Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls' basketball jumps on Jefferson, 64-36

Madison Friauf leads Cougars with 16 points and five assists

CEDAR RAPIDS — Tony Vis called it one of the better games his team has played all season.

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls’ basketball coach watched a strong performance in all facets as the Cougars routed Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 64-36, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Friday night at Kennedy.

“They know Jeff was playing well, so it wasn’t like we were picking off a team on its last legs,” Vis said. “It gives them confidence that, when they play like that they are capable of playing with pretty much anybody on this half of the state.”

Kennedy (9-7, 6-4 MVC) jumped on the J-Hawks with 19 of the first 23 points in the game, highlighted by eight points and an assist from junior forward Madison Friauf, including two 3-pointers.

“My teammates found me when I was open,” Friauf said. “Making the first one really boosted my confidence.”

The Cougars added a 12-1 burst that extended their lead to 32-10 midway through the second quarter.

A Friauf basket closed the half at 41-19, but the message in the Kennedy locker room was focused on starting the second half just as strong as the first.

“The first few minutes would be crucial,” Friauf said.

Kennedy allowed just two baskets in the third quarter, which produced a 52-23 lead.

“Tonight was one of our better defensive nights,” Friauf said.

Friauf finished the game with a game-high 16 points and five assists. She also pulled down four rebounds.

Kennedy sophomore forward Sadie Powell and junior Auddie Alepra each scored 12 points, while Rockhurst University recruit Hailey Dolphin added 11 points, three rebounds and two assists.

“When everybody scores, we do a lot better,” Friauf said. “When more of us are scoring, we pass the basketball better and we play more as a team.”

Senior Olivia Hellweg led the Cougars with eight rebounds.

Erica Oler paced Jefferson (6-11, 4-6 MVC) with 13 points, while sophomore Grace Jellison added nine points and five rebounds off the bench.

Jefferson visits Clinton Saturday, while Kennedy travels to Iowa City Liberty on Tuesday.

AT C.R. KENNEDY

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 64, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 36

C.R. Jefferson 9 10 4 13—36

C.R. Kennedy 24 17 11 12—64

C.R. JEFFERSON (36): Kaylee Donner 1 0-1 2, Jenna Griffith 3 0-0 7, Arianna Hawkins 0 0-1 0, Lindsey Culver 0 0-0 0, Erica Oler 6 1-2 13, Emily Kuba 1 0-0 3, Den’edra Hodges 1 0-0 2, Grace Jellison 4 1-3 9, Totals 16 2-7 36.

C.R. KENNEDY (64): Camryn Ray 1 1-2 3, Lauryn Vaske 2 1-2 5, Hailey Dolphin 5 1-1 11, Madison Friauf 6 1-2 16, Sadie Powell 5 3-4 12, Maya Fitzpatrick 0 0-0 0, Tessa Steffen 1 0-0 2, Olivia Hellweg 1 1-2 3, Laila Sain 0 0-0 0, Kendal Runels 0 0-0 0, Ashley Vis 0 0-0 0, Auddie Alepra 5 2-3 12, Sophia Barrett 0 0-0 0, Totals 26 10-16 64.

Halftime — Kennedy, 41-19. Three-point goals — Jefferson 1 (Griffith 1), Kennedy 3 (Friauf 3). Rebounds — Jefferson 21 (Jellison 5), Kennedy 26 (Hellweg 8). Assists — Jefferson 10 (Griffith 4), Kennedy 14 (Friauf 5). Total fouls — Jefferson 11, Kennedy 11. Fouled out — None.

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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