Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls' basketball turns up the defense in 48-27 rout of Jefferson

Girls' basketball: Hailey Dolphin scores 14 points, Auddie Alepra adds 13 for Kennedy (2-3)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Through the first two weeks of the girls’ basketball season, Cedar Rapids Kennedy has already seen some of the best the state has to offer.

Losses to Iowa City High, Pleasant Valley and Iowa City West — all top-5 teams in Class 5A — provided the Cougars with some valuable instruction.

“I think it was good to play some really good teams because it puts things in perspective,” Kennedy junior post Auddie Alepra said. “It teaches you to bounce back and you can’t let one game get you down. In the next game, come strong no matter what.”

Alepra came strong with eight first-quarter points as the Cougars stifled Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 48-27, in a non-conference game Friday night at Jefferson High School.

“I thought our defense was as good as it has been all year,” Kennedy Coach Tony Vis said. “Our help side was really good, then I thought we hedged really well with each other. Communication piece was good. Any time you can hold a team under 30, you’ve got to be happy with your defensive execution.”

A 3-pointer from junior forward Madison Friauf and a basket by senior guard Hailey Dolphin gave Kennedy a 22-16 halftime lead.

Alepra finished with 13 points and led the Cougars with seven rebounds.

“She does a really good job mid-post, high-post,” Vis said. “Just very mobile as a five and I think some of those posts that are used to playing with their back to the basket, down defending the paint, she gives them a hard time with her ability to draw them out.”

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Kennedy (2-3) turned up the defense in the third quarter. The J-Hawks were without a made basket in the frame and held to just a pair of free throws as the Cougars’ lead ballooned to double digits at 31-18.

“It hasn’t always been, but we’ve been really working on that,” Alepra said of the performance of the Kennedy defense. “I think we’ve come a long ways with it.”

Dolphin led all scorers with 14 points and added six rebounds. Friauf posted six points and six assists, while senior guard Olivia Hellweg notched six points and three assists.

“I think a lot of it was we talked really well,” Alepra said. “As a team we played a lot smoother. In the past few games, we’ve done really well but we weren’t connected exactly. We’ve had several good practices in a row.”

Senior center Erica Oler led the J-Hawks (2-5) with 11 points, while junior Lindsey Culver added 10.

Kennedy hosts Dubuque Senior on Tuesday, while the J-Hawks entertain Waterloo East on Wednesday.

AT C.R. JEFFERSON

C.R. Kennedy 15 7 9 17—48

C.R. Jefferson 8 8 2 9—27

C.R. KENNEDY (48): Camryn Ray 0 1-2 1, Lauryn Vaske 0 0-0 0, Hailey Dolphin 7 0-0 14, Madison Friauf 2 1-2 6, Sadie Powell 2 0-0 4, Maya Fitzpatrick 0 0-0 0, Tessa Steffan 1 0-0 2, Olivia Hellweg 1 4-4 6, Laila Sain 0 0-0 0, Kendal Runels 0 0-0 0, Ashley Vis 1 0-0 2, Auddie Alepra 6 1-4 13, Sophia Barrett 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 7-12 48.

C.R. JEFFERSON (27): Sherry Sir 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Donner 1 3-5 5, Jenna Griffith 0 0-0 0, Arianna Hawkins 0 0-0 0, Alyson Dahlen-Zeck 0 0-0 0, Lindsey Culver 3 1-2 10, Erica Oler 3 5-9 11, Emily Kuba 0 1-2 1, Melodi Miller 0 0-0 0, Den’edra Hodges 0 0-2 0, Infinity Watkins 0 0-0 0, Grace Jellison 0 0-0 0, Totals 7 10-20 27.

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Halftime — Kennedy, 22-16. Three-point goals — Kennedy 1 (Friauf), Jefferson 3 (Culver 3). Total fouls — Kennedy 15, Jefferson 7. Fouled out — None.

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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