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Kennedy and Top Ranked Linn-Mar Girls Advance at State

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After struggling late in the regular season, the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars are on a roll now.

  Kennedy followed a victory over defending state champion Iowa City High in its regional final with an impressive performance at state, beating Waukee 68-50 Wednesday in a first-round Class 4A game.

   The ninth-ranked Cougars have an all-junior starting lineup and they got solid efforts from everyone. Jade Rogers led the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Laura Boenish, who averages 7.7 points, came through with 17 to go with six rebounds, while Mariah Duke added 14 points and six assists.

   Kennedy has rebounded after losing its last four-regular season games and will take a 17-7 record into a semifinal match with No. 2 Sioux City North at noon on Friday.

   Eighth-ranked Waukee had upset No. 3 Des Moines East in its regional final and stayed with the Cougars for a while. They gave up a 17-16 lead in the second quarter, fell behind by 11, then scored the final six points of the period to trail just 32-27 at halftime.

   But Kennedy started the third quarter with a 14-4 run to open a 46-31 lead and was in control the rest of the way.

   Kennedy was able to get inside repeatedly for good shots and outscored Waukee 36-14 on points in the paint. The Cougars shot 67 percent in the second half and 56 percent for the game.

   Waukee relied heavily on its 3-point shooting this season and made four shots from long range in the first quarter. But Kennedy did a good job getting out on the shooters after that and Waukee made only two more 3s the rest of the way, the second not coming until late in the game.

   Kiersten Orton, Megan Hogg and Megan Goodson each scored nine points to lead Waukee, which finished 17-7.

Top-ranked Linn-Mar had to grind this one out to keep its dream season

alive.

   The unbeaten Lions never got untracked but still managed to escape with

a 34-31 victory over No. 13 Cedar Rapids Xavier on Wednesday in the first

round of Class 4A play.

  It was the closest call of the season for Linn-Mar, which had only

three other games decided by single-digit margins. The Lions are now 24-0

and have a date in the semifinal round at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

   Jamie Printy, who has signed with the University of Iowa, led Linn-Mar

with 11 points and D.J. Norman scored 10, including a couple of big buckets

in the fourth quarter -- a 3-pointer that gave her team a 30-25 lead and

then a driving shot that kept the margin at five.

   Xavier, which kept the game at the methodical pace it wanted, drew to

32-31 on Kaylee Gidney's two free throws with 46.9 seconds left. The Saints

then had to foul and Printy made two free throws with 25.2 seconds to play

to make it 34-31.

   Xavier missed a good look at a 3-pointer and the Saints' Shea Bartz ran

down the rebound. Linn-Mar's Morgan Terpstra then picked off a Xavier pass

and was fouled, but she missed the free throw with 3.5 seconds to go,

giving Xavier one more chance. Caitlin Kray missed a running 3-point

attempt from just inside the half-court line at the buzzer.

   Kray and Colleen Bouchard led Xavier with seven points each and Gidney

scored six. Xavier finished 15-9, with three of those losses coming to

Linn-Mar.

   Linn-Mar's Kia Stokes was held to four points but grabbed 10 rebounds

and blocked eight shots. The eight blocks matched the fifth-highest total

in a state tournament game.

 

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