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Posted November 27, 2012
City High better on the boards

CEDAR RAPIDS — Haley Lorenzen is “a different player” this season, according to Bill McTaggart.

“She’s stronger,” said the Iowa City High girls’ basketball coach. “And her footwork is so much better.”

Rebounding, though … she could always rebound.

Lorenzen spearheaded the Little Hawks’ superior boardwork in an 82-67 Mississippi Valley Conference win over Cedar Rapids Washington on Tuesday at Washington High School.

Class 5A third-ranked City High outrebounded the Warriors, 53-29, and improved to 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the MVC.

“It’s something we work on a lot in practice,” said Lorenzen, a 6-foot-3 junior who is getting looks from some high Division-I programs. “We focus on boxing out and crashing. And we do have some size.”

Lorenzen posted 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Little Hawks claimed the victory in a physical contest. The teams combined for 47 fouls (30 by Washington).

Guards Kiera Washpun and Mickey Hansche added 17 and 16 points apiece.

“We’ve got a ways to go, but we can cause some matchup problems,” McTaggart said. “We’ve got an inside game and an outside game.”

After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Little Hawks claimed the lead in the second period and held control the rest of the way. It was 40-31 when Lorenzen picked up her third foul with 3:08 left in the half, but City played the Warriors (0-1, 0-1) even until intermission without her.

City High had been through two games while this was Washington’s opener.

“It might have made a difference,” Washington Coach Frank Howell said. “After the first game or two, you have a little inventory on where you are.

“I thought we would rebound a little better than we did tonight. We need to go after the ball a little harder. There were times we had the ball ripped out of our hands.”

Lorenzen’s short left-handed hook gave the Little Hawks a 15-point lead through the third quarter, and the Warriors could get no closer than 10. Fouling at the end wasn’t much of an option; each of the four starters had four personals.

All-stater Dani Franklin had 18 points for Washington. So did Abby Herb.

City High hosts Cedar Rapids Xavier on Friday; Washington is at Dubuque Senior.

IOWA CITY HIGH 82, CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 67

At C.R. Washington

IOWA CITY HIGH (82): Kiera Washpun 5-10 6-10 17, Mickey Hansche 4-12 7-9 16, Courtney Joens 2-6 5-8 9, Haley Lorenzen 10-16 3-5 23, Aliyah Gustafson 5-11 2-4 12, Sam Blowers 0-3 1-2 1, Sara Blowers 1-5 0-0 2, Brie Hightshoe 0-0 0-0 0, Deah Moore 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-62 24-38 82.

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON (67): Abby Herb 7-12 4-4 18, Aleena Hobbs 2-10 3-5 8, Colby Bjornsen 1-3 0-0 3, Madison Kramer 3-6 0-0 7, Dani Franklin 6-13 5-7 18, Devin Glenski 3-7 1-2 9, Sophie Malcolm 1-2 0-0 2, Callie Cook 1-2 0-0 2, M.J. Kamin 0-0 0-0 0, Sophie Ochs 0-1 0-0 0, Jasmyne Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 67.

Halftime: City High 45, Washington 37. 3-point goals: City High 2-11 (Washpun 1-1, Hansche 1-6, Joens 0-4), Washington 6-20 (Hobbs 1-4, Bjornsen 1-3, Kramer 1-4, Franklin 1-2, Glenski 2-6, Malcolm 0-1). Team fouls: City High 17, Washington 30. Fouled out: Lorenzen, Malcolm. Rebounds: City High 53 (Lorenzen 12), Washington 29 (Franklin 6). Assists: City High 13 (Hansche 5), Washington 15 (Kramer 5). Steals: City High 11 (Hansche 4), Washington 10 (Hobbs 4). Turnovers: City High 14, Washington 14.

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