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Washington Girls Top Prairie, 59-52

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CEDAR RAPIDS Every now and then, Kandis O'Donnell's sometimes-balky ankle flares up on her.

"Sometimes when I land wrong, it swells up, and it's rough to run on," she said.

She injured it in December, and was supposed to be out four weeks. She was back in one.

And Friday night, she provided a crucial third option as Cedar Rapids Washington came on in the second half to beat Cedar Rapids Prairie, 59-52, in an intracity girls' basketball game Friday night at Washington High School.

It's no secret that Washington (9-3) is reliant on Dani Franklin and Aleena Hobbs. But if the Warriors are going to win the MVC Valley Division (they're leading it right now) and advance deep into the postseason, there needs to be more.

This week, there has been. First, the Warriors convincingly subdued then-No. 3 Waterloo West on the road. Then they fought off a competitive Prairie squad.

"It's been an excellent week," O'Donnell said. "We played a great game at Waterloo and we brought it out again tonight.

"I really want to help Dani, Aleena and this team go far. We can accomplish a lot. I'm trying to help them as much as I can, and they're giving me an opportunity to do it."

A signee of Valpariaso University, Franklin scored 27 points, 19 in the second half, as Washington rallied from a 26-23 halftime deficit.

Hobbs registered 11 points and 11 rebounds. And O'Donnell scored 11 points, hitting 4 of 5 field goals inside.

"Kandis was able to come back so quick because she did exactly what the trainer told her to do," Washington Coach Frank Howell said. "I guess if (the injury) had to happen, it happened at the right time, right before the (holiday) break."

Prairie (6-6) led throughout the first half, by as much as seven points at 23-16. But the Warriors were within three at intermission, then Franklin hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third quarter to put the Warriors ahead for good.

The lead swelled to 11 on Jasmyne Jones' 3-pointer with 5:40 left in the game.

"I'm proud of the way the kids competed," said Prairie Coach Steve Doser, who said Thursday that he will step down at the conclusion of the season. "We missed some bunnies and some free throws that could have made a difference."

Cyerra Hutchins led the Hawks with 13 points. Bradley recruit Madison Dellamuth accumulated 11 points, six assists and four steals.

Friday's game did not count in the Mississippi Valley Conference standings. The rematch does, on Feb. 7 at Prairie.

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