Girls’ Basketball loses to Iowa City High 58-52 in state semifinal

Maddie Mock ‘20 shoots a layup in the state semifinal against Iowa City High Mar. 1. Mock had three points and nine rebounds in the 58-52 loss.

Evan Newcomb, Staff Writer

The girls’ basketball team had their season come to a close when they played top-ranked Iowa City High in the state semifinal when they lost 58-52. They ended their season with a 21-4 record. The game was tightly contested throughout, early on Iowa City High hopped out to a 12-4 lead but after that Johnston went on a monster 17-0 run through two quarters to give themselves a 21-12 lead. They kept that lead going into halftime up 30-28. The third quarter is where the momentum moved towards Iowa City High as they outscored Johnston 16-4 in the third taking a 44-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Johnston stormed there way back into the game however they couldn’t bring it all the way back after a controversial travel was called on Maya McDermott ’20 when Johnston was down by two all but ended the game after Iowa City High made their free throws.

Jennah Johnson ’18 and Alma Hodzic ’18 played their final games for Johnston with Johnson finishing in the top five all-time women’s basketball scorers for Johnston after scoring 19 points and adding five rebounds in this game. Regan Nesheim ’19 had a good game scoring 17 points and having five steals. McDermott added nine points, five rebounds and three steals with Macy Thompson ’19 and Kendall Nead ’20 scoring two points apiece.