By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The 3rd-ranked North Linn Lynx improved their record to 24-1 last night in a class 2A quarterfinal victory over Des Moines Christian 57-46. The win matches the most wins in program history with last years’ team and gave the program a record of 92-9 in the past four seasons. After a slow start by both teams offensively, the Lynx jumped out in front scoring the first 9 points of the game and led at the end of the first quarter 14-4 with 10 of those points coming from all-stater Nicole Miller. The Lynx defense led to most of the early offense with 10 steals as they forced the Lions into 12 first half turnovers and outscored them 22-0 in the first two quarters. Eleventh-year head coach Brian Wheatley talked about the commanding start by his squad:
Miller led the way with 31 points, Morgan Boer had 15 and Maddie Boer added 11. The Lynx were outscored in the second half but did enough to hang as Miller scored 12 of her points in the 4th quarter and Morgan Boer tallied 9 including the two combining for 8 for 8 from the free throw line. With the win, North Linn won just the 2nd state tourney game in program and community school district history, advancing to their second state semifinal contest in a row. They will take on either Western Christian or Iowa City Regina as those two teams meet Tuesday morning at 10am:
The Thursday afternoon semifinal will tip off at 1:30pm with all the coverage starting around 1:15pm from KMCH Sports.
Earlier yesterday, in class 1A-
Springville upped their record to 22-3 with an upset over Fremont-Mills, 53-50 and move on to their semifinal Thursday morning at 10am.
In other 2A play-
Cascade ended their season at 21-4 with a 53-34 loss to #1 Unity Christian.
Today in class 3A-
16-8 Mount Vernon goes up against 24-0 Mediapolis at 11:45am this morning.