Out-shot, out-rebounded, but not out-hustled.
The No. 5 Washington Warriors used a thrilling 14-4 run in the fourth quarter to engineer an important and hard-fought 57-54 come-from-behind win over No. 8 Iowa City High on Friday night in girls basketball at the Warrior gym.
Washington moved to 12-2 overall (9-2 MVC) and Iowa City High dropped to 12-4 overall (7-4 MVC).
Washington led only once early in the first quarter, before finally taking the lead against at 50-48 with 2:26 left to play. City High dominated the boards (35-20) and scored six more field goals than the Warriors (18 to 12).
Washington won the game by hitting 28-of-38 from the foul line and outscoring City High, 23-10, in the final eight minutes.
“I didn’t want to hear that,” Warrior Coach Frank Howell said when informed of the rebounding stats. “I knew we were getting outrebounded pretty badly, but I don’t think it will hurt my mood too much. It turned out OK.”
City High committed 28 turnovers against the vaunted Warrior full-court press. Howell went inside to Jazz Royster down the stretch.
“We had a pretty good matchup with Jazz Royster in the low block and we tried to expose that a little bit,” he said. “We did a great job getting her the ball and letting her go to work.”