Saturday, January 31, 2015
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL- RoughRiders 6, Youngstown 1 ... BOYS BASKETBALL - Linn-Mar 79, Jefferson 43 ... Iowa City West 64, Kennedy 54 ... Clear Creek-Amana 61, Marion 51 ... Prairie 53, Iowa City High 45 ... Washington 69, Xavier 63 ... GIRLS BASKETBALL - Linn-Mar 46, Jefferson 34 ... Kennedy 60, Iowa City West 54 ... Marion 62, Clear Creek-Amana 54 ... Prairie 67, Iowa City High 46 ... Xavier 66, Washington 50 ...
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Warriors hold off Saints, 69-63

Washington Coach Adam Sanchez called the 69-63 nail-biter over Xavier Friday night the biggest win in his three years with the team.

It came awfully close, however, to the biggest letdown since the Warriors squandered a 20-point lead at halftime over Dubuque Hempstead earlier this season and lost by 10.

Parlaying dead-eye shooting and a stifling defense, Washington played to near perfection in building a 31-14 homecourt lead at halftime against the Saints. An 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter upped the margin to 56-33.

“I think at that point we started playing not to lose,” said Sanchez.

In a span of just four minutes, Xavier suddenly caught fire and went on a 25-6 spurt of its own to pull within four points with 1:20 still left to go.

“Fortunately,” the winning coach continued, “we held our composure. And we made just enough free throws at the end.”


Cougars fall short against No. 1 Trojans

The Kennedy Cougars slowed Iowa City West down a little, got them in foul trouble and made them sweat at the Kennedy gym Friday night.

The top-ranked Trojans won anyway, 64-54, with a balanced attack that saw all five starters score in double figures.

Coach Steve Bergman's club has won three Class 4A state titles in a row and could be heading for a fourth this season. The Trojans boast a phenomenal record of 90-3 the past four years and are standing at 15-0 this season and 11-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.


MSR needs your help with new ventures

The Metro Sports Report is thinking about two new projects, but we need your help.

We'd like to launch a second website that would cover high school sports in Iowa City and nearby communities, just like we've been covering the teams in Cedar Rapids and Marion the past four years.

We'd also like to begin live audio broadcasts of local events through the Metro Sports Report website.

We are ready, willing and able to undertake both ventures right now, but here's the hitch: We need support from advertisers in order to create products that will stand the test of time.

People who live in Johnson County tell us they would welcome the Metro Sports Report into their community to cover Iowa City West, City High and Regina. They say the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the local newspaper, is not providing the coverage readers want due to severe cutbacks in the Press-Citizen's sports department the past 18 months.


Kennedy girls upset Iowa City West

IOWA CITY – The eighth-ranked Kennedy girls basketball team upset No. 5 Iowa City West, 60-54, Friday at Iowa City West.

The Cougars (13-5) jumped to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter and shot 30-of-44 from the free-throw line.

Stephanie Botkin scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Kennedy. Abby Hellweg had 11 points and Sydney Hayden added 10 points.

Dani Craig scored 15 points for the Women of Troy (15-2).


Marion girls rally over Clippers

TIFFIN – Four Marion girls basketball players scored in double digits as the Indians came back from a five-point halftime deficit to beat Clear Creek Amana 62-54 Friday at Clear Creek Amana.

Class 4A No. 13 Marion trailed 30-25 at halftime, but went on a 16-5 run in the third quarter to take the lead.

Amanda Sahm led the Indians (14-4) with 19 points, Chloe Rice chipped in 16, Mia Laube had 14 and Michalyn Mohr added 10.

Hanna Stokes led the Clippers (9-8) with 18 points.


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