IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble beating the Lady Trojans of Waterloo East at home Friday night, taking the MVC contest, 69-28. With West coming into the match-up with a 14-4 record vs. East’s 1-17, the end result was no surprise.
The real story of the night centered on senior standout Ally Disterhoft, who was recognized before the game with Lauren Larson for Senior Night. Disterhoft, the team’s leading scorer throughout the season, and the No.1 scorer in the state of Iowa, became the school’s new All-Time Leading Scorer with 1,455 points and counting. An easy field goal in the third period clinched the title previously held by Maureen Head, a graduate of the class of 2000.
Disterhoft credited her teammates and coaches over the past four years for the achievement. “I’ve had a lot of great teammates around me, some amazing coaches that have guided me through it all, and just amazing support from my family,” she said. Earning the title on Senior Night only added to its significance. “Senior Night is always emotional, everyone says that your four years are going to fly by. Tonight it just hit me, all the great people I’ve been around and the teams I’ve been on. So, it definitely was special, hitting that mark on a special night.”
Disterhoft put up 33 points against Waterloo East with six offensive rebounds, four assists and six steals. With 496 points this season, she also leads the state in scoring, averaging 26.1 points per game, up from 16 last season. Coach B.J. Mayer has her in a leadership role this season, and she takes it seriously. “I have complete faith in my teammates,” she said. “They’ve stepped up, the youngsters have really come along and I’m really proud of them. You know, this is a good team. I think we’ve surprised a lot of people and I’m really happy with that, I’m really proud of us.”
While the focus is on finishing-out the regular season and getting back to Des Moines for the state tournament (The Women of Troy won the Class 4A Tournament last season, but are in the new Class 5A this time), Disterhoft has her future mapped out. Next fall will see her at the University of Iowa as a business and finance major, and an Iowa Hawkeye playing for coach Lisa Bluder on a basketball scholarship. “I’m just looking forward to it all,” she said with a smile.
As for the game, West’s biggest fan Smiley was in attendance and had plenty to smile about as his ladies quickly dominated the Lady Trojans, taking the first period 25-6. Disterhoft fired the first shot and was quickly followed by Danielle Craig among others. Laynie Whitehead opened the second quarter with a field goal for a 27-6 advantage. Up 41-9 with two minutes left in the half, wholesale substitutions were in order for the Women of Troy. Hannah Fairfield lobbed-in a 3-pointer to make it 44-9 and hit a 2-pointer for a 46-13 lead.
West took the third period 58-15 as Mayer continued rotating in his reserves. Whitehead opened the final period with a 2-pointer while Paige Parker sank a three-bomb to make it 63-17. A Molly Breitbach layup gave West the 69-22 advantage toward the end. The win improved West to 15-4 and dropped East to 1-18.
Craig had a 12-point night for the Women of Troy, Fairfield put in 7, Whitehead had 4 and Parker added 3. It was 2 points each for Grace Tafolla, Mikaela Morgan, Rachel Kessler, Breitbach and Jessie Harder. Harder led the sophomores with 28 points in a 55-19 win prior to the varsity game.
On Friday, Feb. 8, the men and women will meet Cedar Rapids Xavier’s squads in a varsity double-header starting with the ladies at 6 p.m. to close-out the regular season. The Women of Troy will face the winner of a Wednesday, Feb. 13, regional contest between Bettendorf and Davenport Central on Saturday, Feb. 16, at home with a 7 p.m. start. The winner will advance to the Class 5A Region 4 Final, foreseeably against City High, at Cedar Rapids Prairie on Tuesday, Feb. 19.