Warriors end Cougars’ title hopes

(NOTE: This is the lead to the gamer of Friday’s Kennedy-Washington girls’ basketball game. Find the full story in iowaprepsports.com or in Saturday’s Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Their main objective the last two weeks has been to jell for the postseason.

The Washington Warriors have broken some hearts along the way.

Cedar Rapids Washington played spoiler once again, sidestepping a big performance by Jade Rogers and tripping Class 4A No. 9 Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 61-58, in the Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball finale for both teams last night at Washington High School.

If Coach Frank Howell and the Warriors receive one valentine today, it should come from Dubuque.

Washington (13-7 overall, 11-5 MVC) knocked off former Mississippi Division hopefuls Iowa City High, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Kennedy in a four-game regular-season-ending win streak, enabling Dubuque Wahlert to walk away with the division title.

“Our big emphasis has been to get in position to make a postseason run,” Howell said. “I’ve been very proud of what we’ve been able to do the last four games. We’ve beaten some very good teams in very tight games.”

The Warriors won their last four games by a total of 11 points. And they defeated Kennedy for the 11th straight time.

“We want to win, then keep going and win the next one,” said Ashley Piper, whose eight third-quarter points enabled the Warriors to rally from a six-point halftime deficit and grab the lead for good.

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