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.”