SOLON– There’s nothing like a big win against a traditional opponent to help heal the sting of two consecutive conference losses.
The Solon boys managed just that Thursday night, leaping out to a 24-2 first quarter lead and then burying the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks, 63-27, as part of a home non-conference doubleheader.
Just about everything went well for the Spartans, who dropped two games on the road the week before.
“It was a nice reward for the kids,” said Head Coach Brad Randall. He said the team had responded well and worked hard at practice after losing to Western Dubuque and Mount Vernon.
Randall was pleased to see the team maintain its intensity even after building a large lead and playing deep into the bench. “It’s pretty satisfying to go into the break the way we did,” he added.
Solon shot 23-51 from the field, grabbed 34 rebounds (12 offensive), had 13 team assists and 16 steals. Nine different Spartans broke into the scoring column, including three in double digits. Turner Wentzien led the way with 11 points, followed closely by Jake Morris and Ethan Ahern, each with 10. Rory Siddell added nine points and Jaden Durr eight.
Solon connected on 13-19 free throw attempts, with Wentzien 6-8, Morris 4-4 and Joe Weeks 2-2.
Morris and Ahern, coming off the bench when Weeks picked up early fouls, led the rebounding with nine and eight apiece. Junior Ryan Kunkel added two blocked shots.
“Overall, it was one of our best åºperformances of the season,” Randall observed.
The Spartans head back to the court Tuesday, Jan. 4, at home against Dyersville Beckman and then hit the road for Anamosa Friday, Jan. 6.