Prep Basketball

Cedar Rapids Washington gives No. 1 Iowa City High a test

Down at halftime, Little Hawks pull away for 88-70 triumph

Iowa City High Little Hawks
Iowa City High Little Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS — If nothing else, Iowa City High got its eyes opened Tuesday night.

“We had gotten a little too comfortable,” Aubrey Joens said. “It’s good to know we can be in a tough position and pull through.”

Class 5A top-ranked City High absorbed Cedar Rapids Washington’s best shot and prevailed, 88-70, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game at Washington High School.

The Little Hawks (20-0 overall, 12-0 MVC) clinched a share of the Mississippi Division championship, their sixth consecutive divisional title.

But this win wasn’t nearly as routine as the final tally indicated. No. 13 Washington (11-7, 7-5) shot 74 percent from the floor in the first half and took a 40-33 lead into the locker room.

“We came out and played as if we thought —we knew — we were going to win the game,” Washington Coach Chris James said.

City High scored the first 11 points of the second half, though, and led the rest of the way.

Ashley Joens registered 27 points and 16 rebounds, running her career scoring total to 1,991.

The Iowa State University signee is on track to become the 19th five-player girl in state history to reach the 2,000-point mark Friday, when the Little Hawks host Dubuque Wahlert in their regular-season finale.

Aubrey Joens hit six 3-point shots and added 24 points, and Rose Nkumu tallied 19.

“You have to give Washington a lot of credit,” City Coach Bill McTaggart said. “They gave us all we could handle.

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“Our shot selection in the first half wasn’t as good as it could have been, but we corrected it, and we were a different team in the second half.”

The Little Hawks exploded for 55 second-half points. They enjoyed a 25-6 advantage at the free-throw line.

City led 57-54 after three quarters, then scored the first seven of the fourth to pull away for good.

Sammy Mia hit 9 of 11 shots from the floor and paced the Warriors with 20 points. Isa Truemper tallied 15, Vanessa Eniola 11.

IOWA CITY HIGH 88, CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 70

At C.R. Washington

IOWA CITY HIGH (88): Rose Nkumu 6-10 7-8 19, Ashley Joens 7-12 13-14 27, Paige Rocca 3-8 2-2 9, Aubrey Joens 9-21 0-0 24, Samantha Greving 2-2 2-3 6, Ella Cook 1-3 0-2 2, Ayana Lindsey 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 28-57 25-31 88.

C.R. WASHINGTON (70): Caitlin Riley 3-11 1-2 8, Vanessa Eniola 4-8 1-1 11, Isa Truemper 5-7 1-2 15, Sammy Mia 9-11 2-3 20, Jayla Johnson 2-2 0-4 4, Sydney Mitvalsky 3-3 0-0 7, Skyla Atkins 1-1 0-0 2, Brittany Postma 1-3 1-1 3, Sarah Altemeier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-46 6-13 70.

Halftime: Washington 40, City 33. 3-point goals: City 7-23 (Nkumu 0-1, Ash.Joens 0-2, Rocca 1-6, Aub.Joens 6-13, Lindsey 0-1), Washington 8-16 (Riley 1-6, Eniola 2-2, Truemper 4-6, Mitvalsky 1-1, Postma 0-1). Team fouls: City 16, Washington 27. Fouled out: Aub.Joens, Johnson). Rebounds: City 31 (Ash.Joens 16), Washington 25 (Eniola 7). Assists: City 9 (Rocca 4), Washington 11 (Mia, Johnson, Mitvalsky 2). Steals: City 10 (Aub.Joens 4), Washington 5 (Truemper 3). Turnovers: City 11, Washington 19.

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