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Author: Jeff Linder | February 27, 2012 | No comments

DES MOINES -- Madison Weekly spoke to her teammates two days after her season met a premature end.The message wasn't "win for me." Instead, it was "win without me."Class 3A No. 1-ranked Benton will carry on Tuesday at the girls' state basketball tournament with its ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 27, 2012 | No comments

Tuesday's games at the girls' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines:CLASS 3A QUARTERFINALBenton Community (24-0) vs. Ballard (18-6)Time -- 8:30 p.m.Coaches -- Laurie Donald is 129-52 in eight seasons at Benton. Kelly Anderson is 18-6 in one year at Ballard.Key players -- ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 26, 2012 | No comments

Area qualifiers at the 2012 girls' state basketball tournament: BENTON COMMUNITY (Class 3A)Coach -- Laurie Donald (8th year, 129-52)Record & ranking -- 24-0, No. 1Tournament history -- 2nd appearance. Bobcats reached the state tournament last year, losing to Mount Vernon in the first round.First-round opponent -- ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 22, 2012 | No comments

VAN HORNE -- The top player for the top-ranked team in Class 3A will not play at the girls' state basketball tournament.Benton Community's Madison Weekly suffered a broken left wrist in the Bobcats' regional-final victory over Keokuk. X-rays confirmed the fracture late Tuesday night.A 5-foot-7 ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 20, 2012 | No comments

Prepare to bite your nails and take a Tums when the Cedar Rapids Washington girls' basketball team takes the floor.More likely than not, you're in for a wild ride.Twelve of the 13th-ranked Warriors' 21 games have been decided by single digits, and it will be ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 17, 2012 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Through 14 winters, they've occasionally battled for divisional titles. And they've always squabbled for 42nd Street superiority.But until now, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Cedar Rapids Kennedy have never fought for girls' basketball postseason survival.The time has come.Fifth-ranked Xavier (16-5) hosts No. 12 ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 14, 2012 | No comments

 As winters go, this one couldn't have been scripted any better for Laurie Donald.The weather has been mild. She welcomed her third child, Kole, into the world in November. And her girls' basketball team at Benton Community has enjoyed a dream season."It's all gone so ...

Author: Jeff Linder | January 30, 2012 | 1 comment

 VAN HORNE -- They're undefeated, and they're ranked No. 1.But Laurie Donald still labels her Benton Bobcats as underdogs."Absolutely," she said. "I feel like everybody is saying the same things ... 'Their posts are bad. They don't have anybody other than (Madison) Weekly. They're so easy to beat.'"Easy ...

Author: Jeff Linder | January 21, 2012 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- A one-girl show? Hardly.The so-called supporting cast kept Class 3A top-ranked Benton Community in the game before Madison Weekly warmed up, then Weekly carried the Bobcats home in a 47-46 Wamac Conference West Division girls' basketball win over Williamsburg at Rivalry Saturday at ...

Author: Jeff Linder | January 19, 2012 | No comments

 Admit it, you expected Mount Vernon to plummet in girls' basketball this season, didn't you?All that height from two straight state finalists: Gone. More than three-fourths of their scoring: Vanished.But as we head down the stretch of the regular season, the first area team to ...

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