By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Postseason high school girls regional basketball resumed last night for Class 1A and 2A teams around the state.
Our featured game took place in Delhi where 14th-ranked Maquoketa Valley improved to 19-4 with a 66-50 win over 13-10 Wilton. The Wildcats offense had 5 three-pointers, sophomore Sam Wall had 3 of them and led the way with 23 points. Payton Ries stepped up scoring 17, Brianna Mensen had 14, Gracie Gellerson and Maci Freiburger tallied 6 each. The Wildcats got up by as much as 15 points in the 2nd quarter before Wilton battled back cutting it to just 4 at halftime. The MV offense came alive again in the 3rd quarter and the defense was able to hold down the Beavers. MV 11th-year head coach Scot Moenck credits his team for fighting through the adversity of foul trouble and finding a way to get it done:
The Wildcats will advance on to a regional semifinal for the 7th time in the past 9 seasons and will face top-ranked Iowa City Regina on Friday night at Regina High School at 7pm live on KMCH and/or KMCH.com.
Class 2A 5th-ranked North Linn improved to 22-1 with a 57-21 home victory over Waterloo Columbus, Ashley Tull led the Lynx with 19 points. North Linn will host Grundy Center Friday night.
Class 2A 8th-ranked Cascade beast MFL-MarMac 67-30 at home as the Cougars will now entertain Clayton Ridge Friday night.
In Class 1A, East Buchanan was a 41-28 winner over Central in Elkader. The Buccaneers will travel to Lansing Kee on Friday night. Kee High beat Starmont 57-30.
Tonight, Class 3A, 4A and 5A teams take to the court. Our featured game has the 14-8 Monticello Panthers heading to LaPorte City going up against 6th-rated 20-2 Union. All the coverage live on KMCH and/or KMCH.com around 6:50pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Bill Logan.
Also in 3A, 10-13 Anamosa will be at 10th-ranked Mount Vernon.
In 4A, Independence travels to Decorah.
In high boys basketball last night:
The Class 3A top-rated West Delaware Hawks upped their record to 20-0 with a 66-38 home win over Independence. With the win, the Hawks became tied for second most wins in school program history with the 2000-01 squad who was 20-3. WD will finish their regular season at home Thursday night hosting former Hawks head coach Dennis Geraghty and Western Dubuque for West Delaware’s senior night 2017.
Western Dubuque won their final home game last night over Maquoketa, 64-53.