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Springville blanks Johanna Myers, smothers Notre Dame

Girls state basketball: Springville's defensive effort is one for the record books

DES MOINES — The Springville Orioles merely wanted to contain Johanna Myers.

Turns out, they blanked her.

Top-ranked Springville held the state’s second-leading scorer without a point and trounced No. 12 Burlington Notre Dame, 56-16, in a Class 1A quarterfinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Monday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We wanted to guard out on their shooters. We knew they had good shooters,” Springville’s Rylee Menster said. “We wanted to hold (Myers) under 20, and (post Emma) Lynch under 15.”

They did that, and then some.

Myers entered the game averaging 24.8 points per game, but the Orioles (23-2) smothered her all morning, forcing her into 0-of-10 shooting and 10 turnovers.

“We have a set play, and no matter where I cut, they were right there,” Myers said.

 

 

Notre Dame’s 16 points were the fewest ever in a five-player state tournament game, an era that spans 33 years and 729 games.

The previous record for offensive futility was 17 points by Anita CAM, against Council Bluffs St. Albert in a 2A quarterfinal in 1997.

“It was our communication, effort and hard work,” Springville’s Madi Wagaman said. “We got our rotations down, so nobody stayed open.”

Notre Dame (19-7) was 6-of-42 from the field, including 0-of-22 in the second half.

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The Nikes actually led, 6-3, behind Hailey Blythe’s three baskets before Orioles Coach Nate Sanderson called timeout.

“(Blythe) was getting too open on the high post,” Sanderson said. “Once we fixed that, we were OK.”

They were more than OK.

Springville led 12-10 by the end of the first quarter. When Lynch scored at the 2:54 mark of the second quarter, it cut the Orioles’ advantage to 16-12.

Nobody would have guessed at the time, but that would be Notre Dame’s last basket. Of the game.

From that point, Springville ruled by a margin of 40-4.

The defending 1A champion, Springville will face No. 7 Kingsley-Pierson (24-1) — a 65-61 victor over No. 6 Bellevue Marquette — in a semifinal at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Nachazel led the Orioles with 18 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Menster added 15 points, five assists and seven steals.

Wagaman scored 10 points, Nichole Kane eight.

Blythe paced Notre Dame with eight points.

SPRINGVILLE 56, BURLINGTON NOTRE DAME 16

Class 1A State Quarterfinal, at Des Moines

BURLINGTON NOTRE DAME (16): Anna Tillo 0-1 0-0 0, Johanna Myers 0-10 0-0 0, Hailey Blythe 3-14 2-4 8, Kaelyn Hoambrecker 1-6 0-0 2, Emma Lynch 2-6 2-4 6, Sarah Meeker 0-1 0-0 0, Abby Dowell 0-0 0-0 0, Hope Ward 0-1 0-0 0, Catherine Lillie 0-1 0-0 0, Alyssa Trail 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Ackerman 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Stutsman 0-0 0-0 0, Rylie Todd 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 6-42 4-8 16.

SPRINGVILLE (56): Nichole Kane 4-5 0-0 8, Rylee Menster 3-8 8-9 15, Madi Wagaman 5-6 0-1 10, Alyssa Jaeger 1-1 0-0 2, Mikayla Nachazel 7-12 4-4 18, Kylie Hanshaw 0-0 0-0 0, Melissa Nulle 0-1 0-0 0, Katelyn Gloeckner 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Chapman 0-0 0-0 0, Courtney Boland 0-0 0-0 0, Sami Johnson 0-2 3-3 3, Carly Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Elle Scriver 0-0 0-0 0, Kelly Kirchmann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-36 15-17 56.

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Halftime: Springville 29, Notre Dame 14. 3-point goals: Notre Dame 0-13 (Myers 0-5, Blythe 0-2, Hoambrecker 0-1, Meeker 0-1, Ward 0-1, Lillie 0-1, Todd 0-2), Springville 1-5 (Kane 0-1, Menster 1-4). Team fouls: Notre Dame 17, Springville 8. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Notre Dame 23 (Blythe 6), Springville 31 (Wagaman 8). Assists: Notre Dame 4 (Hoambrecker 2), Springville 13 (Menster 5). Steals: Notre Dame 15 (Myers 6), Springville 18 (Menster, Nachazel 7). Turnovers: Notre Dame 24, Springville 20.

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