An exciting first day at Wells Fargo Arena kicked off the 2017 Iowa Girls’ State Basketball Tournament. Springfield set the stage with a 56-16 victory over Burlington Notre Dame early this morning.
Kingsley-Pierson defeated Marquette Catholic 65-61 in a close matchup. The next game was a tight, back and forth battle between Janesville and Turkey Valley.
“Survive and advance is the name of the game. We have to put down a way in our minds to try to fight as a team and win as a team,” stated Sadie Nymeyer from Turkey Valley.
Turkey Valley ended up on top, 60-58, to conclude 1A play for day one.
Number one in 2A, Iowa City Regina, faced Logan-Mangolia to start afternoon play. Iowa City Regina finished strong with a 67-54 win. Western Christian won a hard fought battle against North Linn, 58-48.
“I can’t remember the stats exactly, but somebody told me there was like 9 ties and 12 lead changes or something crazy like that. Back and forth, punch for punch,” Western Christian head coach, Justin Negen, expressed in his post-game interview.
In the final 2A matchup of the day, Van Meter faced Treynor. Treynor took home the victory with final score of 60-54. An action-packed first day is just a preview for what we will be experiencing throughout the rest of the tournament.
By Chloe Haverman and Sarah Westholm