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Posted December 6, 2012
Meskwaki off to a fast start

Dia Keahna was on a state-tournament team two years ago at South Tama.

Now, she could be a part of a breakthrough season at Meskwaki Settlement School.

Keahna is the leading scorer for the Warriors, who are off to their best season in their brief history at 4-0.

“We’re starting to figure out how to play together,” said second-year coach Heath Brown. “We’re trying to push the ball, and get out and run. We’re trying to get a lot of easy baskets.”

Meskwaki is averaging a healthy 55.5 points per game and has three players averaging in double figures. Leading the way is Keahna, at 17.7 points per game. Keahna was a key player when South Tama advanced to state in 2011.

She transferred to Meskwaki at mid-season last year, but was not permitted by state rules to play varsity basketball until this season.

“It’s been a pretty smooth transition here for her,” Brown said. “She plays the same up-tempo style, and she fits into our tight community.”

The leading scorer last year, Tiana Thompson is taking more of a distributive role this year. She’s averaging 9.3 assists per game to go with 10 points per contest.

Kadyn Clark adds 12.3 points per game while Jaden Davenport provides 6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

The only remaining unbeaten among area Class 1A schools, Meskwaki has not yet posted a winning season in its short existence; it was 9-12 last season. This is the fourth year the Warriors have competed in interscholastic athletics.

Meskwaki is 3-0 in Iowa Star Conference play, but the schedule becomes more difficult starting Friday, at Don Bosco.

RECORD NIGHT FOR MILLER

Nicole Miller established a new single-game scoring record at North Linn,┬átallying 34 points Tuesday in the Lynx’s 72-36 romp over Alburnett.

“She kind of went off,” Lynx Coach Brian Wheatley said. “She was scoring on a little bit of everything.”

A sophomore, Miller scored on 15 of 23 field goal attempts (including 2 of 4 from long┬ádistance) and 2 of 3 free throws. She also dished out six assists — meaning she was involved in at least 46 points — and grabbed eight rebounds.

Miller scored 28 points in the first half. She eclipsed the old record of 31, set by Brandy Zumbach in 2010. Before that, the mark was held by Miller’s aunt, Denise Miller, with 30.

North Linn (5-0 overall, 3-0 Tri-Rivers) hosts Edgewood-Colesburg (4-0, 3-0) in a key conference game Friday.

KLINGE COUNTDOWN: 9 TO GO

Gene Klinge’s pursuit of 1,000 career wins has reached single digits.

Klinge picked up win No. 991 Tuesday when Waukon defeated archrival Decorah, 66-51, to go to 5-0. The Indians host Spring Grove (Minn.) tonight.

According to the National Federation of High Schools record book, only five coaches have reached the 1,000-win plateau. Klinge is in his 51st season, his 10th at Waukon.

He guided the Indians to the Class 3A state title in 2004.

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