Cedar Falls ousts City with late surge

Girls' state basketball: Barney's 4th-quarter heroics send Tigers to 5A semis

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DES MOINES — She believes in the cliche “letting the game come to you.”

But when everything was on the line, Kiana Barney went out and took it.

Barney scored 13 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead three-point play with 7.4 seconds left, as fifth-ranked Cedar Falls rallied past No. 4 Iowa City High, in a Class 5A quarterfinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We stayed confident, and we really wanted to win,” Barney said. “I just wasn’t ready for it to be over.”

 

 

Cedar Falls (22-2) avenged a 22-point regular-season loss, and advanced into Friday’s semifinal opposite No. 1 Indianola (24-0) — a 77-67 winner over No. 8 Johnston.

City High retired at 22-2. The Little Hawks were in control the whole way ... until they weren’t.

The Little Hawks led by as many as nine points on four occasions, but Cedar Falls kept plugging away.

“It should have been more than (a seven-point halftime lead),” City Coach Bill McTaggart said. “Give Cedar Falls credit; they made adjustments and we really struggled in the third quarter.”

Ashley Joens said, “We didn’t play as well as we’ve been playing. We kind of let up.”

Barney tied it at 35-35 with a 3-pointer before City High pulled out to a seven-point lead with 5 minutes left.

Again, the Tigers rallied, and Barney put them ahead three different times, the last one for good.

Her 3-pointer gave Cedar Falls its first lead, 43-42, but Kenya Earl made two free throws to put City back in front.

Barney’s inside basket put the Tigers up 45-44, then Aubrey Joens answered with two free throws with 58 seconds left.

Ashley Joens had a couple opportunities to widen the margin, but was called for a charge when leading a 3-on-1 break, then missed two free throws with 20 seconds left.

Barney then provided the game-winning play.

“We should have identified her, but didn’t,” Earl said. “We didn’t identify their shooters, and our offense wasn’t going as well as it had.”

An Iowa State commitment, Ashley Joens finished with 22 points, 18 in the first half.

“We worked in a couple defenses, but we didn’t show them until the second half,” Cedar Falls Coach Gregg Groen said. “We talked about stealing a possession here and there.”

Aubrey Joens added nine for the Little Hawks, Earl seven.

CEDAR FALLS 48, IOWA CITY HIGH 46

5A State Quarterfinal, at Des Moines

CEDAR FALLS (48): Reilly Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Calli Johnson 2-8 0-0 5, Ally Conrad 1-4 2-2 4, Kiana Barney 10-17 1-1 24, Cynthia Wolf 3-5 0-0 7, Emerson Green 2-4 1-1 6, Olivia Remmert 0-1 0-0 0, 0, Hailey Paup 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-41 4-4 48.

IOWA CITY HIGH (46): Rose Nkumu 3-5 0-0 6, Sydney Schroder 0-4 2-2 2, Ashley Joens 9-15 3-7 22, Aubrey Joens 3-9 3-6 9, Kenya Earl 2-7 2-2 7, Christina Hora 0-0 0-0 0, Paige Rocca 0-1 0-0 0, Samantha Greving 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-42 10-17 46.

Halftime: City 29, Cedar Falls 23. 3-point goals: Cedar Falls 6-19 (R.Johnson 0-1, C.Johnson 1-7, Conrad 0-1, Barney 3-7, Wolf 1-1, Green 1-1, Remmert 0-1), City 2-11 (Schroder 0-2, Ash.Joens 1-2, Aub.Joens 0-4, Earl 1-3). Team fouls: Cedar Falls 14, City 9. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Cedar Falls 28 (Barney 9), City 22 (Ash.Joens 9). Assists: Cedar Falls 12 (Conrad 4), City 6 (Nkumu, Aub.Joens 2). Steals: Cedar Falls 6 (Conrad 2), City 11 (Nkumu, Ash.Joens 3). Turnovers: Cedar Falls 18, City 11.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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