State girls' basketball: Tuesday's Class 4-A quarterfinals

State girls' basketball: Tuesday's Class 4-A quarterfinals

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State girls' basketball: Tuesday's Class 4-A quarterfinals

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Harlan 52, Benton 42

Harlan held off Benton Community one swish at a time.
The Cyclones advanced to the Class 4-A semifinals with a 52-42 victory Tuesday, thanks to clutch shooting from the foul line.
Benton drew within a single point on two occasions in the fourth quarter – 34-33 and 41-40 – but Harlan sealed the win by hitting 11 of 16 free throws in the final 3:04.
“That was major,” Cyclone guard Liz Riessen said. “We’ve been working on (free throws) all season. We’re in the gym every day.
“All of us had really great composure at the end.”
Benton went nearly 7 minutes without scoring, enabling Harlan to go on a 12-0 run and build a 31-22 lead. Alyssa Wiebel ended the Bobcats’ drought with a 3-pointer from the right corner. Another 3-pointer from Madison Weekly trimmed the margin to 32-30.
Elle Kloewer led Harlan with 11 points. Riessen and Jess Schaben each contributed 10.
HARLAN (52)–Riessen 2-2 4-4 10, Havick 0-2 0-0 0, Wagner 1-5 2-2 4, Kloewer 4-8 1-2 11, Esser 3-5 2-2 9, Schaben 4-7 2-2 10, Leinen 0-3 0-0 0, Moser 0-3 5-10 5, Frederick 1-6 1-1 3. Totals 15-41 17-23.
BENTON (42)–Sindt 2-7 0-0 5, Weekly 5-15 0-0 11, Wiebel 2-7 0-0 6, Thompson 2-4 0-0 4, Petrzelka 2-6 2-2 6, Roe 3-4 0-0 6, Kullmer 0-2 0-0 0, Embray 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 18-48 2-2.
Harlan 9 13 12 18–52
Benton 14 8 8 12–42
3-point goals–Harlan 5-12 (Riessen 2-2, Kloewer 2-3, Esser 1-1, Havick 0-1, Wagner 0-2, Leinen 0-3), Benton 4-20 (Wiebel 2-6, Sindt 1-5, Weekly 1-8, Roe 0-1). Rebounds–Harlan 28 (Riessen 8), Benton 29 (Thompson 6). Assists–Harlan 13 (Wagner 6), Benton 12 (Weekly 5). Fouls–Harlan 7, Benton 18. Fouled out–None.

Waverly-Shell Rock 67, Winterset 45

It was a brief stay for Winterset.
The Huskies made their first appearance at the state girls’ basketball tournament since 1951, but it didn’t take long for second-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock to seize control of Tuesday’s Class 4-A quarterfinal.
Naomi Phillips connected on a 3-pointer in the opening moments, setting the tone for a 67-45 Go-Hawks victory.
“We weren’t really ready for the 3s,” Winterset guard Karly Olson said. “They hit a few big ones at the beginning and we weren’t ready for that.”
Waverly-Shell Rock had made 54-of-170 (31.8 percent) from 3-point range this season, compared to Winterset’s 152-of-431 (35.3 percent), but it was the Go-Hawks who found their groove in Wells Fargo Arena.
They went 5-of-9 from behind the arc.
“We’ve kind of been in a funk,” said Phillips, who finished with 17 points. “To come here and produce like that, it’s a great feeling.”
When Phillips hit her second long-range shot, Waverly-Shell Rock owned a 9-1 lead.
There wasn’t much drama the rest of the way as the Go-Hawks went on to push their margin to 50-23 with less than 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
“We knew before the game they were a good team,” Olson said. “We just tried to battle hard.”
Winterset finished 18-6, but earned a place in school history.
“It meant a lot for our community,” Huskies guard Taylor Benshoof said after scoring 17 points. “It was just a great experience.”
The last time the community of Waverly competed at state was 1986, in the six-player tourney.
“It was just great to get out there,” said center Aftin Phyfe said, who scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. “We were ready from the get-go.”
The Go-Hawks (22-2) advanced to Thursday’s semifinal against Harlan.
“We’ve just worked so hard for this,” Phillips said. “We deserve it.”
The anxiety level for Waverly-Shell Rock eased once the team arrived in Des Moines. They had to move up their travel schedule 3 hours because of snowy weather.
“Us seniors were kind of devastated,” Phyfe said, “because we were supposed to get this send-off, go to all the schools, see all the little kids.
“We were upset, but on the way there, that time on the bus got us more pumped for the game.”
WINTERSET (45)–Benshoof 4-10 8-9 17, Marker 0-0 34 3, J. Eyerly 4-5 0-0 8, Olson 0-3 0-0 0, Criswell 4-11 3-6 12, Hoffelmeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Messerschmitt 1-2 0-0 3, Garner 0-0 0-0 0, Crouse 0-0 0-0 0, Moss 0-0 0-0 0, M. Eyerly 0-0 0-0 0, Fulcher 0-0 0-2 0, Henggeler 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 14-34 14-21.
WAVERLY SHELL-ROCK (67)–Neuendorf 4-10 0-0 10, Arns 0-1 2-2 2, Gray 3-4 1-2 7, Phillips 7-12 0-1 17, Phyfe 5-10 9-12 19, Grawe 0-1 0-0 0, Staines 0-0 0-0 0, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Maley 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 3-4 0-2 6, Asplund 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 25-46 12-19.
Winterset 7 10 16 12–45
Waverly Shell-Rock 24 12 14 17–67
3-point goals–Winterset 3-8 (Benshoof 1-5, Criswell 1-2, Messerschmitt 1-1), Waverly-Shell Rock 5-9 (Phillips 3-5, Neuendorf 2-3, Arns 0-1). Rebounds–Winterset 17 (Henggeler 4), Waverly-Shell Rock 31 (Phyfe 10). Assists–Winterset 4 (Criswell 1), Waverly-Shell Rock 16 (Gray 7). Fouls–Winterset 12, Waverly-Shell Rock 14. Fouled out–None.

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