- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Western Christian’s inside duo of Taylor Feenstra and Josh VanLingen combined for 32 points and 24 rebounds Friday night, leading the top-ranked Wolfpack past No. 3 West Fork 48-38 for the Class 2A state championship.

Feenstra, a 6-foot-7 senior, put up 20 points on 9-for-16 shooting. He also grabbed 13 rebounds as part of a dominating performance in the paint that produced the seventh state championship for Western Christian (27-0) and coach Jim Eekhoff, who tied Davenport’s Paul Moon for the most titles by a coach.

VanLingen, a soft-handed 6-6 sophomore, added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help Western Christian cap the school’s first unbeaten season and avenge its only loss in a state championship game.

West Fork (25-2), which beat Western Christian in overtime for the 2011 title, got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Sam Amsbaugh.

The Wolfpack’s title in the boys tournament came a week after the school’s girls team won its third consecutive championship, making Western the fifth school to accomplish that double.

Winfield-Mount Union (1995), Iowa City High (2008), Sioux City Bishop Heelan (2010) and Iowa City West (2012) were the others.

Western Christian took control by outscoring West Fork 12-4 in the third quarter, which the Wolfpack ended with a perfectly executed fast break that involved neither Feenstra nor VanLingen.

Adam Heynen poked the ball away and passed to Taylor Miedema, who lobbed the ball back to Heynen streaking for the basket. Heynen banked in a layup at the buzzer for a 34-22 lead, the Wolfpack’s biggest of the game to that point.

Feenstra worked inside for eight points in that quarter, including six straight at one stretch.

VanLingen started the fourth quarter with a yet another basket inside that hiked the lead to 36-22, and it appeared the Wolfpack were set to cruise.

But West Fork refused to wilt. Halloran’s 3-pointer and Evan Sprung’s two free throws cut the lead to 41-35, and the Warhawks trailed just 42-38 after Hunter Myers buried a 3 from the top of the key with 1:35 left.

But Western patiently worked the ball to Feenstra for a layup and the Wolfpack came up with two big defensive plays, a block by VanLingen and a steal by Heynen, to secure the victory.

Hynen and Miedema each sank two free throws to finish it off. Miedema finished with eight points and three assists, while Heynen had four points and four steals.

Western Christian piled up a 35-24 rebounding advantage and a 32-14 edge in points in the paint.

Halloran added nine points for West Fork, which shot just 31 percent and went 4-for-20 from 3-point range.

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