West girls win state title

Posted: March 4, 2012 in Iowa City West
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State champs.

The Iowa City West girls basketball team defeated Ankeny on Saturday, 61-56, to win the Class 4A state championship.

After following a second place finish in Des Moines last season, the Women of Troy got some payback in 2012. Head coach B.J. Mayer’s squad was heavily-favored since the beginning of the year, and West proved it was worthy of the high standard throughout the season.

The Women of Troy finished the season 25-1 while Ankeny concluded its campaign at 22-4.

Senior Tatum Klein led West with 17 points, including three 3-pointers — one of which tied the score with 18 second remaining in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Junior Ally Disterhoft had 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Shelly Stumpf added 16.

For Ankeny, star player Maddie Manning scored 24 points. Manning is going to Division-I Oklahoma in the fall.

West led by as many 12 points at one stage in the game, but Ankeny kept fighting back.

But the Women of Troy held strong all the way to the buzzer. Just like they had many times before this season.

Looking ahead, don’t be surprised if West produces similar success in the 2012-12 season. Disterhoft — who is expected to get a flurry of scholarship offers this fall — returns, as well as others.

For now, though, West will enjoy this one.

“It’s amazing – these seniors have been great,” Disterhoft told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. “We’re all like sisters. We wanted to do this for them, send them out on a good note. It’s been a blast playing with them and I’ll really miss them, but this is a great way to end the season. Nothing better.”

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