Junior center Ted Friedman scored 13 points, hauled down nine rebounds and top ranked Ankeny held Cedar Rapids Jefferson to one first half field goal in a 58-26 victory in a 4A quarterfinal. “We had a week to prepare and coach really got us prepared really well tonight and we were just ready to go,” Friedman said.

Balanced scoring has been a strength for Ankeny all season and it was, again, on Wednesday as four Hawks scored eight or more points. “It’s hard for teams to prepare for us because we have so many guys who can score. On any given night anybody can step up and score for us,” Friedman says.

The J-Hawks made only seven of 37 shots in the game and senior forward Alec Saunders injured an ankle early in the contest. Jefferson coach Stu Ordman says they don’t have much margin for error and have to have everyone step up to stay with the best teams. He says they stumbled in this game, but have done a good job all season.