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Posted December 7, 2012
Warriors hold off West, 63-61

IOWA CITY — They didn’t stop Ally Disterhoft, and didn’t really slow her.

They didn’t need to.

The Washington Warriors had energy and muscle on their side early, the clock in their favor late and were able to hold off Class 5A No. 8 Iowa City West, 63-61, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game Friday night at West High School.

“I’m so happy,” said Washington’s Abby Herb, who led the Warriors (3-2 overall, 2-2 MVC) with 21 points. “We’ve been wanting to beat them ever since I was a sophomore and they beat us at state.”

The Warriors won their third straight game despite surrendering a career-high 33 points to Disterhoft, who will play next season at the University of Iowa.

“She’s a great player, she’s so smooth,” Herb said.

Washington built an 18-point lead before West made a too-little, too-late charge in the fourth quarter, when Disterhoft scored 16 points.

The Women of Troy (4-2, 2-2) ran out of time and fell for the second time this week.

Abby Herb

“We’ve got a young team. We’ll have our ups and downs, highs and lows,” Disterhoft said.

West was without Coach B.J. Mayer, who was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected Tuesday at Waterloo West. Mayer was scouting the Cedar Falls-Iowa City High game Friday.

“I don’t think it was much of a distraction,” said assistant Jeff Wieck, who ran the team Friday. “We still used B.J.’s gameplan, and his fingerprints were still all over this team. But it will be good to be back to normal.”

West got off to a 6-0 lead, then the Warriors dominated play through the middle of the third quarter, using its height and strength.

Washington led 33-24 at halftime, then took its largest advantage at 45-27 when Devin Glenski drilled a 3-pointer with about 2 minutes left in the third.

“We had a lot of energy tonight. Everybody came out and played hard,” Washington Coach Frank Howell said. “You have to do that to have a chance to win.”

Washington’s three 6-foot-plus veterans were key. Herb had 21 points and nine rebounds. Dani Franklin posted 17 points (15 in the second half) and 13 rebounds. And Madison Kramer had 11 of her 12 points in a second-quarter surge.

“We were able to come up with a lot of loose balls, and we are playing better team defense,” Franklin said. “It’s starting to come together for us.”

Disterhoft made 11 of 17 shots (4 of 7 from 3-point range) and grabbed nine rebounds. A brilliant game for sure, but not enough for victory.

“I was just trying to step up, shooting when I was open and dishing off when I wasn’t,” Disterhoft said. “(Washington) is a hard matchup for us; we have kind of a small lineup.”

Despite the final score, the Warriors were never in serious danger. They still had an eight-point lead with a minute to go, and Lauren Larson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer brought West within the final two-point margin.

Danielle Craig added 11 points for the Women of Troy.


At Iowa City West

C.R. WASHINGTON (63): Abby Herb 9-18 3-3 21, Aleena Hobbs 2-8 0-0 5, Madison Kramer 4-11 1-2 12, Colby Bjornsen 0-2 2-5 2, Dani Franklin 8-14 1-1 17, Callie Cook 0-1 0-0 0, Devin Glenski 2-3 0-1 6, Sophia Malcolm 0-1 0-0 0, M.J. Kamin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 7-12 63.

IOWA CITY WEST (61): Ally Disterhoft 11-17 7-10 33, Laynie Whitehead 1-2 1-4 3, Danielle Craig 3-9 4-4 11, Lauren Larson 1-4 0-1 3, Mikaela Morgan 0-3 2-2 2, Grace Tafolla 0-0 0-0 0, Mollie Mason 4-6 0-0 8, Hannah Fairfield 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 20-41 15-23 61.

Halftime: Washington 33, West 24. 3-point goals: Washington 6-15 (Herb 0-2, Hobbs 1-2, Kramer 3-5, Franklin 0-2, Cook 0-1, Glenski 2-3), West 6-14 (Disterhoft 4-7, Craig 1-3, Larson 1-4). Team fouls: Washington 21, West 18. Fouled out: Hobbs, Herb. Rebounds: Washington 30 (Franklin 13), West 32 (Disterhoft 9). Assists: Washington 14 (Herb, Kramer, Bjornsen 3), West 8 (Craig 3). Steals: Washington 14 (Herb 6), West 3 (three with 1). Turnovers: Washington 12, West 18.


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