CIML girls' basketball: Ankeny girls beat Indianola, have title on their minds

CIML girls' basketball: Ankeny girls beat Indianola, have title on their minds

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CIML girls' basketball: Ankeny girls beat Indianola, have title on their minds

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INDIANOLA, Ia.

Gabby Helmbrecht’s simple wish for the end of her season: A state title in an Ankeny uniform.

Helmbrecht, a junior forward, will play at Ankeny Centennial next season. But she loves being a Hawkette for now, especially if that results in a state championship.

“We want to be the last one standing,” Helmbrecht said after Class 5-A fifth-ranked Ankeny beat 4-A No. 2 Indianola 48-32 on Tuesday.

Ankeny’s Jaali Winters and Brittany Hedrick combined to score 31 points in the win. Winters dominated inside and had 18. Hedrick hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points.

The Hawkettes (15-4) have won 13 of their past 14 games.

A year ago, Helmbrecht stood in the Wells Fargo Arena bleachers and watched Ankeny finish as a state runner-up. She couldn’t wait for her own chance to run the court.

“They had a lot of energy,” said Helmbrecht, who had seven points. “They were always uplifting to each other.”

Her teammates share her passion for a championship.

“At the beginning of the season, some people thought we wouldn’t be good because we lost so many people,” guard Sarah Brandt said. “We proved them wrong.”

The Hawkettes do have a somewhat young look. There are three freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors and five seniors on the roster.

The girls have bonded through pasta. The players gather at senior guard Madi Robson’s home on Friday nights to devour spaghetti dinners.

“We usually go through about three boxes,” Brandt said.

Ankeny scored 10 straight points in the opening quarter. Hedrick hit two 3-pointers during the run. Winters scored six points in the second quarter to give Ankeny a 22-11 halftime lead.

Indianola’s Markayla Mahr hit three baskets midway through the third period to cut the lead to 29-22. Brandt hit a 3-pointer, and Robson added a basket in the final minute.

Ankeny outscored Indianola 14-10 in the fourth.

Mahr led her team with 10 points. Ally Orwig and Erica Davidson both added eight.

“We have a lot of respect for Indianola. They’ve had a great season and they’re starting to win,” Ankeny coach Scott DeJong said.

ANKENY (48) – Robson 2 1-2 5, S.Brandt 1 2-2 5, Winters 6 6-9 18, Helmbrecht 3 1-5 7, Hedrick 4 2-2 13, M.Brandt 0 0-0 0, Vipond 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 12-20.

INDIANOLA (32) – Orwig 2 3-5 8, Davidson 3 1-2 8, Glascock 1 0-0 2, Kaale 0 2-2 2, Mahr 5 0-1 10, Ma.Deskin 1 0-0 2, Barnett 0 0-0 0, Nicholson 0 0-0 0, Mo.Deskin 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-10.

Ankeny…14 8 12 14–48

Indianola…4 7 11 10–32

3-point goals–Ankeny 4 (S.Brandt, Hedrick 3), Indianola 2 (Orwig, Davidson). Fouls–Ankeny 16, Indianola 16. Fouled out–Davidson, Kaale.

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