North Scott ends West High's quest for 4 straight titles

North Scott ends West High's quest for 4 straight titles


North Scott ends West High's quest for 4 straight titles


For the first time in four seasons there will be a new champion in Class 4A.

Cortez Seales, Marlon Stewart and their North Scott teammates made sure of that on Friday.

Seales and Stewart combined for 43 points for the second straight game as second-ranked North Scott (22-3) stunned three-time defending state champion West High 57-51 in the Class 4A semifinals at Wells Fargo Arena.

Stewart had a game-high 23 points and Seales added 20 as the Lancers reached the title game for the first time.

“Iowa City West is very, very good and obviously they are very well coached but our kids aren’t scared of anyone,” North Scott coach Shamus Budde said. “I don’t know if this is good or bad but I think our kids feel like they could beat the Chicago Bulls.”

North Scott never trailed while snapping a 30-game West High (24-1) winning streak that dated back to last season.

The Lancers will face Mississippi Athletic Conference rival Pleasant Valley (23-2) in the 4A title game at 8:06 p.m. on Saturday.

Top-ranked West High saw its bid to become the first team to win four consecutive state titles come to an end and will face third-ranked Des Moines Hoover in the consolation game at 1:45 p.m.

“Being on all those successful teams I’d be lying if I said this didn’t hurt a ton,” West High senior David DiLeo said. “All runs have to end eventually and credit them, they are a really good team.”

Before Friday, West High hadn’t lost a state-tournament game since falling in the 2011 consolation game, a string of 10 straight wins that included three state titles.

“I look at it like we were awfully lucky to win the semifinal game last year, people didn’t pick us to win last year and we found a way to win just like they figured out a way to win today,” West High coach Steve Bergman said. “The streak is what it is. I don’t spend five seconds thinking about that stuff.”

North Scott bolted to a 16-4 lead and never let West High pull even.

Seales and Stewart scored all but two of North Scott’s first-half points as the Lancers took a 27-21 halftime lead.

The duo combined to make 9-of-14 shots and North Scott shot 59 percent as a team from the field in the first half.

Stewart had two of his three 3-pointers in the first half and Seales had his only 3-pointer of the game with nine seconds left in the first quarter to give North Scott its biggest lead of the game at 16-4.

“They got going early and they were feeling it,” DiLeo said. “It’s hard when they start hitting tough shots and they get confidence.”

West High slowly whittled away at the lead, getting as close as two points twice in the second half.

A conventional three-point play by Devontae Lane cut the lead to 34-32 with 2:09 left in the third quarter and a Wali Parks free throw cut the margin to 35-33 13 seconds into the fourth quarter.

“With four minutes left in third quarter I told our team ‘we got this,’ ” Lane said. “We get there but we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

The rest was all North Scott.

A three-point play by Stewart and a 3-pointer by Tanner Greve pushed the lead back to 41-33 and West High didn’t get closer than six points the rest of the game.

Seales and Stewart accounted for all but 14 of North Scott’s points, but the rest of the Lancers were 5-of-9 from the field.

“They have other kids that chip in and do what they can do, they are a darn good team,” Bergman said. “They are all seniors and I think the senior poise won out a little bit tonight.”

North Scott shot 56 percent from the field for the game, the first time in the past four seasons West High allowed a state-tournament opponent to shoot more than 50 percent.

The Lancers finished 5-of-9 from 3-point range, led by Stewart who was 3-for-6.

“You know what they are going to do every time and even if you know what they are going to do they are still good players,” West High junior Alex Henderson said. “They are great players and sometimes you can’t stop it even when you know what they are going to do.”

Wali Parks led West High with 13 points while Lane added 11 for the Trojans.

Henderson and Tanner Lohaus both had 10 points for West High.

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West High (51) – Wali Parks 4-7 4-6 13, Devontae Lane 4-13 3-5 11, Tanner Lohaus 4-5 2-2 10, Connor McCaffery 0-4 4-5 4, David DiLeo 0-3 3-3 3, Alex Henderson 4-6 0-0 10, Dallas Majors 0-0 0-0 0, Team 16-38 16-21 51.

North Scott (57) –Marlon Stewart 7-15 6-7 23, Cortez Seales 7-10 5-6 20, Trey Kilburg 1-2 0-1 2, Grant Graham 0-1 2-4 2, Ricky Grimes 3-4 1-2 7, Tanner Greve 1-2 0-0 3, Miles Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Team 19-34 14-20 57.

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3-point field goals –West High 3-11 (Parks 1-2, McCaffery 0-3, DiLeo 0-2, Henderson 2-4), North Scott 5-9 (Stewart 3-6, Seales 1-1, Greve 1-2). Rebounds – West High 23 (Lane 5, Lohaus 5), North Scott 18 (Seales 7). Assists – West High 12 (McCaffery 6), North Scott 5 (Graham 2, Seales 2).Turnovers – West High 12, North Scott 10. Total fouls – West High 17, North Scott 16. Fouled out – Henderson (ICW). Technical fouls – None.

North Scott senior Cortez Seales gets in the way of a shot made by Iowa City West junior Alex Henderson during their state basketball game on Friday, March 13, 2015, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.


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