Madison Goodwin of the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers goes up for a shot against Marquette Catholic's McKenna Michels. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

Day one done at the Girls State Basketball Tournament

Madison Goodwin of the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers goes up for a shot against Marquette Catholic's McKenna Michels. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

Madison Goodwin of the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers goes up for a shot against Marquette Catholic’s McKenna Michels. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

Class 1A
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.

Class 2A
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