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Posted February 12, 2010
Kennedy weathers delay, downs Washington
Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Laura Boenish shoots against Cedar Rapids Washington's Ashley Piper on Friday. Kennedy won, 64-50. (Julie Koehn, The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Laura Boenish shoots against Cedar Rapids Washington's Ashley Piper on Friday. Kennedy won, 64-50. (Julie Koehn, The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Kennedy Cougars found a way to pass the time while waiting for the officials to show up last night.

It’s called the Look-Up Game.

“You all lock arms, and count 1-2-3, then look up,” said Laura Boenish. “If two people are looking at each other, they’re both out.”

 Sounds tricky. Best not to look at anyone, right?

“Yeah,” said Jade Rogers. “Or cheat.”

It’s an appropriate game for this team. Things have been looking up for Cedar Rapids Kennedy all season.

Class 4A fifth-ranked Kennedy led from start to finish and downed No. 9 Cedar Rapids Washington, 64-50, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game Friday at Kennedy High School.

The game was delayed 40 minutes while the teams waited for officials.

“You can’t afford to lose focus, not against a team like Washington,” said Rogers, who posted 23 points and 10 rebounds. “We weren’t tense. We joked around a little bit.”

Kennedy Coach Dennis Roloff said, “It’s out of your control. Why get upset?”

Kennedy (17-2 overall, 14-1 MVC) led, 10-2, by the time Washington Coach Frank Howell burned his second timeout. The Cougars built an 18-point lead late in the first half before Washington (12-8, 11-5) closed with a 9-0 surge to creep within 35-26 at intermission.

But the Warriors couldn’t sustain the momentum. Kennedy put together a 15-5 run in the second half to put the game away.

“It’s a good win. We always want to beat Washington because we lost to them a lot in past years,” Boenish said. “It’s good to get payback.”

Mariah Duke added 11 points for Kennedy. Haley Brightwell scored 10.

Tia Dawson led Washington with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

The game was a possible preview of a 4A regional final, which would be played Feb. 23 at Cedar Rapids Prairie.

“Kennedy’s a great team; they don’t have a lot of weaknesses,” Howell said. “Hopefully, we get a chance to see them one more time.”

5 Responses to Kennedy weathers delay, downs Washington

  1. Dear Gazette, this is getting old. Front page of the gazette…Kennedy vs Wash. Are you kidding me? In Marion LM defeated IC West for only its second undefeated season in a row. Had to search to find the small article. Lets be real and get some coverage on teams that really deserve it. If the LM girls win state do you think we could get a write up then???
    I am sorry I had to use the Kennedy article to speak on, I mean no disrespect, they are a great team. That was my only choice since LM didnt have an article to comment on.

  2. Excuse me, every game, twice a week, there is a huge article about Linn Mar & Kiah Stokes. That is what has been getting old as there are other girls who play basketball in the area. It is a Cedar Rapids Gazette, not a Marion newspaper. Last Friday, both channels 2 & 9 covered your game against Prairie. Why Prairie who is on the bottom of the division when there was a huge match up with Jeff Boys & Wash Boys going on along with the girls I am completely amazed by your comment. Linn Mar get off your high horse! It is not always about you & it is getting extremely old. There are other good teams & players in Eastern Iowa that deserve some press!!

  3. Looked back through my box scores … I have covered seven Linn-Mar games, six Kennedy games. I don’t think either school can gripe. There’s only one Metro school that can justifiably complain about coverage of its girls basketball team this winter, and that’s Marion.

    Yes, Jay, if Linn-Mar wins state, I imagine we can try to put something together on them. Sheesh.

  4. Ah, I would personally like to hear about success stories-unsung heroes!! Those players who play with passion and don’t care about getting their name in the paper. How about those teams that practice every day and just aren’t very good? It doesn’t have to be about the super stars all the time.

  5. Just because you’re a good player and on a winning team doesn’t mean you want your name in the paper. Nor does it mean you don’t play with passion or work hard. In fact I would argue those players who are successful, whether individually or as part of a team, likely work harder and play with more passion than most of the others.

    That said, I think the paper does a pretty good job of covering all the high school teams. It is real easy to want “your” teams story in the paper after every game, but that is just not realistic. I personally think too much space is wasted on national sports that could be better served by more local coverage. But I understand that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Near as I can tell there are only 3 writers that cover all of the high school sports. Keep up the good work Jeff, Jeff, and KJ!

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