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Women of Troy halfway to state with win over Lady Bulldogs

IC West cruises past Ottumwa 73-37 in 5A regional semifinal
The West High Women of Troy celebrate their 73-37 Class 5A regional semifinal win over the Bulldogs of Ottumwa, Saturday, Feb. 18, at West High. The win advanced West to a regional final against Southeast Polk at West High on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to being one game from the 2017 Class 5A state tournament with a 73-37 pounding of the Lady Bulldogs from Ottumwa Saturday, Feb. 18, at West High in a regional semifinal game.
The Women of Troy held nothing back as they ran up a 23-7 lead in the first period with the first seven points coming from Rachel Saunders, who opened the game with a 3-point basket. Logan Cook made it 11-3 with a rebound and basket while Paige Beckner and Katie McGrane added three points at the free throw line in the quarter.
Beckner and Lauren Zacharias added a 3-pointer each in the second period as West built a 31-16 lead. Beckner nailed a second 3-pointer in the quarter making it 38-16 as the Women of Troy ultimately took a 43-22 lead at halftime.
Beckner and McGrane both hit 3-pointers in the third as West led 60-31 going into the final eight minutes. Cailyn Morgan sank arguably the easiest three-pointer of the night in the fourth period. Morgan dribbled up the court and stopped at the 3-point line before casually putting up an uncontested shot to score. Carrie Callahan added three points in the fourth period with a free throw and a rebound basket.
The win ended Ottumwa’s season at 14-9 while the Women of Troy (19-3) advanced to a Tuesday, Feb. 21, regional final at home against Southeast Polk (14-8).
Cook led West High with 18 points and nine rebounds, with support from Saunders (17 points), Beckner (14 points including three 3-point baskets) and Morgan (10 points).