Thursday updates from the Iowa girls basketball tournament

Thursday updates from the Iowa girls basketball tournament

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Thursday updates from the Iowa girls basketball tournament

CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS

Sioux Center 81, Cherokee 56

Sioux Center, shown here in a quarterfinal, has advanced to the Class 3A state championship.

Sioux Center, shown here in a quarterfinal, has advanced to the Class 3A state championship.

Top-ranked Sioux Center’s semifinal victory made history for the school. The Warriors’ win gave them their first trip to the championship since 1927.

Hannah Dykshorn scored 24 points, and Sioux Center improved to 26-0 this season.

Jessica Harald added 17 points for the Warriors, Lexi Toering 14 and Jordyn Van Maanen 10.

Sioux Center lost to Newhall in the 1927 state championship 38-37. The 3A final will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Cherokee finished 21-4. Kassidy Pingel led the team with 16 points. MaKenna Carver had 13, Paityn Hagberg 10.

Sioux Center also qualified for state in 2004 and 2016.

Cherokee (56)—Slaughter 4, Hagberg 10, Carver 13, Dagel 9, Pingel 16, Gerdes 3, Mesler 1. Also played—Kennebeck, Sleezer, Anderson, Barritt. Totals 20 12-22.

Sioux Center (81)—Harald 17, Dykshorn 24, Van Maanen 10, Post 6, Toering 14, Fritz 2, Winterfeld 2, Cleveringa 4, Rensink 2. Also played—Sandbulte, Verburg, Bomgaars, Harshbarger, Hulshof. Totals 33 7-12.

Cherokee…11 25 9 11—56

Sioux Center…21 24 20 16—81

3-point goals—C 4 (Hagberg 2, Carver, Gerdes), S 8 (Post 2, Harald, Dykshorn 3, Van Maanen 2). Fouls—C 16, S 18.

CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS

Western Christian (Hull) 71, Iowa City Regina 49

Western Christian junior Ashtyn Veerbeek controls possession of the ball as she is pressed by Regina sophomore Alex Wiese during the Iowa high school girls state basketball tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Western Christian junior Ashtyn Veerbeek controls possession of the ball as she is pressed by Regina sophomore Alex Wiese during the Iowa high school girls state basketball tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Western Christian started on a 16-4 and closed on a 15-8 run to upend top-ranked Iowa City Regina in a Class 2A semifinal.

“We just came out with fire today,” Ashtyn Veerbeek said. “I think that first quarter was one of the best games of basketball we’ve played, and that just carried us.”

Veerbeek led all scorers with 31; she also grabbed 10 boards. She got some help, too: Erika Feenstra netted 17 points, Karsyn Winterfield added 11 and Erica Bousema had a game-high five assists.

Alex Wiese paced Regina (26-1) with 22 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in the final two minutes. She didn’t get much help: The rest of Regina combined to shoot 13 percent (6-for-47).

Mary Crompton, who shot 58 percent this year, went 0-for-13 — including 0-for-7 from long range. She finished with five points at the line.

The 71 points allowed and 49 points scored are season records for the Regals. Neither is the kind of record Regina wanted to set.

The fourth-ranked Wolfpack (24-2) will play No. 2 Treynor (27-0) in the title game Friday night.

Western Christian (Hull) (71) — Veerbeek 31, Feenstra 17, Winterfield 11, DeJager 8, Bousema 4. Also played—VanKley, Granstra, Heemskerk, DeJong, Marra, Wynja, Buren. Totals 26, 15-21

Iowa City Regina (49) — Wiese 22, Sarah Lehman 9, Crompton 5, Wallace 5, Alexa Lehman 4, Dunne 2, Dumont 2. Also played—Gaarde, Corkery, Bracken, Wick, VanLandschoot, Gahan, Dunn. Totals 15, 18-21

Western Christian…20 13 23 17–71

Iowa City Regina—7 15 17 10–49

3-point field goals—W 4: (Feenstra, Bousema, Veerbeek, Winterfield). R 1 (Wallace.) Fouls—W 16. R 19. Fouled out—R: Wiese.

Treynor 43, Cascade 41

Treynor stormed back to beat Cascade in the second of the Class 2A semifinals Thursday afternoon.

The second-ranked Cardinals trailed No. 8 Cascade 37-30 to start the fourth. But they shot 4-for-9 and committed three turnovers in that final frame, while Cascade shot 1-for-12 and committed six turnovers, which Treynor converted to five points.

Konnor Sudmann’s layup with 1 minute, 5 seconds left proved to be the winner. Cascade missed four shots the rest of the way. Abbie Ruggeberg managed to get a final shot off an inbound play with 0.3 seconds left, but Sydney Carman blocked it to seal a Cardinals win.

Sudmann (12) and Abby Tiarks (10) scored in double figures for Treynor (27-0), which shot 35.6 percent as a team. Madelyn Deitchler nearly nabbed a double-double with eight points and 10 boards.

Lisa Tucker led Cascade (23-3) with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Nicole McDermott had eight and four steals, and Abbie Ruggeberg chipped in six points and six rebounds.

Cascade (41) — Tucker 12, McDermott 8, Ruggeberg 6, Takes 5, A.Ryan 5, Hunt 3, Simon 2. Also played—Z.Ryan, Trumm, Kremer, Strang, Dolphin. Totals 16 7-14.

Treynor (43) — Sudmann 12, Tiarks 10, Deitchler 8, Carman 7, Chapman 4, Robinson 2. Also played—Huisman. Totals 16 9-16.

Cascade…8 12 17 4–41

Treynor…8 9 13 13–43

3-point field goals—C 2 (Hunt, A.Ryan), T 2 (Sudmann, Carman). . Fouls—C 18, T 15. Fouled out—T:Chapman, C:Takes.

CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS

Springville 61, Kingsley-Pierson 43

Defending state champion Springville earned a repeat trip to Friday’s title game by beating Kingsley-Pierson in a semifinal Thursday.

Mikayla Nachazel scored 32 points for No. 1-ranked Springville (24-2).

Springville junior Rylee Menster, right, intercepts a pass meant for Kingsley-Pierson junior Bradi Harvey during the Iowa high school girls state basketball tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Springville junior Rylee Menster, right, intercepts a pass meant for Kingsley-Pierson junior Bradi Harvey during the Iowa high school girls state basketball tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

RELATED: Interactive state tourney brackets and results

No. 7 Kingsley-Pierson (24-2), which also lost to Springville in last year’s state tournament, was led by Allison Bailey’s 14 points. Bradi Harvey added 10.

Springville took a 10-0 lead at the start of the game.

Nachazel hit 13 of 19 field-goal attempts and six of seven free throws. She earned Des Moines Register All-Iowa honors last year.

Rylee Menster added 11 points for Springville. The Orioles will play in the state final at 6 p.m. Friday at Wells Fargo Arena. The last team to win back-to-back 1A titles was Rock Valley from 2002-03.

Kingsley-Pierson (43) — Harvey 10, Jensen 8, Goodwin 5, Bailey 14, Hirschman 6. Also played—Schmid, Dunne, Seggerman, Wurth, Barto. Totals 13 14-19.

Springville (61) — Kane 2, Menster 11, Wagaman 9, Jaeger 3, Nachazel 32, Johnson 4. Also played—Nulle, Gloeckner, Chapman, Boland. Totals 24 13-21.

Kingsley-Pierson…8 8 17 10—43

Springville…20 17 12 12—61

3-point goals—KP 3 (Harvey 2, Goodwin), Springville 0. Fouls—KP 19, S 15. Fouled out—Jensen, Bailey.

Turkey Valley (Jackson Junction) 48, Exira/EHK 46 (OT)

Photo gallery: Photos: Turkey Valley holds off Exira in OT

In the first overtime game of the week, No. 2 Turkey Valley outlasted No. 3 Exira/EHK to advance to Friday night’s Class 1A championship game. It’ll be a rematch from last year against top-ranked Springville. The Orioles won 49-48 last season.

Kayla Gebel (13), Elli Winter (13) and Shelby Reicks (10) each scored double-figures in the Spartans’ balanced attack. Reicks and Gebel scored all six of their points in overtime.

Sophia Peppers paced Exira/EHK (24-2) with 21 points, and Kealey Nelson added 12.

The Spartans (23-2) led by as many as seven in the third quarter, but their 11 turnovers in the second half and overtime let Turkey Valley claw back into, and ultimately win, this one. Turkey Valley committed six turnovers in the second half and just one in overtime.

Neither team made a 3-pointer, combining to go 0-for-20 from long range.

Both teams were shooting in the low-20s after one quarter. Turkey Valley pulled its mark up to 40 percent (20-for-50) and the Trojans brought theirs up to 37 percent (18-for-49).

Turkey Valley (48) — Gebel 13, Winter 13, S.Reicks 10, Kuennen 8, Nymeyer 2, Schuchhardt 2. Also played—K.Reicks, Baumier.

Exira/EHK (46) — Peppers 21, Nelson 12, Caniglia 5, Rasmussen 4, Walker 3, Burmeister 1. Also played—S.Schultes, E.Schultes.

Turkey Valley…9 8 15 10 6

Exira/EHK…8 16 5 13 4

3-point field goals—Turkey Valley 0, Exira/EHK 0. Fouls—T 14, E 15. Fouled out—E Burmeister.

Springville junior Mikayla Nachazel gets free under the basket for a field goal against Kingsley-Pierson during the Iowa high school girls state basketball tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Springville junior Mikayla Nachazel gets free under the basket for a field goal against Kingsley-Pierson during the Iowa high school girls state basketball tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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