All-state center Haley Lorenzen converted on 13 field-goal attempts against Cedar Rapids Prairie on Tuesday, but one in particular stood out.
It was the jumper she made from near the top of the key about two minutes into the third quarter. Neither team had scored in the third quarter up until that point, but Lorenzen’s jumper triggered a 14-0 scoring run and the second-ranked Little Hawks cruised from that point on, winning 60-43 at home.
“It’s just a matter of getting everybody involved,” said Lorenzen, a 6-foot-2 senior and a University of Florida recruit. “We all have our rough starts. But we just kept our composure, and we came out in the third quarter ready to play.”
The Little Hawks improved to 6-0 on the season and were powered by Lorenzen’s 27 points and six blocks. Prairie fell to 3-2.
The Little Hawks bolted to a 14-9 lead in the first quarter, only to see Prairie close the quarter with a 7-2 scoring run. Lorenzen had her way early in the game, scoring eight points in the first quarter. But she only scored four points in the second quarter while facing constant double and triple teams.
City had to play most of the second quarter without starting point guard Kiera Washpun after she picked up two fouls.
Her absence forced sophomore Courtney Joens to move from shooting guard to point guard and Prairie responded by applying more defensive pressure.
Both teams scored 17 points in the second quarter, leaving City clinging to a 33-29 lead at halftime.
“We’ve done it before, and we survived it,” City coach Bill McTaggart said of playing without Washpun for extended periods of time. “She had three fouls in the first half a couple games ago and we were able to hold the fort down.
“So I felt good that we were up knowing that she’d played very little in the first half.”
Joens said it’s a not a big adjustment shifting between point guard and shooting guard.
“I played point guard when I was younger,” she said.
It also helps having Lorenzen to feed inside.
“You just give her the ball because she’s so much taller,” Joens said.
Prairie made five 3-point baskets in the first half to keep the score close, including four by sophomore Olivia Usher. However, Usher was held without a trey in the second half and only scored two points after halftime. She still led Prairie with 18 points.
Joens was the only other player besides Lorenzen to score in double figures for City with 12 points.
C.R. Prairie (43) – Cyerra Hutchins 2 0-0 5, Emilie Rotter 1 3-3 5, Olivia Usher 6 2-2 18, Madison Dellamuth 2 0-1 5, Makenzie Stoffer 0 0-0 0, Taylor Moenk 0 1-2 1, Lynsey Altenhofen 0 0-0 0, Chrisandra Freeman 4 0-0 9. Totals. 15 6-8 43.
City (60) – Haley Lorenzen 13 1-1 27, Kiera Washpun 2 1-1 5, Courtney Joens 4 3-9 12, Sara Blowers 1 0-1 3, Sam Blowers 1 0-0 2, , Kenya Earl 1 0-0 3, Sarah Plock 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 5-12 60.
3-point goals – Olivia Usher 4, Peyton Koenig 2, Chrisandra Freeman, Madison Dellamuth, Cherra Hutchins, Courtney Joens, Sara Blowers, Kenya Earl. Total fouls – Prairie 12, City 15.