Eagles down West Prairie, 77-51

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Ben Nichols, 12, brings the ball up against a West Prairie defender in Thursday's 77-51 Eagles victory.

Mercer County's balance and fast-paced offense was too much for West Prairie Thursday (Jan. 7) as the Eagles flew away from the Cyclones, 77-51.

Despite a stretch a stretch late in the first half in which Ty Taylor scored 12 consecutive points _ one on an old-fashioned three-point play and three on long shots _ West Prairie used some three-point shooting of their own and only trailed 39-30 at the half.

The Eagles stretched the lead to 56-42 after three quarters and outscored West Prairie in the final stanza, 21-9. Toward the end of the game, it appeared the pace of the game was wearing the Cyclones down.

Spencer Wood led a balanced scoring attack for Mercer County with 16 points, Ben Nichols and Quinton King each scored 15 and Taylor added 14.

After the game, Mercer County coach Brian Hutton was not totally pleased, especially considering the early West Prairie long-range bombing.

"We've got to find a way to defend better than we did tonight," Hutton said.

Winners of five of their last six games, the Eagles are now 6-7. They face Sterling Newman at 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 9) at the Rock Falls Shootout.