Girls' state basketball: Thursday's capsules

Five area teams have advanced to the semifinals in 1A, 2A and 3A

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DES MOINES — Games of area interest Thursday at the girls’ state basketball tournament:

 

Class 1A Semifinals

No. 1 Springville (23-2) vs. No. 7 Kingsley-Pierson (24-1)

Time: 10 a.m.

Coaches: Nate Sanderson is 110-59 in seven years at Springville, 179-156 in 15 years overall. He has the Orioles at state for the third straight year and led them to the 2016 1A title. Nicole Goodwin owns a 135-166 mark in 14 years at Kingsley-Pierson.

Top players: All-staters Rylee Menster (5-6, jr.) and Mikayla Nachazel (5-11, jr.) fuel the Orioles. They average 18.2 and 18.0 points per game, and both already have more than 1,000 in their career. High-scoring Kingsley-Pierson is led by Addison Hirschman (6-2, jr.) at 19.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Allison Bailey (5-10, sr.) adds 16.3 ppg.

How they got here: Springville trounced No. 12 Burlington Notre Dame, 56-16, holding the Nikes to an all-time tournament scoring low. K-P fought past No. 6 Bellevue Marquette, 65-61.

BC Moore computer projection: Springville by 5.

 

No. 2 Turkey Valley (22-2) vs. No. 3 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (24-1)

Time: 11:45 a.m.

Coaches: Carletta Nymeyer and Dan Stepan share coaching duties for Turkey Valley. Nymeyer is in her fourth year and owns an 84-15 record, Stepan is 88-31 in five years. Tom Petersen coached Exira to the 2010 1A championship and owns a 360-88 mark, including 147-23 since the Exira-EHK merger.

Top players: Upper Iowa recruit Shelby Reicks (5-10, sr.) does a little bit of everything for Turkey Valley, and does it well. She averages 14.3 points, 5.7 assists and 5.8 steals per game. Morgen Kuennen (5-11, sr.) adds 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Exira-EHK has four players averaging in double figures, led by Sophia Peppers (5-10, jr.) at 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Kealey Nelson (5-8, jr.) adds 13.5 ppg.

How they got here: Turkey Valley advanced with a 60-58 win over No. 9 Janesville, rallying from a six-point deficit in the final 90 seconds. Exira-EHK had no such drama, eliminating No. 8 Sidney, 58-43.

BC Moore computer projection: Turkey Valley by 1.

 

Class 2A Semifinals

No. 1 Iowa City Regina (26-0) vs. No. 4 Western Christian (23-2)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Coaches: Jeff Wallace is in his seventh season at Regina and has a 145-30 mark, including 26-0 in his second stint. Justin Negen is in his first year at Western and is 23-2.

Top players: Mary Crompton (5-8, jr.) headlines an explosive Regina outfit. She averages 18.7 points per game and shoots 49 percent from long range and 87 percent from the line. Sarah Lehman (5-10, sr.) and Alex Wiese (6-0, soph.) both add 15.3 ppg, and Wiese grabs 9.1 rebounds per game. Nebraska recruit Ashtyn Veerbeek (6-2, jr.) leads Western at 23.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Erika Feenstra (6-1, sr.) adds 15.4 points per contest.

How they got here: Regina downed No. 12 Logan-Magnolia, 67-54, in the first round. Western overcame a three-point fourth-quarter deficit and defeated No. 5 North Linn, 58-48.

BC Moore computer projection: Regina by 3.

No. 6 Cascade (23-2) vs. No. 2 Treynor (26-0)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Coaches: Mike Sconsa has compiled a 256-61 record in 13 years at Cascade. He is making his fifth state appearance. Gail Hartigan is in her 36th year at Treynor, and her record of 709-171 makes her the ninth winningest coach in state history, and the winningest active coach. She is taking her 13th team to state.

Top players: Abbie Ruggeberg (5-10, jr.) and Nicole McDermott (5-5, fr.) pace a balanced Cascade squad. Ruggeberg averages 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and McDermott adds 10.9 ppg. Madelyn Deitchler (5-10, jr.) leads Treynor at 16.0 points per game, and is followed by Konnor Sudmann (5-9, soph.) and Abby Tiarks (5-10, sr.) at 14.6 and 11.3 ppg, respectively.

How they got here: Cascade pulled a minor upset in the quarterfinals, taking down No. 3 Central Decatur, 59-56. Treynor eliminated No. 10 Van Meter, 60-54.

BC Moore computer projection: Treynor by 8.

 

Class 3A Semifinals

No. 3 Center Point-Urbana (22-3) vs. No. 2 Pocahontas Area (25-1)

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Coaches: Philip Klett has compiled a 142-72 mark in nine years at CPU, and is 177-86 in 11 years overall. Robert Maske is 130-81 in eight years at Pocahontas Area, 133-97 in nine seasons overall.

Top players: Allie Wooldridge (6-0, jr.) is a UW-Green Bay recruit and leads CPU at 12.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Three others average at least 8 points per game, including Adrianna Katcher (5-9, fr.) at 8.8. Elle Ruffridge (5-4, sr.) is the all-time state leader in points, assists and 3-pointers. She is averaging 30.4 points per game this season and is shooting 53 percent from long range. Faith Meyer (5-8, sr.) adds 13.2 ppg.

How they got here: CPU held off a late charge to defeat No. 7 Davenport Assumption, 56-50. Pocahontas Area bumped No. 8 Clear Lake, 46-22.

BC Moore computer projection: CPU by 1.

No. 1 Sioux Center (25-0) vs. No. 4 Cherokee (21-3), 5 p.m.

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