CEDAR RAPIDS – It's pretty easy to paint Iowa City West as a one-man team – if only on paper.
Wyatt Lohaus has torched most teams for the better part of four years, after all, and came into last night's Class 4A substate final averaging 19.8 points.
But Trojans Coach Steve Bergman was the first to let people know his team was far from a single act show.
"We don't need Wyatt to score huge points to win," Bergman said after West beat Iowa City High, 74-50, pulling away after Lohaus went to the bench with three fouls. "That's something we learned since the Dubuque Senior game earlier in the year.
"We're a team. We're eight, nine, 10 deep. That's what we are, that's been our strength all year."
With their team leader forced to the bench less than a minute into the second half, the Trojans needed someone to step up.
The Little Hawks had pushed West for much of the first half, and were within 10 at halftime at 36-26.
It was senior Nick Gallagher who answered the call for the Trojans, crashing the boards and getting to the line with regularity in a 22-10 third quarter that saw West effectively put the game away.
"He probably wasn't at the top of their scouting report," Bergman said through a laugh after the game. "He's a senior, he's a tough kid. ... We felt like he's been capable of that all year. (He was) really big on the boards, and we struggled on the boards tonight."
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