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Iowa girls' state basketball 2019: Thursday's area games

Waukon, Center Point-Urbana, Marion seeking spots in the finals

Marion’s Kayba Laube (24) hugs her father, Coach Corby Laube after the Indians won their Class 4A quarterfinal over Cedar Rapids Xavier on Tuesday. They face Mason City in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Marion’s Kayba Laube (24) hugs her father, Coach Corby Laube after the Indians won their Class 4A quarterfinal over Cedar Rapids Xavier on Tuesday. They face Mason City in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

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

Class 3A semifinals

No. 9 Waukon (19-3) vs. No. 1 North Polk (22-2)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Top players: Annika Headington (5-7, soph.) and Maddie Ahlstrom (5-4, sr.) are the primary players for Waukon. Headington averages 11.5 points per game, and Ahlstrom contributes 11.4 points, 4.4 assists and 4.0 steals per contest. Maggie Phipps (5-10, soph.) leads North Polk at 19.7 points per game, and Jaedon Murphy (5-10, sr.) adds 13.9.

Coaches: Waukon’s Greg Criswell is 33-10 in two years at Waukon, 150-51 in nine years overall. Clint Albertsen is 105-37 in six seasons at North Polk.

How they got here: Waukon won the rubber match in its three-game series this season with No. 7 Crestwood, 48-37. North Polk defeated Estherville-Lincoln Central, 59-47.

BC Moore computer projection: North Polk by 3

No. 3 Center Point-Urbana (22-2) vs. No. 5 Des Moines Christian (23-2)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Top players: Wamac Conference West Division player of the year Callyn Fox (5-10, sr.) paces CPU at 14.1 points per game. Southern Illinois recruit Adrianna Katcher (5-11, jr.) adds 10.2 points per contest. Kalli Lawson (6-1, sr.) averages 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for Des Moines Christian, and Moriah Prewitt (5-7, soph.) adds 11.6 ppg.

Coaches: Philip Klett is in his 11th year at CPU, from which he has assembled a 186-79 record. He is 221-93 in 13 years overall. Brad Johnson owns a 99-23 mark in five years at Des Moines Christian, and is 228-155 in 17 years overall.

How they got here: CPU forced 30 turnovers, got 19 points off the bench from Ryley Goebel and whipped West Marshall, 67-31. Des Moines Christian defeated Roland-Story, 49-41.

BC Moore computer projection: CPU by 8

 

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Class 4A semifinals

No. 1 Marion (22-1) vs. No. 4 Mason City (16-8), 5 p.m.

Time: 5 p.m.

Top players: Northern Iowa recruit Kayba Laube (5-9, jr.) was the Wamac East player of the year and leads Marion at 16.8 points per game. Riley Wright (5-10, soph.) and Ella Van Weelden (6-1, soph.) add 12.2 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. University of Iowa signee Megan Meyer (5-9, sr.) owns a 25.2-point scoring average, and adds 4.7 assists per game. Anna Deets (5-8, jr.) scores at a 13.0-point clip.

Coaches: Corby Laube has coached 16 years at Marion — seven with the girls, nine with the boys. He has a 247-120 overall record, 128-39 with the girls. Curt Klaahsen has compiled a 174-111 mark in 12 years at Mason City and is 328-208 in 23 seasons overall.

How they got here: Marion rolled past No. 14 Cedar Rapids Xavier, 70-35, behind 25 points from Laube. Mason City got past No. 5 Waverly-Shell Rock, 55-49.

BC Moore computer projection: Marion by 7

 

Thursday's other games

Class 5A semifinals

No. 1 Johnston (22-2) vs. No. 8 West Des Moines Valley (18-5), 10 a.m.

No. 3 Southeast Polk (20-3) vs. No. 11 West Des Moines Dowling (17-7), 11:45 a.m.

Class 4A semifinals

No. 2 North Scott (20-3) vs. No. 6 Sioux City Heelan (19-5), 6:45 p.m.

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