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Friday was an eventful day of the 2020 Iowa high school girls' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The semifinal round wrapped up first in 1A and 2A, then the first two championship games took center stage.
Johnston (5A) and Sioux City Heelan (3A) took home state titles, with three more champions to be crowned Saturday.
Find all the box scores, full game replays, highlights, photos and coverage from Friday's games here.
Girls' state basketball coverage
Friday's girls' state basketball scores
CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 4 Johnston 69, No. 1 Waukee 65
Johnston beat Waukee for the second time this season, this time for its first state championship. The Dragons (24-2) got out to a 24-14 lead after the first quarter, but Waukee was within 30-26 by halftime and it was a back-and-forth game the rest of the way.
Kendall Nead led the Dragons with 21 points and Anna Gossling had 14. All-tournament captain Maya McDermott totaled 14 points, nine assists, four blocks and two steals. Johnston shot 57.8 percent from the field and was 7 of 15 from 3-point range.
Katie Dinnebier scored a game-high 29 points for the Warriors (23-3).
CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 3 Sioux City Heelan 53, No. 5 North Polk 46
Heelan got off to a fast start, leading 17-5 after one quarter and holding on for the 3A title, its third state championship and first since 2010.
Ella Skinner had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Crusaders (22-4), hitting 6 of 12 shots from the field. Katie Cooke added 13 points and Katelyn Stanley had 10 points, eight boards and four assists.
Jaedon Murphy led North Polk (21-6) with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Comets finished second in 3A for the second straight year.
CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS
No. 5 Osage 46, No. 1 Cascade 32
Osage (24-2) broke open a slugfest with a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter to go up 33-20 and upset the top-ranked Cougars (26-1).
The Green Devils' size bothered the Cougars on both ends of the floor. Dani Johnson totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds, making 11 of 11 free throws. Ellie Bobinet was 3 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with nine points and Sidney Brandau also had nine points.
Nicole McDermott led Cascade with 14 points — including a circus shot from her back in the first half — and eight rebounds.
No. 3 North Linn 61, No. 2 West Hancock 46
North Linn outscored West Hancock 40-14 in the second half to completely flip the game and advance to the Class 2A final.
The Lynx trailed 34-21 in the third quarter, but got within 40-35 entering the fourth and outscored the Eagles 26-6 in the final period.
Grace Flanagan was 12 of 15 at the free-throw line and totaled 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (24-2). Sydney Burke was 3 of 4 from 3-point range and added 16 points. Rachel Leerar led the Eagles (25-2) with 17 points.
CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Newell-Fonda 84, No. 7 Saint Ansgar 33
The Mustangs (26-0) continued their domination of Class 1A, cruising to a 31-13 lead after the first quarter and 59-22 advantage at halftime.
Newell-Fonda made 11 of 23 3-point shots, forced 25 turnovers and won its 53rd consecutive game. Macy Sievers was 10 of 12 from the floor and scored a game-high 20 points. Maggie Walker added 17, Ella Larson 13 and Ellie Lago 12.
Hannah Patterson and Hali Anderson had eight points apiece for the Saints (22-3).
No. 4 Algona Garrigan 69, No. 2 Bellevue Marquette 37
Garrigan trailed 17-16 after the first quarter, then took control. The Golden Bears (25-1) were up 39-29 by halftime and outscored the Mohawks 21-4 in the third quarter to cruise to the 1A title game.
Molly Joyce had a game-high 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting and Audi Crooks posted 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Marquette (24-2) was led by Miranda Peters' 11 points and 12 rebounds