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Posted March 2, 2012
Doldrums, then demolition


DES MOINES — The law of averages kicked in.

Second-ranked Iowa City West followed a clumsy first half with a display of pure brilliance and ran away from No. 6 Waukee, 64-50, in a Class 4A semifinal at the girls state basketball tournament Friday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

West (24-1) advances to the championship game for the second straight year; the Women of Troy face No. 4 Ankeny for the title at 8 p.m. Saturday. Ankeny (22-3) edged No. 2 Southeast Polk, 47-45, Friday.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” West’s Ally Disterhoft said. “This has been our goal all along, and we’ve been granted another opportunity.”

Last year, West was denied by Des Moines East in the title game. Coach B.J. Mayer has recounted the scene in the postgame press room to his team ever since.

“Those East girls said that they had been in our shoes (the previous year), and they came back and won it,” Mayer said. “They told us we could do the same thing.”

Said Mckenzie Piper: “It’s amazing and exciting that we’re back, but we need to win it this time.”

Iowa City West's Mckenzie Piper puts up a shot over Waukee's Meg Goodson during the second half of their class 4A semi final game at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, March. 2, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa City West won, 64-50. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG-TV9)

The Women of Troy will get that opportunity, thanks to a halftime transformation that was even more impressive than the change-the-T-shirts trick that the Waukee fans in the student section pulled between each quarter.

West shot an ugly 5-of-21 (24 percent) in the first half, regrouped, then shot a scintillating 17-of-23 (74 percent) in the second half to run away. The Women of Troy scored 49 points in the second half to more than overcome a seven-point deficit.

It all evened out: West shot 50 percent — 22 of 44.

Law of averages.

“We knew we weren’t playing our game in the first half,” Piper said. “They were completely outplaying us.”

Actually, Waukee (20-6) was beating West at its own game, getting fast-break baskets on the way to a 22-15 halftime lead.

But West couldn’t be denied, wouldn’t be denied. Shelly Stumpff’s 3-pointer got the Women of Troy even at 26-26 at the 4:30 mark of the third quarter, then Mckenzie Piper’s basket gave West the lead for good at 30-28.

West made 10 of 13 shots in the third quarter — and one of the misses (by Piper) was rebounded for a basket (by Piper). The 26-point third-quarter explosion turned a seven-point deficit into a 41-32 lead.

“The momentum got on their side, and they took advantage,” said Waukee Coach Chris Guess. “They’re explosive, because all five of their players can shoot the 3-pointer, and they’re all athletic.”

Mayer said, “We got that first basket of the second half, and the kids started feeding off each other.”

West kept running and kept rolling in the fourth quarter, and the lead continued to swell. Tatum Klein’s layup with 3:57 remaining gave the Women of Troy their largest margin at 58-40.

Disterhoft led all scorers with 18 points. Piper and Klein added 11 apiece.

Britney Boland paced Waukee with 16 points; Megan Shryack tallied 11.


At Des Moines

IOWA CITY WEST (64): Ally Disterhoft 5-9 7-8 18, Brianna Sturtz 3-5 0-0 7, Shelly Stumpff 2-4 2-4 7, Jessica Shull 3-3 3-3 9, Mckenzie Piper 5-8 1-3 11, Shahana Williams 0-1 1-1 1, Kelley Fliehler 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Larson 0-0 0-0 0, Tatum Klein 4-9 3-4 11, Mackenzie Haight 0-0 0-0 0, Griffin Reed 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-44 17-23 64.

WAUKEE (50): Taylor Wingert 1-1 1-2 3, Meg Goodson 1-7 2-2 5, Megan Shryack 5-9 1-2 11, Britney Boland 6-14 2-2 16, Amy Nestingen 2-3 0-1 5, Ellie Bunz 2-3 0-0 4, Taylor Gehring 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Dalsing 2-7 0-0 4, Ashley Sill 0-0 0-0 0, Anna Kollmorgan 0-0 0-0 0, Miranda Hunzeker 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Ripperger 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Cavanaugh 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 19-45 8-11 50.

Halftime: Waukee 22, West 15. 3-point goals: West 3-10 (Disterhoft 1-4, Sturtz 1-1, Stumpff 1-2, Piper 0-1, Klein 0-1, Reed 0-1), Waukee 4-13 (Goodson 1-4, Shryack 0-1, Boland 2-4, Nestingen 1-1, Dalsing 0-3). Team fouls: West 14, Waukee 17. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: West 31 (Piper 7), Waukee 24 (Boland, Nestingen 6). Assists: West 9 (Disterhoft 3), Waukee 13 (Wingert, Goodson 4). Steals: West 4 (Disterhoft 2), Waukee 5 (Goodson 3). Turnovers: West 13, Waukee 15.

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