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Johnston women’s basketball team defeats Waterloo West to win 5A title

Johnston women's basketball team defeats Waterloo West to win 5A title

Johnston women’s basketball coach Chad Jilek broached the idea of ​​an undefeated season to his team during their first practice in November.

Jilek saw the team he came back from a season ago and the work they did in the offseason. He told his players that a historic season could be on the horizon if they put in the effort.

“You have to work hard by the end of the season to make it happen, but we are good enough to do it,” Jilek told his team.

The Dragons got to work. And Jilek’s prediction came true.

Johnston ended his undefeated season on Friday with a 51-31 win over Waterloo West in the Class 5A State Championship game at Wells Fargo Arena. Johnston finished 26-0, the first undefeated campaign for a 5A school since the class celebrated its first state champion in 2013.