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Posted January 2, 2010
Linn-Mar battles past Assumption

CEDAR RAPIDS — For a quarter, it looked like another Linn-Mar laugher. It wasn’t.

Class 3A third-ranked Davenport Assumption pushed 4A No. 3 Linn-Mar to the wire before the Lions prevailed, 52-48, at Rivalry Saturday last night at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“It was a good test for us,” said Kayla Klopfenstein. “It showed us our weaknesses.”

One of them, surprisingly, was rebounding. Assumption (5-2) posted a 36-24 advantage on the glass.

“We knew they would come after us, and they did,” said Lions Coach Mike Brandt. “We gave them too many second shots, too many second opportunities.”

Still, the Lions got through it and improved to 8-0.

Credit the fast start. Linn-Mar jumped on the Knights early. It was 18-9 after a quarter, 22-11 early in the second period.

The Knights rallied and got within a single point on two occasions, the last of which was 46-45 with 3:44 left.

But Kiley Haines hit an important basket for the Lions, then Klopfenstein added two free throws to extend the margin to five.

Klopfenstein led the Lions with 13 points. Norman added 12. Kiah Stokes tallied a triple-double — 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Marion 67, Dubuque Wahlert 37

Morgan Paige was brilliant in the first half, scoring 23 of her game-high 31 points, as the 3A sixth-rated Indians (7-1) gained revenge for last year’s regional-final loss.
Paige made 8 of 9 shots, including all four of her 3-point attempts, in the first half.

“I’d never played well in here before,” Paige said. “But this was a team in which we really wanted to come out and take care of business against.”

Brittany Fish added 17 points for the Indians. Alyssa Reisner scored 10.

3 Responses to Linn-Mar battles past Assumption

  1. Kiah Stokes is one of the best players in Iowa or rather the nation. Linn-mar would dominate if she got the ball 90% of the time. No one can stop her—get her the ball!!!

  2. without a doubt stokes is a talented ball player but from the way the game was played the gal from assumption clearly out played her. I was very shocked to watch her play defense and even more shocked at her lack of post moves……..

  3. those are really different opinions.

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