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Posted February 13, 2013
Meier’s record night keys Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS — When it comes to 3-point prowess, Madi Meier now has a corner on the market at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Meier hit a school-record seven treys as Kennedy bumped Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 58-50, in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal girls’ basketball game Wednesday night at Kennedy High School.

“I’ve been shooting a lot after practice, getting a lot of shots off,” said Meier, a junior. “I got a lot of good passes — I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

Meier scored 26 points as Kennedy (15-7) won its seventh straight game and advanced to play at Waterloo West in a Saturday semifinal.

West (15-6) had a first-round bye.

Meier tied the record of six treys in a game — formerly held by Anne O’Neil (2000), Muffy Sadler (2005) and Courtney Strait (2012) with a long ball with 7:30 left in the game, then claimed the mark solo with a triple from the left baseline, shortly after the J-Hawks (8-14) had closed within six points.

“I’ve played with Madi a long time; we almost have a sister bond,” said Kennedy’s Paige Hendrickson. “I know she’s ready for the ball, and ready to shoot. She was on fire tonight.”

Meier was 7-of-11 from deep, taking and making most of her shots from the right corner.

“She’s been in a zone for quite a while now,” Kennedy coach Tony Vis said. “And when she gets to the corner, she shoots a very high percentage from there.”

Jefferson coach Jason Edwards said, “After the first two, Rachel (Broghammer) came to the bench and said, ‘I’ve got a hand in her face, and she’s making them anyway.’ ”

The right corner is Meier’s spot. But it’s not as if that spot is worn out in her driveway.

“I do have a (court) in my driveway, but it’s not that big,” she said.

Meier hit her first long shot 10 seconds into the game, and the Cougars never trailed. Jordan Holmes nailed back-to-back treys — also from the right corner — to give the Cougars their largest lead of the first half at 24-11. It was 29-20 at intermission.

Kennedy took its largest margin, 41-26, on – naturally – a Meier 3. Jefferson pushed within 46-40 with 4:45 left, but Meier and mates allowed the J-Hawks no closer.

It was Kennedy’s third win over Jefferson this season.

“It’s supposed to be tough to beat a team three times in a season, but I guess we did it,” said Meier, who also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. “Jefferson has five senior (starters), and we knew they were going to give it all they had.”

Hendrickson added 14 points for the winners. Holmes scored nine.

Maddie Koolbeck led Jefferson with 14 points and six rebounds. Freshman Amanda Ollinger added 12 points, Taylor Jacobson scored 11.


At C.R. Kennedy

C.R. JEFFERSON (50): Kaitlyn Davidson 1-5 0-0 3, Dani Stromert 3-6 0-0 6, Taylor Jacobson 4-12 2-3 11, Rachel Broghammer 1-5 2-2 4, Maddie Koolbeck 6-8 2-5 14, Maddy Blietz 0-2 0-0 0, Amanda Ollinger 5-9 0-5 12, Paige Timmerman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 6-15 50.

C.R. KENNEDY (58): Madi Meier 7-14 5-6 26, Jordan Holmes 3-9 1-2 9, Brianna Vis 0-1 0-1 0, Paige Hendrickson 5-9 3-4 14, Stephanie Botkin 2-4 1-2 5, Mariah Vis 0-1 0-0 0, Madi DeLong 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor Wagner 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 19-42 10-15 58.

Halftime: Kennedy 29, Jefferson 20. 3-point goals: Jefferson 4-16 (Davidson 1-4, Stromert 0-2, Jacobson 1-4, Koolbeck 0-2, Ollinger 2-4), Kennedy 10-20 (Meier 7-11, Holmes 2-5, Hendrickson 1-3, M.Vis 0-1). Team fouls: Jefferson 17, Kennedy 14. Fouled out: Davidson, Stromert. Rebounds: Jefferson 32 (Koolbeck 6), Kennedy 25 (Meier 9). Assists: Jefferson 10 (Stromert 6), Kennedy 15 (Holmes, B.Vis, Hendrickson 4). Steals: Jefferson 3 (three with 1), Kennedy 19 (Meier, Holmes, Hendrickson 3). Turnovers: Jefferson 14, Kennedy 9.

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