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

Springville makes its fifth straight appearance, but faces an extremely tall task

North Linn’s Ellie Ware takes the ball up strong during their Class 2A regional final against Wilton on Feb. 18. The Lynx face Treynor in a 2A state quarterfinal at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. (Ben Roberts/Freelance)
North Linn’s Ellie Ware takes the ball up strong during their Class 2A regional final against Wilton on Feb. 18. The Lynx face Treynor in a 2A state quarterfinal at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. (Ben Roberts/Freelance)

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

Class 2A quarterfinals

No. 8 North Linn (21-1) vs. No. 3 Treynor (23-1)

Time: 11:45 a.m.

Top players: Four North Linn players average in double figures, led by Grace Flanagan (5-8, jr.) at 18.7 points per game. She leads a team that averaged nine 3-pointers per game. Kylie Kurt (5-7, sr.) adds 15.4 points per game, Abby Flanagan (5-10, jr.) 12.4 and Ellie Ware (6-0, soph.) 10.7. Konnor Sudmann (5-9, sr.) and Kayla Chapman (5-10, sr.) average 16.1 points per game apiece for Treynor.

Coaches: Brian Wheatley is in his 14th year and owns a 279-78 record, including 20-plus wins in each of the last nine seasons. Joe Chapman is 46-3 in two seasons at Treynor.

Tournament history: North Linn has qualified for the fifth time, the fourth since 2014. The Lynx were 2A runners-up in 2015. Treynor is in the field for the 16th time, the third year in a row. The Cardinals won the 1A title in 1994 and have been second on two occasions, most recently in 2017.

BC Moore computer projection: North Linn by 1

 

Class 1A quarterfinals

Springville (16-9) vs. No. 1 Newell-Fonda (24-0)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Top players: Revamped Springville is led in scoring by a newcomer; Lauren Wilson (5-10, fr.) averages 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Nichole Kane (5-6, sr.) adds 15.0 ppg. Six players average at least 8 points per game for Newell-Fonda, which scores at a 75.0-point clip. Olivia Larsen (5-6, sr.) leads the way at 13.7 points per game, and Ella Larsen (5-9, soph.) adds 11.9.

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Coaches: Christina Zaruba has racked up a 37-12 mark in two seasons at Springville. Dick Jungers is 363-68 in 17 years at Newell-Fonda.

Tournament history: Springville is a qualifier for the fifth straight year, the seventh overall. The Orioles are three-time defending champions and also won it in 2008. Newell-Fonda made it for the 14th time, all since 1995. The Mustangs won the 1A title in 2015 and have been runners-up seven times, including last year.

BC Moore computer projection: Newell-Fonda by 46

No. 3 Montezuma (21-2) vs. No. 8 Anita CAM (21-2)

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Top players: Iowa commit Shateah Wetering (5-11, jr.) has blossomed in her junior season at Montezuma; she averages 19.2 points per game. Riley Gatton (5-8, sr.) adds 11.1 ppg. Madison Gettler (5-8, sr.) leads a veteran CAM squad at 19.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and Paige McAfee (5-7, sr.) adds 13.3 ppg.

Coaches: Montezuma’s Janel Burgess is in her second season at her alma mater and owns a 41-5 mark. Joe Wollum is 117-89 in nine years at CAM.

Tournament history: Montezuma is in the field for the 13th time, the second year in a row. The Bravettes were 6-player champions in 1969 and 1970. CAM is a second-time qualifier with the other appearance coming in 1997.

BC Moore computer projection: Montezuma by 7

 

Wednesday's other games

Class 2A quarterfinals

No. 2 Central Decatur (22-0) vs. No. 12 Aplington-Parkersburg (23-2), 10 a.m.

Class 1A quarterfinals

No. 6 Clarksville (20-2) vs. No. 7 Bellevue Marquette (21-2), 3:15 p.m.

No. 2 West Hancock (23-1) vs. No. 11 North Mahaska (15-4), 5 p.m.

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