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Iowa girls' state basketball: Thursday's scores, stats, full game replays and more

City High's Aubrey Joens (23) looks to pass under pressure from Prairie's Mallory McDermott (10) during their Class 5A q
City High's Aubrey Joens (23) looks to pass under pressure from Prairie's Mallory McDermott (10) during their Class 5A quarterfinal game at the IGHSAU girls' high school state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, March 2, 2020. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The semifinal round of the 2020 Iowa high school girls’ state basketball tournament began Thursday with games in three classes at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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Girls’ state basketball coverage

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» Reserve sharpshooter helps send Johnston past Iowa City High in 5A semifinals

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» Wednesday's girls' state basketball scores, stats, full game replays and more

» Updated girls' state basketball pairings and schedule


Thursday's girls' state basketball scores


No. 4 Johnston 71, No. 2 Iowa City High 61

Anna Gossling hit a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to put Johnston up 33-31 and the Dragons (23-2) never trailed in the second half en route to the Class 5A title game.


Johnston started the second quarter on a 7-0 run and led 52-43 after three. City High (23-2) got within three late in the fourth quarter, but no closer.

Four Johnston players scored in double figures, led by 16 points from Kendall Nead. Gossling had 15, Maya McDermott 14 and Maddie Mock 11 plus 10 rebounds. McDermott added eight rebounds and six assists.

Aubrey Joens paced the Little Hawks with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Paige Rocca was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and scored 13 points. Rose Nkumu added 11 points, Ella Cook 10.

» Read more: Reserve sharpshooter helps send Johnston past Iowa City High

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No. 1 Waukee 88, No. 6 Waterloo West 65

Top-ranked Waukee (23-2) buried 15 of 38 3-point attempts as it rolled to a second blowout win in as many state tournament games this week.


Fourteen of those state-tournament record 15 3-pointers came in the first three quarters. Katie Dinnebier was 6 of 8 from deep and totaled a game-high 25 points. Lindsey Keldermann was 5 for 11 from outside and had 17 points. The Warriors led 46-28 at halftime.

Sahara Williams paced the Wahawks (20-5) with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

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No. 5 North Polk 46, No. 1 Dike-New Hartford 44

North Polk withstood a 13-4 Dike-New Hartford run at the start the fourth quarter to return to the Class 3A title game. The Comets were runners-up last season.

Dike-New Hartford had the ball down two with 29 seconds remaining but Ellie Foster's 3 bounced off the rim and Sophia Hoffmann missed a pair of free throws after she grabbed an offensive rebound.

North Polk led 32-25 after three, but the Wolverines (23-2) fought back and tied it on Foster's layup with 5:56 to play, then took a 38-36 lead on a Hoffmann jumper 1:14 later.

Maggie Phipps' 3-pointer on the next possession restored North Polk's lead for good. Phipps finished with 13 points. Jaedon Murphy had 15 points and eight rebounds for North Polk (21-5). Foster led D-NH with 12 points.

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No. 3 Sioux City Heelan 61, No. 2 Clear Lake 57

Heelan (21-4) overcame a 37-28 halftime deficit to advance to the 3A title game. The Crusaders went on a 14-4 run in the third quarter to tie it at 46, then trailed 51-49 entering the fourth. But it took until Katelyn Stanley's jumper with 1:16 remaining for the Crusaders to take the lead, 58-57.


Clear Lake (23-3) had multiple chances to take the lead or tie in the final seconds, but was held scoreless over the final 2 1/2 minutes.

Ella Skinner posted 24 points for Heelan and Stanley finished with 18. Sara Faber led the Lions with 21 points before fouling out with 58 seconds remaining.

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No. 1 North Scott 40, No. 5 Center Point-Urbana 32

North Scott (25-0) prevailed in a battle of reigning state champions to return to the Class 4A title game.

Grace Boffeli totaled 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting and 14 rebounds for the Lancers, who led 18-13 at halftime and 28-27 after three quarters. North Scott never trailed in the second half.

Center Point-Urbana (22-3), last year's Class 3A state champion, got 15 points and nine boards from Ryley Goebel. The Stormin' Pointers shot 25.6 percent from the field.

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No. 7 Lewis Central 62, No. 3 Glenwood 51

Lewis Central outscored Glenwood 26-15 in the fourth quarter to hand the Rams (25-1) their first loss and advance to the Class 4A title game.

Delaney Esterling scored a game-high 16 points, Hadley Hill had 13 and Megan Witte scored 10. Lewis Central (21-5) made 8 of 23 3-point attempts.

Elle Scarborough had 12 points for Glenwood, which won both Hawkeye Ten Conference regular-season meetings against Lewis Central by five (76-71 and 61-56).

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