The Regina girls basketball team enters the holiday break unbeaten and ranked second in Class 2A.
The early season success hasn’t come without some close calls.
The Regals have won three games by eight points or fewer and twice have needed to come from behind in the fourth quarter to remain perfect at 5-0.
Those close games are something that fourth-year coach Clark Anderson said pays dividends down the road.
“We’ve really had just the mentality of work hard and get better every day, and no matter what happens in the past, we want to strive to be better each day,” Regina coach Clark Anderson said. “I think whenever you have success and you get some wins in close games, it just enforces those good habits.”
Regina held off Bellevue 48-44 in its second game of the season and used a 30-point fourth quarter to overcome a four-point deficit to down Clear Creek Amana a night later.
In the Regals last win before break, a 46-41 victory over Durant, Regina overcame a one-point fourth quarter deficit with the help of a late 9-0 run.
“We’ve gotten big contributions from different girls and we’ve found a way to win the close games,” Anderson said. “We were down 10 in the fourth quarter against Clear Creek Amana and we scored 30 points. Nikki Becker hit some big 3-pointers in the quarter and ended up leading us in scoring that night.”
Becker is one of three different Regals to lead the team in scoring in their five wins.
Seniors Jenna Lehman and Katie Wick have each done it twice.
Lehman leads the team in scoring at 17.8 points per game, but Wick and Becker are both averaging double figures as well.
Wick is scoring 10.4 points per game while Becker is right behind at 10.2.
“They work hard and play well together,” Anderson said. “They play to each other’s strengths and so far that has been the formula for success for us.”
NEW NO. 1: City High took over the top spot in the most recent Class 5A poll released Thursday by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
The Little Hawks moved from second to third following a 53-51 win over No. 3 Waterloo West and a loss by previously top-ranked West Des Moines Dowling.
City High (10-0) is one of three remaining unbeatens in Class 5A along with No. 2 West Des Moines Valley (6-0) and No. 6 Waukee (5-0.)
TOP HELPER: With four assists in City High’s win over Waterloo West, senior point guard Kiera Washpun became the school’s all-time assist leader.
The 5-foot-6 Washpun now has 265 career assists, surpassing the old record of 256.
TOP 3 PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK: Mid-Prairie’s Taylor Kurtz had 11 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five steals in a 46-32 win over Tipton.
City High senior Haley Lorenzen had 24 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks in a 66-42 win over Dubuque Wahlert.
Lone Tree senior Madelyn Flemr had 20 points and 14 rebounds in a 57-50 loss to Waco.