NORTH LIBERTY — The absence of Alexa Kastanek and Courtney Joens proved to be lethal for Joensy’s Iowa City/Monica’s and Bob’s Your Uncle in a loss to Cullen Painting/Greater Iowa Financial Group 110-91 in Wednesday night’s Game Time League championship game at the North Liberty Community Center.
Incoming Hawkeye Kastanek cheered her team on from the bench due to a turf toe injury. Joens, who will be a sophomore for City High this fall, missed the game because she was playing in an AAU tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
Logic, who led her team with 45 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, said that Cullen Painting/Greater Iowa Financial Group got off to a hot start and Joensy’s Iowa City/Monica’s and Bob’s Your Uncle was unable to catch up.
“It was frustrating on defense, when you’re there and can’t do anything about it,” Logic said. “They were literally hitting everything. They probably missed four shots in the first half. That’s what it felt like at least.”
Logic helped her team get within 11 points late in the second half but couldn’t hold on. Incoming Hawkeye and former West High prep Ally Disterhoft put up a double-double for Cullen Painting/Greater Iowa Financial Group with 28 points and 12 rebounds.
“I think I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable (since the start of the season),” the 6-foot guard said. “From the beginning, coach told me he wanted me to step into a leadership role and I was like, ‘What? I’m a freshman.’ But after a few games my teammates made me more confident.”
Bethany Doolittle is optimistic about what Disterhoft can bring to the Hawkeyes this fall.
“I think she’s a really good leader and can create things for herself as well as her teammates,” the junior center said. “I think that’s a really good quality to have in a teammate and I think she’ll bring a lot of fire.”
Logic also had good things to say about her future teammate even though they were on opposing teams all summer.
“She’s a scorer, flat out,” Logic said. “She’s quick and can read defenses pretty well especially off the ball. That will really help us in our offense and we’re looking forward to it.”
Now that the Game Time League season is over, the Hawkeyes are shifting their focus to their exhibition game against Concordia University-St. Paul on Nov. 3. During the next three months, the women will have time to improve aspects of their game.
“My strength can definitely improve,” Doolittle said. “(Also) being down low in the post more often and getting into Big Ten shape.”
Disterhoft also is looking to improve her game as she makes the leap from high school basketball in Iowa to college ball in the Big Ten.
“I’m going to try to work on everything. You can always improve on something,” Disterhoft said. “I think that’s a great thing about basketball, there’s always something you can improve on and all of us are always looking to get better.”
When asked about what she thinks her role will be this season, Disterhoft’s answer was simple.
“I’m just going to do whatever the coaches tell me to do. I’m going to try to make an impact however I can, whether that’s on or off the court.”
Game Time League Commissioner Randy Larson said he liked what he saw this summer.
“I think this Iowa women’s basketball program should have as much buzz as the men’s because this could very well be their best team,” he said. “I think they’ll be a veteran crew this year with a good sprinkling of youth and I think they can contend for the Big Ten title.”
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