Springville tops Turkey Valley for 1A title
DES MOINES — Mikayla Nachazel scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Springville shut down Turkey Valley 45-36 Friday night to win its second consecutive Class 1A state championship.
Rylee Menster added 14 points and four assists for the Orioles (25-2), who won their third title overall and became the first 1A team to repeat since Rock Valley in 2002 and 2003. It was a rematch of last year’s championship game, which Springville won 48-47.
Springville also won the state title in 2008.
Nachazel, a 5-foot-11 junior, had a double-double by halftime (10 and 10) and was voted captain of the all-tournament team for the second straight year.
Shelby Reicks and Sadie Nymeyer each scored 13 points for Turkey Valley (22-3), which made a late run after falling behind by 14 but couldn’t get the stops it needed to climb all the way back.
The game was similar to the regular-season meeting between the two, a 40-27 Springville victory. The defenses dug in and challenged the offenses to find good shots.
Springville finally got rolling in the third quarter. Nachazel and Menster each contributed four points as the Orioles closed the quarter with a 10-2 run to go up 31-17.
But just when it looked as if Springville had total control, Turkey Valley stormed back. Reicks converted a 3-point play to start the final quarter and Nymeyer knocked down three 3-pointers, cutting the lead to 35-31 with 1:57 left.
Nachazel was on the bench during that run after getting her fourth foul. When she returned, she immediately found Menster for a layup that made it 37-31 and the Orioles sank eight of 10 free throws in the final 1:13 to finish off their title.
Menster and Reicks joined Nachazel on the all-tournament team along with Sophia Peppers of Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, Kingsley-Pierson’s Addison Hirschman and Marquette Catholic’s Marissa Schroeder, who scored 38 points in a quarterfinal loss to Kingsley-Pierson.
Western Christian 51, Treynor 48
Erica Bousema scored 17 points and Western Christian survived the foul troubles of its star to beat Treynor 51-48 Friday night for its fourth Class 2A championship in the last six years.
Bousema sank two free throws with 12.5 seconds for the go-ahead points and the Wolfpack (25-2) held on to hand Treynor its first loss after 27 victories.
Western prevailed even though star junior Ashtyn Veerbeek managed only five points and spent time on the bench because of fouls. Veerbeek had been dominant in her first two games at state, putting up 55 points and 29 rebounds, and was voted captain of the all-tournament team.
Karsyn Winterfeld scored 12 points for Western Christian and Erika Feenstra added seven.
Madelyn Deitchler led Treynor with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Konnor Sudmann scored 15 and Randi Robinson had eight.
Bousema knocked down four 3-pointers and Winterfeld hit three. They were critical because Treynor surrounded the 6-foot-2 Veerbeek, who has committed to Nebraska, with a collapsing zone defense and she spent time on the bench because of fouls. She made only two of 10 shots.
Western Christian jumped to an early 10-2 lead, but Treynor caught up quickly and the lead went back and forth the rest of the way.
Treynor led by six at the start of the fourth quarter before Western rallied to go up 47-42 on Feenstra’s putback with 3:37 left. But back came the Cardinals and when Deitchler followed up her own miss, it was tied at 48 with 22 seconds remaining.
Bousema’s two free throws broke the tie and Treynor thought it had tied the score again when Sudmann drove for a layup with six seconds remaining. But she was called for charging and Veerbeek made a free throw for the final point.
Western Christian also won championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and finished second last year. Treynor was the Class 1A champion in 1991.
North Scott 58, Cedar Rapids Xavier 49
With March Madness in the air, the No. 8 North Scott girls’ basketball team performed a little upset Friday afternoon in a Class 4A semifinal round, beating No. 6 Cedar Rapids Xavier 58-49.
Freshman Grace Boffeli went for 17 points while Karli Rucker followed with 14 to help the Lancers (20-5) back to their third Class 4A state title game. It’s the first time since 1986-87 the Lancers have returned consecutive years to the state championship contest.
North Scott had 20 offensive boards, and held the rebounding edge 38-21 on the Saints (18-7), while outlasting them in second-chance points, 18-8.
North Scott was a daunting 28-for-34 from the free-throw line, with Rylie and Karli Rucker going a combined 16-for-19.
Xavier was led by Lexi Noonan, who had 20 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. She was also 7-for-13 from the floor. Caitlynn Daniels led the team with five assists and five steals.
The Lancers are 0-for-2 in state title games. They’ll take on No. 1 Marion (24-1) Saturday at 6 p.m
Marion 33, Pella 24
The No. 1 Marion girls’ basketball team didn’t need a lot of points to win, with a stingy defense that forced 20 Pella turnovers, as Marion defeated the Dutch, 33-24 in the Class 4A state semifinal game Friday.
The Indians (24-1) were led by a senior-less lineup, with sophomore Randi Wright having nine points and Chloe Rice and Mia Laube with seven apiece.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Pella had Marion in its sights, pulling to within two at 26-24 with just 4 minutes, 1 second remaining. But Marion’s defense held Pella scoreless the rest of the way, finishing on a 7-0 run. Kiara Bradley and Ciara Buchheit each had six for the Dutch.
Chloe Van Vliet led Pella (20-5) with eight points, last year’s 4A state runner-up.
Marion will get No. 8 North Scott on Saturday, tipping off at 6 p.m.
Cedar Falls 48, Indianola 44
In a revenge match with everything on the line, the Cedar Falls girls’ basketball team avenged an earlier-season loss to No. 1 Indianola, snapping its perfect season and state title hopes, in a 48-44 upset in a Class 5A semifinal match Thursday.
The No. 5 Tigers (23-2) lost 57-47 to top-ranked Indianola (24-1) on Feb. 11, but came ready as ever for the Indians on Thursday.
Ally Conrad led Cedar Falls with 11 points, six rebounds and five steals. Cynthia Wolf had 11 and Hailey Paup had 10 points, helping the Tigers early build a 32-23 rebounding advantage with five boards.
Cedar Falls was the better team down low, getting 12 offensive boards to Indianola’s four. The Tigers outscored the Indians 12-0 on second-chance points.
Indianola was led by Madie Sorensen and Grace Berg, each having 11 points apiece. Maggie McGraw, and Iowa State commit, had just eight points, an assist, a steal and five turnovers.
Cedar Falls will have won the 5A state title twice, in 1991 and 2001, and face No. 2 Valley at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Valley 55, Iowa City West 48
The Class 5 semifinal match featuring No. 2 Valley and No. 3 Iowa City West saw a balanced attack throughout the match, with Valley earning a 55-48 edge on its way to the 5A state title game.
Hannah Fuller, a Drake University commit, posted 13 points for Valley (23-2), lead the Tigers to their fourth trip to the title game. They are 0-for-3 in championship ventures.
Shea Fuller had nine, while sophomore Zoe Young, Jackie Feldt and Jamie Feldt each had seven apiece in the win.
Logan Cook led West (21-4) with 17 points. Cailyn Morgan posted 11 and Katie McGrane had eight.
Valley was behind 21-14 at the break, but 10-for-12 free-throw shooting willed the Tigers back into the game.
Valley will take on No. 5 Cedar Falls in the championship match, tipping off at 8 p.m. Saturday.