DES MOINES — Three-point accuracy gave Iowa City West the lead.
Three-point denial preserved it.
Ally Disterhoft blocked Ashley Duthie’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer as second-ranked West warded off No. 7 Iowa City High, 55-52, in a Class 4A quarterfinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Wednesday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.
“She went for the shot, and luckily I got a hand on it,” Disterhoft said.
West (23-1) defeated City High (17-7) for the third time this season. This was by far the most challenging of the three.
The Women of Troy needed a long-distance barrage — they made 7 of 9 shots from 3-point range in the second half — to keep the Little Hawks at bay, and they needed Disterhoft’s deflection to advance.
“This is such a relief,” said West’s Tatum Klein, who came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points. “Just to win, and to beat our rival.”
West will face No. 6 Waukee in a semifinal at noon Friday. The Warriors (20-5) edged No. 3 Mason City, 49-47, Wednesday.
Haley Lorenzen made the first of two free throws to bring the Little Hawks within 53-52 with 17 seconds to go, but missed the second.
Klein was fouled, and misfired on the front end of the bonus. But Brianna Sturtz — all 5-foot-6 of her — got the offensive rebound.
“The coaches said not to go over the back, so I stayed back and the ball just came to me,” Sturtz said.
Sturtz made two free throws with 11 seconds left for a 55-52 lead. Needing three points to tie, City Coach Bill McTaggart brought in Duthie for an extra long-distance threat.
Hansche brought the ball of the floor and was hounded down the baseline. Duthie was the open shooter, but wasn’t open for long as Disterhoft closed in.
“It was tough on that last possession,” Hansche said. “Ally is so long.”
West Coach B.J. Mayer said, “Ally went flying at her. I’ve never been so excited to see a shot block in my life.”
In the two regular-season wins, West was able to put together a big run for separation. The run didn’t come Wednesday, and the Women of Troy were forced to grind it out.
“If I had to re-do anything, I wouldn’t have done anything differently,” McTaggart said. “It was a well-played game, and we have nothing to be ashamed of.”
City High took its only lead of the game at 34-33 on Kiera Washpun’s basket at the 2:40 mark of the third quarter. But Klein drained a pair of treys — one from each corner — and when Disterhoft turned a steal into a layup, the Women of Troy had a 41-36 advantage at the end of the quarter.
Klein opened the fourth period with another trey to make it 44-36, then the Little Hawks fought back.
With Sierra Chambers in foul trouble, Aliyah Gustafson came into the game and asserted herself inside. She scored six points in a 8-3 run as City closed it to 47-46.
Three-pointers by Disterhoft, Sturtz and Mckenzie Piper allowed West to maintain the lead, then Sturtz made the free throws and Disterhoft preserved it with the block.
“Nobody wanted to let each other down,” Disterhoft said.
Klein scored her 18 points in 14 minutes. Piper added 12 for West, Sturtz 10.
Washpun paced City High with 12 points; Hansche and Lorenzen added 11 apiece.
“This is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Hansche said. “We played great in the second half. We just had too many turnovers in the first half, and that probably cost us the game.”
The Little Hawks had 10 of their 13 turnovers before halftime as West built a 23-16 lead.
IOWA CITY WEST 55, IOWA CITY HIGH 52
At Des Moines
IOWA CITY HIGH (52): Kiera Washpun 5-12 0-1 12, Mickey Hansche 4-13 1-2 11, Harper Beasley 0-1 0-0 0, Sierra Chambers 4-8 0-0 8, Haley Lorenzen 4-11 3-4 11, Ashley Duthie 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Sullivan 0-1 0-0 0, Erin Danielson 2-2 0-0 4, Aliyah Gustafson 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 22-53 4-7 52.
IOWA CITY WEST (55): Ally Disterhoft 3-8 0-1 7, Brianna Sturtz 3-4 2-2 10, Shelly Stumpff 1-4 2-4 4, Jessica Shull 2-7 0-0 4, Mckenzie Piper 4-10 3-4 12, Shahana Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Kelley Fliehler 0-0 0-0 0, Tatum Klein 6-10 3-6 18. Totals 19-43 10-17 55.
Halftime: West 23, City High 16. 3-point goals: City High 4-10 (Washpun 2-4, Hansche 2-5, Duthie 0-1), West 7-14 (Disterhoft 1-2, Sturtz 2-2, Stumpff 0-1, Shull 0-2, Piper 1-2, Klein 3-5). Team fouls: City High 15, West 12. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: City High 34 (Chambers 9), West 29 (Piper 7). Assists: City High 9 (Washpun, Lorenzen 3), West 13 (Piper 4). Steals: City High 9 (Washpun 4), West 8 (Shull 3). Turnovers: City High 13, West 10.
Ally Disterhoft, Ashley Duthie, Brianna Sturtz, Class 4A quarterfinal, gallery, girls' state basketball tournament, Haley Lorenzen, Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Kiera Washpun, McKenzie Piper, Mickey Hansche, Sierra Chambers, Tatum Klein, video, Wells Fargo Arena