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Girls' basketball: No. 2 Ankeny beats No. 1 Mason City in overtime

12:00 AM, Jan. 11, 2013 EST
Mason City, Ia. — 

MASON CITY, Ia. -- It wasn't the shot that coach Scott DeJong wanted, but it worked out just fine for the Ankeny girls' basketball team. Jaali Winters made a short bank shot with 3 seconds left to give the second-ranked Hawkettes a 36-34 overtime victory against No. 1 Mason City in a CIML showdown on Friday. "Madi (Robson) drove the ball and she got in really good position so that I could make a really good open shot," said Winters, who scored a game-high 15 points. "I've been working on that shot every day in practice." It just wasn't the one DeJong had designed during a timeout with the score tied at 34-34. But on the ensuing inbound play, the Mohawks disrupted Ankeny's strategy and the ball wound up in the hands of Robson. The senior point guard then drove into the lane and fired a pass to Winters for the game-winning basket. "We had trouble with the inbound right away, but it probably ended up the best for us because it was a scramble situation and Madi got the ball and just took it to the basket right away," DeJong said. Robson didn't even think about taking the shot herself. "My (defender) dove for the ball, and I took it to the hoop and like usual," Robson said. "J was right there to finish it off for me." Ankeny (9-3) extended its winning streak to seven games and earned its fourth road victory against a ranked opponent. The Hawkettes previously defeated No. 3 East, No. 4 Southeast Polk and No. 5 Dowling. "It definitely gives us a lot of confidence for our next few games and a lot of confidence going into regional play," Winters said. The loss ended a nine-game winning streak for Mason City (11-2), which had previously only lost to Bloomington (Minn.) Kennedy on Dec. 1. Morgan Vorba led the Mohawks with nine points. Mason City took its biggest lead, 25-16, with 5:59 left in the third quarter. But Ankeny later went on an 11-0 run after Mohawks point guard Myah Mellman left the game with an injury. She returned later in the game Mason City was already playing without Iowa State recruit Jadda Buckley, who has missed the last five games with an ankle injury. "They showed a lot of toughness and a lot of grit," DeJong said of the Mohawks. "And when Buckley gets back, they're certainly going to be a team that nobody wants to play." The Mohawks wore pink jerseys for the Coaches vs. Cancer game. The Hawkettes wore their home white uniforms, along with pink socks and pink headbands. It was a special night for DeJong, who is a survivor of prostate cancer. "There's a lot of people with cancer, and this is about raising money for this awful disease," DeJong said. "Events like this help because the research does make a difference." Ankeny jumped out to an early 11-5 lead. Five different Hawkettes scored in the first quarter. The Mohawks then outscored Ankeny in the second quarter, 12-3, to take a 20-16 lead at halftime. Vorba sparked the rally, hitting two of her team's five 3-pointers in the opening half.

ANKENY (36) -- S. Brandt 0 0-0 0, Helmbrecht 0 2-2 2, Winters 7 1-2 15, Hedrick 3 0-0 8, Robson 3 1-3 7, Ma. Brandt 0 0-0 0, Vipond 0 2-2 2, Schaaf 0 0-0 0, Silliman 0 2-4 2. Totals 13 8-13 MASON CITY (34) -- Meyer 1 4-4 7, Vorba 3 0-2 9, Rush 2 2-2 7, Hewett 0 0-0 0, Mellman 2 0-2 6, Pederson 2 1-4 5, Scott 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 7-14 Ankeny 13 3 6 10 4 -- 36 Mason City 8 12 7 5 2 -- 34 3-point goals--Mason City 7 (Vorba 3, Mellman 2, Meyer, Rush), Ankeny 2 (Hedrick 2). Fouls--Ankeny 14, Mason City 10.



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