The final three champions of the 2018 girls’ state basketball tournament were crowned Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Crestwood (3A), Cascade (2A) and Springville (1A) took home titles.
CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Springville 60, No. 4 Newell-Fonda 49
Mikayla Nachazel scored 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Springville to its third straight championship.
Rylee Menster added 14 points and four assists for the Orioles, who led 25-20 at halftime and slowly pulled away. Springville shot 56.4 percent from the field (22-39).
Megan Morenz led Newell-Fonda, which suffered its first loss, with 12 points. Olivia Larsen scored 11.
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CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 6 Cascade 41, No. 8 Grundy Center 37
Cascade held Grundy Center to 16.3-percent shooting, including 3 of 25 from 3-point range, to win its first girls' state basketball title.
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The Cougars led 22-15 at halftime and went up 10 early in the third, but the Spartans got back in it with the free-throw shooting of Hailey Wallis. She was 18 of 18 from the stripe and finished with 29 points. Grundy Center tied it at 37, but Abby Welter hit two free throws and Cascade held on.
Nicole McDermott led the way for the Cougars with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Anne Ryan added 13 points and Jordan Simon had 11.
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CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Crestwood 73, No. 2 Sioux Center 48
Crestwood completed its dominant run through the Class 3A bracket in Saturday's championship game, capping a perfect 26-0 season with a win over No. 2 Sioux Center, runner-up for the second straight year.
Brynn Bodermann made 6 of 9 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 26 points and the Cadets shot 11 of 19 from deep as a team. Sharon Goodman added 20 points inside. Shannon Pisney had 16 points and nine boards and Emily (10) and Ellie (9) Friesen combined for 19 assists.
The Warriors were led by Lexi Toering's 19 points. Alyssa Mulder added 14. Crestwood led 20-8 after one quarter and 42-27 at the half.