay down and say ‘OK you beat us.’ They are going to fight back,” Mid-Prairie coach Stephen Bender said. “They jacked their intensity up at the end of the third quarter and unfortunately we didn’t match it.”

Regina rattled off 14 straight points and the end of the first quarter and the start of the second, taking a 14-2 lead on a Brown layup with 7:02 left in the opening half.

Regina held Mid-Prairie scoreless for nearly seven minutes during the 14-0 run that featured three of the Regals’ four 3-pointers.

Mary Crompton, Sarah Lehman and Cammy Verducci all had 3-pointers during the 14-0 stretch as Mid-Prairie opened up playing a box-and-one on Crompton.

“I thought we responded well to that (box-and-one),” Bolger said. “If one girl is getting a lot of focus we have girls on the court that can score and it’s kind of pick your poison and luckily our other girls stepped up.”

Mid-Prairie got back into the game with a run of its own, closing the first half with eight straight points.

The Golden Hawks shot just 26 percent in the first half, including 1-of-11 shooting in the first quarter, but trailed 18-14 at the half after Ally Wertz beat the halftime buzzer with a jumper.

Mid-Prairie then opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run and Addie Rath’s putback with 4:25 left gave the Golden Hawks a 22-19 lead.

“Part of it was we were finishing and were getting stops on defense,” Bender said of the 8-1 run to start the half. “We got some stops on defense the first half, we only gave up 18 points so our defense was good but we weren’t finishing.”

Regina responded.

A Brown basket cut the lead to 22-21 and ignited the Regals’ 13-0 led that spanned the final 3:33 of the third quarter.

“I think that first basket kind of relaxed us,” Brown said. “I feel like once we got one it kind of started to flow and everything started to work better.

A layup by Greyson Dumont gave Regina the lead at 23-22. Following a Crompton runner, Dumont hit a 3-pointer from the corner that made the score 28-22.

“We got some stops and we were able to press a little bit but we finally hit a shot from outside, Greyson hit a 3-point from the corner and I think everyone just kind exhaled a little bit,” Bolger said. “So far this year we are shooting so well from outside when they weren’t falling tonight it was almost like now what.”

Mid-Prairie got as close as 34-29 on a conventional 3-point play by Alex Rath with 6:25 left but Regina made 10 straight free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Lehman had 13 points for Regina. Crompton finished with nine.

“I asked them at halftime when the shots are aren’t falling what are we going to do,” Bolger said. “The hope was that we would hit a shot or too and luckily we did and we were able to pull away a little bit.”

Reach Ryan Murken at 319-339-7369 or rmurken@press-citizen.com and follow him on Twitter at @rmmurken.

Regina11 7 14 1850

Mid-Prairie2 12 8 1537

Regina (50)–Mary Crompton 3-10 2-2 9, Sarah Lehman 3-8 6-7 13, Kennedy Brown 5-7 5-8 15, Greyson Dumont 2-6 0-0 5, Cammy Verducci 2-4 2-2 7, Katharine Dunn 0-2 1-2 1, Team15-37 16-21 50.

Mid-Prairie (37)–Alex Rath 2-11 1-1 6, Ally Wertz 2-11 0-0 4, Emily Cayton 0-1 1-2 1, Ali Butters 4-7 8-10 16, Ireland Hostetler 1-10 0-0 2, Addie Rath 4-8 0-1 8, Team 13-48 10-14 37.

3-point field goals–MP: (Al. Rath 1-8, Wertz 0-4), ICR: (Crompton 1-7, Lehman 1-1, Dumont 1-5, Verducci 1-3). Rebounds–MP: 31 (Hostetler 9), ICR: 33 (Brown 9). Turnovers–MP: 14, ICR: 17. Total fouls–MP: 15, ICR: 15. Fouled out–None. Technical fouls–None.

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