Girls Basketball Roundup: West High Downs Gilbert in Season Opener

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West High opened the season with a 52-41 win over Class 4A seventh-ranked Gilbert (1-1) on Saturday at Coe College in Cedar Rapids in a non-conference contest that was part of the Rivalry Saturday event.

Class 5A No. 12 West High never trailed on Saturday, building a 14-4 lead after the opening quarter and leading by as many as 19 in the second half.

Audrey Koch had a game-high 15 points to lead West High to go with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Freshman Meena Tate had 12 points and seven rebounds while Cora Saunders had nine points and Jenna Saunders added eight points.

Emma Bulman had 12 points to lead Gilbert.

West High        14  9  14  15  –  52 

Gilbert               4  11   9  17  –  41

West High (52) – Matayia Tellis 1-9 2-2 4, Cora Saunders 3-8 0-0 9, Liv Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Meena Tate 4-7 2-4 12, Grace Schneider 1-3 2-2 4, Jenna Saunders 2-4 2-2 8, Audrey Koch 4-13 6-8 15, Anna Prouty 0-3 0-0 0, Team 15-48 14-18 52. 

Gilbert (41) – Katie Currans 0-2 3-3 3, Sydney Lynch 0-2 0-0 0, Ava Hawthorne 2-12 3-6 8, Nessa Johnson 3-6 1-3 7, Ellie Bulman 1-1 2-2 4, Emma Kruse 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Bulman 5-16 0-0 12, Thea Rotto 3-7 1-6 7, Team 14-47 10-20 41.

3-point field goals – GIL 3-13 (Currans 0-1, Lynch 0-1, Hawthorne 1-6, Johnson 0-1, Emma Bulman 2-4). ICW – 8-25 (Tellis 0-3, C. Saunders 3-7, Williams 0-1, Tate 2-3, Schneider 0-1, J. Saunders 2-4, Koch 1-4, Prouty 0-2). Rebounds – GIL 40 (Emma Bulman 7), ICW 35 (Tate, Prouty, Tellis 7). Turnovers – GIL 15, ICW 15. Total fouls – GIL 21, ICW 19. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.

West Branch Falls to West Hancock

West Branch pushed Class 2A third-ranked West Hancock to the limit but couldn’t close out a win falling 46-41 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Eighth-ranked West Branch led 24-22 at halftime and had a nine-point lead in the third quarter but West Hancock outscored the Bears 14-6 in the fourth quarter to escape with the five-point win.

Sasha Koenig had 12 points and seven assists to lead West Branch while Rylan Druecker had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Kaiya Luneckas added five points and 11 rebounds and Mackenzie Heise had nine points and four rebounds for the Bears.

Rachel Leerar had 11 points and Maddie Eisenman added 10 for West Hancock.

West Branch               7  17 11   6   –  41

West Hancock           18  4  10  14  –  46

West Branch (41) – Mackenzie Heise 4-6 1-3 9, Sasha Koenig 3-15 5-8 12, Rylan Druecker 3-8 2-2 11, Kaiya Luneckas 2-5 1-6 5, Taylor Thein 0-7 0-0 0, Delaynie Luneckas 2-8 0-0 4, Lexi Peak 0-2 0-0 0, Team 14-51 9-19 41.

West Hancock (46) – Rachel Leerar 4-12 3-4 11, Maddie Eisenman 4-12 1-2 10, Mahayla Faust 1-7 0-0 2, Riley Hiscocks 1-3 0-0 2, Amanda Chizek 2-4 1-2 5, Emily Ryerson 1-1 0-0 3, Kennedy Kelly 2-5 3-6 8, Leah Aitchison 1-1 3-4 5, Carlee Bruns 0-1 0-0 0, Team 16-46 11-18 46.

3-point field goals – WB 4-18 (Koenig 1-5, Druecker 3-6, Thein 0-5, Peak 0-2), WH 3-21 (Leerar 0-3, Eisenman 1-8, Faust 0-3, Hiscocks 0-2, Ryerson 1-1, Kelly 1-3, Bruns 0-1). Rebounds – WB 39 (Druecker 12), WH 39 (Kelly 7). Turnovers – WB 16, WH 16. Total fouls – WB 17, WH 19. Fouled out – WH (Chizek). Technical fouls – None.

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