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Iowa Girls Basketball: Top teams remain undefeated

There is no question who is the best high school girls basketball player in the state this season. The only thing that remains unsolved is who is the best team.

Four of the best teams in Class 4A all remained undefeated this past Tuesday with easy wins. Here is a rundown of the top teams and players in Class 4A did.

Linn-Mar 57, Cedar Falls 11

There is no doubt about how good Kiah Stokes is. And she proves it every single night she hits the basketball floor.

The Lions senior center turned in her fifth double-double of the season Tuesday to lead third-ranked Linn-Mar past Cedar Falls. Stokes -- who is committed to play collegiately at UConn -- finished with 23 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks in the easy victory.

She has five double-doubles this season and also has recorded two triple-doubles in the eight games that the Lions have played. The one game she missed out on a double-double, Stokes scored 39 points and had nine rebounds and seven blocks.

Linn-Mar improved to 8-0 on the season as it turned the ball over just six times in the game. Jenna Eells also finished in double-digits with 12 points and three rebounds.

Ankeny 70, Des Moines Hoover 28

The very deep Hawkettes got 26 points from their bench and 17 points from Maddie Manning in the easy win over an outmatched Des Moines Hoover (2-5) squad.

Maddie Muhlenbruck scored 13 points, while Shayla Starkenburg turned in 12 points for the Ankeny, which improved to 7-0 on the season. The second-ranked Hawkettes led 21-9 after the first quarter and took a 35-14 lead into halftime.

Hoover was led by McKenna Brown, who hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points.

Des Moines East 57, Johnston 25

The top-ranked Lady Scarlets forced Johnston into 26 turnovers in the win on Tuesday and got 14 points from Markisha Wright.

East, which also got 13 points from NiJay Gaines, used a 20-2 run in the first half to gain an advantage and never looked back. Shronda Butts scored nine points for the Scarlets.

Cedar Rapids Xavier 37, Iowa City High 36

Iowa recruit Virginia Johnson scored 16 points, pulled down four rebounds and had three blocks but got little help in the Lady Hawks loss to No. 10 Cedar Rapids Xavier on Tuesday.

No. 4 Iowa City High -- which also lost to Linn-Mar earlier this year -- had 25 turnovers in the game and dropped to 6-2 on the season. Kayla Hyche had nine points and four rebounds in a losing effort.

Cedar Rapids Xavier will surely rise in the next poll as it improved to 8-0 this season.

Other scores from Class 4A ranked teams

No. 6 Cedar Rapids Washington 54, Dubuque Wahlert 41

No. 7 Sioux City North 66, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 39 (Brittany Donaldson 24 points)

No. 8 Iowa City West 83, Waterloo East 35

No. 11 Waterloo West 62, Cedar Rapids Prairie 49

No. 12 Bettendorf 52, Clinton 28

No. 13 Dowling Catholic 62, No. 15 Ames 44

Southeast Polk 50, No. 14 Waukee 35




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