My Stint at Girls State Basketball

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Iowa City West player including Kelley Fliehler (left) Lauren Larson and Griffin Reed react to a Women of Troy basket during the second half of their class 4A semi final game against Waukee at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, March. 2, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa City West won, 64-50. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG-TV9)

I started my stint of March Madness with the last part of the high school girls state basketball tournament All, except one, of the teams that The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 cover were knocked out before my arrival in Des Moines. Girls state basketball is one of my favorite assignments. It's in the top three -joined by volleyball and softball. The players at this level of competition are just so much more expressive than their male counterparts. I think they're more apt to scramble for a loose ball too.

As Cliff Jette mentioned in a previous post. I try to look for action and reaction beyond the usual "armpit" shots.

An expressive coach like Iowa City West's B.J. Mayer is great to photograph. As a photographer, you have to sometimes forego the action on the court to get coaches, fans or players reacting on the bench.

Check out Jeff Linder's story of the Women of Troy defeating Waukee in a Class 4A semi-final game to advance to the championship game against Ankeny here.


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