City High Girls Beat Iowa CIty West, 53-37

By Jason Brummond, Correspondent

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IOWA CITY – Iowa City High’s Haley Lorenzen struggled to find good looks against Iowa City West’s swarm of defenders in the paint.

It worked for West, until they lost track of City sophomore Courtney Joens.

Joens scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and the Class 5A top-ranked Little Hawks used a late 18-4 run in a 53-37 win over West last night in a MVC Mississippi Division girls’ basketball game.

“We’re not on all cylinders, but we do just enough to get by,” City Coach Bill McTaggart said.

The Little Hawks (12-0, 8-0) avenged last year’s regional final loss to the Women of Troy.

Lorenzen, who averaged 23.5 points per game going into last night, finished with only eight on 3 of 13 shooting from the floor. The University of Florida commitment often faced two and three – and sometimes four – defenders.

“We still try to get it to (Lorenzen), but we try to work inside and back out to try to open it up for other people, too,” Joens said.

West cut City’s lead to 29-26 with 1:18 left in the third quarter after Mikaela Morgan and Grace Lafolla knocked down consecutive 3-pointers.

After a Sam Blowers bucket, Joens hit her own 3-pointer with 26 second seconds left in the quarter to start an 18-4 spurt.

Morgan and Lafolla each scored 13 to lead the Women of Troy (3-6, 2-5).

Both teams struggled to do anything offensively in the first half, combining to shoot 2 of 23 in the first quarter.

West finished the first half 2 of 18 from the floor with 11 turnovers. City shot 5 of 25 and had seven turnovers.

“I think we were too pumped,” McTaggart said. “It was our worst shooting night by far.”

The Women of Troy, who had won seven of the last nine games over their crosstown rival, committed 18 turnovers and shot only 29 percent for the game.

“We have good shooters,” West Coach B.J. Mayer said. “We’re not always confident in our own ability.”

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