Prep Basketball

Lauren Zacharias helps Iowa City West down Linn-Mar with season-high 21 points

Class 5A No. 11 Women of Troy now 7-2 overall, 4-1 in the MVC with 63-47 defeat of Lions

IOWA CITY — Lauren Zacharias has proven she can hurt the opposition in a variety of ways.

The Iowa City West senior had all facets of her offensive game working Friday night with a season-high 21 points as the Class 5A No. 11 Women of Troy defeated Linn-Mar, 63-47, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game at West High School.

“She has had to do a little bit more,” West Coach BJ Mayer said. “A big thing for her is she is trying to run the offense. … She has just upped all of her progression. We need that out of her and she has been a great leader, as well.”

Zacharias got the scoring started for West (7-2, 4-1 MVC) with 3-point baskets on three consecutive first-quarter possessions.

“It feels great,” Zacharias said. “Especially because in the beginning of the season I wasn’t really hitting the 3s, so I had to keep driving and people started getting used to the fake that I used to do. … So me hitting the 3s early on just to catch them off guard really helps our team.”

As Linn-Mar shifted its defense to counter Zacharias’ 3-point barrage, she began driving to the basket with regularity. She sparked a 10-0 second-quarter burst that pushed the lead for the Women of Troy to double digits at 28-15 with 1:20 left until halftime.

“They were expecting me to shoot the 3 because I had those three first shots go in," said Zacharias, who had 15 points by halftime and has scored in double figures in every game this season. “So just a little pump fake and drive, it was easy to go.”

Zacharias was a second-team selection to the All-MVC team last season and was the assists leader for a West team that won the 5A state title. In November, she signed to play college basketball at Division-II Wayne State (Neb.) University.

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“It is kind of like how our team is here,” Zacharias said. “It’s a family. They do everything together and I really like that. You don’t get a lot of teams that are like that.”

Linn-Mar (4-7, 2-3) was led by freshman Alexis Beier, who made five 3-point baskets and finished with 20 points. Senior Macey Miller added 11 for the Lions.

Sophomore Audrey Koch posted 15 points for West, which hosts Dubuque Hempstead on Tuesday.

“We have to get better defensively,” Mayer said. “I thought we lost a couple of their kids. … That is something that is going to hurt you a lot of times, so we’ve got to get better at some defensive things and just become a little more efficient offensively and we’ll be in good shape.”

AT IOWA CITY WEST

Class 5A No. 11 Iowa City West 63, Linn-Mar 47

LINN-MAR (47): Keegan Krejca 0 0-2 0, Macey Miller 3 4-4 11, Molly Chmelicek 1 1-3 3, Jamison Feldman 0 2-2 2, Hallie Peak 0 0-1 0, Alexis Beier 7 1-1 20, Marissa Miller 0 0-0 0, Caelynn Obleton 0 0-0 0, Carly Printy 2 0-0 6, Emma Casebolt 2 0-0 5, Totals 15 8-13 47.

I.C. WEST (63): Cailyn Morgan 4 0-0 8, Matayia Tellis 1 3-3 5, Lauren Zacharias 9 0-0 21, Emma Ingersoll-Weng 2 2-3 7, Sydney Allen 3 0-0 7, Avery Vest 0 0-0 0, Rylee Goodfellow 0 0-0 0, Audrey Koch 6 2-5 15, Katelynn Hillberry 0 0-0 0, Liv Williams 0 0-0 0, Linnea Rietz 0 0-0 0, Totals 25 7-11 63.

Linn-Mar 12 6 14 15—47

I.C. West 13 15 23 12—63

Halftime — West, 28-18. Three-point goals — Linn-Mar 9 (Beier 5, Printy 2, Casebolt 1, Miller 1), West 6 (Zacharias 3, Allen 1, Ingersoll-Weng 1, Koch 1). Total fouls — Linn-Mar 11, West 14. Fouled out — None.

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