Prep Basketball

Girls' state basketball: Wednesday's capsules

Quarterfinal round concludes with games in 2A and 1A

Cascade’s Anne Ryan (10) makes a basket around East Buchanan’s Olivia Donlea (43) in a regional game Feb. 13. The Cougars face Dike-New Hartford in a Class 2A quarterfinal at 10 a.m. Wednesday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cascade’s Anne Ryan (10) makes a basket around East Buchanan’s Olivia Donlea (43) in a regional game Feb. 13. The Cougars face Dike-New Hartford in a Class 2A quarterfinal at 10 a.m. Wednesday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

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

Class 2A Quarterfinals

No. 6 Cascade (22-3) vs. No. 9 Dike-New Hartford (23-2)

Time: 10 a.m.

Top players: Cascade’s Nicole McDermott (5-5, soph.) has developed into a top-shelf point guard. She averages 13.6 points and 5.3 assists per game. Abbie Ruggeberg (5-11, sr.) and Anne Ryan (5-7, sr.) add 12.8 and 11.4 points per game, respectively. The top three scorers for DNH are sophomores — Ellie Foster (5-10) at 14.0 points per game, followed by Katie Knock (5-10, 12.2 ppg) and Morgan Weber (5-11, 11.1 ppg, 8.1 rebounds per game).

Coaches: Mike Sconsa is in his 14th year at Cascade and has compiled a mark of 278-65. Bruce Dall is 123-42 in seven seasons at DNH, 397-133 in 23 years overall, including a 2009 1A title with Ackley AGWSR.

State-tournament history: Cascade has qualified for the seventh time, the fifth in the last six years. This is Dike-New Hartford’s first appearance, but Dike qualified three straight times from 1986 through 1988, winning the six-player title in ‘88.

BC Moore computer projection: Cascade by 6.

Class 1A Quarterfinals

No. 1 Springville (21-3) vs. No. 15 Algona Garrigan (17-7)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Top players: Springville’s roster is full of familiar faces, headed by future Minnesota State-Mankato teammates Rylee Menster (5-6, sr.) and Mikayla Nachazel (5-11, sr.). Menster averages 17.3 points and 4.3 steals per game, and Nachazel adds 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Jenna Boelter (5-6, sr.) is the top player for Garrigan, averaging 20.2 points per game.


Coaches: Former assistant Christina Zaruba is in her first season as the head coach at Springville, and is 21-3. Brandon Schwab owns a seven-year mark if 96-68 at Garrigan and is 146-118 in 11 years overall.

State-tournament history: Springville is here for the sixth time, the fourth year in a row. Each time the Orioles have qualified, they’ve reached the finals. They earned state titles in 2008, 2016 and 2017. Garrigan has qualified for the fourth time, the first since 2000.

BC Moore computer projection: Springville by 15.

No. 9 Lansing Kee (22-1) vs. No. 4 Newell-Fonda (24-0)

Time: 5 p.m.

Top players: Kee boasts a balanced, veteran squad. Ashley Schwartzhoff (5-9, sr.) paces the Hawks at 11.2 points per game, and is followed closely by Kendra Cooper (5-10, sr., 10.6 ppg) and Makayla Walleser (5-8, jr., 10.3 ppg). Olivia Larsen (5-6, jr.) is undoubtedly the go-to player for Newell-Fonda. She averages 19.5 points, 5.1 assists and 5,5 steals per game.

Coaches: Lisa Steckel is in her first year as Kee’s head coach and owns a 22-1 record. Newell-Fonda’s Dick Jungers is 337-67 in 16 seasons.

State-tournament history: Kee is in the field for the second time; its previous appearance was in 2016. Newell-Fonda is the state’s most consistent small-school program. The Mustangs are here for the 13th time, the seventh in nine years, highlighted by a championship in 2015.

BC Moore computer projection: Newell-Fonda by 7.

No. 10 Montezuma (20-3) vs. No. 2 Central Decatur (24-0)

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Top players: University of Iowa commit Shateah Wetering (6-1, soph.) highlights a good young nucleus for Montezuma, averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Riley Gatton (5-8, jr.) and Elise Boulton (5-5, fr.) add 10.8 and 10.7 ppg, respectively. Central Decatur starts five juniors, led by Emma Atwood (5-10) and Alli Masters (5-10) at 21.4 and 18.8 points per game.

Coaches: Hall of Fame player Janel (Grimm) Burgess has returned to her hometown and owns a 20-3 record in one year. Curtis Booth is 315-66 in 16 years at Central Decatur.

State-tournament history: A former six-player giant, Montezuma has qualified for the 12th time, but its first since Burgess was a player in 1994. Central Decatur is here for the sixth time, the third in a row.

BC Moore computer projection: Central Decatur by 15.


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Wednesday's other games

Class 2A quarterfinal: No. 3 Panorama (23-1) vs. No. 10 North Union (21-2), 11:45 a.m.

Class 1A quarterfinal: No. 7 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (23-1) vs. No. 8 Ackley AGWSR (21-2), 3:15 p.m.

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