Incoming Hawkeyes come up big in Game Time League

BY ERIK PAPKE | JULY 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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Wednesday evening’s Game Time League matchup between Coralville Hy-Vee and Two Rivers/Coach’s Corner featured a couple of the summer’s most exciting players.

Unfortunately for Two Rivers head coach Randy Larson, neither was on his team.

Instead, incoming Iowa freshmen Samantha Logic and Virginia Johnson combined to score 45 points to lead Hy-Vee (2-1) to an easy 82-61 victory over Two Rivers (0-3).

Logic was rated as a five-star recruit and the second-best point guard in the country by ESPN.com, and she was named a McDonald’s All-American while at Racine Case High in Racine, Wis. The incoming Hawkeye entered the Wednesday’s contest averaging 19 points and eight rebounds per game, and the 5-11 guard continued her tear against Two Rivers, putting up 25 points and recording seven rebounds and three assists.

Johnson, who averaged an 18-point, 13.5-rebound double-double in her team’s first two games, also shone in the blowout victory. The 6-1 Iowa City native put up 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help lead her team against another incoming Iowa point guard, Kathryn Reynolds.

Reynolds showed impressive ball-handling and passing skills throughout the night, but the 5-7 Cincinnati native’s teammates weren’t able to knock down shots. As a result, the incoming freshman only had one assist in the first half.

Reynolds showed flashes of flair despite the lack of production from her teammates, but was only able to finish the game with 5 points, 1 rebound, and 4 assists. Reynolds’ performance impressed at least one fan at Wednesday night’s game, though — current Iowa guard Jaime Printy.

“I like her a lot,” Printy said. “She’s a really good point guard, a really good leader, and if she looks for her shot, she’ll get a lot this year.”

Printy was supposed to take the court with Reynolds, but she has been sidelined all summer as she has recovered from a wrist surgery she had about a month ago.

“There’s a chance [to come back] definitely, but I don’t really know,” the 5-11 guard from Marion said when asked about a possible return for Game Time’s regular-season finale next week. “I hope so.”

Printy’s absence has hurt the team all summer, a trend that continued on Wednesday as Hy-Vee bounced out to a quick lead. The game was largely out of reach by halftime — coach Mike Stoermer’s squad was up, 42-23.

The 19-point gap proved to be insurmountable for Two Rivers. At one point in the second half, Stoermer’s side led by 27 points.

After the game, Johnson attributed her team’s success to a growing familiarity among its members.

“We really got used to playing with each other,” she said. “We can anticipate what each other are going to do and play off that.”

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