North Scott outlasts Marion in OT

Girls' state basketball: Indians let 6-point 4th-quarter lead slip away

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DES MOINES — For the second time in two days, North Scott’s free-throw parade broke some Metro hearts.

This time, it was Marion Indians’ turn to shed tears.

Eighth-ranked North Scott ruled the extra 4 minutes and outlasted No. 1 Marion, 52-40, in overtime to capture the Class 4A girls’ state basketball championship Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

“That’s how basketball works,” Marion Coach Corby Laube said. “It can be one possession, one made shot ... every little thing matters.”

 

 

North Scott (21-5) won its first girls’ basketball title. The Lancers were runners-up in the one-class five-player tournament in 1986 and 1987.

“They beat us last year (in the regional final), and this more than makes up for that,” said North Scott sophomore Rylie Rucker.

Marion (24-2) saw a 13-game win streak come to an end.

And judging by the tears after the overtime onslaught ended, it was a very bitter end.

“They made plays when they needed to,” Marion’s Chloe Rice said.

Rice made two free throws with 7:25 left in regulation to put Marion in front, 33-27, and the Indians had two opportunities to extend the margin further, but couldn’t.

“We were doing the same things we’d been doing all game,” Rice said. “We could have made more shots, but we were trying our best.”

Karli Rucker’s 3-pointer ended a scoring drought of nearly five minutes to cut the gap to 33-30, and the comeback was on.

Grace Boffeli’s free throws put the Lancers up 38-37, then Karli Rucker made another to make it 39-37 with 0:37 left.

Mia Laube rebounded Sophie Willette’s missed 3-pointer and made two free throws to tie it with 17 seconds left.

On North Scott’s final possession of regulation, Kayba Laube got a steal on the perimeter and dribbled downcourt. There was contact on her half-court heave, but no whistle.

“Yeah, there might have been (contact), but that’s a hard call to make at the end of the game,” she said.

North Scott led throughout overtime, just allowing a single free throw by Rice that made cut the Lancers’ lead to 41-40.

The rest of the game was mostly a free-throw festival, with the Lancers converting 9 of 10.

In a semifinal win over Cedar Rapids Xavier, North Scott hit 17 of 18 in the fourth quarter.

Kayba Laube hit back-to-back 3-pointers to vault the Indians to a quick 6-0 lead, forcing the Lancers out of their zone.

“They’re just too good of shooters,” Lancers Coach T.J. Case said. “We had to match up with them.”

Marion led 22-19 at intermission, then extended it to six at 31-25 and 33-27.

UNI signee Karli Rucker led the Lancers with 24 points and was the all-tournament captain. Rylie Rucker joined her, as did Rice and Kayla Laube of Marion, Lexi Noonan of Xavier and Kiara Bradley of Pella.

Mia Laube led the Indians with 11 points.

It was the first championship game to go overtime since the 2012 4A final, won by Iowa City West over Ankeny.

NORTH SCOTT 52, MARION 40 (OT)

4A State Championship, at Des Moines

MARION (40): Chloe Rice 3-9 3-4 9, Caitlyn Smith 0-9 2-2 2, Randi Wright 3-4 0-0 6, Mia Laube 4-8 2-2 11, Kayba Laube 3-6 0-0 9, Maddie Knapp 1-3 0-0 3, Sophie Willette 0-2 0-0 0, Elle Herold 0-0 0-0 0, Isabella Sade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-41 7-8 40.

NORTH SCOTT (52): Presley Case 1-4 4-4 7, Karli Rucker 8-17 4-6 24, Erica Loussaert 2-8 0-0 5, Rylie Rucker 3-14 3-4 9, Grace Boffeli 1-6 5-6 7, Savannah Bogner 0-4 0-0 0, Alyssa Perrin 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Moeller 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 15-56 16-20 52.

Halftime: Marion 22, North Scott 19. Regulation: 39-39. 3-point goals: Marion 5-20 (Rice 0-1, Smith 0-8, M.Laube 1-1, K.Laube 3-6, Knapp 1-3, Willette 0-1), North Scott 6-21 (Case 1-3, K.Rucker 4-7, Loussaert 1-5, R.Rucker 0-4, Bogner 0-1, Moeller 0-1). Team fouls: Marion 21, North Scott 16. Fouled out: K.Laube, Loussaert. Rebounds: Marion 33 (M.Laube 6), North Scott 40 (Boffeli 10). Assists: Marion 4 (M.Laube 2), North Scott 7 (three with 2). Steals: Marion 6 (K.Laube 3), North Scott 8 (R.Rucker 3). Turnovers: Marion 20, North Scott 12.

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

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