Megan Gustafson and Tania Davis have yet to play a game in an Iowa uniform but the freshman duo has already claimed its first title.
Davis and Gustafson combined for 32 points Wednesday, helping their Beat The Bookstore/Westport Touchless Autowash team win the Game Time League title with a 112-67 win over Cullen Painting/Joensy’s Iowa City at the North Liberty Community Center.
Gustafson had 17 points and 23 rebounds and Davis added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in the championship game win. The Beat The Bookstore/Westport Touchless Autowash squad finished the season 5-1.
“That’s my goal every time I step out on the court is to win,” Davis said. “I’m very competitive. I hate to lose. So every time I stepped out on the court, I wanted to win.”
Six different players scored in double figures for Beat The Bookstore/Westport Touchless Autowash, led by former Waterloo West prep and Dartmouth sophomore Kate Letkewicz, who had a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds.
High school sophomore Tatum Koenig added 18 points, while Deja Jackson had 15 and Morgan Myers added 14 in the win.
“We were a younger team, and we just wanted to get out there and play our hardest and prove ourselves,” Gustafson said. “We didn’t have a lot of older people, so we definitely wanted to prove ourselves.”
Davis and Gustafson keyed a second-quarter run that pushed Beat The Bookstore/Westport Touchless Autowash to a 54-33 halftime lead.
Gustafson had 13 of her 17 points in the first half, while Davis ignited an 8-0 run over the final 61 seconds of the first half that turned a 13-point lead into a 21-point halftime edge.
“It’s really exciting. As a freshman I didn’t expect to be in the championship game of Game Time,” Gustafson said. “This league has helped me so much just playing and getting some basketball in.”
Alexa Kastanek had a game-high 26 points for Cullen Painting/Joensy’s Iowa City, while Lindsey Smith added 19 points.
Kastanek finished 5-of-12 from 3-point range.
“Yes, there is some disappointment, but I’m not disappointed in my team or how we did,” Kastanek said. “It just always stinks losing.”
•AWARDS: Iowa sophomore Whitney Jennings was named Game Time League MVP after averaging a league-high 36.3 points while shooting 56 percent from 3-point range.
Moran Lonning (Luther College) and Lindsey Smith (St. Ambrose) were named co-best defenders, while City High sophomore Ashley Joens was named best high school player.
Beat the Bookstore/Westport Touchless Autowash coach Kay DiLeo was named best coach.
•STAT LEADERS: Gustafson led the league in rebounding with 14.2 rebounds per game, while Davis led the league with 6.8 assists per game.
Three players averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game: Gustafson (21.2 ppg, 14.2 rpg), Claire Till (20.5 ppg., 10.2 rpg) and Carly Mohns (26.8 ppg., 12.8 rpg).