Tom Klein doesn’t resort to a zone defense often.
He did Tuesday, though, and the result — a 55-40 North Iowa Cedar League victory over Class 2A sixth-ranked Dike-New Hartford — was one of Jesup’s biggest girls’ basketball wins in a long time.
“Probably the biggest win since I got here,” said Klein, in his ninth year with the J-Hawks. “It’s a signature win, and I hope it can springboard us forward.”
Jesup improved to 5-0, pulling away from a 30-30 halftime tie.
“Two of their girls — Morgan Weber and Katie Knock — had 26 of their 30 points at halftime,” Klein said. “In the second half, we were able to force more outside shots, and I thought their legs got a little tired. We rebounded a lot better in the second half, too.”
Senior Jaima Tonne “had her best game of the season,” Klein said, posting 18 points and nine rebounds.
Tonne is one of just two seniors on the Jesup roster. The other is Emily Treptow, an all-NICL player last year who averages 15.5 points per game. Junior Brittany Lingenfelter adds 13.5 ppg.
Treptow has committed to run track and cross country at the University of Memphis.
Man-to-man or zone, Jesup has been effective on the defensive end all season, allowing 31.4 points per game.
Tuesday’s game was Jesup’s first at home after four straight road victories. At 2-0 in the NICL East, the J-Hawks host Hudson on Friday.
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West-City, take 1
They don’t play for a Boot or a Spike in girls’ basketball.
When Iowa City West and Iowa City High last crossed paths, it was for a state championship.
West won that game last March, avenging two regular-season losses and capturing the Class 5A title. And Friday, they meet again.
Third-ranked City High (2-0) hosts No. 7 West (3-0) in the front end of a girl/boy doubleheader, with a 6 p.m. tipoff. Friday’s game does not count toward Mississippi Valley Conference standings; the counting game is Jan. 31 at West.
Since their last meeting, both teams lost a key figure to graduation. City’s Ashley Joens, Miss Iowa Basketball 2018, is now at Iowa State while West’s Logan Cook has moved on to Iowa.
West also lost senior Emma Koch (torn ACL), but the Women of Troy have survived behind seniors Lauren Zacharias and Cailyn Morgan, along with sophomore Audrey Koch, Emma’s sister, who leads the Women of Troy at 18.7 points per game.
City counters with the junior guard trio of Aubrey Joens (27.5 ppg), Rose Nkumu (22.5 ppg) and Paige Rocca. The Little Hawks rallied from a halftime deficit Tuesday to beat Dubuque Hempstead, 66-57.
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