By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The class 4A eighth-ranked Western Dubuque Bobcat girls basketball team has become the latest area squad to qualify for the 2014 girls basketball state tournament next week. The Bobcats upset 5th-rated Waverly-Shell Rock 51-44 at Independence High School last night in their 4A Region 2 Final. As expected the contest was back and forth the whole first half with a 21-21 tie at the break. The Bobcats were led by their defense who held the Go-Hawks leading scorer, Morgan Nuendorf, who averages 16 points a game to just 4. Western Dubuque took advantage by breaking the halftime tie with a 17-7 run that extended into the fourth quarter. Bobcats Sophomore Megan Maahs made the difference for her team offensively after being on the bench in foul trouble early on. She pulled Western Dubuque back to even then ignited the run to open the 2nd half. The balanced offense saw Maahs scoring 7 of 8 from the field for a game-high 16 points, Rose Simon-Ressler, Molly Lembezeder, Morgan Pitz and Zoey Weber had 7 each. Mikaela Armstrong and Maddy Clark added 5 and 2 points respectively. The fouling started early by W-SR and Western Dubuque made the Go-Hawks pay despite being a 63 percent free throw shooting team, they made 13 of their final 14 as Waverly-Shell Rock cut the lead to as little as three in the closing minutes. Sixth-year head coach Amy Ostwinkle takes the Western Dubuque program to their third overall state tourney appearance with a six-player trip in 1985 as the first. Second in the five-player game but first since 1987 when they won the state championship. The Bobcats drew 2nd-ranked Sioux City Heelan in their quarterfinal game next Wednesday morning at 11:45am.
In other 4A/5A Regional Finals involving listening area county schools with the winners moving on to state include;
At Mount Vernon
North Scott 47, Cedar Rapids Xavier 46
At Cedar Rapids Prairie
Southeast Polk 79, Cedar Rapids Washington 71
At Iowa City West
Cedar Rapids Kennedy 54, Muscatine, 52
Waukee 52, Linn-Mar 50
Class 2A boys District Finals took place last night. In Epworth, 10th-ranked Cascade improved to 20-3 with a 44-41 nail-biting win over their highway 151 rival Monticello. Cougar senior guard Haris Takes led the game in scoring with 16 points, with his final field goal in the fourth quarter before 2 free throws he scored the 1,000th point of his outstanding career. The Panthers were led by senior guard Sawyer Herman with 14. Panther head coach Tim Lambert talks about the mindset of his team in the matchup where they were the underdog and just came up short to end their season:
Monticello finishes at 15-9 and says goodbye to 4 seniors. Cascade 45th-year head coach Al Marshall gave the Panthers great credit and thought his team played just good enough for the W:
Cascade won their 4th district title in a row and will face MFL-MarMac in their Sub state contest Saturday night at 7pm at West Delaware high school.
In area 1A action last night, the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats season came to an end in Elkader, losing to Postville 54-47. MV’s final record is 11-12 under first-year head coach Creig Dunlap.