Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

IWA-Carl Junction

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

IWA-Carl Junction

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COLUMBIA, Mo. * The Incarnate Word defense played a near-flawless first half on a grand stage Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

The ball-hawking Red Knights allowed just two free throws one in each quarter on the way to a 47-24 win over Carl Junction in a Class 4 state semifinal.

IWA (27-4) will look for its eighth state title when it faces St. Pius X of Kansas City (26-3) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

"That's Incarnate basketball and it starts with defense," IWA junior guard Kiki Britzmann said. "That's where we pride ourselves. We knew they were a great team, so we had to work as a team to stop them."

Nakayla Jackson-Morris and Britzmann led the Red Knights with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The pair helped IWA shoot 51.4 percent from the field.

Jackson-Morris made an easy layup just 15 seconds into the game and IWA never looked back. …

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