Despite struggles, Iola wards off Prairie View


January 18, 2014 - 12:00 AM

BUFFALO — With all the beauty and artistry of a punch in the face, Iola High’s Mustangs are back in the win column.
The Mustangs slogged their way to a 36-28 win over host Prairie View Friday — their second straight — despite hitting only one field goal in the first quarter, shooting a frigid 23 percent from the field and missing 17 of 34 free throws.
“There was a lot of ugly for both teams,” Mustang head coach Bill Peeper said. “We just dug in and gutted it out, and we made enough plays down the stretch. An ugly win is much better than an ugly loss.”
Iola countered its shooting woes with a stifling defense — holding the Buffalos without a field goal for more than eight minutes in the second half — and staying aggressive with the ball.
The Mustangs outscored Prairie View 14-5 from halftime to the 3-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Kaden Macha’s 3-point play midway through the third period pulled Iola even for the first time in the contest. Adam Peterson’s bucket a minute later gave the Mustangs their first lead, 20-18.
From there, both teams shot — and missed — free throws aplenty.
Iola scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, all but four coming from the line. But the Mustangs also missed 11 of 21 free throws down the stretch, keeping the Buffalos within shouting distance.
Problem was, Prairie View was even colder from the line. The Buffalos hit only 1 of 14 charities, nullifying any hopes of a comeback.
Iola was without the services of senior forward Tyler Powelson, who was held out of the game for disciplinary reasons, Peeper said.
“We had to move some guys around, but they adjusted,” Peeper said. “Adam Peterson usually doesn’t get to play much varsity, but he really stepped up in the second half and made the most of his opportunity. Kohl Endicott did a good job as well. He always seems to find himself in the right position to make the play.”
Fryendz Wallace, inserted into the starting lineup, went scoreless, but still had a team-high seven rebounds for Iola. Macha and Adam Kauth both had four boards. Kauth also had four steals, while Latta and Macha had four and three assists, respectively. Latta and Kauth also drew critical charge calls against Prairie View.
“Those were big,” Peeper said.
“Prairie View has good guards,” he continued. “They just didn’t shoot well. They have some good size inside, but they struggled, too.”
Ryan Robbins scored 11, the only Buffalo player with more than six.
Prairie View won the junior varsity contest, 39-28. Kohl Endicott had seven points, while Brett Taylor had six points and five rebounds. The Mustangs prevailed in the C team contest, 34-25. Braden Plumlee and Chase Regehr both scored nine points. Regehr also had five boards.
Iola heads to Burlington Tuesday for the Wildcats’ midseason tournament. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the middle school gymnasium against Labette County.
“It’s going to be a challenge,” Peeper said. “They’re a good team that’s played a tough schedule.”
Labette County defeated Iola in the championship game of last year’s Burlington midseason tournament.
“I’d rather be facing them in the championship game than in the opening round,” Peeper said. “But it is what it is. We’ll be ready.”
Iola (5-8-9-14—36)
Prairie View (10-4-4-10—28)
Iola (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Latta 1/1-0-4-5, McIntosh 0-2-1-2, Macha 2-7-2-11, Kauth 1-5-0-7, Wallace 0-1-5-1, Mueller 0-1-1-1, Zimmerman 0-0-3-0, Endicott 0-0-2-0, Peterson 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 8/1-17-20-36.
Prairie View (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Bartholl 2-0-4-4, Spears 3-0-5-6, Lee 1-0-5-2, Phelps 1-0-4-2, Ackerson 0-0-3-0, Barnes 1-1-1-3, Robbins 4/1-1-2-11. TOTALS: 12/1-25-28.

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