Washington Girls Win Fourth Straight, 74-60 Over Iowa City West
By Jeff Linder, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS That black eye has healed. That blemish, barely visible.
Cedar Rapids Washington's veteran duo combined for 48 points, and the Warriors won their fourth consecutive girls basketball game, 74-60, over Iowa City West in a Mississippi Valley Conference encounter Friday night at Washington High School.
Valparaiso signee Dani Franklin posted 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Aleena Hobbs added 21 points as the Warriors (4-1 overall, 3-1 MVC) further distanced themselves from an ugly 46-point season-opening loss at Iowa City High.
"Basically, my message after that game was, 'We're better than this. I believe in you,' " Washington Coach Frank Howell said. "I might not have said it in a very calm tone.
"I'm really proud of what we've been able to accomplish since then."
Franklin said, "We came back, bounced back and got back together as a team."
The Warriors basically did that in Friday's game, too, recovering after West (2-4, 1-3) had assembled a 15-2 surge to take the lead, 49-46, late in the third quarter.
Washington scored the final 11 points in the last 2 minutes of the period to re-establish control at 57-49.
Hobbs scored on a drive. Franklin converted on a three-point play, then Hobbs did the same. Courtney Squires capped the spree with a 3-pointer just before the quarter horn.
The margin never wavered below five points again.
"Tuesday (in a loss to Waterloo West), we couldn't get over the hump," said West Coach B.J. Mayer. "Tonight, we did. Next time, we need to make the next step and maintain after we do get over the hump."
Franklin scored 12 straight Washington points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors pulled away.
Hobbs did her damage early. Ten minutes into the game, she had 13 points, making all four of her field goals and all three of her foul shots.
"My teammates were getting me the ball, I was moving around and finding open shots," Hobbs said.
Washington led 32-19 early in the second quarter. It was 39-32 at halftime, then West surged and Washington replied.
Squires added eight points off the bench for the Warriors. Kandis O'Donnell had six before suffering an apparent ankle injury late.
Mikaela Morgan led the Women of Troy with 19 points (15 in the first half). Grace Tafolla added 14, Emily Halverson 12.
Washington is at Waterloo East on Tuesday. West hosts Cedar Falls.
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