By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The class 2A 5th-ranked North Linn girls basketball team took the next step they had been waiting for last night, in their third regional final in three seasons. The Lynx locked up a spot in the 2A field next week at the 2014 girls basketball state tournament in Des Moines, as they cruised past Iowa Valley 67-34 with a crowd of 1,00o strong on-hand inside Clear Creek-Amana high school in Tiffin. The win gives the program their second state tourney berth in school history, the first since 1997. The Lynx started slow, trailing most of the 1st quarter and early in the 2nd but outscored the Tigers 20-7 in that 2nd quarter and never looked back. Tenth-year head coach Brian Wheatley said once the offense got going it was a credit to what their own defense was doing:
North Linn was led in scoring Junior all-state guard Nicole Miller who had a quiet 22 points after having 9 at halftime. Coach Wheatley was proud of the other girls for stepping up when Miller’s shots weren’t falling:
Three other players had double digits in points; Maddie Boer with 15, Libby falconer 13 and Morgan Boer added 11.
The senior, Falconer puts the feeling of reaching their goal of getting to state into words:
In the post-game show talking with Sports Director Jon Swisher, Coach Wheatley expressed his appreciation of the North Linn community and described how much the support means to his staff and girls:
Other listening area county teams in action on the girls side last night:
2nd-rated Cascade came back to beat Iowa City Regina 51-46 in Tipton, the Cougars earn the 2nd seed and will open up class 2A play at the tournament against Manson-Northwest Webster at 5pm next Monday.
Janesville slipped past Midland of Wyoming 40-39
Class 4A girls teams take the court tonight, one more area team will try to punch their ticket to state as 8th-ranked 20-2Western Dubuque goes up against # 5 19-3 Waverly-Shell Rock in Independence. We’ll have all the coverage from KMCH Sports live on KMCH and KMCH.com starting around 6:50pm with Bill Logan.
The boys basketball post season opened up last night for class 3A and 4A squads. The West Delaware Hawks had their season come to a close with a 67-51 loss to Western Dubuque. The Hawks finish at 6-16 and say goodbye to 7 seniors while the Bobcats move on with a mark of 17-5, they’ll play top-ranked Dubuque Wahlert at Dubuque Senior Thursday night. The Eagles took down Independence last night 64-33
Also in CLASS 3A:
DeWitt Central 53 Anamosa 34 Marion 64 Center Point-Urbana 47
Tonight class 2A and 1A teams take the stage. We’ll have 3 area teams covered from KMCH Sports. Starting on KMCH.com at 6:50pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher from Epworth for the class 2A district 8 final between highway 151 and River Valley Conference rivals, 15-8 Monticello and 19-3 10th-ranked Cascade. It’s the third meeting between the two teams with the Cougars winning both of them by five points. Panther head coach Tim Lambert says his team has earned the right to battle Cascade one more time this season and they hope they can take advantage of the opportunity by playing well:
In class 1A; the 11-11 Maquoketa Valley Wildcats will play 15-7 Postville at Central Elkader starting around 8pm. Trevor Hunt will have the call live on KMCH and KMCH.com joined in progress after the Western Dubuque girls game.
Other 1A play;
Springville vs. Lisbon @ Springville
Easton Valley vs. Midland @ Springville