CEDAR RAPIDS — That’s Tia, not Kiah.
But glancing at the stats line, you couldn’t tell a difference.
Tia Dawson dominated the paint with 24 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks as Class 4A 13th-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington handled Cedar Rapids Prairie, 68-43, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at Washington High School.
“I lifted a lot more over the summer,” said Dawson, a 6-foot-2 junior who bears more than a passing resemblance to Linn-Mar all-stater Kiah Stokes. “I went to a post camp at Coe (College), and it helped me with my post moves and my confidence.”
Dawson had 17 points and nine rebounds by halftime as the Warriors (2-0 overall, 1-0 MVC) built a 14-point advantage.
“She was a bad matchup for us. She’s going to be a bad matchup for a lot of teams,” said Prairie Coach Steve Doser.
Washington took command with a 13-0 run — highlighted by Alissa Oney’s 35-footer at the first-quarter horn — that erased an early 10-6 deficit.
Prairie (1-2, 0-1) cut a 20-point margin to 44-33 midway through the third quarter before the Warriors went back to work.
Eleven Washington players scored. Oney tallied 11 points and five assists; Jazz Royster contributed 10 points.
“Prairie was a pretty resilient group, but I’m pretty pleased for our first conference performance,” said Washington Coach Frank Howell.
As for Dawson …
“She’s doing what we want her to do,” Howell said.
Which is …
“Establish a low-post presence and draw traffic for our outside shooters.”
Dawson was 10-for-14 from the field. She was 5-for-6 in a 12-point first quarter.
“The team was passing the ball well inside, and I was able to use my height advantage,” she said.
Shelby Crist scored nine points for Prairie. Katie Carver posted eight points, six rebounds and five steals.
Washington is at Waterloo West on Friday; Prairie is at Dubuque Hempstead.