DURANT — It was the second quarter for the boys. It was the third quarter for the girls. The Mid-Prairie basketball teams followed a similar path to victory Tuesday against Durant with one big stanza advantage that led to success in the River Valley Conference games.
The Golden Hawk boys were just a point ahead after the first quarter, 14-13, but hit on all cylinders offensively and defensively in a 24-3 second quarter that put the score at 38-16 by halftime. It was 60-32 starting the fourth quarter and the Hawks left town with a 70-35 win.
The Golden Hawk girls led 14-7 after a quarter but it tightened up in the second and was a 23-19 Mid-Prairie lead at halftime. A 16-4 rout in the third quarter and 31-10 second half led to the 54-29 win.
The Golden Hawks had two players reach double digits in scoring. Maddie Nonnenmann led all scorers with 21 points. Esther Hughes finished with 10 points.
The Golden Hawk girls are 7-6 so far this season and 7-5 in the league.
Jackson Pennington helped four Golden Hawks reach double figures as he doled out nine assists, had seven rebounds, two steals, a blocked shot and scored six points. Carter Harmsen led the Hawks with 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds with two assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
Ethan Kos came off the Mid-Prairie bench and was a rebound short of a double-double, tallying 16 points and nine rebounds. Alex Bean scored 12 points. Aidan Rath’s contributions included 11 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Mid-Prairie is 6-3 and back on the win column after two losses stopped a five-game win streak.
Due to quarantines affecting West Liberty, Mid-Prairie will be postponing Friday’s boys basketball games to Monday, Jan. 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. The girls games with West Liberty will still be played Friday starting at 4:30 p.m.