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Unkrich and company earn No. 1 seed

BY CHARLIE GREEN | JULY 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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Brendan Unkrich’s team 93, Clark Anderson’s team 81

Despite playing without Ally Disterhoft and Courtney Straight, Unkrich's team earned the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

The team was led by center Chase Coley, who dropped 25 of her 40 points in the first half.

At times, Coley was impossible to guard, showing excellent footwork in the post and the ability to step out and knock down jump shots.

The 6-foot-3 Coley made three 3-pointers on six attempts, stretching the floor to find her teammates when she was not wreaking havoc in the paint.

Defensively, Unkrich's team remained disciplined against the aggressive and skillful Sam Logic, who scored 30 and added 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

Logic pushed the ball all night and set up her teammates with pinpoint passes, but her efforts fell short as Anderson and company fell to 1-3.

The win capped off a 4-0 season for Unkrich’s team, who used just five players the entire game.

Point guard Moran Lonning added 22 points for Unkrich's squad, who has won every game by double-digits.

"We knew we all had to step up," Logging said. "I thought we just played good, solid team basketball."

Joe Johnston’s Team 97, Brian Joens' Team 71

Johnston’s team improved to 2-2 in Game Time League, Brian Joens' team Wednesday

Joens' squad fell to 1-3 on the season, despite owning a 45-26 rebounding advantage.

Iowa teammates Bethany Doolittle and Kathryn Reynolds put forth a dominating performance. Doolitle scored 30 points on 15-of-34 shooting, while Reynolds also scored 30, going 13-of-21 from the floor.

St. Ambrose forward Sydney Greiner added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Johnston’s team, which is gaining steam heading into postseason play.

Up 15 at the half, Johnston’s squad blew the game open soon after. With 8:30 left to play, they had expanded their lead to a comfortable 30 points.

Joens' team had plenty of looks, putting up an astounding 37 three-point attempts but only converted 10.

The shots weren't falling, and defensively Joens' team had no answer for Doolittle and Reynolds.

The duo posted accounted for 60 of their team's 97 points, while fellow Hawkeyes Nicole Smith and Claire Till combined for just 31 for Joens.

Randy Larson's Team 88, Pat McCool's Team 72

Led by scoring machine Melissa Dixon, Larson's team handed McCool's team their second loss in an 88-72 victory.

Dixon scored 28 points, and her team out-rebounded McCool's 55-38. Ball movement was the story of the game, as Larson's team recorded 13 more assists that its opponent.

"We need to play better defense," point guard Whitney Jennings said. "We also need to find our shooters on offense, and hit our open looks.

Iowa forward Kali Peschel led McCool's team with 19 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Buck from Upper Iowa added 19 points and seven rebounds.

Krissi Tow from the University of Tampa scored 17 points and dished out 15 assists for Larson's team, who forced turnovers leading to easy transition buckets throughout the game.

"Our transition defense needs some work," Peschel said. "Improving on the boards is going to be important heading into the playoffs."


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