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Posted November 23, 2012
Southeast Polk runs away late

CEDAR RAPIDS — The new athletics director approached the new coach last summer with a proposal:

Want to play Southeast Polk?

Jason Edwards didn’t blink.

“When we get a chance to play a quality opponent, we’re not going to say no,” Edwards said after the Class 5A top-ranked Rams defeated Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 74-47, in a girls’ basketball game Friday night at Jefferson High School. “Chris (Deam) asked if we were interested. I said, ‘Absolutely.’ ”

It was a 27-point loss on the scoreboard only. The J-Hawks (0-1) were within nine points entering the fourth quarter, and it was still a competitive game at 61-47 before the Rams (1-0) closed with the final 13 points.

“They have a good team with some good shooters,” said Rams all-state guard Caitlin Ingle, who has signed with Drake. “They’ll win quite a few games.”

Friday’s game was the varsity debut for Edwards, a longtime assistant at Cedar Rapids Washington who succeeded Larry Niemeyer. It was also an energetic environment for 3 1/2 quarters.

Maddie Koolbeck’s two free throws got the J-Hawks within 51-43 with 5:55 to go. But 32 Jefferson turnovers (including 23 Rams steals) proved to be much too much.

“They play a really up-tempo pace, and they’re all so athletic,” said Jefferson’s Kaitlyn Davidson, who led the home team with 15 points. “But I have a good feeling about this season. We’ve got a new offense, a new defense, a new coach. But we came out ready to play.”

Jefferson played Southeast Polk — a 2012 state semifinalist — close for most of the first half. The Rams held a 12-11 lead after a quarter, then stretched it with a quick 6-0 run to start the second quarter.

The J-Hawks battled back within 27-26 on Davidson’s first of four 3-pointers, then the Rams scored the final eight points of the half.

“We were right there, then they wore us down a little,” Edwards said.

Jefferson is coming off back-to-back losing seasons, but are healthy, relatively deep and experienced this winter.

Taylor Jacobson added 14 points for the J-Hawks.

Jessica Gardner paced Southeast Polk with 17 points and eight rebounds. Ingle added 16 points, four assists and five steals, and Megan Bianchi tallied 12 points.

Jefferson is at Bettendorf on Saturday, then opens Mississippi Valley Conference action Tuesday at Cedar Rapids Prairie.

SOUTHEAST POLK 74, CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON 47

At C.R. Jefferson

SOUTHEAST POLK (74): Megan Bianchi 6-8 0-0 12, Ashton Donels 4-12 0-2 9, Caitlin Ingle 6-15 2-3 16, Jessica Gardner 7-10 2-3 17, Annie Penquite 4-9 0-0 9, Jacey Huinker 1-1 1-2 3, Victoria Bricker 1-5 0-0 2, Jessica Cole 2-3 0-0 4, Allee Ira 0-1 0-0 0, Shelby Uhl 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Veach 0-0 0-0 0, Abby Penquite 1-1 0-0 2, Dakota Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Veigulis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-65 5-10 74.

C.R. JEFFERSON (47): Kaitlyn Davidson 4-11 3-4 15, Dani Stromert 1-5 4-7 6, Taylor Jacobson 5-11 3-6 14, Rachel Broghammer 1-4 0-0 2, Maddie Koolbeck 1-5 3-4 5, Maddy Blietz 0-2 3-4 3, Amanda Ollinger 1-4 0-0 2, Autume Starks 0-0 0-0 0, Kieley Brathwaite 0-0 0-0 0, Carly Beastrom 0-0 0-0 0, Shaylee Maas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-42 16-25 47.

Halftime: Southeast Polk 35, Jefferson 26. 3-point goals: Southeast Polk 5-21 (Donels 1-7, Ingle 2-7, Gardner 1-2, Annie Penquite 1-5), Jefferson 5-17 (Davidson 4-10, Stromert 0-2, Jacobson 1-3, Koolbeck 0-1, Ollinger 0-1). Team fouls: Southeast Polk 21, Jefferson 14. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Southeast Polk 33 (Gardner 8), Jefferson 36 (Broghammer 6). Assists: Southeast Polk 14 (Ingle 4), Jefferson 5 (BlietzĀ 2). Steals: Southeast Polk 23 (Bianchi 6), Jefferson 12 (Jacobson 3). Turnovers: Southeast Polk 17, Jefferson 32.

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