Girls' state basketball: Wednesday's capsules

Quarterfinal round concludes with games for Marion, City and West

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DES MOINES — Capsules on Wednesday’s games at the girls’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena:

 

Class 4A Quarterfinal

No. 1 Marion (22-1) vs. No. 14 Boone (19-5)

Time: 10 a.m.

Coaches: Corby Laube is in his 14th year coaching at Marion, and owns a 197-118 record overall, a mark that consists of a five-year girls’ record of 78-37. Jim McPartland has a 237-182 record in 19 years of coaching, including 144-129 in 12 years at Boone.

Top players: Saint Louis University commit Chloe Rice (5-10, jr.) leads Marion at 15.4 points per game, while Kayba Laube (5-9, fr.) adds 14.3 ppg. Both are better than 80 percent from the line. Claire Sandvig (6-3, jr.) was the hero of Boone’s 32-30 regional-final win over Dallas Center-Grimes, and leads the Toreadors at 15.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. Caitlynne Shadle (5-5, jr.) adds 11.4 points per game.

Tournament history: Marion is making its fourth state trip (all since 2008), and its second straight. The Indians reached the 4A semifinals last year. Boone is in the state field for the third time. The Toreadors’ other two appearances (1958, 1989) were in the old six-on-six game.

BC Moore computer projection: Marion by 17.

 

Class 5A Quarterfinals

No. 4 Iowa City High (22-1) vs. No. 5 Cedar Falls (21-2)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Coaches: Bill McTaggart owns a 331-113 record in 19 years at City High, 422-174 in 24 years overall. Gregg Groen has coached three years at Cedar Falls and owns a 61-11 mark.

Top players: City’s Ashley Joens (5-11, jr.) is one of the top players in any class. The versatile Iowa State recruit averages 21.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Aubrey Joens (5-7, fr.) adds 12.1 points per game, Kenya Earl (5-11, sr.) 11.4. Kiana Barney (6-1, jr.) and Cynthia Wolf (6-3, jr.) are the Tigers’ top two scorers, at 13.1 and 11.7 ppg, respectively.

Tournament history: City High is making its eighth appearance, all since 2001. The Little Hawks won a championship in 2008. Cedar Falls has qualified for the 10th time, the third in a row. The Tigers were champions in 2001.

BC Moore computer projection: City High by 9.

No. 3 Iowa City West (20-3) vs. No. 6 Waukee (18-4)

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Coaches: West Coach B.J. Mayer hit a milestone during postseason play and now stands at 302-145 in 19 years of coaching, including 174-62 in 10 years at West. Chris Guess has coached 24 years and holds a 394-182 mark, including 242-91 in 14 years at Waukee.

Top players: All five West starters average better than 7 points per game, led by Logan Cook (6-1, jr.) at 15.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Creighton recruit Rachael Saunders (5-8, jr.) adds 12.8 points per contest. Waukee guard Carlie Littlefield (5-9, sr.) is the school’s career leader in points, steals and assists. The Princeton signee averages 19.5 points per game and leads the 5A field in steals. Kylie Coleman (5-9, sr.) adds 12.0 points per game.

Tournament history: West is making its fifth appearance — all since 2011 — highlighted by a title in 2012. Waukee is a 14-time qualifier, and has run off nine appearances in the last 10 years. The Warriors were 5A champs in 2015.

BC Moore computer projection: West by 1.

 

Other games

Class 4A quarterfinal: No. 4 Pella (19-4) vs. No. 5 Lewis Central (22-1), 11:45 a.m.

Class 5A quarterfinal: No. 1 Indianola (23-0) vs. No. 8 Johnston (19-4), 1:30 p.m.

Class 5A quarterfinal: No. 2 West Des Moines Valley (21-2) vs. No. 7 West Des Moines Dowling (19-4), 5 p.m.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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