#1-Seeded Girls Roll Through First Round

The Little Hawks shut down #8 WDM Valley, marking their 24th win of the season and continuing their quest for a title with Ashley Joens tying the state points record with 36.

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  • Rose Nkumu '20 prepares to shoot a free throw during the Little Hawks' quarter-final game against West Des Moines Valley on February 26th, 2018.

  • Ashley Joens '18 dribbles past defenders during the first round of State at the Wells Fargo Arena on February 26th, 2018.

  • Point Guard Rose Nkumu '20 takes the ball down the court during the Little Hawks' quarter-final game against West Des Moines Valley on February 26th, 2018.

  • Ayana Lindsey '21 passes the ball from the ground during the Little Hawks' quarter-final matchup with WDM Valley.

  • WDM Valley's Zoe Young '19 defends Ashley Joens '18 during their teams' match-up in a quarter-final game of the State tournament on February 26th, 2018.

  • Sophomore Point Guard Rose Nkumu communicates with her teammates during their win against WDM Valley on February 26th at the State tournament.

  • Aubrey Joens '20 fights to keep possession of the ball against Valley defenders during a quarter-final game of the State tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

  • Rose Nkumu '20 takes one to the hoop during the quarter-final State tournament game at Wells Fargo Arena.

All season long, nobody has been a match for the girls’ basketball team. That didn’t change in the first-round of the State tournament. After losing to Cedar Falls last year in the quarter-finals, this year’s squad has been on a mission to avenge themselves, and every player chipped in. The experienced squad didn’t let their strong desire to win get the best of them, however, only allowing Valley to lead for 34 seconds of the game.

Iowa State commit Ashley Joens was the leading scorer on the court, scoring 36 points and tying the 5A tournament record. Aubrey Joens followed with 20, Paige Rocca and Rose Nkumu had nine apiece, and Freshman Ella Cook scored four.

Rose Nkumu ’20 had the most steals of the day with five.

At halftime the Little Hawks had forced 11 turnovers, and the Joens girls had a combined 33 points—one point less than Valley’s 34.

The Little Hawks will continue their journey to the championship this Thursday, March 1st, at 10:00 a.m. against the #4 seed Johnston.