Peyton Koenig got City High off to the start it was looking for on Senior Night.
Haley Lorenzen pretty much took care of the rest.
Koenig drilled three 3-pointers in the first four minutes and Lorenzen poured in a game-high 23 points as the top-ranked City High girls basketball team rolled past Dubuque Hempstead (10-8) 69-35 Friday at City High.
Making her first career start on senior night, Koenig finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, all 3-pointers, for 12 points as City moved to 19-0.
“That was a huge confidence booster. She just came out ready to go,” Lorenzen said of Koenig. “Her shot looked so good tonight. That was just a huge boost for our team and really got us going.”
Koenig hit her first 3-pointer just 16 seconds into the game, and the Little Hawks never looked back.
Lorenzen and Koenig scored City High’s first 10 points and had a combined 17 in the first quarter as the Little Hawks jumped out to a 25-5 lead.
“Hempstead is a good team, so we knew we had to come prepared,” Koenig said. “We got off to a really good start, and we finished strong and that’s what we are out here to do.”
Courtney Joens and Sam Blowers each hit 3-pointers in the opening quarter as City hit its first five shots from behind the 3-point line on its way to 9-of-14 shooting in the first quarter.
Blowers’ 3-pointer with 3:43 left in the opening quarter capped a 18-3 City High run to open the game.
Following a Hempstead basket, Joens had a 3-pointer from the corner sandwiched by a pair of Lorenzen baskets in the paint as City opened up a 25-5 lead after the opening quarter.
“We really shot the ball well. Our senior, Peyton Koenig, got a start and took advantage of it and we buried them early,” City coach Bill McTaggart said. “That is a good team that we defeated. They have had some big wins and played some teams tough.”
With Hempstead forced to guard Koenig and the rest of the City shooters on the perimeter, the rest of the game belonged to Lorenzen.
The 6-foot-3 senior hit 7-of-8 field goal attempts in the second and third quarters combined and finished 11-of-15 from the field.
Lorenzen scored all 23 of her points in the first three quarters as City High started the continuous clock early in the fourth.
“As soon as she hit those shots, they put a person on Peyton and I got to cut more and more things were open,” Lorenzen said.
Joens finished with 13 points and seven rebounds as the Little Hawks shot 56 percent from the field.
City finished 9-of-16 from 3-point range as five players hit a 3-pointer.
“We talk about it a lot, with two girls on Haley and a girl on Courtney and a girl up there with Kiera, someone is always going to be open,” Koenig said. “They can’t guard everyone that we have.”
City limited Dubuque Hempstead to 36 percent shooting Friday, including just 3-of-18 shooting in the first half on its way to a 34-10 halftime lead.
The Little Hawks forced Hempstead in 21 turnovers and held the Mustangs to single digits in three of the four quarters.
Danielle Wagner led Hempstead with eight points.
“Our defense was better tonight,” McTaggart said. “We still have a ways to go, but overall, I was pleased.”
DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD (35) – Nakiah Kimble 1-4 0-0 4, Kinsey Vander Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Czeshinski 0-2 0-0 0, Danielle Wagner 3-7 0-0 8, Ashley Dolan 1-4 1-7 3, Affrica Kimble 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Brown 2-5 2-5 7, Megan Samson 3-4 0-0 6, Courtney Beringer 1-2 0-0 2, Hope Koerperich 1-4 0-0 2, Gabby Riley 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 14-39 3-12 35.
CITY HIGH (69) – Sarah Plock 0-1 0-0 0, Sara Blowers 3-6 0-0 8, Kiera Washpun 3-5 2-2 9, Sam Blowers 1-5 1-2 4, Peyton Koenig 4-4 0-0 12, Courtney Joens 5-9 2-2 13, Kenya Earl 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Praderelli 0-1 0-0 0, Haley Lorenzen 11-15 1-3 23, Loshika Embery 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-48 6-9 69.
3-point field goals – ICH 9-16 (Sara Blowers 2-3, Washpun 1-2, Sam Blowers 1-3, Koenig 4-4, Joens 1-3, Embery 0-1) DH 4-17 (N. Kimble 1-4, Czeshinski 0-2, Wagner 2-5, A. Kimble 0-1, Brown 1-4, Koerperich 0-1). Rebounds – ICH 25 (Lorenzen, Joens 7) DH 28 (Koerperich 8). Turnovers – ICH 12, DH 21. Total fouls – ICH 15, DH 12. Fouled out – None. Technicals – None.