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Hard works pays off for Xavier's Lexi Noonan

HS journalism: Saints senior earned state berths in volleyball, basketball

Xavier’s Lexi Noonan puts up a shot over Grinnell’s Madeline Wilkins during the second quarter of a Class 4A quarterfinal game at the girls’ state basketball tournament in Des Moines. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Xavier’s Lexi Noonan puts up a shot over Grinnell’s Madeline Wilkins during the second quarter of a Class 4A quarterfinal game at the girls’ state basketball tournament in Des Moines. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Xavier senior Lexi Noonan participated in two state tournaments her senior year.

In the fall, she was a part of the Xavier volleyball team that made it to the state tournament and she went again in basketball.

Noonan was honored with first-team all-state, all-tournament, first team all-Mississippi Valley Conference and first team all-Metro for basketball.

Noonan worked hard this past year, aiding her success in volleyball and basketball.

All the extra work finally paid off.

“I grew a lot more confident throughout my high school career, and I became a harder worker, putting in more time my senior season than I ever had before,” Noonan said. “The basketball team put in a lot of time over the summer — shooting, going to open gyms and lifting. I think this all contributed to the way our season played out and made us even more successful.”

Noonan had a great support system throughout her high school career. This helped her get through a rough junior season and made her a better player. The Saints ended the 2015-16 basketball season with a losing record, which encouraged many to work even harder so they would not go through that again.

“We went through a losing season my junior year, which inspired us all to work harder and put in more time,” Noonan said. “My coaches, teammates and family all helped me along the way, and I’m so grateful I had such an awesome support system to lean back on.”

Noonan attributes some of her success to her coaches.

“Confidence gave her the ability to accept the expectations of her coaches and teammates to step up during big moments in the games we played,” head basketball coach Tom Lilly said. “Her leadership skills had developed as she progressed through three years of varsity play.”

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Noonan played her last high school game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines against North Scott in a Class 4A semifinal on March 3.

She also participated in the Eastern Iowa All-Star prep basketball games on March 22, March 25, and April 1.

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