Iowa City, City High’s girls’ basketball team averages 77 points per game offensively and wins by an average of 38.5 points per contest. Western Dubuque’s Bobcats got an up-close and personal look at the top-ranked team in Class 5A, as the Little Hawks raced to a 57-17 halftime advantage on the way to an 81-34 win, in Epworth, Jan 7.
“City High has so many offensive weapons,” said Western Dubuque coach Amy Ostwinkle. “You can easily see why they are ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.”
After a 28-14 first quarter, City High turned up the tempo and put together a 29-3 second period run, leading to the continuous clock rule being in effect the entire second half.
The Little Hawks had four players score in double figures — Aubrey Jones with 19, Rose Nkumu and Paige Rocca 17, and Kelsey Joens 15 — as City improved to 8-0 on the season, while the Bobcats lost their third in a row and fell to 3-7.
“Our girls came out with great intensity to start the game, held their own and were attacking City’s defense,” said Ostwinkle. “We were unable to match their runs throughout all four quarters.”
City High shot just over 50% from the field, making 33-of-65, with 18 of those baskets resulting from assists, and converted 7-of-9 free throws.
Western Dubuque was 11-of-44 from the field (25 percent) and converted 9-of-16 free throws. The Bobcats won the rebounding battle 32-28, but suffered from the turnover bug, as City High had 21 steals.
“City High is a team that will make you better when it comes to playing 4A competition in the postseason,” concluded Ostwinkle.
Western Dubuque’s leaders were: scoring — Jenna Fiedler 11, Emma Gile eight, Maddy Maahs six, Ashley Costello five, Maddie Harris and Sierra Hill two; rebounds — Gile 10, Costello six, Maahs five, Abigail Kluesner three, Harris, Leah Digmann and Fiedler two, Maddie Goodman and Hill one; assists — Fiedler three, Costello and Kluesner one; blocks — Hill and Fiedler one.