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Iowa City West beats Indianola to advance to 5A Final

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It's an all-Iowa City final in Class 5A.

 Iowa City West completed the championship game pairing by getting balanced scoring in a 58-45 victory over Indianola. The ninth-ranked Women of Troy will meet No. 1 Iowa City High for the title at 6 p.m. Friday, with each school seeking a second crown.

The two met twice during the regular season and City High won both games, 53-40 and 79-70. Now, West will have a chance to win when it matters most.

City, which is unbeaten, won its title in 2008, while West was the 2012 state champion.

Cailyn Morgan and Rachael Saunders each scored 14 points to lead four West players in double figures. Lauren Zacharias and Emma Koch each scored 10 and Koch grabbed nine rebounds.

West did a good job containing Indianola's two Division I recruits, Grace Berg and Maggie McGraw, who had combined for 55 points in a first-round upset of Cedar Falls. Berg, who has signed with Missouri, finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. McGraw, a junior who has committed to Iowa State, scored 13 before fouling out.

West, now 18-7, jumped to a 9-0 lead and trailed only once. That happened when Madie Sorensen made a layup to put Indianola up 17-16 midway through the second quarter. That lead did not last long.

University of Iowa signee Logan Cook scored on a turnaround shot for West, touching off a 15-3 run that put the Women of Troy ahead 31-20.

The lead grew to 16 before Indianola rallied with 10 straight points to draw to 38-32 early in the fourth quarter. That got the Indians' crowd back into it and they twice got within five points, the last time at 42-37 when Berg drove for a basket.

Zacharias then drove for a bucket and Morgan, who has committed to Northern Iowa, hit a jump in the lane to blunt the rally and West wrapped it up with free throws.

West lost five of six games late in the season, but righted itself with a 50-point rout of Dubuque Senior and has won seven straight heading into its rematch with City High.

Indianola had a 13-game winning streak broken and finishes 21-4.


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