Springville back to the girls' state basketball finals

Girls' state basketball: Orioles clamp down on Kingsley-Pierson, 61-43

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DES MOINES — When the Springville Orioles get to state, they get to Friday night.

“We feel like this is where we’re supposed to be, in the championship game,” Mikayla Nachazel said.

Nachazel accumulated 32 points and 10 rebounds, and the top-ranked Orioles put forth another defensive gem in a 61-43 Class 1A semifinal triumph over No. 7 Kingsley-Pierson at the girls’ state basketball tournament Thursday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.

Springville (24-2) held Kingsley-Pierson 28 points under its season average, and returns to the 1A final for the third straight year.

 

 

Rewind the history tape a little further, and the Orioles are 5-for-5 in making the finals since 2008.

They will meet No. 2 Turkey Valley (23-2) in a championship rematch at 6 p.m. Friday. Last year, Springville won a 49-48 thriller.

Springville’s defensive average is a best-in-any-class 27.3 points per game, and the Orioles claimed another victim Thursday.

“This might have been even more impressive (than Monday’s 56-16 win over Burlington Notre Dame),” Orioles Coach Nate Sanderson said. “Kingsley-Pierson had more weapons.”

One of them is junior Addison Hirschman, a 6-foot-2 junior who has committed to South Dakota State. The Orioles held her without a field goal.

“Defense is a big part of our success,” Nachazel said. “We did a good job with their high posts and got out on their guards.”

Rylee Menster got into quick foul trouble, picking up her third with 40 seconds left in the first quarter. The Orioles didn’t miss a beat.

Springville led 20-8 after one period, 37-16 at halftime.

“We have a lot of people that can step in and do the job,” Menster said.

A 5-11 post, Nachazel has expanded her game every year. The majority of her baskets Thursday were of the mid-range variety and in transition. She was 13 of 19 from the floor.

“Her range had definitely gotten better, and so have her free throws,” Menster said.

Sanderson said, “She’s a complete player now. She can hit that 15-footer consistently, and if you step out on her, she has a quick enough first step to the basket.”

Kingsley-Pierson sprinted within 41-31 in the first four minutes of the third quarter, but the Orioles answered with the next eight points to reclaim control.

Menster added 11 points and six steals, and Madi Wagaman scored nine points.

Allison Bailey paced Kingsley-Pierson with 14 points. Bradi Harvey added 10.

SPRINGVILLE 61, KINGSLEY-PIERSON 43

1A State Semifinal, at Des Moines

KINGSLEY-PIERSON (43): Bradi Harvey 3-10 2-2 10, Bri Jensen 4-7 0-0 8, Madison Goodwin 1-6 2-2 5, Allison Bailey 5-10 4-7 14, Addison Hirschman 0-7 6-8 6, Jena Schmid 0-0 0-0 0, Camryn Dunne 0-0 0-0 0, Faith Seggerman 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Wurth 0-3 0-0 0, Jayde Barto 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 14-19 43.

SPRINGVILLE (61): Nichole Kane 1-5 0-0 2, Rylee Menster 5-11 1-2 11, Madi Wagaman 3-8 3-8 9, Alyssa Jaeger 1-4 1-2 3, Mikayla Nachazel 13-19 6-7 32, Melissa Nulle 0-0 0-0 0, Katelyn Gloeckner 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Chapman 0-2 0-0 0, Courtney Boland 0-0 0-0 0, Sami Johnson 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 24-51 13-21 61.

Halftime: Springville 37, Kingsley-Pierson 16. 3-point goals: Kingsley-Pierson 3-23 (Harvey 2-8, Jensen 0-2, Goodwin 1-5, Bailey 0-2, Hirchman 0-2, Wurth 0-2, Barto 0-2), Springville 0-0. Team fouls: Kingsley-Pierson 19, Springville 15. Fouled out: Jensen, Bailey. Rebounds: Kingsley-Pierson 31 (Hirschman 9), Springville 37 (Nachazel 10). Assists: Kingsley-Pierson 9 (Jensen 4), Springville 16 (Wagaman 5). Steals: Kingsley-Pierson 12 (Bailey 4), Springville 16 (Menster 6). Turnovers: Kingsley-Pierson 21, Springville 18.

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

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