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West’s Women of Troy vanquish Lady Trojans

IC West 63, W’loo East 12
West’s Ali Tauchen takes a forearm to the throat from a Lady Trojan in a scrappy varsity game Dec. 15.

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy maintained their perfect record in the 2015-2016 season, improving to 6-0 with a 63-12 blowout over the Waterloo East Lady Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at West High.
While it was an easy win for West, it wasn’t a perfect game.
“Those games are hard to play,” West coach B.J. Mayer said afterward. “I think we kind of thought, maybe, we’re better than them, so sometimes when that happens… you play sloppier, or like you don’t have to concentrate as much.”
While the West High offense may have been uncharacteristically low-key overall, sophomore Rachel Saunders came through with a game-high 20 points. Turnovers plagued the Women of Troy, though, and the West High bench was dealing with the loss due to injury of Lauren Zacharias.
“So, we were getting some younger kids experience at the point guard, which led to some of those turnovers,” the coach said. But they quickly adjusted, he said. “After they got used to the speed of the game, they kind of picked it up and figured it out.”
The West High defense was strong, holding the Lady Trojans to only four points in the first quarter, three in the second, five in the third and none in the fourth.
“I thought defensively we were pretty good,” Mayer said. “That’s been our staple this year. We’ve been able to play really good defense, we continue to get better and we’re going to have to with as many young and inexperienced kids as we’re playing.”
Mayer gave credit to the newer Women of Troy saying, “They keep showing up to practice and taking what we’re trying to teach, and going out and trying to execute that. That’s really fun to see.”
He also gave credit to the Lady Trojans. “We knew they were going to be good, they’re real quick… love to play defense, they gave us fits for a little bit… but once we figured out to slow down and take our time and do what we’re supposed to do, we did a good job,” Mayer said.
West opened the contest with a trio of 3-point bombs hurled by Saunders, Maddie Huinker and Maddie Fay for an early 9-0 lead.
“They obviously didn’t want us inside,” Mayer said. “They’re not very big so they had to give up something, and they gave up some 3-pointers and we were fortunate enough to come out and make them.”
Even with a 6-0 record, Mayer wasn’t taking anything for granted.
“The schedule has been nice to us, we haven’t had to play some of the top teams in our conference like City High, (Cedar Rapids) Kennedy, Cedar Falls, Linn-Mar… those kinds of teams.” The six victims of the Women of Troy have been good, he said, “But not quite on that level. So, that’s given us a chance to get that experience, get some wins and our kids go, ‘Oh, that IS working,’ and they can kind of see that and then move on.”
Mayer anticipated tougher competition after the Christmas break with City High visiting as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 8, and a trip to Linn-Mar set for Friday, Jan. 15.
On Jan. 9, the Women of Troy will participate in the 13th Annual Mercy Sports Care Rivalry Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. West will take on the Mason City Mohawks at 3:35 p.m.

SCORING: R. Saunders 20, L. Cook 10, E. Koch 7, M. Huinker 6, B. Nock 5, A. Tauchen 4, K. McGrane 4, M. Fay 3, A. Morgan 2, P. Beckner 2.
3-POINT GOALS: Saunders 2, Huinker 2, Fay 1, Koch 1.
REBOUNDS: C. Morgan 5, McGrane 5, Koch 5, Cook 4, Tauchen 3, A. Morgan 3, Huinker 2, J. Harder 2, Fay 1.
ASSISTS: C. Morgan 4, Saunders 4, Huinker 4, Harder 3, Fay 2, Koch 2, Tauchen 1, McGrane 1.