The third day started off strong with some competitive 4A action. Marion kicked things off with a 46-38 victory over Boone. Kayba Laube led Marion with 17 points in the quarter final game.
Head coach Corby Laube stated that “Ultimately in the end, it was our defense that carried us.”
Marion will move on to play Pella in the 4A semifinal game at 11:45am on Friday, March 3rd.
Pella advances to the semifinal game as well with a win over Lewis Central, 47-43. Throughout the game, there were six lead changes and four ties, but Pella pulled through in the end.
“I think that’s just something that’s unique about our team. We don’t just have an inside game or an outside game. We can work in and out depending on what their defense is giving us,” Katie Vander Molen from Pella replied when asked how they were able to come out on top.
5A action began with the undefeated Indianola Indians playing the Johnston Dragons. Indianola was able to protect their perfect record with a 77-67 victory. Grace Berg led Indianola to their 24th win of the season by scoring 36 points. Indianola advances to face Cedar Falls in the first 5A semifinal game on Friday, March 3rd at 1:30pm.
Cedar Falls moves on to the semifinal game after a close win over Iowa City High. Cedar Falls’ number 33, Kiana Barney, dominated the floor with 24 total points. Cynthia Wolf, number 51, was Cedar Falls’ second leading scorer with seven points.
West Des Moines Valley controlled most of their quarterfinal game against Dowling Catholic. The Tigers defeated their rival, the Maroons, 87-64.
When asked how her team has been able to have such success all throughout the season, Hannah Fuller responded, “I think we are just getting better everyday and we are having fun playing the game that we all love. We’re so close as teammates, and we continue to bond. I think that’s just carrying us, along with our love for the game.”
Valley will matchup against Iowa City West in the second 5A semifinal game at 3:15pm on Friday, March 3rd.
Iowa City West advances to the semifinals after a tight battle against the Waukee Warriors. Iowa City West was able to hold on to a small lead and top it off with a 40-38 victory.
When asked how the team handled Waukee’s comeback towards the end of the game, Logan Cook, number 22, said that in order to hold on to their lead, “[They] had to put everything into it. [They] had to have great defense and just focus on that.”
To wrap up day three, Pella and Marion join North Scott and Cedar Rapids Xavier in the final four for 4A. Indianola, Cedar Falls, West Des Moines Valley, and Iowa City West will continue to compete for the 5A Iowa Girls’ State Basketball title. Play for these six teams resumes on Friday, March 3rd, beginning at 11:45am. Stay tuned for more updates on the final three days of the Iowa Girls’ State Tournament. Be sure to follow CISN on Facebook for exclusive interviews, photos and more!
By Sarah Westholm and Chloe Havermann