Women’s basketball finishes regular season, looks to Regionals

Sara Gabriele/Staff Writer

The women’s basketball team reached a fitting end to its season Friday night, beating East 62-39.

Head coach Dan List summarized the girls’ overall play.

“We came out ready to play and had a very good first half. Things got a little sloppy the second half, but overall we were pleased with the girl’s effort.”

The win clinched third place for the team in the conference and gives them some momentum as they head into the postseason tournament play.

In the opening round, they will play Marshalltown at home on Wednesday. The girls feel confident they will be able to get the win, but that it will be very important to maintain focus.

“If we go out and stay focused and just play our game, we should be good,” senior Sarah Korte said.

However, in the next round the team is set to play at Ankeny, which will be a challenge.

“Our regional is very difficult due to the fact we would have to play Ankeny in the second round if we get by Marshalltown in the opening round,” List said. “Ankeny was ranked second when the pairings were handed out and the fact we would have to play them on their home floor makes it that much more difficult.”

Although it will be a difficult task, the girls feel up to challenge.

“All of us are pretty excited because if we beat them, we should have a pretty good shot of getting to State,” Korte said. “We just have to go in and stay focused and know that we can play them if we follow our game plan.”

Senior Laura Johnson, the sixth CF women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points, agreed.

“They’re going to be a really tough team to get by, but we’re definitely up for it. We’re not going to back down for anyone, and we’re confident we can get by anyone when we’re on.”
For their third round game, the girls will play the winner of the Waterloo West/ Cedar Rapids Jefferson game.

“We have beaten both of them in the regular season, but they are both quality teams, and the games were close,” List said. “The winner of that third game goes to State, and anything can happen down there.”

Johnson went on to describe some of the strengths she feels the team has this season and her thoughts about the team’s chance to go to State.

“I think we have the most team chemistry out of any team I’ve ever been on. I think we’re definitely as talented as the year we went to State; we don’t have as good a record. I think that’s because we lost some really close games, but I think if we play like we’re capable of, we can make it down to State again.”

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