IOWA CITY — The West High Trojans improved to a perfect 12-0 record overall Friday night, Jan. 13 with a 66-42 win over cross-town rival City High. But coach Steve Bergman says his crew still has room to improve.
“We’re halfway through (the season) and we still have a ways to go. We may be young, but we’re experienced.” However, the coach said “that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot to work on yet, but we are getting there.”
West powered out to an 18-8 lead at the end of the first period with Jacob Gylten, Jeremy Morgan, Dondre Alexander, Austin Swank, Jason Stewart and Wyatt Lohaus all introducing themselves to the Little Hawks with baskets. The Trojans carried a 39-24 lead into the half time break, but that also meant City had posted 16 points. Coach Bergman certainly took notice.
“When that happens, it slows down our game as we can’t set up the press and run like we’d like.” Bergman said “we talked about it” during the pause and came out stronger in the third period on defense. “I was very pleased with what we did on that end of the floor in the second half.”
Myzeah Batie-Gaddy opened the third with a two-point basket as West continued to build their lead, easily taking the period52-29. In the final eight minutes, Lohaus scored on a lay-up off of a steal to put West up 57-32. A Morgan three-bomb gave the Trojans a 63-36 lead and opened the door for the reserves to take the floor. Drew Haas, Tavian Smith, Justin Fleming, Cutler Simpson and Josh Verry saw time in the final minutes; as did Mark Lowe. Lowe put up the final West points at the free throw line.
Alexander led West with 16 points, Morgan had 13 including two treys. Swank copied Morgan with 13 and two, Lohaus posted eight points and Stewart had five. It was four points each for Gylten and Batie-Gaddy, two points for Lowe and one for Smith.
The Trojans are home Friday, Jan. 20, as Cedar Rapids Prairie comes to town.