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City sours Senior Night for Women of Troy

City 58, West High 42
Bella Lozano-Dobbs, at 5’-1”, gets the boom lowered on her by 6’-3” Haley Lorenzen last Tuesday in the West High gym as West entertained crosstown rival City High. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY– Last year the West High Women of Troy beat rival City High 55-42 in a Class 5A regional final for the right to compete in the state tournament.
Last Tuesday night the City High Little Hawks got some revenge with a 58-42 win on Senior Night for West.
The result wasn’t totally unexpected, City rolled into the West High gym with the number one ranking in Class 5A and an undefeated record while the Women of Troy entered the contest at 10-9 overall with a three-game win streak. West opened strong with little Bella Lozano-Dobbs sinking a 3-point shot to give West a 3-0 lead. Emily Halverson, Grace Tafolla and Mikaela Morgan added field goals to give the Women of Troy an early 9-5 lead.
It would be West’s last lead of the night.
City High, powered by Haley Lorenzen’s 19 points and Kiera Washpun’s 17, pulled ahead to take the first period 14-9 with a two-point shot falling through the net in the final two seconds of the quarter. The Little Hawks continued to build their lead in the second period going up 22-11 before West coach BJ Mayer called for a timeout. Ali Tauchen hit 2-2 at the free throw line for West’s only points before the ceasefire. With about three-and-a-half minutes left in the half, Kristina Bauer sank a 3-pointer for West but the Little Hawks still took a 30-16 advantage into the locker room at the halftime break.
Jessie Harder nailed a pair of back-to-back 3-point shots in the third period but West still trailed 41-24 heading into the final eight minutes.
Mayer’s ladies rallied in the fourth period with a Tafolla 3-point shot, Harder hitting 4-4 at the charity stripe and Morgan dropping in a bucket to make a 10-point deficit at 43-33, which led City coach Bill McTaggart to call for the timeout. Tafolla narrowed the gap further with a field goal making it a 43-35 ballgame. By the time she scored again, however, City had hit the 50-point mark. With about two minutes left to go, Harder nailed her third 3-point shot for a 58-40 deficit. Halverson got the final basket for the Women of Troy to make it 58-42.
Before the game, seniors Bauer, Paige Parker, Mollie Mason and Jordan Schneider were honored. West also honored City’s seniors: Washpun, Peyton Koenig, Lorenzen and Loshika Embery.
Notes from the scoring table:
Haley Lorenzen (City) led all with 19 points, down from her 21 points per game average.
Kiera Washpun (City) was second in points with 17.
Jessie Harder, a sophomore, led West with 13 points and three 3-point shots.
Grace Tafolla scored nine points, freshman Emily Halverson had six and Mikaela Morgan was held to only four points. She had been averaging 15.5 throughout the season.