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Posted March 2, 2011
28-point 4th sends West past Washington

DES MOINES — A big third quarter for Washington.

A bigger fourth for West.

Third-ranked Iowa City West was a winner in its girls’ state basketball tournament debut, rallying behind a 28-point fourth quarter to beat No. 6 Cedar Rapids Washington, 67-58,┬áin a Class 4A quarterfinal Wednesday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We couldn’t give up,” said West’s Ally Disterhoft, who clinched the outcome with six straight free throws in the final 28 seconds. “We’ve come this far, we figured we’d might as well win.”

Iowa City West celebrates a 67-58 win over Cedar Rapids Washington in a Class 4A quarterfinal at the girls' state basketball tournament Tuesday at Wells Fargo Arena. (Cliff Jette/SourceMedia Group News)

The Women of Troy (23-2) survived a 27-point, 14-rebound barrage by Tia Dawson and advanced to Friday’s semifinals. They’ll face No. 2 Linn-Mar (22-2) at noon.

Defending-champion Linn-Mar edged No. 10 Ankeny, 48-47.

Washington retired at 19-4. The Warriors took a 45-39 lead into the fourth quarter, but West erased it in a hurry behind a blazing 14-2 surge in the first three minutes.

Warriors Coach Frank Howell rested all of his starters for the first two minutes of the fourth, and West took advantage.

“I’m sure that will be second-guessed somewhat,” Howell said.

West’s Shelly Stumpff said, “We were ready to pounce when the opportunity came.”

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Disterhoft and Jessica Shull got West even at 45-all, then a trey by Mckenzie Piper gave the Women of Troy the lead, 50-47.

They didn’t let it go.

Dawson scored nine straight points for the Warriors to keep them in contention at 59-56, then Ashley Piper drained two free throws to make it 59-58.

But Shull and Disterhoft iced it from the line.

Disterhoft led West with 19 points. Shull added 16.

Dawson was brilliant in her final game as a Warrior. She made 12 of 18 shots from the floor, including a 3-point try.

“I just wanted to go out there and take some revenge for what happened when I was a freshman (when Washington lost in the finals to Iowa City High),” said Dawson, who will play at Dartmouth next year. “Maybe we got tired. Maybe we laid back too much. They started hitting their 3-pointers.”

The first half consisted of a lot of running, a lot of gunning, but not much converting — from both teams. West shot 26 percent from the floor and Washington shot 23 percent in a half that ended with West up 22-20.

Neither team led by more than four points in a half that featured five ties and six lead changes.

Washington made 12 of 16 shots in a 25-point third quarter and went into the final period leading 45-39. Momentum seemed to belong to the Warriors.

But the young Women of Troy — they started four juniors and a sophomore — were up to the challenge.

“We were in a bit of a jam,” said West Coach B.J. Mayer. “But to the kids’ credit, they kept playing, just like they have all year.”

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C.R. WASHINGTON (58): Ashley Piper 3-9 4-4 12, Alissa Oney 0-3 0-0 0, Jordon Pilcher 1-4 0-0 2, Jazz Royster 1-3 1-2 3, Tia Dawson 12-18 2-3 27, Janay Pritchett 1-6 1-2 3, Madison Kramer 2-6 1-2 5, Tasha Roundtree 0-0 0-0 0, Layloni Beard 2-5 0-0 4, Abby Herb 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-57 9-13 58.

IOWA CITY WEST (67): Ally Disterhoft 5-14 7-7 19, Brianna Sturtz 1-4 0-4 3, Shelly Stumpff 3-7 0-0 7, Jessica Shull 5-7 2-3 16, Mckenzie Piper 3-5 2-2 9, Shahana Williams 0-2 6-10 6, Kelley Fliehler 0-1 0-0 0, Tatum Klein 0-3 3-4 3, Paige Yoder 2-8 0-0 4.

Halftime: West 22, Washington 20. 3-point goals: Washington 3-17 (A.Piper 2-6, Oney 0-3, Pilcher 0-1, Royster 0-1, Dawson 1-1, Pritchett 0-3, Kramer 0-2), West 9-19 (Disterhoft 2-4, Sturtz 1-3, Stumpff 1-2, Shull 4-6, M.Piper 1-1, Yoder 0-3). Team fouls: Washington 22, West 12. Fouled out: Pilcher, M.Piper. Rebounds: Washington 40 (Dawson 14), West 32 (Stumpff 5). Assists: Washington 13 (Roundtree 5), West 14 (Disterhoft 6). Steals: Washington 3 (three with 1), West 9 (three with 2). Turnovers: Washington 19, West 11.

One Response to 28-point 4th sends West past Washington

  1. Excellent game. CR Washington unfortunately lost, but has nothing to hang their heads for!! Great job Tia…the game of the season! What a great year for all the girls and you all have much to be proud of. All of you with your coach put together a great team and won a lot of games together. The 2011 year was fun to watch and thanks for all the memories!!

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