Boys Basketball: Hanna The Hero As Prairie Beats Washington In OT

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Jace Hanna (left) celebrates his game winning shot with Tyler Butz as the Prairie Hawks won their boy's basketball game against Cedar Rapids Washington at Prairie High School on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Prairie won in overtime, 61-59. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette-KCRG)


By Grant Burkhardt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — It’s kind of what’d you expect from the best player on the floor. Jace Hanna clutched up not once, but twice Friday night in Cedar Rapids Prairie’s 61-59 win over Cedar Rapids Washington.

The senior point guard hit a game-tying 3-point shot at the end of regulation, then a 3-point winner at the buzzer in overtime to send the Prairie gym into an absolute frenzy. Hanna, who has signed to play at D-II Upper Iowa, was mobbed by teammates and classmates after his second heroic act.

“He hit two money shots,” said Prairie Coach James Moses. “One to keep us in the game and get it to overtime and one to win it.”

They were very similar shots, too, both from the top of the circle.

After a Peter Holmes missed free throw, Hanna dribbled calmly down court, took a high screen and pulled up for an open trey from the top of the circle with four seconds left. After Brock Butterfield missed the second of two free throws with 4.7 seconds to go in OT, Hanna power dribbled the floor, pulled up from a deeper distance but still made the shot.

Butterfield was fouled driving the lane in a tied game and made his first free throw.

“The missed free throw gave us a chance,” Hanna said. “I just tried to go as fast as I could and tried to get a shot off. It’s a great win.”

Prairie (4-7) has struggled with injuries (including one from Hanna) and suspensions this season, so the hope is this game will be a springboard. It was the second OT loss in a row for hard-luck Washington (1-8), which has dropped 29 of its last 30 games.

Holmes had 17 points for the Warriors, who lost despite shooting 56 percent from the field. The Warriors outrebounded Prairie by a 28-21 margin.

Tom Eilers had a game-high 19 for Prairie, including six 3s, with Hanna finishing with 17. The Hawks turned it over just six times, if you're looking for an indication of how they won.

“The tide will start turning for us,” said Wash point guard Austin Bergstrom. “We’re playing hard, doing everything we can to get the ‘W.’”

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