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Iowa girls' state basketball tournament: A closer look at Tuesday's games

Clear Creek Amana makes its state debut at 11:45 a.m. against No. 1 North Scott

Clear Creek Amana's Karsyn Stratton (23) works against Marion's Kayba Laube (24) during their Class 4A regional-final gi
Clear Creek Amana’s Karsyn Stratton (23) works against Marion’s Kayba Laube (24) during their Class 4A regional-final girls’ basketball game Feb. 25. CCA is making its state debut, and faces No. 1 North Scott on Tuesday. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Capsules for Tuesday’s games involving area teams at the Iowa high school girls’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

Class 4A quarterfinals

No. 15 Clear Creek Amana (19-4) vs. No. 1 North Scott (23-0)

Time: 11:45 a.m.

Top players: Karsyn Stratton (5-8, sr.) is the focal point for Clear Creek Amana, averaging 21.2 points per game. Meagan Harvey (5-9, sr.) adds 9.3 points per game, and Calia Clubb (6-0, soph.) posts 9.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest. UNI recruit Grace Boffeli (6-1, sr.) leads North Scott at 29.0 points and 12.3 rebonds per game, shooting 69.9 percent from the field. Presley Case (5-4, sr.) adds 9.0 points and 7.2 assists per game.

Coaches: P.J. Sweeney is in his sixth year at Clear Creek Amana and owns a 75-56 record. T.J. Case has posted a 136-28 mark in seven years at North Scott and is 207-89 overall.

Tournament history: CCA is making its first state-tournament trip. Defending-champion North Scott carries a 31-game win streak and has qualified for the eighth time. The Lancers also won the 4A title in 2017.

BC Moore computer projection: North Scott by 19

No. 5 Center Point-Urbana (21-2) vs. No. 6 Waverly-Shell Rock (20-2)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Top players: One of the top sophomores in the state, Center Point-Urbana’s Ryley Goebel (5-11) averages 16.6 points (shooting 61.5 percent from the field), 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. Southern Illinois signee Adrianna Katcher (5-11, sr.) adds 12.9 rebounds, 6.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest. Abbie Draper (6-1, jr.) is a force in the paint for Waverly-Shell Rock, averaging 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Britney Young (5-8, sr.) adds 11.5 points and 4.8 assists per game, shooting 49.1 percent from long range.

Coaches: Philip Klett is 209-81 in 12 years at CPU, 244-95 in 14 years overall. Greg Bodensteiner has coached 13 seasons as WSR and owns a 214-83 mark.

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Tournament history: Last year’s 3A state champion, CPU has qualified for the eighth time, the fifth year in a row. The Stormin’ Pointers won a 2A crown in 1995. WSR is making its fifth appearance, its second straight.

BC Moore computer projection: Waverly-Shell Rock by 5

 

Class 2A quarterfinals

No. 1 Cascade (25-0) vs. Denver (17-8)

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Top players: A 62-percent shooter from the floor, Nicole McDermott (5-6, sr.) does it all for Cascade, averaging 15.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game. Skylar Dolphin (5-4, sr.) and Abby Welter (5-8, sr.) add 11.9 and 9.7 points per game, respectively. Denver’s nucleus is young; Reese Johnson (5-8, soph.) leads the way at 10.4 points per game, and Grace Hennessy (5-10, fr.) adds 10.0.

Coaches: Mike Sconsa owns a 329-67 career mark, with all 16 seasons at Cascade. Joe Frost is 38-42 in four years at Denver.

Tournament history: Cascade is making its ninth trip, its eighth in nine seasons. The Cougars won the 2A title in 2018. Denver has qualified for the sixth time, its first since 2009.

BC Moore computer projection: Cascade by 24.

No. 6 West Branch (21-3) vs. No. 5 Osage (22-2)

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Top players: Sasha Koenig (5-5, jr.), a Bradley commit, leads West Branch at 15.7 points and 5.5 assists per game. Rylan Druecker (5-7, jr.), Taylor Thein (5-7, sr.) and Taya Young (5-7, jr.) all score about 8 points per game, and Kaiya Luneckas (6-1, sr.) provides 9.5 rebounds per contest. Sidney Brandau (6-0, sr.) paces Osage at 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, with Dani Johnson (6-0, jr.) and Ellie Bobinet (5-9, jr.) adding 14.5 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.

Coaches: Jarod Tylee has compiled a 150-61 mark in nine seasons at West Branch. Osage Coach Chad Erickson hit a milestone in the regional final and stands at 300-127 in 19 seasons.

Tournament history: West Branch is in the field for the first time; the others were in 1972 and 2016. Osage has qualified for the fourth time, highlighted by a six-on-six title in 1992.

BC Moore computer projection: West Branch by 9

 

Tuesday's other games

Class 3A quarterfinals

No. 3 Sioux City Heelan (19-4) vs. No. 9 Des Moines Christian (22-2), 10 a.m.

Class 4A quarterfinals

No. 3 Glenwood (24-0) vs. No. 8 Gilbert (19-3), 3:15 p.m.

No. 4 Ballard (22-1) vs. No. 7 Lewis Central (19-5), 5 p.m.

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