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Posted September 23, 2012
Remembering Tasha Roundtree

Tasha Roundtree (24) posted 9.1 points and 5.5 assists per game for the Cedar Rapids Washington girls' basketball team last winter. She was shot and killed overnight Saturday. (Cliff Jette/SourceMedia Group)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Tasha Roundtree was playing, perhaps, the game of her life.

She was making shots. She was creating havoc.

Roundtree had 19 points through three quarters in what ended up being the final basketball game of her life.

Roundtree (right) scored 19 points in a Class 4A regional final before suffering a torn ACL. Washington lost to Iowa City High, 65-59. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG)

“She was hitting threes and playing great defense for us,” Cedar Rapids Washington Coach Frank Howell said after Cedar Rapids Washington fell to Iowa City High, 65-59, in a Class 4A regional final game that sent City High on to the state tournament.

Roundtree suffered a torn ACL while attempting a steal late in the third quarter. The Warriors led by seven points heading into the final period, but lost players due to injury and fouls, and ran out of gas.

Early Sunday morning, Roundtree died after being shot on the southwest side of town. She was 19.

“A very sad and confusing day,” Howell tweeted Sunday. “I will always have fond memories of Tasha Roundtree.”

Roundtree was academically ineligible for the first five games of the 2011-12 season. When she returned, she was a dynamic guard that averaged 9.1 points and 5.5 assists per game. In a win over Dubuque Hempstead in late January, she posted 13 points and 11 assists.

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