Prep Basketball

Springville is still money in girls' state basketball first round

Orioles ease past Garrigan, 54-36

DES MOINES — A memorable senior class from Springville High School added another brick to its legacy, and took another step toward another championship.

The top-ranked Orioles held No. 15 Algona Garrigan to 10 first-half points and breezed to a 54-36 Class 1A quarterfinal victory at the girls’ state basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

“It’s a different season, a different coach, a different schedule, new opportunities,” said Mikayla Nachazel, who scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

The Orioles (22-3) won their first-round game for the fourth straight year, and improved to 6-0 all-time in state quarterfinals. They advance to face No. 7 Exira-EHK (24-1) in a 1A semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Spartans were 57-47 winners over No. 8 Ackley AGWSR.

Springville is the two-time defending 1A champion. Former assistant coach Christina Zaruba is in charge now, taking over after Nate Sanderson took over the Linn-Mar program.

“It’s brand new, but the nice thing is that we still have Nate in our back pocket, doing anything we need,” Zaruba said.

There wasn’t much drama to this one. Garrigan (17-8) missed its first nine shots, Springville led 9-2 after a quarter and 29-10 at halftime.

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“We had to come out really strong,” Nachazel said. “We knew if we held (Jenna Boelter) down, it would work in our favor.”

Boelter came into the game averaging 20.2 points per game, but took only seven shots and managed just 10 points.

After a slow start, Springville’s offense caught up with its defense in the second quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nichole Kane and Madi Wagaman ignited the Orioles.

Springville scored the first seven points of the second half to extend the margin to 36-10, then coasted from there.

“Sometimes I think (the players) get a little bored, and that makes it more challenging,” Zaruba said. “We talk about building the lead, always going hard ... “

Wagaman and Alyssa Jaeger added 10 points apiece. Kane scored seven, and Rylee Menster tacked on six more. Menster collected five steals, and Sami Johnson came off the bench to snare 10 rebounds.

The state schedule was flipped this year. The big schools kicked off the tournament on Monday, and the 1A first-round games didn’t begin until Wednesday.

But one routine remains the same for the Orioles.

“We always go to Spaghetti Works (in Des Moines),” Wagaman said. “I love Spaghetti Works.”

SPRINGVILLE 54, ALGONA GARRIGAN 36

Class 1A State Quarterfinal, at Des Moines

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ALGONA GARRIGAN (36): Katie Noonan 0-2 1-2 1, Whitney Hovey 1-7 0-0 2, Kaylyn Meyers 4-14 0-0 8, Jenna Boelter 3-7 1-2 10, Grace McGuire 3-13 2-2 9, Emma Lichter 0-0 0-0 0, Alisa Altman 0-2 0-0 0, Madison Meister 1-3 0-2 2, Emma Fogarty 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Elsbecker 0-0 0-0 0, Makenzie Meister 0-0 0-0 0, Livia Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Emory Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Wadle 0-0 0-0 0, Caitlin Thilges 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 14-52 4-8 36.

SPRINGVILLE (54): Nichole Kane 3-4 0-0 7, Rylee Menster 2-8 1-2 6, Madi Wagaman 4-5 1-2 10, Alyssa Jaeger 3-3 4-6 10, Mikayla Nachazel 7-16 5-6 19, Rylee Chapman 0-0 0-0 0, Melissa Nulle 1-1 0-0 2, Megan Pearson 0-0 0-0 0, Kali Spicer 0-0 0-0 0, Courtney Boland 0-0 0-0 0, Sami Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Kelly Kirchman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-41 11-16 54.

Halftime: Springville 29, Garrigan 10. 3-point goals: Garrigan 4-18 (Noonan 0-2, Hovey 0-4, Boelter 3-6, McGuire 1-5, Altman 0-1), Springville 3-8 (Kane 1-2, Menster 1-5, Wagaman 1-1). Team fouls: Garrigan 10, Springville 13. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Garrigan 24 (Hovey 5), Springville 38 (Johnson 10). Assists: Garrigan 6 (Altman 2), Springville 17 (Wagaman 6). Steals: Garrigan 7 (Meister 2), Springville 9 (Menster 5). Turnovers: Garrigan 10, Springville 15.

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