No. 1 Iowa City Regina gets a test, and answer

Girls' basketball: Regals pull away from Maquoketa Valley, 80-67

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IOWA CITY — How would they handle a stressful fourth quarter, you asked.

The Regina Regals answered.

Embroiled in a one-possession game with 5 1/2 minutes to go, top-ranked Iowa City Regina made enough plays — and more than enough free throws — to sidestep No. 14 Maquoketa Valley, 80-67, in a Class 2A girls’ basketball regional semifinal Friday night at Regina High School.

“It was a war,” Regina Coach Jeff Wallace said. “Maquoketa Valley is a dang good team; they played their tails off.

“But our kids are just winners.”

Regina (24-0) will face Bellevue in a regional final at 7 p.m. Monday at Tipton. The Comets (17-6) outlasted West Branch, 51-45, in overtime.

“Playing in a close game, it will definitely help us a lot down the road,” Regina’s Sarah Lehman said. “We know we can do it.”

Down by as many as 19 points in the first half, Maquoketa Valley (19-4) chipped and chipped, clawing within 59-56 on Sam Wall’s 3-pointer with 5:35 to play.

But Alexa Lehman answered with a trey of her own on the next possession, and the Regals pulled away.

“I don’t want to say that was a dagger, but it kind of took the wind out of our sails,” Wildcats Coach Scot Moenck said. “Some of the kids that were hitting 3-pointers, those were the ones we wanted shooting the ball.”

Regina hit nine treys, seven in the first half.

Maquoketa Valley scored the game’s first six points, but the explosive Regals jolted them with a 17-2 run and led the rest of the way.

It was 40-21 when Mary Crompton nailed a 3-pointer with 3:03 left in the half, 43-28 at intermission.

Alex Wiese led the Regals with 20 points and seven rebounds. Crompton and Sarah Lehman added 19 apiece, Kennedy Wallace 10.

Wall scored 14 for Maquoketa Valley. Brianna Mensen and Payton Ries tallied 14, Maci Freiburger 12.

“Our girls did everything we asked,” Moenck said. “We just played a great team on their home floor.”

IOWA CITY REGINA 80, MAQUOKETA VALLEY 67

At Iowa City Regina

MAQUOKETA VALLEY (67): Sam Wall 5-15 6-6 17, Brianna Mensen 4-9 5-6 14, Macy Hoeger 0-0 1-2 1, Payton Ries 4-8 6-6 14, Gracie Gellersen 3-6 0-0 8, Maci Freiburger 5-9 2-2 12, Abby Holtz 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Hoeger 0-0 0-0 0, Caitlin Schuman 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 21-47 21-24 67.

IOWA CITY REGINA (80): Mary Crompton 4-10 8-8 19, Sarah Lehman 6-9 7-8 19, Greyson Dumont 1-5 0-0 3, Kennedy Wallace 4-8 0-0 10, Alex Wiese 7-11 5-6 20, Alexa Lehman 2-3 0-0 6, Lauren Gaarde 1-1 0-2 2, Katie Dunn 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Wick 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 25-47 21-26 80.

Halftime: Regina 43, Maquoketa Valley 28. 3-point goals: Maquoketa Valley 4-10 (Wall 1-3, Mensen 1-3, Gellersen 2-4), Regina 9-20 (Crompton 3-6, S.Lehman 0-1, Dumont 1-4, Wallace 2-5, Wiese 1-2, A.Lehman 2-2). Team fouls: Maquoketa Valley 18, Regina 21. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Maquoketa Valley 30 (Ries 7), Regina 24 (Wiese 7). Assists: Maquoketa Valley 12 (Wall 5), Regina 13 (Dumont, Wallace 3). Steals: Maquoketa Valley 2 (Mensen, Gellersen), Regina 9 (S.Lehman, Wallace, Gaarde 2). Turnovers: Maquoketa Valley 17, Regina 8.

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

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