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Posted February 8, 2013
Howell wins buddy battle again

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jason Edwards shook the hands and accepted the hugs in the postgame line.

Then he walked back to his bench, clapped his hands once in dismay and headed to the locker room.

“I wanted this one,” said the girls’ basketball coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. “It’s like playing your big brother. You love him to death, but at some point you want to beat him.”

For a while Friday night, it looked like he would.

Class 5A ninth-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington pulled away in the fourth quarter and subdued Jefferson, 79-68, in a highly entertaining Mississippi Valley Conference contest Friday night at Jefferson High School.

The Warriors (15-6, 9-4) ended a three-game losing streak, thanks to a 20-7 advantage at the free throw line and a 45-31 rebounding advantage. Dani Franklin (24), Aleena Hobbs (23) and Abby Herb (17) combined for 64 of the Warriors’ 79 points.

Herb grabbed 13 rebounds.

“We knew we needed to get it going, with (regionals) coming up,” Hobbs said. “We finally stepped up our defense and stopped their transition baskets.”

Edwards was a longtime assistant coach at Washington under Frank Howell before taking the top job at Jefferson this season. He’s 0-for-2 against his mentor and buddy.

“He’s going to beat me someday, probably sooner that I want him too,” Howell said.

Jefferson (8-13, 5-8) led most of the first half. The high-water mark was a 10-point lead (26-16) early in the second quarter.

The Warriors got within a point at halftime, the J-Hawks stretched it to nine early in the third quarter, then Washington went to work.

Madison Kramer’s shot with 40 seconds left in the third quarter put the Warriors in front for good, then the visitors stretched the margin in the fourth.

“People have been knifing through our lane lately. We protected the lane a lot better tonight,” Howell said.

Kaitlyn Davidson paced the J-Hawks with 26 points. Maddie Koolbeck scored 14, Rachel Broghammer 11. Dani Stromert dished out 11 assists.

Both teams have completed their regular seasons. Jefferson will play at Cedar Rapids Kennedy in a 5A regional quarterfinal on Wednesday. Washington has a first-round bye and hosts Cedar Rapids Prairie or Linn-Mar next Saturday.

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 79, CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON 68

At C.R. Jefferson

C.R. WASHINGTON (79): Abby Herb 7-14 3-4 17, Aleena Hobbs 8-13 6-6 23, Colby Bjornsen 1-2 3-6 5, Madison Kramer 2-7 0-0 5, Dani Franklin 7-19 6-6 24, Devin Glenski 1-7 2-2 5, Callie Cook 0-0 0-1 0, Sophia Malcolm 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-62 20-25 79.

C.R. JEFFERSON (68): Kaitlyn Davidson 10-17 1-2 26, Dani Stromert 0-5 2-2 2, Kaitlyn Jacobson 3-12 0-0 7, Rachel Broghammer 5-7 1-2 11, Maddie Koolbeck 6-11 1-2 14, Maddy Blietz 2-3 0-0 4, Amanda Ollinger 1-5 2-2 4, Kieley Brathwaite 0-2 0-0 0, Paige Timmerman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 7-10 68.

Halftime: Jefferson 37, Washington 36. 3-point goals: Washington 7-25 (Herb 0-2, Hobbs 1-3, Kramer 1-5, Franklin 4-10, Glenski 1-5), Jefferson 7-24 (Davidson 5-11, Stromert 0-2, Jacobson 1-6, Koolbeck 1-2, Ollinger 0-2, Timmerman 0-1). Team fouls: Washington 14, Jefferson 19. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Washington 45 (Herb 13), Jefferson 31 (Ollinger 8). Assists: Washington 16 (Kramer 5), Jefferson 16 (Stromert 11). Steals: Washington 5 (Herb 2), Jefferson 7 (Stromert, Broghammer 2). Turnovers: Washington 14, Jefferson 11.

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