Girls Basketball off to a Strong Start

City's varsity girls basketball team won against Cedar Rapids Kennedy 79 to 37.

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Natalie Green

Paige Rocca '20 dribbles around a defender and drives to the basket.

Rowan Boulter, Reporter

Friday night featured the City Girls Varsity Basketball’s first game of the season. The Little Hawks, eager to return to the court, played Kennedy at home. City High beat Kennedy 79-37. Rose Nkumu led the game with 22 points and Paige Rocca with 18 points.

 After the game, varsity player, Andie Westlake ‘22 said, “We just went into the game and just played the first half and then we realized what we needed to work on, then it became easier to just play and have fun.” 

In the first half, City and Kennedy were close. 4 minutes before halftime, the score was 22-22.

“The most exciting part of the game for me was entering the 3rd quarter feeling strong and knowing what we had to improve on,” Westlake said.

The Little Hawks started getting lots of steals and Kennedy’s scoring slowed down after halftime. At halftime, City High led 32-25. Once the second half started, City High quickly grew their lead and by the end of the game they led by 42 points. 

“What I want to work on for the next game is to play more as a team,” Westlake said.

City High plays West High next Friday night. This game will be very important for City High, as West is the team they lost against in finals at state 2 years ago.

“I think we should work on defense, just being more aggressive and being more patient,” Ella Cook ‘21 said.