Girls Basketball: Hobbs' Late 3 Helps Washington Beat Kennedy

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — For Aleena Hobbs, green meant go.

Hobbs hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, and Cedar Rapids Washington rallied from a 16-point deficit to edge Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 57-56, in a girls' basketball game Friday night at Kennedy High School.

"We just always say if you're open and within range, let it fly," Washington Coach Frank Howell. "Fortunately, I think we had five people on the court that I feel confident in, that if they had the same open look that she had, they'd have the green light to let 'er go.

"She didn't hesitate, that's the thing I was most proud of."

The game did not count in the Mississippi Valley Conference standings, but it did extend Washington's winning streak to five games. The Warriors are 5-2.

Kennedy (5-2) led 40-27 at halftime, and extended the advantage to 16 early in the third quarter. But the Warriors chipped away and eventually made it all the way back.

"The press was slowing them down a lot more and we were getting more touches on the ball than before," Hobbs said.

Washington was back in the hunt at 49-45 entering the fourth quarter. A steal and layup by Colby Bjornsen got Washington even at 54-all with 1:05 left, then Stephanie Botkin scored on a feed from Jordan Holmes to put Kennedy back in front, 56-54, with 55 seconds left.

But Abby Herb got the ball deep in the post and spotted Hobbs wide open at the top of the key. Hobbs took the pass, set her feet and swished it.

The Cougars misfired on their final two possessions, and the Warriors' comeback was complete.

Herb led all scores with 16 points. Hobbs added 14 for the Warriors, and Madison Kramer and Dani Franklin supplied 10 apiece.

Franklin pulled down 16 rebounds as Washington amassed a 40-30 advantage on the glass — 14-2 in the fourth quarter.

Paige Hendrickson led Kennedy with 15 points. Holmes tallied 14, Botkin 11 and Madi Meier 10. Botkin snared 12 rebounds.

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 57, CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY 56

At C.R. Kennedy

C.R. WASHINGTON (57): Abby Herb 8-15 0-0 16, Aleena Hobbs 4-13 4-5 14, Colby Bjornsen 2-5 0-0 4, Madison Kramer 4-9 1-2 10, Dani Franklin 3-10 3-5 10, Devin Glenski 0-0 0-0 0, Sophia Malcolm 0-1 0-0 0, Callie Cook 1-3 0-0 3, Jasmyne Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 8-12 57.

C.R. KENNEDY (56): Madi Meier 3-8 3-4 10, Brianna Vis 1-5 2-2 4, Taylor Wagner 0-3 0-0 0, Paige Hendrickson 7-14 0-0 15, Stephanie Botkin 4-8 3-8 11, Madison DeLong 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan Holmes 6-14 0-0 14, Mariah Vis 1-2 0-0 2, Brinley Milbrath 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 8-14 56.

Halftime: Kennedy 40, Washington 27. 3-point goals: Washington 5-15 (Herb 0-1, Hobbs 2-4, Bjornsen 0-2, Kramer 1-4, Franklin 1-1, Malcolm 0-1, Cook 1-2), Kennedy 4-12 (Meier 1-3, B.Vis 0-1, Hendrickson 1-1, Holmes 2-6, M.Vis 0-1). Team fouls: Washington 14, Kennedy 11. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Washington 40 (Franklin 16), Kennedy 30 (Botkin 12). Assists: Washington 12 (Hobbs 5), Kennedy 4 (Holmes 2). Steals: Washington 10 (Hobbs 3), Kennedy 13 (Hendrickson 4). Turnovers: Washington 22, Kennedy 16.
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