Prep Basketball

Thursday's Iowa high school girls' state basketball scores and highlights

Iowa City West beat Indianola in Thursday's Class 5A state semifinals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Iowa City West beat Indianola in Thursday's Class 5A state semifinals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The semifinals of the 2018 Iowa high school girls’ state basketball tournament got underway Thursday as championship game matchups were determined in Class 5A, Class 4A and Class 3A.

CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS

No. 2 Sioux Center 65, No. 9 Monticello 57

Four Warriors scored in double figures and Sioux Center held off a Monticello team that was looking for its third straight victory over a top-five foe.

Lexi Toering (18 points), Shayla Post (14), Jordan Van Mannen (13) and Victoria Rensink led a Sioux Center (24-2) offense that made 11 of 26 3-pointers.

Monticello (20-6) was 5 of 22 from deep but stayed in it with 26 points from Taylor McDonald and 11 points and 13 rebounds from Jordan Kuper.

 

 

No. 1 Crestwood 72, No. 8 North Polk 48

Ellie Friesen tallied a state-tournament record 18 assists, most of them to Sharon Goodman and Shannon Pisney, and top-ranked Crestwood stayed undefeated with a dominant semifinal win.

Six-foot-2 forward Goodman racked up 33 points, missing only one of her 17 shots and Pisney added 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Friesen also scored seven points and reeled in 11 rebounds. Crestwood shot 58.2 percent from the floor.

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The Cadets (25-0) led 28-7 after one quarter and North Polk only got as close as 11 from there. Jaedon Murphy led the Comets (22-4) with 16 points, while Katie Brown had 15.

CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS

No. 3 Grinnell 68, No. 9 LeMars 47

Grinnell got the jitters out after falling behind 8-2, outscoring LeMars 30-9 in the second quarter and cruising to its first state championship game.

The Tigers scored 23 points off turnovers in the first three quarters and led by as much as 28. Sienna Durr led the way with 23 points and seven rebounds. Naomi Jackson scored 18 points and Macy Harris added 15.

Madison Dreckman led LeMars with 11 points.

No. 1 Marion 56, No. 5 Center Point-Urbana 46

Top-ranked Marion beat Wamac West rival CPU for the third time this season to return to the state championship game. Last year's runner-up, the Indians will hope to close an undefeated season with a championship Friday night.

The Indians led just 37-35 after three but outscored the Stormin' Pointers 19-11 in the fourth quarter. CPU shot 31.6 percent.

Kayba Laube was 1 of 6 from 3-point range but still finished with a team-high 13 points for Marion. Callyn Fox led CPU with 14 points. Allie Wooldridge added eight points and 11 boards.

Full story: Marion completes hat trick vs. CPU

 

 

CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS

No. 9 Iowa City West 55, No. 10 Indianola 42

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West went on 9-0 and 7-0 runs at the start of both halves and held off every Indianola charge to set up an all-Iowa City Class 5A championship game.

The Indians, who came back to upset Cedar Falls in the quarterfinals, took a 17-16 lead in the second quarter and got within 40-35 in the fourth, but West put three players in double figures to advance.

Cailyn Morgan and Rachael Saunders led the way with 14 points apiece. Lauren Zacharias scored 10. Grace Berg scored 15 points on 3-for-13 shooting for the Indians, plus 11 rebounds. Maggie McGraw added 13 points.

Full story: West locks down defensively to set up all-Iowa City title game

No. 1 Iowa City High 58, No. 4 Johnston 52

Ashley Joens had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven steals to counter 10 turnovers and City High moved on to the state title game with a third-quarter surge.

The Little Hawks allowed a 17-0 run and trailed 30-28 at halftime, but outscored Johnston 14-6 and held off one final push.

The Dragons tied it on a Jenna Johnson free throw, then Joens hit two at the line to put City in front 51-49 with 1:17 left. After a Johnston turnover, Rose Nkumu made two more free throws and the Little Hawks put it away.

Full story: City High up, then down, then up in semifinal win

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