DES MOINES — Capsules for Monday’s games involving area teams at the girls’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
Class 5A quarterfinals
No. 1 Iowa City High (23-0) vs. No. 12 West Des Moines Valley (13-10)
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Top players: City High’s Ashley Joens (6-0, sr.), an Iowa State University signee, is the state scoring leader at 31.0 points per game and nets 11.8 boards per contest. Rose Nkumu (5-8, soph.) and Aubrey Joens (5-9, soph.) add 13.6 and 13.4 points per game, respectively. Maryland commit Zoe Young (5-10, jr.) paces Valley at 22.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, and Shea Fuller (5-7, jr.) adds 16.4 ppg.
Coaches: Bill McTaggart is 354-114 in 20 seasons at City High, 445-175 in 25 years overall. Josef Segrist owns a 112-32 mark in six years at Valley and is 135-57 in eight seasons overall.
State-tournament history: City High is in the field for the 10th time, its second straight. City won a state title in 2008. Defending-champion Valley is making its 13th appearance.
BC Moore computer projection: City High by 19.
No. 9 Iowa City West (16-7) vs. No. 3 West Des Moines Dowling (20-3)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Top players: University of Iowa signee Logan Cook (6-1, sr.) leads West’s charge. She is averaging 14.5 and 7.1 rebounds per game. Creighton commit Rachael Saunders (5-8, sr.) tore an ACL in the state tournament last year, and was limited to 14 games this season. She is averaging 10.8 ppg, and three others are scoring at least 9 ppg. Dowling’s Caitlin Clark (5-11, soph.) is considered one of the nation’s best sophomores, and is averaging 27.5 points per game.
Coaches: B.J. Mayer is in his 11th year at West and owns a 191-70 mark there. Overall, he is 319-153 in 20 seasons. Kristin Meyer has compiled a two-year record of 39-8 at Dowling and is 140-53 in eight seasons overall.
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State-tournament history: West is making its sixth appearance, highlighted by a championship in 2012. This is Dowling’s 20th trip, and that includes five championships, most recently in 2014.
BC Moore computer projection: Even.
Class 4A quarterfinals
No. 5 Center Point-Urbana (21-3) vs. No. 6 Boone (22-1)
Time: 5 p.m.
Top players: Drake University signee Allie Wooldridge (6-1, sr.) highlights a balanced CPU attack, averaging 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Adrianna Katcher (5-11, soph.) scores at a 10.3-point clip. Boone displays similar depth and is led by Caitlynne Shadle (5-6, sr.) at 14.0 points per game. Claire Sandvig (6-3, sr.) adds 12.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, and is the leading shot-blocker in 4A with 4.5 swats per contest.
Coaches: Philip Klett has tallied a 10-year mark of 163-76 at CPU, and is 198-90 in 12 years overall. Jim McPartland is 166-130 in 13 years at Boone, 259-183 in 20 seasons overall.
State-tournament history: CPU is making its sixth trip in state history, highlighted by a 2A title in 1995. The Stormin’ Pointers were 3A semifinalists each of the past two seasons. Boone has qualified for the second straight year, and the fourth time overall.
BC Moore computer projection: CPU by 7.
No. 1 Marion (23-0) vs. No. 14 Fairfield (19-4)
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Top players: Marion is a pick-your-poison squad with nine players averaging more than 4 points per game. Kayba Laube (5-9, soph.) is a UNI commit that leads the Indians at 13.4 points per game. Saint Louis University signee Chloe Rice (5-10, sr.) adds 10.9 points and 4.3 assists per contest. Fairfield’s attack is dominated by Amber Nicole Buch (5-8, sr.), who averages 20.3 points per game and is the school’s all-time leading scorer. Shaylin Drish (5-5, soph.) scores at an 11.8-point clip.
Coaches: Corby Laube is in his 15th year as a coach at Marion, where he owns a mark of 222-119. That includes a six-year ledger of 103-38 with the girls’ program. Brian Witzenburg is in his debut season at Fairfield and has a 19-4 career mark.
State-tournament history: Marion is a state qualifier for the fifth time, and the third straight year. The Indians were 4A runners-up last year. Fairfield was a six-player power in the 1980s, winning a state title in 1983. The Trojans are making their eighth appearance, their first since 1990.
BC Moore computer projection: Marion by 27.
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Other games Monday
Class 5A quarterfinal: No. 4 Johnston (20-3) vs. No. 6 Waukee (19-4), 10 a.m.
Class 5A quarterfinal: No. 2 Cedar Falls (22-1) vs. No. 10 Indianola (20-3), 3:15 p.m.
Class 4A quarterfinal: No. 3 Grinnell (21-2) vs. No. 7 Mason City (14-9), 8:30 p.m.
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