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Two champions were crowned in the Iowa high school girls’ state basketball tournament Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines — Johnston in Class 5A and Estherville-Lincoln Central in Class 3A.
Before that, the last two championship matchups were determined with four more semifinal games.
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Friday’s girls’ state basketball scores
CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Johnston 51, No. 6 Waterloo West 31
Johnston (26-0) completed an unbeaten season and won its second state title in three years in its third straight finals appearance.
The Dragons outscored West 16-2 in a decisive third quarter to take a 40-22 lead.
All-tournament captain Anna Gossling scored 13 points. Iowa State commit Alli Tanke and Molly Noelck both had 11. Iowa signee Jada Gyamfi finished with six points and 12 rebounds.
Sahara Williams scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed nine boards for the Wahawks (23-3).
CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 4 Estherville-Lincoln Central 44, No. 3 Ballard 30
Trailing 13-10 at halftime, Estherville-Lincoln Central came alive on offense in the second half and won its second state title.
A 14-5 third quarter gave ELC (26-2) a 24-19 lead that it only extended in the fourth. Haylee Stokes scored 24 points, including a 13-for-14 mark from the free-throw line. Jordyn Stokes added nine. Jaydan Nitchals had six points and 14 rebounds.
Brooke Loewe led Ballard with 13 points. The Bombers (23-4), last year’s 4A champions, shot 23.4 percent from the field.
CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Dike-New Hartford 67, No. 4 Panorama 23
Payton Petersen scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Jadyn Petersen had 14 points and 10 boards as defending champion Dike-New Hartford (24-2) rolled back to the title game.
It was just 11-9 Wolverines after a quarter but they started the second on a 14-2 run and cruised from there, holding Panorama (25-2) to 23.7-percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers while giving it up just seven times. Panorama didn’t score at all in the fourth quarter.
Ellary Knock added 13 points for DNH. Payton Beckman led the Panthers with 14 before fouling out.
No. 3 Central Lyon 53, No. 2 Denver 35
All five Central Lyon players scored at least eight points, and they were the only Lions to score. That’s all they needed in an 18-point semifinal win.
Afton Schlumbohm and Addison Klosterbuer led the way with 12 points apiece, Desta Hoogendoorn had 11, Regan Van Wyhe 10 and Kaylee Davis eight. Central Lyon (23-3) made 7 of 14 3-point attempts.
Denver (24-3), which trailed 26-19 at halftime, was just 2 for 20 from deep. Reese Johnson had nine points and nine rebounds.
CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Marcus MMCRU 66, No. 1 Newell-Fonda 62
Ellie Hilbrands scored 22 points and MMCRU (26-1) stunned top-ranked, three-time defending Class 1A state champion Newell-Fonda (24-2) in the semifinals.
Taylor Harpenau added 17 points for the Royals, Emily Dreckman had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Kora Alesch scored 11 points and distributed six assists. MMCRU trailed 36-33 at halftime, then took the lead for good on a Hilbrands layup midway through the third quarter. The lead grew to eight in the fourth and only got as close as three once, with 4:44 left.
MMCRU made 23 of 32 free throws and only allowed 11 points off 16 turnovers against a team that averages 17.7 steals per game (it had 12).
Macy Sievers had 14 points and seven assists for Newell-Fonda.
No. 2 Algona Garrigan 74, No. 6 North Linn 57
Audi Crooks and Molly Joyce both scored 25 points as Garrigan (24-3) earned a trip to the 1A title game for the third-straight year.
The Golden Bears led 38-24 at halftime and pulled away in the fourth after North Linn got as close as four.
Garrigan held a 36-14 advantage in rebounds. Crooks had 16 boards.
Kamryn Kurt led the Lynx (23-3) with 19 points and six assists. Macy Boge had 12 points, Ellie Flanagan 10.