DES MOINES — Capsules for Thursday’s games involving area teams at the girls’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
Class 5A semifinals
No. 1 Iowa City High (24-0) vs. No. 4 Johnston (21-3)
Time: 10 a.m.
Top players: City High’s Ashley Joens (6-0, sr.), an Iowa State University signee, is the state scoring leader at 31.0 points per game and nets 11.8 boards per contest. Rose Nkumu (5-8, soph.) and Aubrey Joens (5-9, soph.) add 13.6 and 13.4 points per game, respectively. Johnston’s Maya McDermott (5-6, soph.) is a Division-I prospect who averages 19.1 points per game. Jennah Johnson (5-9, sr.) and Regan Nesheim (6-1, jr.) add 12.4 and 12.0 points per game, respectively.
Coaches: Bill McTaggart is 355-114 in 20 seasons at City High, 446-175 in 25 years overall. Chad Jilek, in his seventh year at Johnston, hit a milestone in the Dragons’ quarterfinal win and is 100-44 in his present job. He is 119-112 in 18 years overall.
How they got here: Ashley Joens matched a 5A state-tourament record with 36 points in City High’s 78-62 first-round win over No. 12 West Des Moines Valley. Johnston pulled away in the second half and beat No. 6 Waukee, 73-48.
BC Moore computer projection: Iowa City High by 7.
No. 9 Iowa City West (17-7) vs. No. 10 Indianola (21-3)
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Top players: University of Iowa signee Logan Cook (6-1, sr.) leads West’s charge. She is averaging 14.5 and 7.1 rebounds per game. Creighton commit Rachael Saunders (5-8, sr.) tore an ACL in the state tournament last year, and was limited to 15 games this season. She is averaging 10.8 ppg, and three others are scoring at least 9 ppg. Grace Berg (6-0, sr.) and Maggie McGraw (5-11, jr.) are the big guns for Indianola, averaging 20.3 and 18.5 points per game, respectively. Berg has signed with Missouri; McGraw is an Iowa State commit.
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Coaches: B.J. Mayer is in his 11th year at West and owns a 192-70 mark there. Overall, he is 320-153 in 20 seasons. Bert Hanson has coached 49 years and owns a 695-364 record. That includes a 492-260 ledger at Indianola, where he has coached the girls for 12 years and the boys for 22.
How they got here: West outlasted No. 3 West Des Moines Dowling in overtime, 63-53, hitting 14 of 18 free throws in OT. Cailyn Morgan led the Women of Troy back from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, and Lauren Zacharias made a game-saving block at the end of regulation. Indianola made all 21 of its free-throw attempts, including two from McGraw in the final seconds, in a 64-63 win over No. 2 Cedar Falls.
BC Moore computer projection: Iowa City West by 3.
Class 4A semifinals
No. 1 Marion (24-0) vs. No. 5 Center Point-Urbana (22-3)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Top players: Marion is a balanced squad with nine players averaging more than 4 points per game. Kayba Laube (5-9, soph.) is a UNI commit that leads the Indians at 13.4 points per game. Saint Louis University signee Chloe Rice (5-10, sr.) adds 10.9 points and 4.3 assists per contest. Drake University signee Allie Wooldridge (6-1, sr.) highlights a balanced CPU attack, averaging 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Adrianna Katcher (5-11, soph.) scores at a 10.3-point clip.
Coaches: Corby Laube is in his 15th year as a coach at Marion, where he owns a mark of 223-119. That includes a six-year ledger of 104-38 with the girls’ program. Philip Klett has tallied a 10-year mark of 164-76 at CPU, and is 199-90 in 12 years overall.
How they got here: Marion tied a state-tournament record with 14 3-pointers in a 71-39 first-round win over No. 14 Fairfield. The Indians led just 21-17 at halftime, then blew it open with 30 points in the third quarter, and 50 in the second half. CPU was impressive in a 69-47 victory over No. 6 Boone.
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BC Moore computer projection: Marion by 12.
Class 3A semifinals
No. 9 Monticello (20-5) vs. No. 2 Sioux Center (23-2)
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Top players: Lauren Ries (5-10, sr.) and Taylor McDonald (5-6, sr.) are veteran leaders for Monticello. Ries averages 16.9 points per game, and McDonald adds 14.7 while Jordan Kuper (6-2, soph.) posts 9.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Sioux Center is a robust offensive club that averages 66.8 points per game. Lexi Toering (5-10, sr.) is the ringleader at 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Jordyn Van Maanen (5-6, sr.) and Shayla Post (5-5, sr.) add 13.1 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.
Coaches: Donnie Kremer has compiled a 265-116 record in 16 seasons at Monticello. Doug Winterfield owns a 312-120 mark in 18 years at Sioux Center.
How they got here: Monticello held a small lead through much of the game, then pulled away late from No. 5 Clear Lake for a 61-50 quarterfinal victory. Sioux Center jumped to an 18-point halftime lead and coasted past No. 10 Red Oak, 76-60.
BC Moore computer projection: Sioux Center by 3.
Thursday's other games
Class 4A semifinal: No. 3 Grinnell (22-2) vs. No. 9 LeMars (18-6), 3:15 p.m.
Class 3A semifinal: No. 1 Crestwood (24-0) vs. No. 8 North Polk (22-3), 5 p.m.
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