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Posted February 14, 2014
Washington girls beat Jefferson, clinch Valley Division crown

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Hall of Fame ceremony could wait a moment or two.

The Washington Warriors lined up against a mat on the south wall for a quick photo. A championship photo.

Dani Franklin scored 35 points, the bench provided 22 and Class 5A eighth-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington clinched the MVC Valley Division girls’ basketball title Friday night with a 79-65 victory over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the regular-season finale for both teams at Washington High School.

“This means a lot. A lot of people doubted us at the start of the season,” said Washington’s Aleena Hobbs. “It’s nice that we’ve been able to show what we’re capable of.”

The Warriors (17-4, 12-1) started their season inauspiciously, suffering a 73-27 loss at Iowa City High on Dec. 3. They followed that with 12 straight league triumphs.

“That City High game seems a long time ago now,” said Washington Coach Frank Howell. “It’s pretty safe to say that we’ve grown a lot since then.”

Washington won its divisional title since claiming four straight from 2005 through 2008. Each of those teams advanced to the state semifinals. Three of them reached the championship game.

A senior bound for Valparaiso University, Franklin scored consistently and regularly all game long. She had 17 points at halftime, and kept it up.

“A special night for her, for sure,” Howell said. “We ran our sets well, the other kids got her the ball and set picks for her to get her open.”

Franklin said, “I just came out and wanted to help the team any way I could.

“(A divisional title) is very, very exciting. It’s something we can look back on and enjoy when we get older.”

Franklin wasn’t exactly a lone ranger for the Warriors. Hobbs filled an impressive stat line — 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals. Kandis O’Donnell grabbed 13 rebounds.

And the reserves chipped in handsomely, igniting a pivotal surge at the end of the first half.

Callie Cook hit a 3-pointer, Joniqua Clark made a free throw, then Franklin and Clark nailed treys in a 10-0 spree that erased a 31-29 Jefferson edge.

“When they made their run, it was their bench that hurt us,” said Jefferson Coach Jason Edwards, whose team slipped to 9-12 and 6-7. “In transition, there was a lack of communication, and they made the shots.”

Amanda Ollinger led the J-Hawks with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kennedy Dighton added 19 points and nine boards. They are a sophomore and a freshman and represent good days ahead.

Jefferson travels to Iowa City West for a Class 5A regional quarterfinal on Wednesday. Washington awaits the Dubuque Senior-Dubuque Hempstead winner in a regional semifinal Feb. 22.

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 79, CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON 65

At C.R. Washington

C.R. JEFFERSON (65): Madison Blietz 2-8 5-8 9, Avery Guy 0-4 0-0 0, Kieley Brathwaite 2-4 0-0 4, Kennedy Dighton 7-18 3-3 19, Amanda Ollinger 6-17 9-14 22, Autume Starks 1-1 0-0 3, Sam Kitterman 0-1 1-2 1, Erin Kuba 2-4 2-2 7, Emma Rolwes 0-0 0-0 0, Cassandra Veglahn 0-0 0-0 0, Alexis Dahlen-Zack 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Carter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 20-29 65.

C.R. WASHINGTON (79): Aleena Hobbs 4-11 5-6 13, Jasmyne Jones 2-4 0-0 4, Dani Franklin 13-27 6-7 35, Kandis O’Donnell 1-4 3-5 5, M.J. Kamin 0-3 0-0 0, Joniqua Clark 1-1 1-2 4, Callie Cook 2-4 0-0 5, Kiki West-Doyle 2-2 0-1 4, Courtney Squires 0-2 0-0 0, Allie Semrau 1-2 1-2 4, Anner Visser 1-4 0-0 2, Sophie Ochs 1-3 0-0 3, Lilly Hartman 0-0 0-0 0, McKenna Angellotti 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-67 16-23 79.

Halftime: Washington 39, Jefferson 31. 3-point goals: Jefferson 5-14 (Blietz 0-1, Brathwaite 0-1, Dighton 2-3, Ollinger 1-4, Starks 1-1, Kitterman 0-1, Kuba 1-2), Washington 7-25 (Hobbs 0-1, Jones 0-2, Franklin 3-10, Kamin 0-2, Clark 1-1, Cook 1-1, Squires 0-1, Semrau 1-2, Visser 0-3, Ochs 1-2). Team fouls: Jefferson 18, Washington 17. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Jefferson 43 (Ollinger 10), Washington 43 (O’Donnell 13). Assists: Jefferson 10 (Ollinger, Starks 2), Washington 19 (Hobbs 6). Steals: Jefferson 9 (Ollinger 4), Washington 15 (Hobbs 5). Turnovers: Jefferson 20, Washington 13.

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