DES MOINES — Tatum Klein is the third-leading scorer for the Iowa City West women’s basketball team.
She comes off the bench, and she’s cool with it.
“I’ve gotten used to it,” Klein said Wednesday after West gutted out a 55-52 win over Iowa City High in a Class 4A quarterfinal.
“I kind of like it. We probably have eight starters that play at pretty close to the same level.”
Klein was instant offense Wednesday, scoring 18 points in 14 minutes. She made 6 of 10 shots from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
“When Tatum gets hot, you’ve got to get her the ball,” teammate Ally Disterhoft said after the Women of Troy advanced.
Second-ranked West (23-1) faces No. 6 Waukee (20-5) in a semifinal at noon Friday.
Klein has signed to play softball at Minnesota State University, and she’s more than a capable basketball player. Wednesday’s performance was no fluke; she averages 11.8 points per contest.
After City High took its first lead at 34-33 late in the third quarter, Klein swished a 3-pointer from the left baseline. Then, moments later, she added another from the other side to put West in front, 39-36.
The Women of Troy led the rest of the way.
Klein was a starter early last season, then “she got dinged up at the beginning of the year, so we brought her off the bench, ” West Coach B.J. Mayer said.
“We started rotating (starters) a little to start this year, but then I thought, ‘Why are we messing with something that got us to 23-3 last year?’ ”
“Tatum and Shahana (Williams, another reserve guard) really don’t care. They bring a lot of energy into the game.”
2013: 5 classes, 35 games, little break
With the advent of a five-class format, the 2013 state tournament will be wall-to-wall basketball.
In order to play 35 games in six days, the event will consist on non-stop action from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Each of the first four days will feature seven games:
* Monday will consist of four 1A quarterfinals and three 2A quarterfinals.
* The remaining 2A quarterfinal is Tuesday, along with four 3A quarterfinals and two in 4A.
* Quarterfinals conclude Wednesday — 2A in 4A, four in 5A. The first 1A semifinal is planned for 8:30 p.m.
* The other 1A semifinal is Thursday, along with semis in 2A, 3A and 4A.
The 5A semifinals are slated for 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Friday, followed by championships in the three smaller classes at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. The 4A and 5A title games will be at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday.