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Hot Shooting Helps Prairie Girls Beat Mount Pleasant

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CEDAR RAPIDS Shoot the ball well, and the world smiles along with you.

Cedar Rapids Prairie hit 52.2 percent of its field goal attempts, and Cyerra Hutchins posted a double-double as the Hawks tripped Class 4A ninth-ranked Mount Pleasant, 54-38, at the Rivalry Saturday girls basketball event at the U.S. Cellular Center.

"Our posts really played well today," Hutchins said. "We were a little shy to begin with, but once we got into the flow, everything was working pretty well."

Prairie (6-4) led from start to finish, shooting 56 percent (14 of 25) from the floor in building a 32-21 halftime lead.

The margin never ventured below nine points in the second half, and Prairie answered that with a 10-0 run to put the game away. Hutchins started that run with a steal and a layup, then ended it with a 3-pointer.

Hutchins collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

"Cyerra was great," said Prairie Coach Steve Doser. "Both ends offense and defense. She really led us. And we rebounded the ball well.

"I really liked our focus today, and I liked the way we handled the ball."

Hutchins' boardword led Prairie to a 32-22 rebounding advantage.

Olivia Usher added 12 points for the Hawks. Emilie Rotter scored eight.

Taryne Shull and Kelsi Phipps scored 11 points apiece for Mount Pleasant (7-3).

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