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Little Hawk girls ready for Cedar Falls

HS journalism: State tournament match is today in Des Moines

Iowa City High head coach Bill McTaggart, shouting instructions during a game last season, thinks Cedar Falls will be a bigger challenge today than they were in December. (The Gazette)
Iowa City High head coach Bill McTaggart, shouting instructions during a game last season, thinks Cedar Falls will be a bigger challenge today than they were in December. (The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The City High girls’ basketball team will be starting its state run against Cedar Falls today at 3:15 at the Wells-Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Tigers (21-2) have put together an impressive season with wins over Iowa City West High and Linn-Mar. Their leading scorer, Kiana Barney, is averaging 13.1 points per game and their second leading scorer, Cynthia Wolf, is averaging 11.7 points and 7 rebounds per game.

“Well, in the regular season, our practices are intense, and they’re just a little bit more intense right now,” City High head coach Bill McTaggart said. “We’ve been using the scout squad boys and they’ve been helping us out a lot playing Cedar Falls, and hopefully that will carry over to Wednesday afternoon.”

The Little Hawks have already played Cedar Falls once this season and had a field day, winning 62-40 at City High on Dec. 9. Junior Ashley Joens, who is City’s leading scorer at 21.1 points per game, had one of her best games of the year, scoring 27 points. Senior Kenya Earl added 11 points and four rebounds, and freshman Rose Nkumu gave the Little Hawks 10 points, as well. For the Tigers, almost half of their points came from Wolf, contributing 18 to their losing effort.

“They’re a lot better than they were back then, so we can’t take them lightly,” McTaggar said. “We had them in foul trouble, so the second time will be more difficult if they’re not in foul trouble.”

McTaggart said he believes his team will need to rebound well and to take smart shots in order for it to win.

The winner will advance to play the winner of the Indianola-Johnston game at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

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