Before 2012, Western Christian had never won a state tournament game. Now, the Wolfpack have won nine in a row -- and three consecutive state championships.
Western Christian claimed title No. 3 in Class 2A with a 79-55 victory over Hudson in a game the Wolfpack dominated by getting the ball inside and scoring in transition.
Junior Jamie Gesink led the charge to the championship with 24 points and was voted captain of the all-tournament team. Gesink made nine of 15 shots, including a 3-pointer, and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Kenzie Bousema and Summer Jansen each scored 13 points for the Wolfpack and Alissa Pollema kept the offense humming with 12 assists, eight steals and eight points.
Pollema, the only returning starter from last year's team, finished with a tournament record 27 assists, breaking the mark of 25 set by Davenport Assumption's Gabbie Binion in 2008.
Western Christian had a 54-24 edge in points in the paint and built a 46-33 rebounding advantage.
Western was leading 32-25 late in the second quarter when reserve Abbie Wolterstorff gave the Wolfpack some momentum going into halftime, scoring on a putback and hitting a 3-pointer to increase the lead to 37-25.
The Wolfpack then started the second half with a 14-2 run to break it open.
Gesink scored twice in the lane and Bousema drove for a layup after a steal. Pollema's steal set up Jansen's bucket inside and Erika Douma and Gesink hit back-to-back 3-pointers, putting the Wolfpack up 51-27.
The closest Hudson came after that was 59-45 when Casey Miles hit a 3 with 6:51 left. Western Christian responded with a 17-2 run to end any doubt.
Western finishes 27-1 with its only loss to Class 3A finalist MOC-Floyd Valley. Hudson finishes 25-2.
Pollema, Koch and Casey Miles joined Gesink on the all-tournament team, which also had Abby Meyer of Cascade and Nicole Miller of North Linn.
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