West High’s backcourt duo of Dani Craig and Mikaela Morgan have gotten plenty of attention this season.
The pair of Division I signees certainly deserve it.
However, as fourth-ranked West High demonstrated in Friday’s 74-46 win over No. 7 City High, it is much more than just a two-person show.
Five different West High players scored at least seven points in the win over the Little Hawks as West High flashed its depth in a surprising rout.
“We’ve been progressing throughout each game this season and everyone contributes, which is awesome,” Morgan said. “It’s fun to play on a team like that.”
Morgan, a Northern Iowa signee, and Craig, who is headed to Cal-State Fullerton, have been the headliners for unbeaten West High (10-0).
Craig is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 assists per game while Morgan leads the team with 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
That’s just the beginning for West High.
Seniors Grace Tafolla and Bella Lozano-Dobbs and sophomores Emily Halverson and Ali Tauchen all average between 4.3 and 7.5 points per game.
Freshmen Logan Cook and Rachael Saunders are emerging as solid contributors for the Women of Troy, along with junior Jessie Harder.
“As a team we have a lot of depth and we are able to score at many levels,” Morgan said. “That’s a really good situation to have.”
That depth was on full display against City High.
Morgan and Craig combined for nearly half of West High’s point total with 34, while Saunders, Lozano-Dobbs and Tafolla all had seven points in the win.
“We’ve got a lot of options,” Craig said. “We have people that can make shots and put pressure on a defense.”
• INJURY UPDATE: The loss to West High was a tough pill to swallow for City High, but the Little Hawks are hoping that is the only loss they suffered Friday night.
Junior all-stater Courtney Joens sat out the second half against the Women of Troy after aggravating a knee injury that caused her to miss the first two games of the season.
With City High hosting 0-12 Waterloo East on Tuesday, Joens could potentially get a week to rest the knee before the Little Hawks travel to Cedar Rapids Xavier on Friday.
• STILL PERFECT: As the number of unbeaten teams across the state continues to shrink, a pair of Iowa City schools are still sporting zeros in the loss column.
Class 5A fourth-ranked West High remains unbeaten at 10-0 and joins top-ranked West Des Moines Valley (11-0) as the only undefeated teams in 5A.
Regina is one of four unbeaten teams remaining in Class 2A.
The sixth-ranked Regals improved to 9-0 with a win over Benton Community on Saturday and join Unity Christian (11-0), South Central Calhoun (10-0) and Central Decatur (10-0) as 2A undefeated teams.
• A LOOK AHEAD: The Mississippi Valley Conference road toughens for both City High and West High after Friday’s crosstown showdown.
West High will host 5A No. 5 Linn-Mar on Friday in a top-five showdown while City High travels to 4A No. 11 Cedar Rapids Xavier.
West Branch (8-4) travels to Mid-Prairie (7-4) on Thursday for a key River Valley Conference meeting.
• PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK: Clear Creek Amana senior Hanna Stokes had 21 points in a 54-39 win over South Tama.
West Liberty freshman Tatum Koenig had 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in a 64-32 win over Tipton.
Highland senior Chelsey Lampe had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 47-37 win over Winfield-Mount Union.
City High freshman Ashley Joens had 23 points and six rebounds in a 74-46 loss to West High.
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