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Posted December 4, 2012
Little Hawks big at the end

CEDAR RAPIDS — For 29 1/2 minutes, Cedar Rapids Prairie played Class 5A second-ranked Iowa City High to a stalemate.

Then …

“At the end, we were the better team,” City High Coach Bill McTaggart said. “We played smart, and we were able to grind it out.”

City High scored the final eight points and escaped, 50-42, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball contest Tuesday night at Prairie High School.

“We played some good defense, we got in the passing lanes, and we got the ball to the right people to shoot free throws,” said Mickey Hansche, who led all scorers with 17 points as the Little Hawks improved to 5-1 overall, 3-0 in the MVC.

Prairie (4-2, 2-1) took a 36-35 lead into the fourth quarter and tied the game at 42-all on Olivia Usher’s basket with 3:30 to go.

But the Hawks didn’t score again, and City was able to pull away and pull it out.

“We had some good looks and some good shots, but they didn’t fall,” Prairie Coach Steve Doser said. “That’s basketball.”

Aliyah Gustafson scored on a feed from Kiera Washpun to put the Little Hawks in front, 44-42. Then, after City missed the front end of back-to-back bonus situations, Courtney Joens made two free throws and Hansche sank four straight.

Haley Lorenzen added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Washpun collected 12 points and five assists for the winners.

“They’re a really good team. They have excellent outside shooters, and their posts are strong and physical,” said Prairie’s Alisa Weiland, who led her team with 14 points. “We played hard and we ran our plays well, but the shots didn’t drop for us at the end.”

City High took an eight-point lead midway through the second quarter, but the Hawks erased it and the game was deadlocked, 22-22, at halftime. Prairie had a couple four-point leads in the third quarter, and took its final lead, 40-39, on Madison Dellamuth’s two free throws with 3:57 left in the game.

Lorenzen redirected an entry feed into a pretty touch pass to Washpun, who converted a 3-pointer to put the Little Hawks in front, 42-40. And after Usher tied it, City High controlled the end of the game.

City High owned the glass, posting a 35-23 rebounding advantage. Gustafson’s nine boards complemented Lorenzen’s 12.

The Little Hawks host Cedar Falls on Friday; Prairie is at Dubuque Senior.


At C.R. Prairie

IOWA CITY HIGH (50): Kiera Washpun 4-8 0-1 12, Mickey Hansche 5-8 4-4 17, Courtney Joens 0-5 3-4 3, Haley Lorenzen 7-16 0-1 14, Aliyah Gustafson 2-5 2-3 6, Sam Blowers 0-1 0-0 0, Sara Blowers 0-1 0-0 0, Brie Hightshoe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-44 9-13 50.

C.R. PRAIRIE (42): Cyerra Hutchins 2-8 5-7 9, Alisa Weiland 6-10 0-0 14, Courteney McCrary 1-6 0-0 2, Olivia Usher 4-6 0-0 9, Madison Dellamuth 2-10 2-5 6, Rachel Shelangoski 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor Moenk 0-1 0-0 0, Makenzie Stoffer 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-44 7-12 42.

Halftime: Prairie 22, City High 22. 3-point goals: City High 5-12 (Washpun 2-3, Hansche 3-5, Joens 0-4), Prairie 3-16 (Hutchins 0-2, Weiland 2-5, McCrary 0-3, Usher 1-1, Dellamuth 0-5). Team fouls: City High 13, Prairie 16. Fouled out: McCrary, Usher. Rebounds: City High 35 (Lorenzen 12), Prairie 23 (Stoffer 5). Assists: City High 9 (Washpun 5), Prairie 5 (Hutchins, Weiland 2). Steals: City High 7 (Washpun, Joens 3), Prairie 7 (Moenk 2). Turnovers: City High 16, Prairie 13.

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