South O’Brien rallies to beat St. Albert for 1A title

DES MOINES – Damon Struve scored 13 points and Paullina South O’Brien finished the game with a 15-0 run to beat Council Bluffs St. Albert 54-43 Friday night and win the Class 1A state championship.

St. Albert led 43-39 after Jake Carley’s jumper in the lane with 5:32 remaining, but did not make another shot. Kyle Paulsen hit a 3-pointer to start the Wolverines’ final charge.

It was the first title for the combined South O’Brien district, though Paullina High School won five championships before consolidation, the last in 1982. St. Albert had been seeking its third title.

Paulsen added 11 points for South O’Brien (25-3). and Peyton Brasser came off the bench to score nine, including two key baskets down the stretch. Travis Miller’s 16 points led St. Albert (17-10).

CLASS 2A

Western Christian 42, Cascade 35

Jesse Jansma scored 15 points and Hull Western Christian gave outgoing coach Jim Eekhoff a record eighth state championship Friday night, beating Cascade 42-35 for the Class 2A title.

Eekhoff prevailed in a matchup with veteran Cascade coach Al Marshall, who also is retiring. It was the first time in a 47-year career that Marshall had a team in the state title game.

Jansma hit a 3-pointer and scored on a drive late in the first half to put Western Christian (25-2) ahead to stay.

Devin Green led Cascade (22-4) with 17 points.