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Friday's Iowa high school girls' state basketball scores and highlights

Logan Cook celebrates Iowa City West's win over Iowa City High in Friday's Class 5A girls' state basketball championship game. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Logan Cook celebrates Iowa City West's win over Iowa City High in Friday's Class 5A girls' state basketball championship game. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The first two 2018 girls' state basketball champions were crowned Friday night as Iowa City West (5A) and Marion (4A) took home titles. Championship matchups were also determined in 2A and 1A.

CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 1 Marion 69, No. 3 Grinnell 48

Top-ranked Marion capped an undefeated season with a state title. The Indians were semifinalists in 2016, runners-up last year, and now champions.

Marion buried 13 of 29 3-pointers, led by a 4-for-8 mark from all-tournament captain Kayba Laube. She and Riley Wright each scored 16 points, while Randi Wright had 10. The Indians scored the last eight points of the first half to go up 29-22 and never trailed in the second.

Sienna Durr led Grinnell with 23 points and seven rebounds. The Tigers only forced five turnovers with their full-court press.

Full story: Marion takes the last, glorious step to a state title

 

 

CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 9 Iowa City West 56, No. 1 Iowa City High 45

West avenged two regular-season losses and handed City High its first defeat to claim its second girls' state basketball title.

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West led 21-16 at halftime and didn't relinquish the lead in the second half. Lauren Zacharias led the Women of Troy with 15 points. Logan Cook had 14 and Cailyn Morgan had 10. Rachael Saunders pulled down 12 rebounds to go with seven points.

Iowa State signee Ashley Joens scored 26 points for the Little Hawks, but City shot 29.5 percent, including 6 of 25 from 3-point range.

Full story: West captures 5A state championship

 

 

CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS

No. 4 Newell-Fonda 61, No. 2 Central Decatur 49

Olivia Larsen poured in 26 points and added six rebounds as Newell-Fonda won a battle of unbeatens to move on to the 1A title game.

A big second quarter gave the Mustangs a 35-22 lead at halftime, but Central Decatur cut it to three twice in the third quarter. N-F ended the third on a 9-3 run and was never really threatened.

Emma Stewart added 12 points for N-F, Megan Morenz 11. Emma Atwood led the Cardinals with 18, while Alli Masters had 15.

No. 1 Springville 57, No. 7 Exira-EHK 41

Springville held Exira-EHK to 20 percent shooting in the second half and moved one step closer to its third straight state title.

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Mikayla Nachazel totaled 15 points, four rebounds and four steals to lead the Orioles. Madi Wagaman had 13 points and four boards and Rylee Menster added 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Sophia Peppers scored 13 points for Exira-EHK, which turned it over 20 times.

 

 

CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS

No. 6 Cascade 62, No. 10 North Union 53 (3OT)

Despite missing starting forward Abbie Ruggeberg (12.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Cascade rallied from a 12-point second-quarter deficit to force overtime and -- eventually -- book a spot in the 2A final.

The Cougars were only 12 of 23 from the free-throw line and both teams were 22 of 64 from the field. Nichole McDermott led five Cascade players in double figures with 16 points to go with four assists. Rachel Trumm had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Hallie Reese, Chloe Lofstrom and Samantha Hagedorn each had 13 points for NU. The game was tied 44-44 after regulation, 48-48 after the first overtime and 50-all after 2OT.

Full story: Cascade wins triple-overtime thriller 

 

 

No. 8 Grundy Center 42, No. 2 Treynor 39

Grundy Center pulled its second straight upset to stop Treynor, the 2017 runner-up, from returning to the state final.

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Hailey Wallis made 3 of 5 3-pointers and poured in 18 points for the Spartans, who held Treynor to 27.1 percent shooting, including 4-for-21 from deep.

Konnor Sudmann led the Cardinals with 16 points and Kayla Chapman added 17. It took both 17 shots to get there.

• Thursday's scores, highlights and coverage

• A closer look at Friday's games

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