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(West High guard Ally Disterhoft — Photo credit to The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette)

Ally Disterhoft learned a lot from winning a state title.

Cohesiveness. Comaradarie. The ability to adapt. The ability to respond.

Disterhoft, who committed to play collegiately at Iowa last month, helped lead the Women of Troy (23-1) to the Class 4A girls basketball state title.

In this brief interview, Disterhoft reflects on the past few of months, specifically on West High securing state titles in not one or even two, but three sports.


Iowa City West junior Ally Disterhoft committed to the University of Iowa last Monday.

Disterhoft is the second verbal commit for the Hawkeyes in the class of 2013. She had multiple offers from Division-I programs, including Iowa State.

A 6-foot guard, Disterhoft averaged 16.8 points per game last season for the Women of Troy as they won the Class 4A state championship. She earned first team All-State honors for her performances throughout the season and also helped lead West to a runner-up finish at state last year as a sophomore.

There is still a way to go before Disterhoft even steps onto the court in a Hawkeye uniform, but she figures to fit in well.

Head coach Lisa Bluder and her staff have relied on a lot of the offensive production to the perimeter, as Iowa’s bread-and-butter has become shooting 3-pointers. Disterhoft is proficient from beyond the arc; she shot 40.8 percent from that range this past season West.

While it’s an adjustment for any prep player to succeed at the same rate as a collegiate player, Iowa will have a combination of guards and forwards that will be versatile and pass-first oriented when Disterhoft dons the Black and Gold (see: Sam Logic, who was a first-team all-Big Ten freshman this winter).

The Hawkeyes will continue to rely on those 3s, and Bluder will be able to depend on Disterhoft some of those times. At first glance, it seems like a good coup for both parties.

The Iowa City West girls basketball team won the Class 4A state championship this past Saturday by defeating Ankeny, 61-56.

The Women of Troy – coached by B.J. Mayer — finished the season 23-1.

Click here for a below post of an audio slideshow, created from post game happenings following the win at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The scene after the game was positively chaotic, as the speakers blared traditional music after big wins and players, parents, and fans embraced.

Overall, West High has had a pretty good year in athletics. The Trojans program has won state championships in volleyball and girls basketball and the boys basketball team begins play at the state finals beginning this Friday.

“We went from volleyball champions to girls state champions, now we need boys basketball to be state champions,” Shelly Stumpf said. “Spread the love.”

Putting a little pressure on them, aren’t you Shelly?

“They need it.”

That’s the attitude of West High this season. And look what’s happened. Two state titles and perhaps one more on the horizon.

“We lost last year in the state championship, and that was hard,” junior Ally Disterhoft said. “But we fought back and stuck it through.”

To enjoy an audio slide show of the Women of Troy’s state championship victory, visit this link titled ‘Mission Accomplished: West wins state.’

Thanks for watching and listening.

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.”

The West High girls basketball team defeated City High in a quarterfinal playoff game on Wednesday afternoon, 55-52.

The Women of Troy sealed the win on a blocked 3-point shot shot attempt at the buzzer.

West (23-1) moves on to the semifinals now, and will play Waukee at noon on Friday. West head coach B.J. Mayer’s squad last lost on Jan. 28.

City High was close throughout the entire game, and the fact that they had an opportunity to send the game into OT at the end is a testament to the Little Hawks’ postseason makeup.

The Women of Troy got two big free-throws from Brianna Sturtz within the final 15 seconds of the game, and ultimately City couldn’t overcome that last deficit.

West boys headed to state finals: The boys basketball team is going to state next week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Trojans (23-0) are a 2-seed in a loaded field for Class 4A.

Linn-Mar (Marion) is the defending champ and arguably the favorites to win this season. Marcus Paige – who is heading to North Carolina in the fall — scored 49 points in Linn-Mar’s last playoff game. Yes, 49.

Ankeny is the top seed, and is also 23-0.

West placed fourth at state in 2011.


Another week of prep basketball in Iowa City, another week of numerous wins. Here is Johnson County Sports’ first Friday Hoops Roundup, with a little bit of a season summary since this is just the first week of the site.

Boys Basketball:

The Iowa City West boys basketball team is 16-0 overall and 11-0 in the MVC Valley Division. The Trojans don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, and are anchored by juniors Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan. The duo is getting recruited by major Division-I programs. Both for basketball and football. West has a three-game lead in the division over Cedar Falls.

Iowa City High is 6-10 overall and 3-8 within the MVC Valley Division. City High has had its share of struggles this season, but can use this year to build into the future presumably. The Little Hawks are led by seniors Ronald Thompson, Jasper Washington, and Jeremy Johnson.

Regina is 14-4 overall and 10-2 in the Cedar Valley conference. Regals senior guard Ryan Lynch has led his squad for most of the season, as the school is prepared to make a deep run in the state playoffs this season.

Girls Basketball:

The West High girls basketball team is 17-1 overall and 13-0 in the MVC Valley Division. Junior Ally Disterhoft has led the team in scoring numerous times this season, and also paced the team for the majority of last year as a sophomore. Disterhoft has already received a scholarship offer from Iowa State.

City High’s girls are 13-5 and 8-5 in the MVC Valley Division. Head coach Bob McTaggart has led some quality teams in the last few years and the Little Hawks seem to amp up their competition towards the end of the season.

Regina is 17-3 overall and 12-1 in the Cedar Valley conference. The Regals have continued the string of quality girls basketball action in the area this season. Head coach Jeff Wallace is in his sixth year at the helm for Regina.

Friday Hoops Roundup is a weekly feature that will showcase the week that was in area basketball. In the future, it will be primed with more stats, links, and multimedia interaction.