Defense Sends Girls Basketball Into State Championship

Joel Kellar, Sports Editor

The girls basketball team beat Iowa City West on Mar. 4, 2021. The defending champs were able to hold off Iowa City West’s comeback attempt and advanced to the state title game.

Jada Gyamfi ’22 led the team in points with 11 and added 21 rebounds. The rest of the team grabbed a total of 15 rebounds, combined the team had 36 rebounds. Aaliyah Riley ’24 was the other person to score double digits with 10 points. Zoey Buchan ’22 and Aili Tanke ’24 had nine points each and combined went three for four from three.

The key to win was the second chance opportunities and their defense. They had a total of 11 offensive rebounds which helped them hold off the surging Iowa City West team. On the defensive side they stood their ground and held Iowa City West to under 50 points. This was big as the offense faltered in the second half and at times they looked like they could not get anything going.

Down the stretch the offense turned around and was able to consistently get to the line to keep their small lead. In the final minutes of the game Zoey Buchan had a wide open layup in transition that sealed up the win for the Girls team.

With the win they secured their spot in the 5a state championship against Waukee on Mar. 5, 2021 at Wells Fargo Arena. This game is between the top two ranked teams in the state whose only losses were to each other as they split the season series. Waukee dominated the fifth ranked Ankeny Cenntenial Jaguars, winning 50-29. This will be a tough game for the defending state champions, but a winnable one. The student section is sold out in with much anticipation of there being a good and highly competitive game with the championship on the line.