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Posted February 21, 2012
Little Hawks at full strength, full steam at the end

Iowa City High celebrates their victory over Cedar Rapids Washington during a Class 4A Regional at Kennedt High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG)


(Class 3A & 4A regional scoreboard: HERE … State pairings: HERE)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa City High had more at the end.

More weapons. More size. More gusto.

Sierra Chambers posted 22 points and 16 rebounds, and seventh-ranked City High rallied past foul-plagued, injury-riddled, 13th-rated Cedar Rapids Washington, 65-59, in a Class 4A girls’ basketball regional final Tuesday night at Kennedy High School.

“We were able to pound it inside, and pound it inside some more at the end,” said City High Coach Bill McTaggart.

The Little Hawks (17-6) advance to the state tournament. They’ll face No. 2 Iowa City West (22-1) next Wednesday in a Class 4A quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines.

West fought past No. 8 Muscatine, 60-53, Tuesday.

Iowa City High's Sierra Chambers tries to block a shot by Abby Schroder of Cedar Rapids Washington during a Class 4A Regional at Kennedt High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG)

It would be an understatement to say that Chambers has made some progress throughout her high school career.

“From a ‘fifth-quarter’ freshman to a key contributor on a state-tournament team, I’ll say she’s made progress,” McTaggart said.

She had a double-double in the second half alone — 16 points, 11 boards — as the Little Hawks overcame a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit.

“We were in the locker room (at halftime), and Coach said we were still in it,” Chambers said. “He said to just play from our hearts and pound it into the post. And that’s what we did.”

Washington (14-8) played without Tasha Roundtree (knee injury) for the final 8:22, Abby Herb (fouls) for the final 4:08 and Jazz Royster (fouls) for the final 2:21.

It was too much to overcome, and City High prevailed despite 28 turnovers.

“I wish we could have played it out with everybody on the floor that we started with,” said Washington Coach Frank Howell. “There’s no way of finding out how it would have unfolded.”

Herb said, “Tasha got hurt, then Jazz and I fouled out, and it all kind of went downhill from there.”

Washington held a 50-43 lead when Madison Kramer scored off a steal from Brooke Foreman with 6:02 to go. But Chambers scored eight points in a 15-2 run over the next 3 1/2 minutes.

“She’s aggressive. She’s not afraid to get physical and body you up,” Herb said of Chambers.

Mickey Hansche added 20 points, Kiera Washpun 11, Haley Lorenzen 10 points and eight rebounds for City High. The Little Hawks posted a 43-27 rebounding advantage.

Roundtree scored 19 in the first three quarters before sustaining the injury. She didn’t return, and left the gym on crutches.

“She was hitting threes and playing great defense for us,” Howell said.

Herb added 14 points and six boards.


At C.R. Kennedy

IOWA CITY HIGH (65): Kiera Washpun 2-9 7-12 11, Mickey Hansche 6-13 6-6 20, Harper Beasley 0-2 2-2 2, Sierra Chambers 8-12 6-10 22, Haley Lorenzen 3-6 4-7 10, Erin Danielson 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0, Aliyah Gustafson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-43 25-37 65.

C.R. WASHINGTON (59): Abby Herb 5-12 3-4 14, Madison Kramer 1-8 0-0 2, Jazz Royster 2-6 0-0 4, Tasha Roundtree 8-14 1-2 19, Danielle Franklin 2-4 0-0 5, Kelli Klaus 1-5 1-2 3, Brooke Foreman 3-7 0-1 6, Aleena Hobbs 1-4 4-8 6. Totals 23-60 9-17 59.

Halftime: Washington 32, City High 26. 3-point goals: City High 2-8 (Washpun 0-2, Hansche 2-5, Beasley 0-1), Washington 4-15 (Herb 1-1, Kramer 0-3, Royster 0-2, Roundtree 2-4, Franklin 1-2, Foreman 0-1, Hobbs 0-2). Team fouls: City High 20, Washington 25. Fouled out: Herb, Royster. Rebounds: City High 43 (Chambers 16), Washington 27 (Klaus 7). Assists: City High 7 (Hansche, Beasley, Danielson 2), Washington 12 (Royster 5). Steals: City High 12 (Chambers 5), Washington 13 (Roundtree 3). Turnovers: City High 28, Washington 19.


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