Girls basketball gets revenge against the Little Hawks

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

After losing to the Little Hawks nearly a month ago, the girls basketball team was ready for the rematch against City. The Trojans won 52-49 against cross-town rival City High in the first game of the boy and girl doubleheader Jan. 21.

Anna Prouty ’23 got things started for the Trojans after making one of her free throws and connecting with Keiko Ono-Fullard ’23 for a two-pointer within the first two minutes of the first quarter. After a 6-0 run from West, City went on to score five points. Avery Vest ’22 answered back with a three-pointer to make the score 9-5 West. While the Trojans were down 10-12, Ono-Fullard’s two-pointer through traffic tied it back up to 12 with 2:55 left in the first quarter with the score 13-15 City by the end of the quarter.

Ono-Fullard connected once again with Prouty early in the second quarter. A steal from Meena Tate ’23 turns into two points from Prouty to close the gap between the Little Hawks 17-19 City. Melae’ Lacy ’24 floater tied the score 19-19 with 3:36 left in the opening half. The two teams went back and worth with scoring points and tied 23-23 at halftime. Prouty led the Trojans with eight points and seven rebounds for West.

Carolyn Pierce ’23 tied it up for the Trojans 30-30 with 4:30 left in the third quarter. The Trojans gained their momentum late in the third quarter after an 8-0, with West taking over the lead 40-33 at the end of the quarter. To start off the fourth quarter, Lucy Wolf ’24 made both of her free throws to extend the Trojans’ lead to 42-33. Multiple turnovers cost West to a 42-39 game with 6:31 left in the fourth quarter. Wolf’s basket from behind the arc got the bench on their feet as the Trojans further extended their lead to 48-39 West. City High’s Eviyon Richardson ’22 answered with a three-pointer to make it 48-42 West. Vest made a layup with 2:25 left in the game to make it 50-42 West.

Future Iowa State Cyclone and City High junior Kelsey Joens had an and-one with one minute left in the intense last quarter. With 10.9 seconds left in the quarter, Ono-Fullard made one of her free throws to make the score 52-49. In the final seconds of the game, City High’s Richardson attempted a three-pointer to tie game, but it hit the backboard to run out of time. The Trojans took the win over the previously unbeaten Little Hawks with a final score of 52-49 to improve to a 11-2 record.

BJ Mayer’s squad will travel to Waterloo East next Tuesday.