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Two straight weeks of state basketball tipped off Monday with the first day of the girls’ tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
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CLASS 1A QUARTERFINALS
Defending Class 1A champion Springville held Burlington Notre Dame to a 5-on-5 state-tournament record 16 points.
The Orioles outscored the Nikes 27-2 in the second half. It was 12-10 Springville after the first, then Notre Dame scored just six points the rest of the way.
Johanna Myers, averaging 24.8 points, was scoreless. Notre Dame miss all 22 field-goal attempts in the second half. Mikayla Nachazel led the Orioles with 18 points and six rebounds.
No. 7 Kingsley-Pierson 65, No. 6 Bellevue Marquette 61
Despite a Class 1A state-tournament record 38 points from Marissa Schroeder, Kingsley-Pierson rallied to beat Marquette and earn a semifinal date with No. 1 Springville.
Schroeder was 13-for-24 from the field and made 12-of-14 free throws to go with 11 rebounds. She broke Notre Dame's Taylor Hickey's old mark of 27 points.
Kingsley-Pierson dug itself an early 10-0 hole but stormed back to within 16-13 at the end of the first and led 35-31 at halftime. Addison Hirschman had 22 points and 10 boards for the Panthers.
Turkey Valley trailed 58-52 with 1:20 to go but scored the last eight points to advance.
Shelby Reicks hit the go-ahead layup with 29 seconds left, then Janesville turned it over on its final possession.
Reicks finished with 21 points despite battling ankle injuries. Tori Hazard led Janesville with 34, which would have been a 1A five-on-five tournament record had it not been for Marquette's Marissa Schroeder going for 38 earlier today.
No. 3 Exira-EHK 58, No. 9 Sidney 43
Sophia Peppers scored 22 points, Kealy Nelson added 16 and Exira-EHK held on to beat Sidney in the last 1A quarterfinal.
The Spartans used a 19-6 second quarter to turn a two-point advantage into a 35-20 halftime lead.
The Cowgirls fought back to within 42-37 late in the third before a 13-0 run that stretched into the fourth put them away for good.
CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS
Logan-Magnolia hung with top-ranked Regina as both teams shot better than 60 percent in the first half, but the Regals were too much in the second half.
Regina slowly pulled away. It was 19-13 after one, 36-29 at the half and 53-39 after three.
Alex Wiese scored Regina's first eight points in her state debut and finished with 18, plus 11 rebounds. Mary Crompton added 15 and Sarah Lehman had 12 as Regina shot 61.5 percent (24-39), including 7-of-15 from 3-point range.
Kylan Straight led the Panthers with 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting and eight boards.
Nebraska commit Ashtyn Veerbeek scored 25 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as Western outlasted North Linn.
Veerbeek did most of her work at the free-throw line, hitting 15 of 19 foul shots. Erika Feenstra added 18 points for the Wolfpack.
Grace Flannagan led the Lynx with 15 points. North Linn led 29-26 at halftime and 40-37 after three, but Western scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and never trailed again.
No. 2 Treynor 60, No. 10 Van Meter 54
Konnor Sudman made all 12 of her free-throw attempts and scored 18 points to lead Treynor to the 2A semis.
Madelyn Deitchler added 15 points for the Cardinals, who led 29-24 at halftime after falling behind 11-7 in the first quarter.
Van Meter pulled within 52-50 with 2:16 to go, but a Konnor Sudman steal and two free throws pushed the lead to four.
Mackenzie Roberts led the Bulldogs with 20 points before fouling out late.