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Girls Basketball: Washington Beats Jefferson, Moves To 7-2

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Washington girls basketball team will go into the holiday break on a roll, winning its last seven games including Friday night's 58-39 victory over cross-town rival Jefferson in the Warrior gym.

Abby Herb led the Warriors with 15 points and Aleena Hobbs tossed in 13. After a closely contested first quarter, the Warriors took control in the second and improved to 7-2.

"I thought we played well, and holding a good team to less than 40 points was significant," said Washington Coach Frank Howell. "I thought our defense played very well tonight."

Herb also drew praise from Howell.

"Abbey is very passionate about the game of basketball," he said. "We have asked her to do some different things, and she has performed them very well."

The game took on an added twist with first-year J-Hawk coach Jason Edwards having coached alongside Howell.

"The closer the game got, the weirder it felt," Howell said. "It was something that as it went along, I was happy just to get it over with. It was a real awkward feeling."

Edwards was on the Warrior staff for eight years.

"Actually, I was proactive when the Jefferson job became open," Howell said. "I called to let them know how great of a coach and person he was. To me it was a no-brainer for them to hire him as their coach. I'm glad they did."

Jefferson is 4-7.

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