Little Hawks Come From Behind to Remain Unbeaten

The Little Hawks overcame a 14 point second half deficit to beat Cedar Rapids Jefferson 55-50 on the road to remain unbeaten.

Jonathan House, Sports Editor

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  • Ashley Joens '18 drives to the basket against Jefferson.

  • City High's bench reacts after City high scores against Jefferson.

  • Ashley Joens' 18 goes to the lane while closely being guarded by Jefferson defenders.

  • Aubrey Joens '20 looks for a teammate to pass to against Jefferson.

  • Sydney Schroder '17 drives to the basket but is called for traveling in the first half against Jefferson.

  • Rose Nkumu '20 shoots up a three in the first half against Jefferson.

  • Ashley Joens '18 tries to get past a defender as she drives to the basket against Jefferson.

With 1:45 to play in the third quarter, it appeared that the Little Hawks undefeated run was going to end in Cedar Rapids on Friday night. City High trailed 42-30 after scoring to cut it to a 12 point game. Then the Little Hawks started a run, and held Jefferson to only six points in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten.

“We turned up our defense and we took shots inside instead of outside,” City High head coach Bill McTaggart said of City High’s comeback and keeping his team composed on the road.

The Little Hawks struggled shooting, starting off with only 12 points in the first quarter. They only shot 20 of 63 from the floor (32%). However, it was  from beyond the arc where the Little Hawks really struggled, shooting 3 of 25 (12%) on three pointers. The Little Hawks, led by Ashley Joens ’18 who had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Little Hawks, were able to get better looks inside in the fourth quarter to lead to the comeback. City High also was able to come away with 13 steals.

“We played like it was (a trap game before playing West High),” McTaggart said of his team’s performance. “Jefferson looked like they wanted it more and for three quarters they deserved to win the game.”

City High is now 14-0 and takes on 13-2 West High on Tuesday at City High.