Iowa City Regina posts a pair of prep basketball wins over West Branch

Class 2A No. 7 Regina girls get 23 points and 25 rebounds from Alex Wiese, Regina boys have four double-figure scorers

IOWA CITY — Jeff Wallace figured he had an advantage around the basket.

The Iowa City Regina girls’ basketball coach could not have guessed how substantial the edge would be.

Iowa City Regina junior post player Alex Wiese scored 23 points and corralled a season-high 25 rebounds as the Class 2A seventh-ranked Regals bullied West Branch, 55-38, in a River Valley Conference game Tuesday night at Regina High School.

“She’s just relentless,” Wallace said of Wiese. “Every shot that goes up, she thinks it’s hers. She sees that as an opportunity to get a rebound or to get an extra possession. She’s so key to our success.”

With 25 rebounds, Wiese outdid the entire West Branch roster (23).

“Honestly I didn’t know I had that many,” Wiese said with a laugh. “I just use my strength and good position. Got to box out.”

Regina (15-4, 14-2 RVC) started the game with 11 of the first 13 points, but trailed, 19-18, midway through the second quarter. Wiese and her teammates clamped down on a red-hot West Branch with a 10-0 surge that closed the half.

“We know the Koenigs (Tatum and Sasha) can shoot, so just to get on them and try to guard them as best as we can,” Wiese said. “Just play our defense.”

Tatum Koenig led West Branch (13-6, 11-6) with 20 points and seven rebounds as the Bears got as close as seven points at 37-30 late in the third quarter, but the Regals finished with an 18-8 burst.

Junior Kennedy Wallace had 13 points for Regina, including four 3-pointers.

The victory clinched the RVC South outright for Regina, its 10th conference crown in a row.

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The Regals have won nine of 10 games since Illinois State signee Mary Crompton returned from injury. With seven points, it was the lowest output for Crompton this season. She is seven points away from the school record for career points (Ali Browning, 1,372).

The loss was just the second in 12 games for West Branch.

BALANCED REGINA BOYS WIN SIXTH IN A ROW

The Iowa City Regina boys’ basketball team had four players reach double-figures in scoring as the Regals won their sixth game in a row, 63-48, in a River Valley Conference game Tuesday night at Regina High School.

“That’s what makes our team challenging to guard,” Regina Coach Jared Galpin said. “Any given night, that is what we stress. … We’re going to play together as a team and we’re going to support each other. When one guy is down, somebody else is going to pick up the slack and that’s what we had tonight.”

Senior forward Jocoa Kerschen led the Regals (14-3, 14-1 RVC) with 13 points, while senior Zach Seaman, sophomore Masen Miller and 6-foot-9 sophomore center Even Brauns scored 11 points apiece.

“It was a lot of the energy from the crowd, I feel like,” said Brauns, who tallied a team-high seven rebounds and holds Division-I scholarship offers from Northern Iowa and Drake. “We had a lot of people out here tonight because it is a big rivalry game for us. We had a lot of energy coming in.”

Regina led by as many as 16 points in the first half at 30-14, but a game-high 19 points by West Branch senior Ben Thompson helped the Bears pull within 53-44 in the fourth quarter.

Junior Beau Cornwell added 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for West Branch (10-8, 8-8).

Girls’ basketball

AT IOWA CITY REGINA

Class 2A No. 7 Iowa City Regina 55, West Branch 38

WEST BRANCH (38): Abbey Fryauf 0 1-2 1, Kaiya Luneckas 0 0-0 0, Tatum Koenig 7 3-4 20, Taylor Thein 1 0-0 3, Taya Young 2 0-1 5, Sasha Koenig 2 4-6 9, Mackenzie Heise 0 0-2 0, Totals 12 8-15 38.

IOWA CITY REGINA (55): Mary Crompton 2 2-2 7, Alexa Lehman 2 1-2 7, Lauren Gaarde 0 0-0 0, Greyson Dumont 2 1-2 5, Kennedy Wallace 4 1-3 13, Alex Wiese 11 1-1 23, Elly Gahan 0 0-0 0, Totals 21 6-10 55.

West Branch 9 10 11 8—38

Iowa City Regina 13 15 11 16—55

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Halftime — Regina, 28-19. Three-point goals — West Branch 6 (T. Koenig 3, Thein 1, Young 1, S. Koenig 1), Regina 7 (Wallace 4, Lehman 2, Crompton 1). Rebounds — West Branch 23 (T. Koenig 7), Regina 36 (Wiese 25).

Boys’ basketball

AT IOWA CITY REGINA

Iowa City Regina 63, West Branch 48

WEST BRANCH (48): Cade Aspelmeier 0 0-0 0, Ted Bridges 2 0-0 4, Beau Cornwell 5 5-7 15, Brady Lukavsky 0 0-0 0, Tanner Lukavsky 1 2-4 4, Brett Schiele 3 0-0 6, Ben Thompson 8 3-5 19, Totals 19 10-16 48.

IOWA CITY REGINA (55): Nick Wagner 0 2-2 2, Zach Seaman 2 7-10 11, Bryce Barnett 0 1-2 1, Masen Miller 3 3-4 11, Jocoa Kerschen 4 4-4 13, Jake Phillips 0 0-0 0, Ryne Schooley 3 1-3 9, Even Brauns 4 3-3 11, Blake Berns 2 1-4 5, Totals 18 22-32 63.

West Branch 14 9 12 13—48

Iowa City Regina 25 10 12 16—63

Halftime — Regina, 35-23. Three-point goals — Regina 5 (Miller 2, Schooley 2, Kerschen 1). Rebounds — West Branch 28 (Cornwell 12), Regina 30 (Brauns 7).

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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