MBB: KIRKWOOD 68, IOWA CENTRAL 57
CEDAR RAPIDS – The win hadn’t aged five minutes, yet Doug Wagemester’s focused turned to the future. Before he entered the locker room to address his team’s 68-57 win against Iowa Central, the Kirkwood head coach discussed the next day’s practice.
It displayed one of many examples as to how Wagemester etched his name into the Kirkwood record books Saturday night with win No. 400.
Wednesday began the quest for No. 500.
“Yeah, 401K,” Wagemester joked after the win.
In his 15 seasons as the head basketball coach, he’s developed quite the portfolio. He guided Kirkwood to nine national tournament appearances, three of which ended as national runners-up. Wagemester has also won nine Region XI championships, 12 ICCAC championships and coached 10 All-Americans.
As Kirkwood welcomed Iowa Central, those accolades took a backseat. The Eagles led for most of the contest, but with three minutes left Iowa Central sliced its deficit to four, the fewest since halftime.
The gamed transitioned into Wagemester’s hands. Out of a 30 second timeout, Taylor Olson buried one of his four 3-pointers, pushing the lead back to seven.
“We have to continue to work on late game stuff,” Wagemester said. “I just liked the fact that he was ready to shoot that baby and let it go.”
A minute and a half later, Kevin Hunter cashed in on a spin move with two defenders draped over him. It too came out of a time out and put the Eagles back up seven. Hunter broke out with 14, two behind Olson for the team-high.
The coach may have 400 wins during 15 years of walking the sidelines, but there are still things he can’t figure out.
“You’ll have to ask him,” Wagesmester said of Hunter. “I know he got a haircut today, but other than that. He said it was his socks.”
WBB: KIRKWOOD 74, IOWA CENTRAL 50
CEDAR RAPIDS – Kianna Jacobs walked into the locker room tapping hands with cheerleaders who acted as runway guides, steering the Kirkwood players into the hallway. Jacobs made sure to gingerly high-five each cheerleader with her left hand. She tucked her right away, close to her body.
The sophomore played with an injured right thumb, but the postgame was the first time she showed it. Jacobs finished with a double-double, leading Kirkwood to a 74-50 win over Iowa Central Wednesday night.
“It didn’t affect much,” Jacobs said of the injury. “Maybe just a little bit in the second half, but I continued to play through it.”
Jacobs’ left hand is her dominant hand, which allowed her to pour in 24 points and haul in 10 boards.
“Second half the rebounds came pretty soft,” Jacobs said. “They weren’t as hard. They fell right into my hands.”
The game played out similarly, falling right into her hands. The Eagles trailed 13-7 when Jacobs put in a layup which ignited a 24-6 run to end the half. The 6-foot forward accounted for nine of the 24. She also began a trend of inside-out basketball that sparked the offense.
“We always want to go in and out,” Kirkwood Kim Muhl said. “The big problem is, they’re trying to go in and out and they’re making bad passes.”
The first half run put the Eagles up 12 heading into the half. Fourteen of the 24 came in the paint. Jacobs continued the trend in the second, scoring 15.“Me being a sophomore I took the role of getting to the basket,” Jacob said. “And creating shots for my team and me as well.