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5A state basketball title heads East for the first time

Iowa City West upset top-seeded Iowa City High in the championship game 56-45 to avenge two regular seasons loses and take home its first 5A title. The Trojans set the tone for that upset win in the quarterfinals when they downed West Des Moines Dowling in overtime. Dowling had what appeared to be a game-winning breakaway layup with seconds remaining on the clock when Iowa City West’s Lauran Zacharias came out of nowhere to block the shot and send it to overtime.

On the other side of the bracket, Iowa City High cruised to a 78-62 win over defending champion West Des Moines to advance. Indianola made a move to get in on the upset story with the 7th seeded Indians downed number-two seed Cedar Falls 64-63. Iowa City West kept ended Indianola's attempt to take over the story of the underdog ending by knocking them out in the semifinals 58-45. Johnston made a good run at City High in the other semifinal, but fell 58-52, ensuring the big trophy was heading east for the first time.

Iowa City High took a 9-8 lead after the first quarter, but West’s then outscored them in each of the three remaining quarters to get the win and the state title.

Ashley Joens had 26 points for City High in the championship game but was the only player in double figures as they shot just 29.5% from the field. West had three players in double figures, led by Zacharias with 15. Logan Cook had 14 and Cailyn Morgan 10 as they shot 50% from the floor.

The top 5 scoring leaders in 5A looked like this:

Ashley Joens, City High, 86 points (3 games)
Cailyn Morgan, IC West,44 points (3 games)
Grace Berg, Indianola, 42 points (2 games)
Maggie McGraw, Indianola, 41 points (2 games)
Rachael Saunders, IC West, 34 (3 games); Lauren Zacharias, IC West 34points (3 games); Maya McDermott 34 points (2 games)