CEDAR RAPIDS — It almost didn’t seem fair. You had one girls’ basketball team who likes to press defensively and play fast offensively and another who plays almost exclusively five players because injuries have depleted its rotation.
The outcome was predictable. Team one (Class 4A ninth-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington) wore out team two (No. 15 Cedar Rapids Jefferson), riding a strong second half to a 69-47 win on hall of fame night at Washington.
“That’s our style,” said Washington guard Alissa Oney. “Push the ball, push the ball and tire you out. I think you could see that in the second half.”
Jefferson (11-8) beat Washington the first go-round this season and employed a similar strategy last night: press a pressing team. The J-Hawks stuck around for a while, trailing 10-9 after a quarter and 25-18 at halftime.
But Washington (12-6) put it into another gear in the second half, making 19 of 29 field goals to completely pull away.
“We had some kids off the bench that did a good job,” said Washington Coach Frank Howell, whose team has won four straight. “They did a good job of keeping the tempo up. That’s what we like to do night in and night out.”
Jeff had no answer for 6-foot-2 Wash center Tia Dawson, who had a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds. Oney added 19 points and Jazz Royster 13.
“I thought we passed the ball well in the second half,” Dawson said. “We looked for each other.”
Jefferson, meanwhile, could never really get going offensively, making 18 of 56 shots (32 percent).
“They got right up in our face. Pressure defense,” said Jeff guard Alex Jacobson, who had a team-high 14 points on 6-of-23 shooting. “Tonight, we didn’t handle it.”