Golden Hawks overwhelm Regals 64-27

By Jeff Yoder
Posted 12/9/20

The Mid-Prairie boys made a statement on Tuesday with a 64-27 win over the RVC South defending champs Regina Catholic.

The Golden Hawks went on a 13-1 run in the first quarter and finished the …

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Golden Hawks overwhelm Regals 64-27

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The Mid-Prairie boys made a statement on Tuesday with a 64-27 win over the RVC South defending champs Regina Catholic.

The Golden Hawks went on a 13-1 run in the first quarter and finished the first half with 17 straight points to lead 34-10 at the break.

“I thought we shot the ball really well,” said sophomore Alex Bean, who scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the first half.  

“We got good shots, we worked the ball really well, pushed in transition and played good defense.”

Bean and Carter Harmsen scored all 19 of Mid-Prairie’s points in the second quarter.

It was Mid-Prairie’s first win over Regina since 2010. The Regals have had 11 straight winning seasons, three straight RVC South titles, and made an appearance in the state quarterfinals in 2019. 

“I think it means a lot, it builds up your confidence,” Bean said. “We were 0-22 against them over the last ten years and I think it means a lot to the team, the coaches and everybody else.”

Bean was 4-9 from the 3-point line, but Mid-Prairie coach Daren Lambert was more excited about his agressiveness around the basket. 

“We know he can hit those 3-point shots,” he said. “It’s great seeing him get to the hole, building that confidence, finishing through contact. He’s adding that wrinkle to his game where he’s going to be a tough guy to defend.”

Harmsen finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.

Regina senior Ashton Cook came into the contest leading Class 2A with 32 points per game. He finished with 13, his teammates had 14.  

“That’s what defense does, you shut down the other team and take away those secondary scorers and force the other guys to make some things happen,” Lambert said.

“Overall, team defense is all about selflessness and playing for your teammates and they did a great job tonight.”

Jack Pennington had eight assists, six rebounds, and five steals. He was key to Mid-Prairie’s defensive pressure, along with Will Cavanagh and Luke Boyse.

“If you look at our stats, those three guys aren’t going to jump off the page because we have some guys that can score, but those guys are a great reason why we’re successful on the defensive end of the floor,” Lambert explained. “They’re long, they’re active, they do all those little things, they’re in the right gaps.”

Aidan Rath scored Mid-Prairie’s first points after an offensive rebound and finished 4-4 for 10 points in just 13 minutes. Ethan Kos finished with six points and five rebounds. Cavanagh had five points and four rebounds. Boyse scored five points and had three assists.

The Golden Hawks closed out the game with a 21-5 run.

“The thing that I loved to see tonight was the fact that they just kept going,” Lambert said.
“They’re just kind of built differently. They have that competitor mindset. No matter what the score is, they’re going to go out and compete.

“It was written on the board tonight, 0-22 and 10 years — and we went in and erased that off the board. We’re trying to change that history and this team is ready to do that.”

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