By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Regional high school girls basketball play continued last night with 3A/4A and 5A contests.
The Monticello Panthers went up against Class 3A 6th-ranked Union in LaPorte City and fell to the Knights 54-41. The Panthers scored the first basket and led by 2 points early twice but Union went ahead for good halfway through the first quarter. Monticello threatened in the third period but could not get closer than 3 points before the Knights broke it open again. The Panthers were led by Lauren Ries and Taylor McDonald with 9 points, 7 a piece for Shay Stephen and Maddie Fellinger, Jordan Kuper had 6 and Rylee Warthen 3. With the loss, Monticello closes at 14-9 and say goodbye to three seniors, Stephen, Warthen and Jacqueline Petersen.
Anamosa’s season ended with a 66-52 loss in Mount Vernon to the 10th-rated Mustangs.
In 4A, Maquoketa will be the opponent for Western Dubuque Saturday night in Epworth. The Cardinals beat Dubuque Wahlert at home 67-62.
Independence had their season ended by Decorah on the road 51-24.
In boys basketball tonight, district play resumes in 1A and 2A.
Maquoketa Valley will be at North Linn at 7pm
Anamosa travels to Camanche for a 8pm tip with Northeast
Beckman will be in Cascade taking on MFL-MarMac at 6:30pm
Starmont hosts Clayton Ridge at 8pm
Our KMCH split doubleheader coverage will start around 6:30pm at Starmont High School at Ed-Co faces East Buchanan with Bill Logan live on KMCH.com. Our 2nd game on KMCH.com only from Cascade around 8pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher features Monticello and the host Cougars.
In the final regular season game the Class 3A top-rated 20-0 West Delaware Hawks will finish at home inside Seedorff gymnasium tonight hosting former Hawks head coach Dennis Geraghty and the Western Dubuque Bobcats. The Hawks will be going for the program’s 2nd 21-0 season and would become the 2nd most in win’s behind the 1999-2000 squad who has 24 W’s and was the first and only team to go 21-0.