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Xavier Girls Fall to No. 2 West Des Moines Valley

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CEDAR RAPIDS This isn't a time to get hung up on wins and losses.

For Cedar Rapids Xavier, it's a two-week stretch of survival and improvement.

Class 5A second-ranked West Des Moines Dowling jumped on the 4A No. 5 Saints from the start and posted a 55-31 triumph as part of the Rivalry Saturday girls' basketball event at the U.S. Cellular Center.

"We're in a tough part of our schedule right now, but we knew it would be tough at the beginning of the season," said Xavier Coach Tom Lilly.

Tough is an understatement.

In a two-week post-Christmas stretch, Xavier's slate features Davenport Assumption, Cedar Rapids Washington, Valley, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and West Des Moines Dowling.

That's not the recipe for a gaudy win-loss record. But then again, Xavier lost nine games last year and won a 4A state championship.

The Saints slipped to 6-5 with Saturday's outcome.

"We have to continue to improve our basketball IQ," Lilly said. "We have to play smarter, know when to attack and when to back off and run our offense."

Valley (10-0) jumped out to a 25-9 lead after a quarter, 37-16 at halftime.

Point guard Madi Agey paced the Tigers with 13 points. Hannah Fuller added 12 on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor.

Morgan Breitbach scored 10 for Xavier. Maddie Bertsch posted six points and seven rebounds.

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