By Justin Gimse
On a night that saw Wilson commit 26 turnovers, the last thing they needed was Prairie shooting 26 free-throws, and making 20 of them. The Lady Rams, winners of the previous West Central District title, couldn’t keep hold of the basketball and Prairie pulled away in the fourth quarter on Saturday night to secure its third title in four years, 63-42.
Prairie (21-3) applied consistent full-court pressure from tip-off to buzzer, taking Wilson (18-4) out of its offensive game plan and keeping them off-balance for most of the game. Wilson had a 7-5 lead midway in the first quarter, but never saw a lead again. With 5:50 remaining in the third quarter, the Lady Rams pulled into a 29-29 tie, only to be outscored 34-13 the rest of the way.
Leading all scorers was Prairie’s Nicole Goecke with 25 points. Wilson’s Violet Morrow led the Lady Rams with 15. Tyra Foster had 5 points and 11 rebounds.
Wilson advances to the 3A State Regional Round this week as the No. 2 Seed from the West Central District.
WILSON: Josie Matz 5, Kiara Knox 4, Tyra Foster 5, Violet Morrow 15, Kiara McMillan 8, Amanda Darden 2.
PRAIRIE: Nicole Goecke 25, Emily Peters 5, Cherita Daugherty 19, Natalie Whitesel 2, Jamie Phares 3, Malia Teriiapaia 5, Grace Prom 2, Robin Cole 2.