North Linn matches Iowa girls' basketball record with 20 3-pointers, missing only 4

'Everybody was hot at the same time'

North Linn’s Grace Flanagan (23), here tossing the ball under pressure against Cascade, hit 10 of 11 shots from 3-point range Tuesday. North Linn made 20 (tying the state record) in 24 attempts in a win at Calamus-Wheatland. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
North Linn’s Grace Flanagan (23), here tossing the ball under pressure against Cascade, hit 10 of 11 shots from 3-point range Tuesday. North Linn made 20 (tying the state record) in 24 attempts in a win at Calamus-Wheatland. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

It was, in the words of Coach Brian Wheatley, “one of those nights in which everybody was hot at the same time.”

A record-setting sort of hot.

The top-ranked girls’ basketball team in Class 2A, North Linn tied a single-game state record with 20 3-pointers in Tuesday’s 99-23 Tri-Rivers Conference victory at Calamus-Wheatland.

But here’s the real kicker. It only took the Lynx 24 shots to get there.

“They played a zone the whole game, and we had nine of them in the first quarter,” Wheatley said. “Then, after we sat the starters, even the subs hit a couple.”

The Lynx (15-0 overall, 13-0 Tri-Rivers) weren’t the only team from that league to explode from the perimeter Tuesday. Maquoketa Valley hit 18 in a 83-42 rout of Cedar Valley Christian.

Last year’s Class 3A state champion, Pocahontas Area hit 20 treys on two different occasions last season. Now, the Lynx have a piece of the record. So does Grinnell, which connected on 20 of 41 in a win over Gilbert on Tuesday.

Sophomore Grace Flanagan was the chief sniper for the Lynx, draining 10 of 11 shots from distance in a 30-point outing. Abby Flanagan was 5 for 5 and scored 17 points. Kylie Kurt and Sydney Burke were 2 for 2, Anna LeGrand 1 for 3, Fallon Finnegan 0 for 1.

North Linn led 39-14 after one quarter, 66-17 at intermission.

LOOK WHO’S BACK

Iowa City West is now playing with a fuller deck.

Senior guard Rachael Saunders, who suffered a torn ACL at the state tournament last year, has rehabbed her way back into the starting lineup.

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A Creighton University signee, Saunders scored six points in her season debut Friday against Dubuque Wahlert, then tallied 15 Tuesday in a 54-33 victory against Linn-Mar.

“She brings so much energy,” West Coach B.J. Mayer said. “Loose balls, getting teammates going ... and she brings us another scorer and more leadership.”

Saunders has been practicing with the 5A third-rated Women of Troy (9-2 overall, 7-0 MVC) all season.

“All along, we had hoped to have her back right after Christmas, and that’s how it worked out,” Mayer said. “The first night, she played 2-3 minutes at a time, then (Tuesday) it was 3-4 minutes at a time.”

FULL-COURT PRESS

• Keota snapped a 35-game losing streak Friday, when it defeated Colfax-Mingo, 39-36, at home. The Eagles’ previous win was Feb. 5, 2016, against North Mahaska.

• North Linn’s Ashley Tull hit the 1,000-point career plateau in the Lynx’ win over Monticello on Saturday.

• MFL MarMac (13-2, 8-0) hosts Lansing Kee (11-1, 7-0) in a game Friday that will determine overall supremacy in the Upper Iowa Conference. Both teams are in control of their respective UIC divisions.

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