No. 1 Regina bounced by Western Christian

Girls' state basketball: Wolfpack dominates from start to finish

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DES MOINES — The Regina Regals still haven’t been in a close game.

Fourth-ranked Western Christian was a lot bigger and quite a bit better than the top-rated Regals in their Class 2A semifinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Thursday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

Their 71-49 victory put the Wolfpack into the 2A championship game for the fifth time in six years.

They’ll face No. 2 Treynor (27-0) for the title at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“We came out really strong and got after them really quick,” Western’s Erika Feenstra said. “I think we shook them right away.”

Western (24-2) scored the first eight points, made it 16-4 midway through the first quarter and held a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

“Their length really bothered us,” Regina Coach Jeff Wallace said. “We didn’t get the shots we usually get.”

 

 

Western’s Ashtyn Veerbeek matched the 2A single-game scoring record with 31 points. The 6-foot-2 post is headed to the University of Nebraska.

The rest of the Western starting lineup stands 6-1, 6-1, 5-9 and 5-8. You don’t see that every day.

“We’ve never played against a team with that kind of size,” Regina’s Alex Wiese said. “We were prepared, but they played harder than we did.”

Wiese was competitive against the Western front line, with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

She was 9 of 13 from the field; the rest of the Regals were 6 of 47.

The Regals won all of their first 26 games by double-digits, but they were never in this one. Their best stretch came late in the first half, when they cut a 17-point deficit to 31-21.

But Western re-established control early in the second half and led 48-28 on Erica Bousema’s 3-pointer with 3:43 left in the third quarter.

Regina’s press and pace, which ran a lot of teams out of a lot of gyms this winter, never really made a dent.

“We have a lot of good teams that press us throughout the season, so we’re used to that,” Veerbeek said. “We had a couple inches on all their girls, and were able to take advantage of that.”

Feenstra added 17 points, Karsyn Winterfeld 11 for the winners.

Wiese was the lone Regal in double figures. Sarah Lehman scored nine points.

“It was a heartbreaking experience,” Wiese said. “We played our game. They just had a better day.”

WESTERN CHRISTIAN 71, IOWA CITY REGINA 49

2A State Semifinal, at Des Moines

WESTERN CHRISTIAN (71): Erika Feenstra 6-9 4-5 17, Jessi DeJager 3-4 2-3 8, Erica Bousema 1-2 1-2 4, Ashtyn Veerbeek 11-19 8-10 31, Karsyn Winterfeld 5-11 0-1 11, Avery VanKley 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Granstra 0-1 0-0 0, Kailey Heemskerk 0-0 0-0 0, Cori DeJong 0-0 0-0 0, Jordyn Marra 0-0 0-0 0, Janae Wynja 0-0 0-0 0, Alyssa Buren 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-46 15-21 71.

IOWA CITY REGINA (49): Mary Crompton 0-13 5-5 5, Sarah Lehman 3-21 3-4 9, Grayson Dumont 1-4 0-0 2, Kennedy Wallace 1-5 2-2 5, Alex Wiese 9-13 4-6 22, Alexa Lehman 0-1 4-4 4, Lauren Gaarde 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Corkery 0-0 0-0 0, Maeve Dunne 1-1 0-0 2, Katie Bracken 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Wick 0-1 0-0 0, Ellie VanLandschoot 0-0 0-0 0, Elly Gahan 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Dunn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-60 18-21 49.

Halftime: Western 33, Regina 22. 3-point goals: Western 4-15 (Feenstra 1-4, Bousema 1-2, Veerbeek 1-3, Winterfeld 1-5, Granstra 0-1), Regina 1-16 (Crompton 0-7, S.Lehman 0-3, Dumont 0-1, Wallace 1-4, Wiese 0-1). Team fouls: Western 16, Regina 19. Fouled out: Wiese. Rebounds: Western 38 (Veerbeek 10), Regina 28 (Wiese 14). Assists: Western 11 (Winterfeld 4), Regina 8 (Crompton 2). Steals: Western 4 (Bousema 3), Regina 7 (Crompton 3). Turnovers: Western 15, Regina 7.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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