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The quarterfinal round has wrapped up at the Iowa girls’ state basketball tournament as the Class 4A and 5A semifinals were set Wednesday.
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CLASS 5A QUARTERFINALS
Cailynn Morgan hit the game-winning floater with 50 seconds left and West survived despite star guard Rachael Saunders leaving the game with a knee injury.
Jori Nieman missed a floater with 4 seconds left for Waukee, then Kylie Coleman stole a pass at mid-court and launched a prayer that came up just short at the buzzer.
Logan Cook led the Women of Troy with 13 points, while Emma Koch had seven points and 14 rebounds. Carlie Littlefield had 15 for the Warriors.
No. 2 West Des Moines Valley 87, No. 7 West Des Moines Dowling 64
This state-tournament meeting between crosstown rivals was a rout.
Zoe Young set a Class 5A tournament record with 11 assists as five Tigers scored in double figures.
Valley, which shot 53.1 percent, including 8 of 19 from 3-point range, was led by Jackie Feldt's 23 points. Alex Honnold added 16, Young had 13 and Hannah and Shea Fuller each contributed 12.
Dowling, which fell behind 22-12 after the first quarter, was paced by Anna Wanek with 16 points.
Kiana Barney's layup and free throw with 7.4 seconds remaining sent Cedar Falls to the semifinals, avenging a 62-40 loss to City High earlier this season.
Barney finished with 24 points to lead all scorers, 13 in the fourth quarter, and pulled down nine rebounds. Ashley Joens had 22, plus nine rebounds for the Little Hawks, but missed a pair of free throws prior to Barney's go-ahead bucket.
No. 1 Indianola 77, No. 8 Johnston 67
Grace Berg set a Class 5A state tournament scoring record with 36 points and top-ranked Indianola remained undefeated.
Berg was 13 of 23 from the floor, including 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and 7 of the 8 at the free-throw line. The Missouri commit also had nine rebounds and three assists.
Maggie McGraw added 22 points for the Indians, while Taryn Knuth led the Dragons with 23.
Indianola started the game on a 13-2 run and led by as much as 17.
CLASS 4A QUARTERFINALS
No. 4 Pella 47, No. 5 Lewis Central 43
Pella used a 22-10 third quarter to erase a 19-15 halftime deficit and return to the Class 4A semifinals.
Kiara Bradley had 18 points and six rebounds for the Lady Dutch, who await a rematch with No. 1 Marion. Pella beat the Indians in last year's state semifinals.
Lewis Central was paced by Megan Witte's 17 points and eight rebounds.
Top-ranked Marion never trailed in its state quarterfinal, jumping out to a 12-2 lead and staving off Boone.
The Toreadors kept it close, cutting the lead to three in the third quarter, but never led.
Freshman Kayba Laube hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and led the Indians with 17 points. Chloe Rice added 12. Caitlynne Shadle had a game-high 21 for Boone, which was 0 for 12 from deep.