City High Girls' Basketball Rolls No. 10 Washington, 73-27
By Jason Brummond, Correspondent
IOWA CITY – Haley Lorenzen and Iowa City High's pressure defense quickly deflated the hype out of this early season top-10 showdown.
Lorenzen scored 21 of her 32 points in the first half as the No. 3 Little Hawks rolled to a 73-27 win over No. 10 Cedar Rapids Washington in a girls' basketball game Tuesday night.
City (3-0, 1-0 MVC) forced 34 turnovers – 21 in the first half. The Warriors (0-1, 0-1) scored only seven points in the third quarter and none in the fourth in their season-opener.
"We controlled the tempo," Little Hawks Coach Bill McTaggart said. "I think we had an advantage because we played two games."
Washington tried everything, but it couldn't slow down Lorenzen.
Lorenzen, a 6-foot-3 center, fended off instantaneous double teams on nearly every touch in the post. The Warriors sometimes swarmed her – sending three or four defenders to the paint.
It didn't matter. Lorenzen hit 12 of 19 field goals and 8 of 10 from the foul line.
McTaggart lauded Lorenzen as a strong passer. When defenders collapse, Lorenzen can find teammates on the wing or cutting to the hoop.
"It's one of those things where you have to stay calm and you have to stay collected," Lorenzen said. "You can't get panicked when you get a double team because that leads to turnovers or bad passes."
The Warriors led 11-10 early when Lorenzen scored six straight points to start an 11-2 run to end the first quarter. The Little Hawks led the rest of the way.
Guard Aleena Hobbs led Washington with 17 points. Star forward Dani Franklin was held to four points.
The Warriors never got their offense going with too many turnovers and too many missed open shots.
"It was one of those nights where it's just a perfect storm to get whooped," Washington Coach Frank Howell said.
"The biggest thing was just not taking care of the ball. I don't mind playing fast, but we're hurrying when we're playing fast."