Easton Botkins hit a school-record nine 3-pointers and scored 34 points to lead the Durant boys basketball team to a 70-49 road win over Wilton Monday.
"We needed every one of them," Durant coach Matt Straube said. "We were only up five after three and I didn't think our defensive effort was that great."
Case in point, Wilton's Jared Townsend scored 27 points in the game, including 18 in the first half to keep the Beavers (3-14) within 30-25 at halftime. That was despite five makes from beyond the arc in the opening quarter for Botkins.
The lead remained the same for Wilton through three quarters, as it led 42-37 entering the fourth. But an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter helped Wilton (7-10) put the game away with a 28-point quarter.
"That 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter kind of took it over for us," Straube said.
Bryce Lafrenz added 17 points for the Beavers to earn a win over the Wildcats on Durant's senior night.
Wilton 88, Durant 61: Wilton ran past Durant with a 27-point win on senior night Monday night. Just two days removed from its second loss of the season, Class 2A No. 13 Wilton put up a season-high 88 points in a win again rival Durant.
It was the second time Wilton has broken the 80-point threshold and the most points scored by the Beavers this season.
Both teams came out of the gate firing, too, as Wilton (16-2) led 30-20 after one quarter. Senior Emily Lange, who entered the game as the second leading scorer in Class 2A at 22.7 points per game, scored 25 points in the first half alone to lead the Beavers to a 51-34 halftime lead.
Wilton blew it open in the third quarter, as it opened up a 30-point lead at one point and never looked back in the win over 2-15 Durant. It was the Wildcats’ fifth consecutive loss.
Lange finished the game with 33 points while Kortney Drake added 22 and Aubrey Putman had 15. Kamryn Meyer led Durant with 18 points.
Winter weather cancels prep games: The brutal stretch of winter weather impacted the high school schedule once again as games scheduled for Monday night and tonight were postponed.
Muscatine's boys and girls home doubleheader scheduled for Monday night against Clinton was postponed due to snow and dangerous driving conditions on the highway. Also, tonight's games against Davenport Central have been postponed. The boys were scheduled to play at Davenport Central while the girls were scheduled to play at home.
As of Monday night, neither game has a scheduled makeup date yet.