Sisters Audrey Koch, Emma Koch spark third-ranked Iowa City West girls' basketball in Rivalry Saturday win

Rivalry Saturday: Sisters combined for 14 second-quarter points in 60-48 win over 3A No. 6 Davenport Assumption

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Iowa City West girls’ basketball team needed a spark.

Down 12-4 after the first quarter, West Coach BJ Mayer implored his girls to up the energy level.

The girls responded.

Sisters Emma Koch and Audrey Koch provided 14 of West’s 21 second-quarter points as the Class 5A No. 3 Women of Troy sprinted past 3A No. 6 Davenport Assumption, 60-48, during Rivalry Saturday at Coe College’s Kohawk Arena.

“When our team has a lot of effort, we play a lot better,” Emma Koch said. “Once we started diving for balls and getting those rebounds, it definitely brought up (the energy) and we started playing a lot better.”

Emma Koch was the leading rebounder for a West team that reached the 5A semifinals last season. This year, the junior forward is joined by her freshman sister Audrey Koch, a 5-foot-10 reserve guard.

“It’s really fun,” Emma Koch said. “I find myself getting really hyped when she gets a score or gets a turnover from the other team. It’s cool. We’re all helping her as a freshman, but she really doesn’t need that much help. It’s been really fun.”

Each sister was responsible for their own six-point flurry in the second quarter.

Emma Koch converted a free throw, drilled a 3-pointer and muscled in a bucket through traffic to tie the game at 12-12.

Audrey Koch used four made free throws and a basket to turn a slim 17-15 West advantage into an eight-point lead.

“The coaches and all of the players have been really helpful in making me more confident,” Audrey Koch said. “It always helps having someone so close to you be on the team, too.”

Two more free throws from Emma Koch closed the first-half scoring at 25-15, and the Women of Troy maintained the double-digit lead the rest of the way.

“Emma is a tireless worker,” Mayer said. “She has expanded her game to be able to shoot 3s now. She always knows where the ball is. ... She always gets to the rim. We’re working on finishing with her. Audrey is just so long. She’s got long arms, she anticipates great. She’s able to get some steals and get to the rim, as well. They’re both super-coachable, which is a really nice thing.”

Emma Koch finished with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Audrey Koch added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. University of Iowa recruit Logan Cook led the Women of Troy with 21 points, including 13 in the third quarter. Cook also pulled down nine rebounds.

“We need to get her involved,” Mayer said. “She has gotten so much better defensively. ... She is able to stay with the quicker guards, and that will go a long ways for her.”

Junior guard Lauren Herrog led Davenport Assumption (0-2) with 11 points, while senior Carlye Brown posted 10.

Iowa City West (1-0) opens Mississippi Valley Conference play Tuesday at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

“We need to get a little bit better at taking care of the basketball,” Mayer said. “It’s good to get on the floor, playing an actual game. ... We’ve still got some kids that are learning their role. The more we play, we’ve got to keep taking steps forward. Hopefully we will be playing our best basketball at the end of the year.”

RIVALRY SATURDAY

At U.S. Cellular Center

Class 5A No. 3 Iowa City West 60, 3A No. 6 Davenport Assumption 48

Iowa City West 4 21 18 17—60

Davenport Assumption 12 3 13 20—48

I.C. WEST (60): Cailyn Morgan 2-7 0-2 5, Lauren Zacharias 1-2 0-2 3, Logan Cook 8-12 4-5 21, Emma Koch 3-12 5-8 13, Paige Beckner 1-4 0-1 2, Maytayia Tellis 1-3 0-0 3, Sydney Allen 0-1 1-2 1, Evelyn Lopez 0-1 0-0 0, Carrie Callahan 0-3 2-4 2, Grace Schneider 0-0 0-0 0, Audrey Koch 3-6 4-4 10, Totals 19-51 16-28 60.

DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION (48): Bailey Brown 4-14 0-0 9, Caroline Crosby 0-1 2-2 2, Carlye Brown 4-14 2-4 10, Hannah Wislander 0-3 1-2 1, Grace Jacobsen 2-8 0-1 4, katie Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Herrig 4-5 2-3 11, Olivia Wardlow 2-9 2-3 6, Delaney Brown 1-4 3-3 5, Totals 17-58 12-18 48.

Halftime — West, 25-15. Three-point goals — West 6-17 (E. Koch 2-5, Zacharias 1-1, Tellis 1-1, Cook 1-2, Morgan 1-3, Allen 0-1, Callahan 0-1, Beckner 0-3), Assumption 2-19 (Herrig 1-1, B. Brown 1-6, Crosby 0-1, Jacobsen 0-1, Wardlow 0-4, C. Brown 0-6). Rebounds — West 42 (E. Koch 11), Assumption 40 (Wislander 10). Assists — West 12 (Zacharias 6), Assumption 5 (C. Brown 2). Total fouls — West 16, Assumption 21. Fouled out — none.

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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