Prep Basketball

'Welcome to City-West basketball,' Eviyon Richardson: Freshman hits big shot in overtime

Girls' basketball: City High prevails, 64-57

IOWA CITY — Paige Rocca carried a reminder on her right wrist.

“279 DAYS.”

That’s the duration since Iowa City High lost to Iowa City West in the Class 5A girls’ basketball state final. Along with the ink on her forearm, that result left a scar in her heart.

A measure of healing began Friday.

Freshman Eviyon Richardson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining in overtime, and 5A second-ranked City outlasted No. 6 West, 64-57, in a non-conference battle between the Mississippi Valley Conference rivals at City High.

“It’s a big thing,” Rocca said. “But it’s only the first one.”

Richardson entered the game with one basket in the first two games. But it was apparent immediately that Friday was going to be more productive.

“As soon as I hit the first one, it was, ‘Oh yeah, this is going to be a fun night,’” Richardson said.

Richardson made all five of her first-half shots. Her last shot of the night came with the score tied, 57-all.

“Oooh, I was praying it was going to go in,” she said.

Granted.

Aubrey Joens hit two free throws with 16 seconds left, then Rocca added two more to seal it.

Rocca matched Richardson with 20 points, and Joens registered 16 points and 11 rebounds as City improved to 3-0.

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Everything was going the Little Hawks’ way until late in the first half. Despite three fouls on Rose Nkumu, City led 36-22. Coach Bill McTaggart brought Nkumu back in the game with 34 seconds left, and she picked up a charge for her fourth foul soon after.

“That’s the dumbest coaching move I’ve ever done,” McTaggart said.

It was 36-26 at intermission, then West (3-1) pounced to start the second half. The Women of Troy scored the first 12 points of the third quarter to take the lead, then it was back and forth through the remainder of regulation.

“Rose is a heck of a ball-handler, and when she sat, we were going to make somebody else handle it against pressure,” West Coach B.J. Mayer said. “We wanted some steals, and we wanted to make them take quick shots.”

Cailyn Morgan’s drive squared it at 54-54 with 30 seconds left in regulation, then Joens missed the front end of a one-and-one with 16 seconds left.

Rocca’s 3-pointer put City up 57-55 with 3:00 left in overtime. Lauren Zacharias tied it at 57, then Richardson made the shot of the game.

“Like I told her in the locker room, welcome to City-West basketball,” McTaggart said.

Audrey Koch led West with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Zacharias and Morgan added 12 apiece, with Zacharias accumulating 10 boards and eight assists. West was just 2 of 16 from 3-point range, 9 of 19 from the free-throw line.

The teams will meet again Jan. 31 at West; that game will count toward MVC standings. 

IOWA CITY HIGH 64, IOWA CITY WEST 57 (OT)

At Iowa City High

IOWA CITY WEST (57): Cailyn Morgan 4-15 3-6 12, Matayia Tellis 1-5 2-2 4, Lauren Zacharias 5-15 2-5 12, Sydney Allen 2-7 0-0 4, Audrey Koch 9-16 2-6 20, Avery Vest 0-2 0-0 0, Grace Schneider 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 23-66 9-19 57.

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IOWA CITY HIGH (64): Rose Nkumu 3-12 2-3 8, Eviyon Richardson 8-13 0-0 20, Ella Cook 0-9 0-0 0, Paige Rocca 7-12 2-2 20, Aubrey Joens 5-15 4-5 16, Andie Westlake 0-1 0-0 0, CeCe Kelly-Harvey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 8-10 64.

Halftime: City 36, West 26. End of regulation: 54-54. 3-point goals: West 2-16 (Morgan 1-3, Tellis 0-2, Zacharias 0-4, Koch 0-2, Vest 0-2, Schneider 1-3), City 10-30 (Nkumu 0-2, Richardson 4-6, Cook 0-4, Rocca 4-9, Joens 2-8, Westlake 0-1). Team fouls: West 16, City 19. Fouled out: Allen, Nkumu. Rebounds: West 48 (Koch 17), City 43 (Joens 11). Assists: West 10 (Zacharias 8), City 12 (Nkumu 4). Steals: West 4 (Zacharias 3), City 11 (Rocca 4). Turnovers: West 14, City 13.

BOYS: IOWA CITY WEST 66, IOWA CITY HIGH 36

Patrick McCaffery scored 30 points, and top-ranked West continued its recent dominance of its cross-town rival.

West (3-0 overall, 1-0 MVC) led from start to finish, breaking it open with an 18-3 run to conclude the first half, giving the Trojans a 31-14 halftime advantage.

McCaffery has been consistently efficient in his first three games, scoring 28, 26 and 30.

Marcus Morgan added 11 points for the Trojans.

Ry Threlkeld-Wiegand paced City High (2-1, 0-1) with seven points. 

IOWA CITY WEST 66, IOWA CITY HIGH 36

At Iowa City High

IOWA CITY WEST (66): Brayden Adcock 0 1-2 1, Nicholas Pepin 3 0-0 7, Marcus Morgan 3 3-4 11, Patrick McCaffery 11 7-14 30, Even Brauns 2 2-3 6, Jacob Klein 0 0-0 0, Tate Crane 0 0-0 0, Joey Goodman 2 0-0 5, Ben Vander Leest 1 0-0 3, Ramey Fahal 0 0-0 0, Charlie Moreland 1 0-0 2, Cole Mabry 0 1-2 1. Totals 23 14-25 66.

IOWA CITY HIGH (36): Antonio Turner 2 1-2 6, Luke Young 1 0-0 3, Carter Westlake 0 1-2 1, Ry Threlkald-Wiegand 3 1-2 7, Liam McCombs 0 0-0 0, Jason Allen 1 2-2 4, Quincy Wells 1 0-0 3, DeAngelo McNeil 2 0-0 4, Jamari Newson 1 0-0 2, Jackson Walthart 0 0-0 0, Juwan Beard 0 0-0 0, Traivon Hodges 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Streeby 1 2-2 4. Totals 12 7-10 36.

Halftime: West 31, City 14. Team fouls: West 12, City 24. Fouled out: Brauns, Threlkeld-Wiegand. Technicals: Brauns, Wells. 3-point goals: West 6 (Goodman, Pepin, Morgan 2, McCaffery, Vander Leest), City 5 (Turner, Young, Wells, Threlkeld-Wiegand).

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