Ada-Borup/Norman County West guard Jared Brainard (11) tried to get past Cromwell-Wright guard Micah Pocernich (4) in the first half of the Class 1A quarterfinal Thursday at Williams Arena. Photo: Shari L. Gross • firstname.lastname@example.org
Ada-Borup/Norman County West needed a spark and it fell to the “big fella” to provide it.
Junior center Mason Miller scored nine unanswered points, igniting a 22-3 second-half run as the Cougars overcame a six-point deficit in the final 13 minutes for a 49-39 victory over Cromwell-Wright in the Class 1A quarterfinals Thursday at Williams Arena.
“Once Mason got going, we started playing with more energy,” Cougars coach Trevor Stewart said. "Everything started going our way.”
The 6-foot-8 Miller owned the paint against the much smaller Cardinals (25-4). He finished with a dominating double-double (19 points and 17 rebounds).
“The big fella is capable of doing that,” Stewart said. “He’s a very talented kid on both ends of the floor.”