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Posted February 16, 2013
Wire-to-wire waltz for Warriors

(SATURDAY SCOREBOARD)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Washington Warriors were rested, focused, hungry.

And on this night, untouchable.

Washington got in front immediately, then buried Linn-Mar with a 10-of-12 shooting barrage in the third quarter of a 64-35 Class 5A regional semifinal girls’ basketball triumph Saturday night at Washington High School.

“We passed the ball well and that set up some nice shots,” said Washington’s Abby Herb, one of four Warriors in double digits. “It’s good when you start out fast so you don’t have to fight back from behind.”

Washington (16-6) advances to face sixth-ranked Waukee in a regional final Tuesday at Ankeny. Waukee (17-5) handled Johnston, 52-32.

Waukee edged the Warriors, 62-61, on Jan. 26.

Play like they did Saturday, and the Warriors will be a tough itch to scratch. For anybody.

“Our preparation was outstanding,” Washington Coach Frank Howell said. “We were hitting shots, and part of the reason was our ball movement. The girls did a good job making the extra pass.”

Fifteen assists was a reflection of that. So was the Warriors’ balance.

Aleena Hobbs and reserve guard Devin Glenski added 13 points apiece. Dani Franklin scored 12. Madison Kramer posted eight points and five assists.

Glenski hit three 3-pointers, spearheading a 9-for-21 performance for the Warriors from outside the arc.

“I know I have to be looking for my shots,” she said. “It gives us a lot of energy when we’re hitting our threes.”

Washington led from start to finish. It was 19-12 after one quarter, 35-18 at the half.

Then the real explosion came: 26 points in 5 1/2 minutes to start the third quarter. That put the continuous clock into motion and the Warriors’ reserves on the floor.

“Washington is such a good team anyway,” said Lions Coach Mike Brandt, whose team retired at 10-13. “It’s a tough situation. You can’t back off their kids on the perimeter, and they’re so strong inside too.”

Linn-Mar upset Cedar Rapids Prairie in the regional quarterfinals, but a repeat performance wasn’t happening. Not when the Warriors were playing at the level they achieved Saturday.

Hobbs grabbed nine rebounds as Washington enjoyed a 33-24 advantage on the boards.

Kristen Eiles led the Lions with 10 points. Courtney Major scored nine.

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 64, LINN-MAR 35

At C.R. Washington

LINN-MAR (35): Hannah Yearling 1-4 0-0 2, Mykaela Brandt 0-8 0-2 0, Sara Strauel 1-1 1-2 3, Courtney Major 3-8 1-4 9, Alexis Libenguth 1-4 2-4 4, Kristen Eiles 4-9 0-0 10, Jenna Harms 1-5 0-0 2, Aryn Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor Robertson 0-1 0-0 0, Emily Makinster 1-1 0-0 3, Anna Foley 0-1 0-0 0, Michal Christopher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-43 4-12 35.

C.R. WASHINGTON (64): Abby Herb 7-12 1-2 15, Aleena Hobbs 3-5 6-7 13, Colby Bjornsen 0-4 0-0 0, Madison Kramer 3-4 0-0 8, Dani Franklin 5-8 0-0 12, Devin Glenski 5-8 0-0 13, Sophie Malcolm 0-0 0-0 0, Callie Cook 1-1 0-0 3, M.J. Kamin 0-0 0-0 0, Kiki West-Doyle 0-0 0-0 0, Aalyiah Campbell 0-1 0-0 0, Sophie Ochs 0-3 0-0 0, McKenna Angellotti 0-0 0-0 0, Jasmyne Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Kandis O’Connell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 7-9 64.

Halftime: Washington 35, Linn-Mar 18. 3-point goals: Linn-Mar 5-18 (Yearling 0-1, Brandt 0-4, Major 2-5, Eiles 2-6, Robertson 0-1, Makinster 1-1), Washington 9-21 (Herb 0-1, Hobbs 1-1, Bjornsen 0-3, Kramer 2-2, Franklin 2-4, Glenski 3-6, Cook 1-1, Campbell 0-1, Ochs 0-2). Team fouls: Linn-Mar 10, Washington 13. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Linn-Mar 24 (Libenguth 7), Washington 33 (Hobbs 9). Assists: Linn-Mar 8 (Strauel, Jones 2), Washington 15 (Kramer 5). Steals: Linn-Mar 5 (Strauel 2), Washington 8 (Kramer 3). Turnovers: Linn-Mar 14, Washington 12.

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