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No. 2 Cascade, No. 10 Iowa City Regina cruise to set up Class 2A district final matchup

Cascade Cougars
Cascade Cougars

CASCADE — You never want to lose. But all things considered, losing for the first time this season in their regular-season finale last week wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for the Cascade Cougars.

“No, it was pretty good timing,” Cascade’s Haris Hoffman said Thursday night after his team’s 61-51 win over West Branch in a Class 2A district semifinal.

The second-ranked Cougars (21-1) went back to work after that loss to Northeast and seemingly had no lingering effects from it, getting off to a fast start and never really being threatened. They had balanced scoring and defended West Branch star Beau Cornwell very well.

It was simply Cascade doing Cascade things.

“Really, really pleased with how we started,” said Coach Jacob Brindle. “One of our keys is when we’re playing well, we start ready to play ... We’re right up the court, ready to play offense, making them scramble. We’re basically five perimeter-type players. We had seven 3s in the first half, and they were assisted, rhythm 3s. A lot of them were just (ball) reverses.”

Cascade went 7 for 12 from beyond the arc to build a 31-19 halftime lead. The Cougars had a 20-point cushion in the third quarter and went from there.

This team has five players that average between 8.3 and 12.6 points per game, and that’s what you saw here. Brock Simon had 13, Johnny Supple 11, Hoffman and Derek Koppes 10 each.

Then there was Reid Rausch with nine as a key reserve.

“Coach Brindle always tells me when I come off the bench to bring intensity,” Rausch said. “That’s what I tried to do, and that’s what I did tonight.”

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“We were moving the ball around a lot,” Hoffman said. “Not just looking to go one-on-one. We were looking for cuts, back screens, everything.”

Ben Thompson had 16 points and Cornwell 15 for West Branch (13-10). Cornwell came in averaging 24 a game but went just 5 of 20 from the field.

So it’s Cascade versus 10th-ranked Iowa City Regina in what should be a beauty of a district final Tuesday night at Maquoketa. Regina (18-3) won the opener of this double-header handily over Monticello, 70-35.

The Regals scored the first 19 points of the game, shooting it at a nasty 13-of-21 clip from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Masen Miller hit all five of his longball attempts and scored 22 points.

Regina has won 10 straight.

“It was really fun getting off to a start like that,” Miller said. “That set the tone for us. What we like to do is get ahead and rely on our defense to get stops for us.”

“I was nervous, but these guys weren’t. They were ready to play,” said Regina Coach Jared Galpin. “They’ve all played in big moments, a lot of football guys, a lot of baseball guys. So they’ve played in playoff games, tournament games, championship games before. But as a coach, you take a week off like we did (between games), and you get a little nervous about how you’re going to start. These guys were locked in. Our defense leads to our offense.”

Cascade won the regular-season meeting between these teams in mid-December, 69-50. But that was a long time ago.

“Watching them tonight, they’ve gotten a lot better,” Hoffman said. “But I think we’ve gotten a lot better, too.”

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MONTICELLO (35): Jacob Manternach 3-12 0-4 7, Justin Recker 0-4 3-4 3, Kyle Sperfslage 1-9 4-4 6, Tyler Luensman 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Nealson 3-9 0-2 6, Avery Martensen 2-5 0-0 5, Luke Lambert 2-2 0-0 4, Ryan Manternach 1-1 1-2 3, Tyler Nealson 0-1 1-2 1, Connor Lambert 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Kraus 0-0 0-0 0, Will Rieniets 0-0 0-0 0, Gavin Cooper 0-1 0-0 0, Devin Kraus 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-44 9-18 35.

IOWA CITY REGINA (70): Zachary Seaman 1-5 0-0 3, Jocoa Kerschen 3-6 0-0 8, Even Brauns 1-3 2-4 4, Jacob Phillips 2-5 1-4 6, Masen Miller 7-8 3-3 22, Blake Berns 0-1 0-0 0, Bryce Barnett 3-3 0-0 7, Ryne Schooley 0-0 1-2 1, Nick Wagner 2-3 0-0 4, Ashton Cook 3-3 2-2 9, Jacob Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Sueppel 1-2 0-0 3, Steven Sehl 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Wallace 1-1 0-0 3, Michael Conlon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-41 9-15 70.

Halftime — Iowa City Regina 35, Monticello 15. 3-point goals — Monticello 2-9 (J. Manternach 1-1, Recker 0-2, Recker 0-2, Sperfslage 0-3, Martensen 1-2, Cooper 0-1), Iowa City Regina 13-21 (Seaman 1-3, Kerschen 2-4, Phillips 1-3, Miller 5-5, Barnett 1-1, Cook 1-1, Sueppel 1-2, Wallace 1-1, Conlon 0-1). Rebounds — Monticello 27 (A. Nealson 6), Iowa City Regina 30 (Phillips 7). Total fouls — Monticello 12, Iowa City Regina 15. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Monticello 12, Iowa City Regina 8.

 

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WEST BRANCH (51): Ben Thompson 6-11 2-4 16, Tanner Lukavsky 4-11 0-0 11, Brady Lukavsky 1-6 0-0 3, Beau Cornwell 5-20 4-5 15, Cade Aspelmeier 0-1 0-0 0, Ted Bridges 1-3 0-0 3, Brett Schiele 1-2 0-0 3, Ben Kyllingstad 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Whaley 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 6-9 51.

CASCADE (61): Gannon O’Brien 3-6 0-0 6, Johnny Supple 5-7 0-0 11, Haris Hoffman 3-8 3-3 10, Derek Koppes 4-6 0-0 10, Brock Simon 5-6 2-2 13, Reid Rausch 3-5 1-2 9, Logan Otting 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas Knepper 0-0 0-0 0, William Roling 0-0 2-3 2. Totals 23-38 8-10 61.

Halftime — Cascade 31, West Branch 19. 3-point goals — West Branch 9-28 (B. Thompson 2-3, T. Lukavsky 3-7, B. Lukasvky 1-5, Cornwell 1-9, Aspelmeier 0-1, Bridges 1-2, Schiele 1-1), Cascade 7-15 (O’Brien 0-2, Supple 1-2, Hoffman 1-2, Koppes 2-4, Simon 1-1, Rausch 2-4). Rebounds — WestBranch 24 (Cornwell 7), Cascade 30 (Supple, Hoffman 6). Total fouls — West Branch 11, Cascade 12. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — West Branch 6, Cascade 13.

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