Prep Basketball

Big third-quarter run keys Iowa City West at Rivalry Saturday

Women of Troy beat Davenport Assumption for 9th straight win

Iowa City West
Iowa City West

CEDAR RAPIDS — B.J. Mayer didn’t need a timeout to get his team’s attention. He just posed a question during a dead ball:

“Can anybody guard her?”

The answer, to that point, was no, not at all. Olivia Wardlow was torching his Iowa City West girls’ basketball squad, and Davenport Assumption had surged into the lead.

But Class 5A eighth-ranked West responded with a 17-0 run over the next 3 minutes and ran away for a 72-51 triumph in the first game of Rivalry Saturday at Kohawk Arena.

“It’s good to get the nerves out,” said West’s Lauren Zacharias, who led her team with 17 points. “Once we identified (Wardlow), it made a difference.”

The defending 5A state champion, West (1-0) won its ninth consecutive game.

Wardlow, a sophomore, had 20 points and 3A No. 14 Assumption (0-2) led 37-36 when Mayer made his plea at the 5:26 mark of the third quarter.

Then Cailyn Morgan made a pair of free throws to put West back in front, and suddenly the Women of Troy were off and running. When Zacharias drilled a 3-pointer, West was comfortably in front, 53-37.

“We’ve got a lot of kids in new roles,” Mayer said. “We’re not talking enough, not communicating enough. But we will.”

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Wardlow didn’t score again until 3:15 remained, and by then West’s margin was 25. She finished with 25 points.

“We did a better job keeping them out of the lane, and we were able to get on a run by getting some steals, some layups and some run-outs.”

Freshman Emma Ingersoll-Weng added 15 points for West. Matayia Tellis tallied 13, Morgan 12.

IOWA CITY WEST 72, DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 51

At Kohawk Arena

IOWA CITY WEST (72): Cailyn Morgan 3 6-6 12, Matayia Tellis 4 2-2 13, Lauren Zacharias 6 4-5 17, Aubrey Koch 3 1-2 7, Sydney Allen 0 2-2 2, Emma Ingersoll-Weng 5 4-6 15, Grace Schneider 0 0-0 0, Avery Ves 2 1-2 6, Rylee Goodfellow 0 0-0 0, Katelyn Hillberry 0 0-0 0. Total 23 20-25 72.

DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION (51): Katie Anderson 3 4-5 11, Lauren Herrig 0 0-0 0, Olivia Wardlow 10 2-3 25, Allie Timmons 2 0-2 4, Corey Whitlock 1 0-2 2, Sully Kelly 0 1-2 1, Dawsen Dorsey 1 1-4 3, Maddie Loken 2 0-0 5. Totals 19 8-18 51.

Halftime: West 36, Assumption 29. 3-point goals: West 6 (Tellis 3, Zacharias, Ingersoll-Weng, West), Assumption 5 (Wardlow 3, Anderson, Loken). Team fouls: West 12, Assumption 18. Fouled out: Timmons.

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