At the other end of the floor, the Saints had a full complement of players with a flashy No. 7 ranking in the Class 4A poll and an impressive five-game winning streak.
Advantage Saints, right?
Not this time.
Sarah Schmitt was hot from the foul line and pumped in 22 points as the young Prairie Hawks upended the Saints, 52-45, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Ron Thillen Gymnasium.
Prairie had two freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup, but the Hawks withstood a Xavier rally in the second half and were the more composed team at the end.
"Our kids played above what their grades may show," said Prairie Coach Josh Bentley. "They stayed together. And they executed and stayed disciplined."
Schmitt, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, swished 10 of 11 free throws for the Hawks, including six straight in the final 56 seconds to help Prairie notch the victory.Read more...