Prep Basketball

Signature win moves Cedar Rapids Washington girls' basketball to 7-0

All 5 starters hit double figures as Warriors beat Iowa City West 82-73

CEDAR RAPIDS — Historians may look back at Tuesday as a watershed day.

As the day Cedar Rapids Washington reclaimed a spot at the big-girl table in Class 5A girls’ basketball.

The 11th-ranked Warriors shot 63 percent and erased an early 11-point deficit in toppling No. 8 Iowa City West, 82-73, in a fast-paced Mississippi Valley Conference battle at Washington High School.

“I think that could be a turning point for us,” said Sammy Mia, whose 19 points led a balanced Washington attack in which all five starters reached double figures. “They’re the defending state champions, and we came out with the right mindset.”

Caitlin Riley added 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists as Washington moved to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the MVC. Freshman Hannah Stuelke tallied 15 points, Sydney Mitvalsky 12, Isa Truemper 11.

It was Truemper and Mitvalsky that provided the signature moment in this signature win. West (5-2, 3-1) had just scored six straight points for a 52-50 lead late in the third quarter, but Truemper hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then Mitvalsky hit another one in a 9-0, 55-second rush the put the Warriors in front for good.

“That was a huge momentum swing for us,” Washington Coach Chris James said. “That got the crowd and the bench into it. For a little while, it felt like there were 1,000 people in here.”

From there, it was a matter of answering every West challenge.

Washington hit 29 of 46 shots, including 9 of 15 from 3-point range.

The Women of Troy were the hot team early, hitting 9 of 14 shots (including 5 of 7 from deep) on the way to a 23-12 lead after one quarter. But the Warriors scored the first nine points of the second period and were within 39-38 at intermission.

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“They were a lot more physical than us in the second and third quarters,” West Coach B.J. Mayer said. “They’re a really nice team with a lot of depth. I think we did what we wanted offensively, but we couldn’t get the key stop or key rebound.”

Audrey Koch led the Women of Troy with 19 points. Lauren Zacharias added 16 points and seven assists, and Cailyn Morgan scored 14 points.

Washington hosts Cedar Rapids Prairie on Friday; West hosts Iowa City Liberty.

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 82, IOWA CITY WEST 73

At C.R. Washington

IOWA CITY WEST (73): Cailyn Morgan 4-14 5-6 14, Matayia Tellis 3-7 0-0 6, Lauren Zacharias 6-13 1-2 16, Sydney Allen 2-5 1-2 6, Audrey Koch 8-14 1-1 19, Emma Ingersoll-Weng 4-7 2-3 12, Avery Vest 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 10-14 73.

C.R. WASHINGTON (82): Caitlin Riley 7-15 1-2 17, Isa Truemper 3-4 2-2 11, Sammy Mia 7-10 5-7 19, Hannah Stuelke 6-7 2-2 15, Sydney Mitvalsky 3-6 4-4 12, Marek McBride 0-0 0-0 0, Orianna Crusoe 2-2 1-1 5, Aeri Thomas 1-2 0-0 3, Sydney Engledow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-46 15-18 82.

Halftime: West 39, Washington 38. 3-point goals: West 9-25 (Morgan 1-4, Tellis 0-4, Zacharias 3-8, Allen 1-2, Koch 2-4, Ingersoll-Weng 2-3), Washington 9-15 (Riley 2-4, Truemper 3-4, Stuelke 1-1, Mitvalsky 2-4, Thomas 1-2). Team fouls: West 14, Washington 16. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: West 22 (Koch 6), Washington 30 (Riley 9). Assists: West 13 (Zacharias 7), Washington 13 (Riley 5). Steals: West 11 (Zacharias 3), Washington 8 (Mia 4). Turnovers: West 13, Washington 21.

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