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WATERLOO — Things began so promisingly.

But after scoring the game’s first five points, Waterloo East surrendered a 23-1 run and struggled to deal with a swarming Cedar Rapids Washington press in a 91-61 Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball loss Tuesday.

After Nia Crowley opened the game with five quick points, a relentless Warrior team took control the rest of the way, building a big lead behind the dominant play of Sandra Mia.

Trojan frontcourt starters Denae Nash and Ma’Kaiyla Johnson each picked up two fouls in the opening four minutes and with them sidelined, Mia had a field day inside. She hit 5 of 6 from the floor in the opening frame, scoring 11 of her 24 points.

She got plenty of help in the scoring column as four other Washington players finished in double figures.

Much of that scoring came off easy transition baskets following turnovers. The Warriors took the ball away 24 times, with 15 coming during a 56-point first half.

With a scheme similar to the one his teams runs, East Coach William Muhammad said the Trojans weren’t unprepared for the pressure, but failed to execute against it.

“Pressure-wise, we knew what they wanted to do and we knew how to counter that,” “Muhammad said. “I just think our girls rushed. We had a lot of unforced errors in the first half. And that’s one thing we’ve got to cut down on.”

Despite its struggles, East did have several players fill out the stat sheet. Kerris Roberts (21) Amanee Clark (15) and Crowley (11) all scored in double figures, while Nash had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Little has gone right for the Trojans since a promising 3-2 start, as Tuesday brought their 11th loss in 12 games.

“The best players in the world make mistakes,” said Muhammad. “You can’t shoot an airball in the first quarter and become stagnated and take yourself out of the game.

“The girls want to do everything right every single time and that’s just not reality. Just execute to the best of your ability and everything will take care of itself.”

C.R. Wash. 91, Wat. East 61

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON (10-5, 6-3) — Caitlin Riley 5 2-2 12, Sydney Mitvalsky 4 1-2 11, Isabel Truemper 6 0-0 15, Sandra Mia 11 2-2 24, Jayla Johnson 1 3-6 5, Mya Powers 1 0-0 2, Sarah Altemeier 1 2-2 4, Paige Pridegon 0 0-0 0, Sydney Engledow 1 0-0 2, Skyla Atkins 0 0-0 0, Brittany Postma 5 1-1 11, Jurnee Carr 1 0-0 3, Marek McBride 1 0-0 2. Totals 37 11-15 91.

WATERLOO EAST (4-13, 0-9) — Denae Nash 4 0-2 8, Kerris Roberts 9 3-5 21, Amanee Clark 5 2-4 15, Nia Crowley 5 0-0 11, Ma’Kaiyla Johnson 0 0-0 0, Jaida Blair 2 2-3 6, Erion Gafeney 0 0-0 0, Shamya Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Charnika Cherry 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 7-14 61.

C.R. Wash. 26 30 22 13 — 91

Wat. East 14 19 13 15 — 61

3-point goals — C.R. Washington 6 (Truemper 3, Mitvalsky 2, Carr 1), East 4 (Clark 3, Crowley 1). Total fouls — C.R. Washington 14, East 12. Fouled out — none.

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