Strait Sharp at the Foul Line in Upset of Wash
By Mike Condon, Correspondent
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Courtney Strait took control from the start.
And it was a good thing the Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior was there at the finish. Strait scored 34 points, including 20 of 24 from the foul line, and the Cougars held off a fourth-quarter rally from Cedar Rapids Washington to upset the No. 9 Warriors, 62-59.
The Cougars had a 19-point lead with about five minutes left and it appeared they were in control. That's when the Warriors slapped on a press that flustered a young Kennedy team.
Washington kept chipping away, cutting the lead to six three times in the final two minutes. Kennedy moved the lead back to nine, but the Warriors didn't quit. A 3-point basket from Jazz Royster with 5.8 seconds remaining cut the margin to 61-59. Strait split a pair of free throws, giving the Warriors a chance to tie, but Royster's 3-point shot from the top of the key banged off the rim.
Strait was the calming influence for Kennedy, especially during Washington's late run. She did most of the ball-handling as the Warriors were forced to foul.
Freshman Hannah Botkin added 12 points for the Cougars (4-5, 3-5). Royster and Tasha Roundtree led a balanced offense for Washington (5-3, 5-3) with 11 apiece.