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Girls' state basketball: Thursday's capsules

It's Marion vs. Center Point-Urbana for the third time this season

Marion's Kayba Laube (24) guards Fairfield's Ashytn Drish (4) in their Class 4A quarterfinal at the girls' state  basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Monday. The Indians won, 71-39, and face Wamac Conference West Division foe Center Point-Urbana in a semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Marion's Kayba Laube (24) guards Fairfield's Ashytn Drish (4) in their Class 4A quarterfinal at the girls' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Monday. The Indians won, 71-39, and face Wamac Conference West Division foe Center Point-Urbana in a semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Capsules for Thursday’s games involving area teams at the girls’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

Class 5A semifinals

No. 1 Iowa City High (24-0) vs. No. 4 Johnston (21-3)

Time: 10 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. Johnston’s Maya McDermott (5-6, soph.) is a Division-I prospect who averages 19.1 points per game. Jennah Johnson (5-9, sr.) and Regan Nesheim (6-1, jr.) add 12.4 and 12.0 points per game, respectively.

Coaches: Bill McTaggart is 355-114 in 20 seasons at City High, 446-175 in 25 years overall. Chad Jilek, in his seventh year at Johnston, hit a milestone in the Dragons’ quarterfinal win and is 100-44 in his present job. He is 119-112 in 18 years overall.



How they got here: Ashley Joens matched a 5A state-tourament record with 36 points in City High’s 78-62 first-round win over No. 12 West Des Moines Valley. Johnston pulled away in the second half and beat No. 6 Waukee, 73-48.

BC Moore computer projection: Iowa City High by 7.

No. 9 Iowa City West (17-7) vs. No. 10 Indianola (21-3)

Time: 11:45 a.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 15 games this season. She is averaging 10.8 ppg, and three others are scoring at least 9 ppg. Grace Berg (6-0, sr.) and Maggie McGraw (5-11, jr.) are the big guns for Indianola, averaging 20.3 and 18.5 points per game, respectively. Berg has signed with Missouri; McGraw is an Iowa State commit.


Coaches: B.J. Mayer is in his 11th year at West and owns a 192-70 mark there. Overall, he is 320-153 in 20 seasons. Bert Hanson has coached 49 years and owns a 695-364 record. That includes a 492-260 ledger at Indianola, where he has coached the girls for 12 years and the boys for 22.



How they got here: West outlasted No. 3 West Des Moines Dowling in overtime, 63-53, hitting 14 of 18 free throws in OT. Cailyn Morgan led the Women of Troy back from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, and Lauren Zacharias made a game-saving block at the end of regulation. Indianola made all 21 of its free-throw attempts, including two from McGraw in the final seconds, in a 64-63 win over No. 2 Cedar Falls.

BC Moore computer projection: Iowa City West by 3.

Class 4A semifinals

No. 1 Marion (24-0) vs. No. 5 Center Point-Urbana (22-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Top players: Marion is a balanced 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. 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.



Coaches: Corby Laube is in his 15th year as a coach at Marion, where he owns a mark of 223-119. That includes a six-year ledger of 104-38 with the girls’ program. Philip Klett has tallied a 10-year mark of 164-76 at CPU, and is 199-90 in 12 years overall.

How they got here: Marion tied a state-tournament record with 14 3-pointers in a 71-39 first-round win over No. 14 Fairfield. The Indians led just 21-17 at halftime, then blew it open with 30 points in the third quarter, and 50 in the second half. CPU was impressive in a 69-47 victory over No. 6 Boone.


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BC Moore computer projection: Marion by 12.

Class 3A semifinals

No. 9 Monticello (20-5) vs. No. 2 Sioux Center (23-2)

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Top players: Lauren Ries (5-10, sr.) and Taylor McDonald (5-6, sr.) are veteran leaders for Monticello. Ries averages 16.9 points per game, and McDonald adds 14.7 while Jordan Kuper (6-2, soph.) posts 9.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Sioux Center is a robust offensive club that averages 66.8 points per game. Lexi Toering (5-10, sr.) is the ringleader at 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Jordyn Van Maanen (5-6, sr.) and Shayla Post (5-5, sr.) add 13.1 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.

Coaches: Donnie Kremer has compiled a 265-116 record in 16 seasons at Monticello. Doug Winterfield owns a 312-120 mark in 18 years at Sioux Center.

How they got here: Monticello held a small lead through much of the game, then pulled away late from No. 5 Clear Lake for a 61-50 quarterfinal victory. Sioux Center jumped to an 18-point halftime lead and coasted past No. 10 Red Oak, 76-60.

BC Moore computer projection: Sioux Center by 3.

Thursday's other games

Class 4A semifinal: No. 3 Grinnell (22-2) vs. No. 9 LeMars (18-6), 3:15 p.m.

Class 3A semifinal: No. 1 Crestwood (24-0) vs. No. 8 North Polk (22-3), 5 p.m.

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