CEDAR FALLS — Inside or outside, 6-foot-3 Cedar Falls High post Cynthia Wolf would not be contained Tuesday.

Wolf poured in a career-best 23 points, including three 3-pointers, as the second-ranked Tigers zipped past Linn-Mar, 69-36, in Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball action.

“It makes me more difficult to defend,” Wolf said of adding the 3-point shot to her game. “I now have a bigger range, and it is not just the 3-pointers. It is also working with the guards, defending on the perimeter. I’ve improved there, too.”

A year ago, Wolf made seven 3-pointers. She has made 15 of 32 this season, with her 46.8 shooting percentage from 3-point range the best of all the Tigers.

Wolf hit three of four 3-point attempts against Linn-Mar, had 18 of her 23 in the first half and played little in the fourth quarter. She finished the night 9 of 12 from the field.

Wolf’s previous career-high had been 18 points, twice.

“She has done such a great job,” Cedar Falls head coach Greg Groen said. “She is a great 3-point shooter. For her to be able to step out on a screen, a screen and pop or just within an offense allows us to be a little bit more diverse offensively and do a lot of different things.”

Scouting reports had shown the Tigers that Linn-Mar, despite its 2-15 record, had played strong early in games but was unable to maintain those good starts.

Cedar Falls’ game plan was to jump on the Lions early and take control. The Tigers were successful as they scored the first 17 points, led 37-13 at halftime, and led by as much as 42 in the second half, 67-25.

“Linn-Mar is much better than what their record shows,” Groen said. “So one of our goals we talked about was coming out strong and getting that lead and not allowing them to play with you for that first quarter like they have with a lot of other teams.

“I thought our girls did a job of answering that, stepping on the court and setting the tone right from the start of the game.”

Now Cedar Falls turns its attention to third-ranked Iowa City West on Friday in Iowa City.

“It is going to be a great match-up,” Groen said. “They are so athletic and have a lot of great players.”

Ced. Falls 69, Linn-Mar 36

LINN-MAR (2-15) — Keegan Krejca 4-8 2-2 10, Macey Miller 2-6 0-0 6, Ally Johnson 2-7 0-0 6, Jamison Feldman 0-1 1-2 1, Megan Murphy 1-5 0-0 3, Carly Printy 2-5 0-0 6, Skyler Presler 1-1 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Brunson 1-1 0-0 2, Hallie Peak 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-35 3-4 36.

CEDAR FALLS (16-1) — Anaya Barney 2-5 0-0 4, Emerson Green 4-8 4-4 15, Kamryn Finley 4-10 1-1 11, Kiana Barney 4-13 0-0 8, Cynthia Wolf 9-12 2-2 23, Olivia Remmert 1-1 0-0 3, McKenna Gleason 0-3 0-0 0, Grace Burken 1-2 0-0 2, Allison Eagen 1-3 0-0 2, Cara Forsblom 0-0 0-0 0, Lexie Godfrey 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan Sterrett 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylie Klienschmidt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-51 7-7 69.

Linn-Mar 5 8 8 15 — 36

Cedar Falls 17 20 14 18 — 69

3-point goals — Linn-Mar 7 (Miller 2, Johnson 2, Murphy, Printy 2). Cedar Falls 10 (A. Barney, Green 3, Finley 2, Wolf 3, Remmert). Total fouls — Linn-Mar 6, Cedar Falls 9. Fouled out — none.

LINN-MAR JV 39, CED. FALLS JV 24

LINN-MAR — Kaitlyn Brunson 5, Emma Casebolt 6, Molly Chrnelicek 2, Anna Huggins 4, Markea Jackson 3, Marissa Miller 5, Hallie Peak 13, Samantha White 2.

CEDAR FALLS — Kate Skarlis 2, Tjaden Petersen 3, Kirsten Graves 9, Emmey Sherbon 3, Akacia Brown 7.

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