Prep Basketball

High-scoring Suzanna Yoder leads Iowa Mennonite into girls' basketball postseason

She leads Class 1A at 27.3 points per game

Iowa Mennonite’s Suzanna Yoder drives the lane in a win over Lone Tree earlier this season. Yoder averages a Class 1A-high 27.3 points per game. (Doug Brenneman/Washington Evening Journal).
Iowa Mennonite’s Suzanna Yoder drives the lane in a win over Lone Tree earlier this season. Yoder averages a Class 1A-high 27.3 points per game. (Doug Brenneman/Washington Evening Journal).

No ranked teams from the area will be in action when the girls’ basketball postseason kicks off Thursday.

But the top small-school scorer in the state will be.

Suzanna Yoder leads Iowa Mennonite (9-10) in a Class 1A first-round regional clash with Iowa Valley (5-14). Tipoff is 7 p.m. Thursday at rural Kalona.

Yoder, a senior, is averaging 27.3 points per game. Only one player — West Des Moines Dowling’s mega-recruit Caitlin Clark (31.9 ppg) — scores at a higher rate. Nobody in 1A is close.

IMS is enjoying its best season since 2013-14.

Yoder has been the team’s top scorer each of her four years on the varsity team, and has scored 1,507 points in her career.

Springville is the three-time defending 1A state champion. The Orioles (13-8) have rebuilt nicely after losing the core of their team to graduation, and earned a first-round bye. They’ll face Midland (8-11) or Central City (6-14) in Round 2 on Tuesday.

No. 3 Montezuma (17-1) carries a 16-game winning streak into the postseason and, without a doubt, is the area’s top 1A squad. A state-tournament team last year, Montezuma opens Tuesday against Twin Cedars (6-16) or Moravia (4-13).

Regionals begin Saturday in Class 2A and Class 3A, Tuesday in 4A and 5A.

Thursday's Class 1A regional first round

All games, 7 p.m.

Region 2

Riceville at Rockford

Northwood-Kensett at Algona Garrigan

North Iowa at Mason City Newman

West Central at Turkey Valley

Nashua-Plainfield at North Butler

Region 3

Waterloo Christian at Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Starmont at Elkader Central

Edgewood-Colesburg at Dunkerton

North Tama at Don Bosco

Midland at Central City

Region 4

Iowa Valley at Iowa Mennonite

BGM at Meskwaki

HLV at GMG

Lone Tree at Clinton Prince of Peace

Cedar Valley Christian at Cal-Wheatland

Region 5

Twin Cedars at Moravia

English Valleys at Keota

Melcher-Dallas at Moulton-Udell

Winfield-Mount Union at WACO

New London at Burlington Notre Dame

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