Western Christian Hull rolls to 2A title

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jamie Gesink scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and top-ranked Western Chrsitian blew past No. 4 Hudson 79-55 Friday night to win its third straight Class 2A state championship.

Kenzie Bousema and Summer Jansen had 13 points each for the Wolfpack (27-1), who dominated by getting the ball inside and scoring in transition. Alissa Pollema, the only starter back from last year’s team, finished with 12 assists and seven points.

Lindsey Koch scored 20 points for Hudson (25-2), which simply couldn’t keep up with the more talented Wolfpack.

Casey Miles added 11 points and seven rebounds and Corey Miles also scored 11.

Western Christian had never won a state tournament game before 2012. Now the Wolfpack have won nine in a row at state.

Hudson kept within striking distance for much of the first half. Western was leading 32-25 late in the second quarter when reserve Abbie Wolterstorff gave the Wolfpack some momentum going into halftime, scoring on a putback and hitting a 3-pointer to increase the lead to 37-25.

The Wolfpack then started the second half with a 14-2 run to break it open.

Gesink scored twice in the lane and Bousema drove for a layup after a steal. Pollema’s steal set up Jansen’s bucket inside and Erika Douma and Gesink hit back-to-back 3-pointers, putting the Wolfpack up 51-27.

The closest Hudson came after that was 59-45 when Casey Miles hit a 3 with 6:51 left. Western Christian responded with a 17-2 run to end any doubt.

Western became the sixth team in the five-player era to win three consecutive titles. The Wolfpack’s only loss this season was to MOC-Floyd Valley, which will play for the 3A championship on Saturday.

Gesink hit 6 of her first 7 shots and finished 9-for-15 from the field. She was voted captain of the all-tournament team, which also had Pollema, Koch, Casey Miles, Abby Meyer of Cascade and Nicole Miller of North Linn.

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