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Girls Basketball: Washington Gets Past Waukee To Get To State

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ANKENY, Iowa Washington's Abby Herb summed up two seasons and eight seconds worth of frustration against sixth-ranked Waukee in one word.

"Finally," said Herb, who endured early foul trouble but scored 13 points to lead the Warriors to a 61-54 girls' regional final win over the other Warriors.

Washington advanced to the state tournament for the seventh time in 10 years and avenged a pair of losses to Waukee the past two seasons by a combined three points.

Dani Franklin added 12 points for Washington and Colby Bjornsen scored 11, with all coming in the second half.

Bjornsen's 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter broke a 47-47 tie and the Warriors would not trail again.

"I just knew if we wanted to win we had to play our hardest," said Bjornsen, who also dished out a game-high six assists. "So just came out hard, I guess."

Waukee, which saw its string of five straight tournament berths snapped, won the regular season meeting 62-61 last month at home.

"It means a lot," Franklin said of winning the rematch. "It's amazing."

Especially considering the adversity her team faced.

Herb, who added 10 rebounds to notch a double-double, scored 11 of Washington's first 16 points, but picked up her second and third fouls in an eight-second span late in the first quarter.

Herb's third infraction a charge drew the ire of Washington fans and coach Frank Howell, who protested and was assessed a technical.

Waukee had been called for two fouls at that point.

Washington, for eight.

"We found a way to overcome a lot of things," Howell said. "So proud of them. One of the happiest days I've had in coaching."

Washington also saw Madison Kramer leave and return to the game after sustaining a leg injury in the third quarter.

The Warriors trailed Waukee 41-34 at the time, but struck for a 7-0 run as Kramer was checked out.

She finished with a game-high three steals.

"Down the stretch, I thought we were really good," Howell said.



WASHINGTON (61): Hobbs 2 3-4 8, Bjornsen 4 1-2 11, Herb 6 1-2 13, Kramer 2 1-3 6, Franklin 5 1-1 12, Glenski 3 0-0 9, Cook 1 0-0 2, Kamin 0 0-0 0, Malcolm 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 7-12 61.

WAUKEE (54): Dalsing 3 0-0 7, Shryack 3 2-4 9, Boland 5 8-10 20, Kollmorgen 0 0-0 0, Wingert 5 3-4 16, Bunz 1 0-0 2, Ripperger 0 0-0 0, Cavanugh 0 0-0 0, Hunzeker 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 13-18 54.

Halftime: Waukee 30, Washington 29. 3-point goals: Washington 8 (Glenski 3, Bjornsen 2, Franklin, Hobbs, Kramer); Waukee 7 (Wingert 3, Boland 2, Dalsing, Shryack). Fouls: Washington 17, Waukee 15. Fouled out: none. Technical: Washington bench. Rebounds: Waukee 28, Washington 26 (Herb 10). Assists: Washington 16 (Bjornsen 6), Waukee 8. Steals: Washington 7 (Kramer 3), Waukee 3. Turnovers: Waukee 13, Washington 7.

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