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Hawkeyes sign Ally Disterhoft, Alexa Kastanek

[ 0 ] November 14, 2012 |

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder was hooked. She had seen enough of West High senior Ally Disterhoft to want her as a Hawkeye.

But Bluder didn’t want to disrupt the senior as she was leading the Women of Troy to a Class 4A championship.

“It gets to be like the last month of the season and I feel like I don’t want to bug them too much there because they’re trying to win a state championship,” Bluder said. “The week after the state championship we invited her to come into the office and that’s when we offered her a scholarship.”

Disterhoft, a 6-foot guard/forward didn’t take long to say yes. On Wednesday, she signed her national letter of intent to play for the Hawkeyes.

She joins Alexa Kastanek, a 5-foot-10 guard/forward from Lincoln, Neb., in the 2013 class.

The two are good ball-handlers who can shoot the 3-pointer. As an added bonus, they also provide decent size as guards.

“I think when you have that wing span, it helps in our defense,” Bluder said. “It helps us, allows us to have the opportunity to maybe post those kids up once in a while.”

The players are Top 100 recruits nationally per ESPN HoopGurlz.

Disterhoft averaged 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season. Kastanek averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 rebounds as a junior. Kastanek didn’t play in the summer because of a knee injury.

“I still think it’s amazing that she still ranked in the top hundred when she didn’t play all summer long,” Bluder said. “That’s really hard to do.”


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