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Indians Hills hands Mineral Area first loss

OTTUMWA, IA – The Indian Hills Warriors wanted their No. 2 ranking back after losing it this past week, and it meant having to defeat the Mineral Area Cardinals who had just been elevated to that ranking. The Warriors came out with great intensity and a tenacious defense that kept the Cardinals at bay on the boards, both backboard and scoreboard for a 74-54 win.

The Warriors outrebounded the Cardinals by a margin of 36-23 with several of their boards coming on offense for second chances at scoring. Indian Hills also spent much time at the free throw line where they were exceptionally good, going 22-25 in the second half, and 29-35 for the game. The Cardinals were only 10-16 on free throws.

The Cardinals trailed by 10 at the half, but the Warriors pushed out to a much larger lead. Mineral Area closed it to within 10 points again with four and a half minutes left in the game but a three by Ashton Sauls kept the Cardinals from coming any closer.

Curtis Muse led the team with 21 points, and T.J. Britton was next with seven.

The Cardinals, 9-1, will have a week to figure out how to beat the Indians since they will be at home against the Warriors (8-1) on Saturday in the Rotary Classic. MAC’s next game is tonight against Des Moines Area College at Indian Hills.

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