No. 1 Marion is good enough in state basketball first round

Girls' state basketball: Indians grind past Boone, 46-38

DES MOINES — It wasn’t Marion’s “A” game. But it was enough, this time.

The top-ranked Indians hounded No. 14 Boone both in the paint and on the perimeter, and survived a Class 4A quarterfinal grind at the girls’ state basketball tournament, 46-38, Wednesday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but it’s good to get the first one out of the way,” Marion’s Chloe Rice said. “There’s a lot of pressure on us, and I think we handled it well.”

The Indians (23-1) led the whole way, but never delivered a knockout blow. Win-by-decision was good enough, but they’ll have to elevate their performance when they face No. 4 Pella (20-4) in Friday’s semifinal (tipoff is 11:45 a.m.).

It’s a rematch of last year’s semifinal, won by the Dutch.

“We came here knowing there are going to be some grinders,” Mia Laube said. “We’re not going to blow teams out.”



The Indians got Boone’s top player — post Claire Sandvig — into foul trouble and held her to three points. And the Toreadors (19-6) missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts.


“(Sandvig) was a big emphasis defensively,” Laube said. “Our assistant coaches took turns being her at practice, and they’re big guys. When they scored on us, it was like, ‘Come on, you’ve got to get that stop.’”

The Indians held Boone without a field goal for the first 11 minutes, 26 seconds, and worked to a 12-2 lead. But Caitlynne Shadle gave them problems with her driving, and the Toreadors got as close at 32-29 late in the third quarter.

Shadle scored a game-high 21 points.

“Our defense made it tough to get looks, but there was a stretch there in which they were able to find a seam,” Marion Coach Corby Laube said.

“This was a good experience for us, and I think it will help us going forward.”

Freshman Kayba Laube was making her Wells Fargo debut, and made it a good one. She hit the first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, and finished 4-of-6 from distance in a 17-point performance.

“I was really nervous, but the team always makes it better,” she said. “We know what we’re here for. We’ll keep pushing on.”

Rice, a junior and a Saint Louis University recruit, added 12 points. Her drive with a little more than a minute left was pretty much the dagger for the Toreadors, extending the margin to 41-34.


3A State Quarterfinal, at Des Moines

BOONE (38): Madlyn Danner 2-6 4-4 8, Caitlynne Shadle 7-15 7-9 21, Emma Rouse 1-6 0-0 2, Laura Anderson 1-5 1-4 3, Claire Sandvig 1-3 1-2 4, Ashley Behrendt 0-0 0-0 0, Aliyah Graham 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Calkins 0-1 1-2 1, Morganne Borsh 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Osborn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-36 14-21 38.

MARION (46): Chloe Rice 3-5 5-7 12, Caitlyn Smith 0-3 2-2, Randi Wright 1-6 2-3 4, Mia Laube 1-6 3-4 5, Kayba Laube 4-6 5-8 17, Maddie Knapp 0-1 0-2 0, Sydney Nielsen 0-0 0-0 0, Sophie Willette 2-6 0-0 4, Elle Herold 0-0 0-0 0, Isabella Sade 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 12-34 17-26 46.


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Halftime: Marion 19, Boone 11. 3-point goals: Boone 0-12 (Danner 0-2, Shadle 0-4, Rouse 0-2, Anderson 0-2, Sandvig 0-1, Calkins 0-1), Marion 5-14 (Rice 1-2, Smith 0-2, M.Laube 0-2, K.Laube 4-6, Knapp 0-1, Willette 0-1). Team fouls: Boone 18, Marion 18. Fouled out: none. Technical: Danner. Rebounds: Boone 32 (Anderson 14), Marion 24 (M.Laube 5). Assists: Boone 3 (Shadle 2), Marion 3 (Rice 2). Steals: Boone 3 (Shadle 2), Marion 6 (M.Laube 2). Turnovers: Boone 13, Marion 9.

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