Prep Basketball

Clear Creek Amana's first girls' state basketball appearance is a brief one

Led by star post Grace Boffeli, No. 1 North Scott jumps on Clippers early in a 63-43 rout

DES MOINES — For Grace Boffeli, less is better.

The senior post from North Scott was plenty good anyway, but after shedding at least 10 pounds since last year, she’s even more of a problem for opponents.

“I pushed myself hard,” Boffeli said. “It was about pushing myself and getting into better shape. It’s a lot easier to get up and down the court.”

Boffeli punished state-tournament newcomer Clear Creek Amana with 28 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) and nine rebounds, and top-ranked North Scott rolled, 63-43, in a Class 4A quarterfinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Tuesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

“It helped that we had so much (state-tournament) experience,” said Boffeli, who has signed with the University of Northern Iowa. “We knew whoever calmed down and settled down first was going to be in good shape.”

And that was the Lancers (24-0), who won their 32nd straight game and will face No. 5 Center Point-Urbana (22-2) in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Stormin’ Pointers rallied past No. 6 Waverly-Shell Rock in overtime, 45-41.

North Scott made 10 of 16 shots and forced six turnovers in the first quarter, building a quick 25-9 lead.

“We came out pretty nervous,” CCA’s Karsyn Stratton said. “We weren’t our usual loose selves. We were pretty tight in the first quarter.

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“(Boffeli), we knew how good she was. I saw her a little last summer. She’s no joke.”

It was 36-17 at halftime. The largest margin was 62-34, midway through the fourth quarter.

No. 15 Clear Creek Amana (19-5) reached this stage by upsetting No. 2 Marion, 66-49, in the regional finals. But North Scott was another animal completely, taking control of the game with a 12-0 run for a 20-4 advantage.

Presley Case added 12 points for the Lancers.

Meagan Harvey paced Clear Creek Amana with 14 points. Stratton was held to eight.

“We executed our game plan well,” North Scott Coach T.J. Case said. “We were going to make (Stratton) work for everything she got.”

Still, it was a watershed season for the Clippers.

“We had a lot of firsts as a team,” Harvey said. “You saw our stands today, all those people here to see us. That was an awesome experience.”

“A dream season,” Stratton called it. “Best in school history. We’ll look back on this, and we’ll be grateful.”

NORTH SCOTT 63, CLEAR CREEK AMANA 43

4A State Quarterfinal, at Des Moines

CLEAR CREEK AMANA (43): Whitney Traetow 1-3 0-0 2, Calia Clubb 2-5 1-2 5, Karsyn Stratton 4-12 0-2 8, Meagan Harvey 5-9 0-0 14, Emily Sly 2-3 2-4 6, Gabrielle Bedford 0-1 0-0 0, Kalin Rotzoll 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Rummelhart 0-5 0-0 0, Gracie Downes 1-1 0-0 2, Victoria Ciha 0-0 0-0 0, Dayna Wichhart 0-0 0-0 0, Bailey Olerich 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan Etscheidt 2-6 0-0 4, Ainsley Schrock 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 17-45 5-10 43.

NORTH SCOTT (63): Presley Case 5-12 0-0 12, Brooke Kilburg 2-4 0-1 6, Samantha Scott 2-7 2-2 7, Adriane Latham 4-4 0-0 8, Grace Boffeli 10-13 7-10 28, Reagan Schoening 1-2 0-0 2, Rachel Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Cortaja Seales 0-0 0-0 0, Avery Woods 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Happel 0-0 0-0 0, Tarynn Kuehl 0-0 0-0 0, Maddy Bender 0-0 0-0 0, Alissa Bockenfeld 0-1 0-0 0, Lexi Ward 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Golinghorst 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 9-13 63.

Halftime: North Scott 36, CCA 17. 3-point goals: CCA 4-13 (Traetow 0-2, Harvey 4-7, Bedford 0-1, Rummelhart 0-3), North Scott 6-19 (Case 2-6, Kilburg 2-3, Scott 1-6, Boffeli 1-2, Wood 0-1, Bockenfeld 0-1). Team fouls: CCA 13, North Scott 14. Fouled out: Clubb. Rebounds: CCA 22 (Clubb 5), North Scott 30 (Boffeli 9). Assists: CCA 8 (Stratton 3), North Scott 13 (Case 5). Steals: CCA 2 (Harvey, Etscheidt), North Scott 7 (Case 4). Turnovers: CCA 14, North Scott 9.

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