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Lots of coaches like to talk about balanced scoring and recite how any player can lead the team in scoring on different nights.
When B.J. Mayer says those things, he means it and West High showed why on Friday night.
Five players scored in double figures as Class 5A third-ranked West High raced to a 77-43 win over Cedar Rapids Washington in a Mississippi Valley Conference matchup in Cedar Rapids.
Senior Katie McGrane, who entered averaging 1.9 points per game, had a game-high 15 points as West High improved to 11-1 on the season with its sixth straight win.
West High remained unbeaten in MVC play moving to 8-0 to remain alone atop the Mississippi Division.
Maddie Huinker and Logan Cook each had 11 points and sophomores Emma Koch and Lauren Zacharias each had 10 as West High scored a season-high 77 points.
One of only two West High players averaging double figures on the season, Rachael Saunders added eight points for West High while Paige Beckner had six.
Playing in its first true road game since December 9th the Women of Troy took a 35-21 halftime lead and outscored the Warriors 42-22 in the final 16 minutes.
Sammy Mia led Cedar Rapids Washington (5-9, 2-5) with 13 points.
West High 15 20 21 21 – 77
CR Washington 8 13 13 9 – 43
West High (77) – Katie McGrane 15, Maddie Huinker 11, Logan Cook 11, Emma Koch 10, Lauren Zacharias 10, Rachael Saunders 8, Paige Beckner 6, Cailyn Morgan 4, Sydney Allen 2.
Cedar Rapids Washington (43) – Sammy Mia 13, Caitlin Riley 8, Isa Truemper 6, Jayla Johnson 5, Jessi Puk 4, Brittany Hoeger 4, Aubrey Moore 2, Grace Carey 1.
Slow Start Stops Bears
For the second time in as many games with Mid-Prairie a slow start proved to be too much for West Branch to overcome.
Class 3A No. 15 Mid-Prairie jumped to an 18-7 first quarter lead and West Branch never fully recovered in a 56-49 loss to the Golden Hawks on Friday in Wellman.
The loss was the seconds straight for West Branch which dropped to 8-6 on the season and 7-6 in River Valley Conference play and came after the Bears fell into a 19-13 first-quarter deficit in a three-point loss to Mid-Prairie on Dec. 20.
Mid-Prairie improved to 9-3 on the season and 8-2 in RVC play with its eighth straight win.
Tatum Koenig led West Branch with 16 points and two assists and Haley Mullinnix had 13 points and three steals.
Freshman Mackenzie Heise had 12 points and three rebounds for West Branch.
Ali Butters led four Mid-Prairie players in double figures with 14 points.
Mid-Prairie 18 15 8 15 – 56
West Branch 7 13 15 14 – 49
No. 2 Marion too much for Clippers
Clear Creek Amana had a three-game winning streak end with a 65-28 loss to Class 4A second-ranked Marion in a WAMAC West Division contest on Friday in Marion.
Marion made 14 3-pointers in the win as it improved to 12-1 on the season and remained unbeaten in WAMAC West play.
Clear Creek Amana lost its first game in January following three straight wins to open the month and dropped to 7-5 on the season.
Karsyn Stratton led the Clippers with 14 points.