NORTH LIBERTY — Even if it didn’t work out that way, it probably would’ve worked out that way.
Iowa freshmen Ally Disterhoft and Alexa Kastanek are in a dorm room together for the summer and squared off against each other Wednesday on the opening night of the Game Time League at the North Liberty Community Center.
Disterhoft, a West High graduate, finished with 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists, unofficially, and her team won 89-85.
Kastanek, from Omaha, Neb., had 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
“I didn’t know it until yesterday,” Disterhoft said of taking on her roomie in the first game. “We were joking about it all day.”
The pair already are fast friends, having bonded on the AAU circuit and through social media before they paired up this summer.
“I committed when I was a junior, about four months before she committed,” Kastanek said. “Since then we’ve been talking. … We’ve been besties ever since.”
The two have been waking up at 6 a.m. to go to summer workouts, and Kastanek enjoys having a “townie” to guide her around Iowa City.
“It’s pretty nice, even though sometimes I know directions more than she does, because she’s directionally challenged,” Kastanek said. “It’s nice that she knows people we can hang out with, so I’m not a loner in big, old Iowa City by myself.”
The pair will join eight returning players for the Hawkeyes this fall, and both likely will have a chance at playing time. Both are Top 100 recruits.
Kastanek is a 5-foot-10 wing from Lincoln Southeast. She was ranked as the No. 14 wing in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz.com. The 5-foot-11 Disterhoft from West High, is ranked as the No. 18 guard in the country.
Both showed the ability to dribble and drive to the basket on the first night of Game Time League basketball. Each hit one 3-pointer, as well.
“It was fun,” Kastanek said of guarding Disterhoft. “I haven’t guarded her since AAU. It’s fun to know we’ve both gotten better, and we can both push each other.”
For Disterhoft, her childhood dream of putting on the black and gold creeps closer.
“It felt good tonight,” she said. “I was a little nervous at first, but I have a great team. And it’s always competitive to play (Kastanek).”
And hopefully the summer together will pay off in the winter, too.
“It’s cool getting to bond,” Disterhoft said. “And when you’re with your teammates off the court, it helps you jell on the court. I’m having fun.”
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