Girl’s Basketball Advances to State Semi’s With Win Over Cedar Falls

Kinsey Jilek ’21 places Johnston into the semi-finals after the game. They won 71-64 against Cedar Falls in their quarter final game.

Joel Kellar, Sports Editor

Girls Basketball beats Cedar Falls 71-64 on March 1, 2021. Junior Jada Gyamfi led the team with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Aili Tanke ’24 scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The defense played very strong despite only having three steals and one block. They held Cedar Falls to shooting only 31% from the three point line. A big key to the victory was the girls team won the rebounding game. They had 39 total rebounds compared to Cedar Falls’ 19 rebounds.

The girl’s team took the early lead as they lead by mulitple possesions for the majority of the first half. They grew the lead to 13 heading into the fourth quarter where they stumbled to the finish line as they let Cedar Falls come back. Despite this they still won by seven points. This is something that they will have to improve on as the tournament goes on, along with their three point shooting as the shot the second lowest and made the second lowest amount of threes.

Their next game is on March 4, 2021 against Iowa City West. This will be the first meeting between these two teams. Iowa City West won their game against Waterloo West in a 65-63 nail biter. Iowa City West is the sixth seed and poses a bigger threat from the perimeter and on the boards as the shot 40% from three and grabbed 29 rebounds in their first round game.

The girls team have a very winnable game and if they win they will be headed to the state championship against the winner of Waukee vs Ankeny Cenntenial.