HS Girls State Basketball: Bobcats and Lynx Ready for Semifinals

By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:

The class 4A 2nd-ranked Western Dubuque Bobcats picked up their fifth state tournament victory in the opening round of their 4th state trip in program history yesterday afternoon by controlling #7 Indianola from the beginning of the game and coasting to a 51-30 win. The Bobcats improved to 24-0, which is the most wins in school program history surpassing last seasons’ 23 W’s. Bobcats seventh-year head coach Amy Ostwinkle was pleased with the start by her team:

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The Bobcats are known for having one of the best defenses in the state, ranking 7th for fewest points allowed in all five classes and 1st in class 4A giving up only 32 points per game. The D was a focal point yesterday as usual right from the start and Coach Ostwinkle was proud of the very solid effort:

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The Bobcats earned their 2nd semifinal contest appearance in a row and will take on Sioux City Bishop Heelan, a team they upset last year in the first round 53-44. The roles are reversed this time around with the Crusaders being the sixth while the Bobcats are the second:

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Coach Ostwinkle took a moment to talk about how special this undefeated season has been with her team claiming another record in the history books of the program with 24 victories:

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Coverage from KMCH Sports will start around 8:15pm tonight with a tip time slated for 8:30pm live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher.

Class 1A and 2A semifinals take the court first today inside Wells Fargo Arena. The 3rd-ranked 24-1 North Linn Lynx take on 2nd-rated 22-3 Western Christian, the three-time defending 2A champions. It’ll be a re-match of last seasons’ semifinal contest when the Wolfpack raced past the Lynx 69-52. North Linn tries to reach the first championship game in program history in their second ever semifinal outing. Lynx head coach Brian Wheatley believes his team is more prepared going into this meeting with an experienced and focused approach after being through this same situation:

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We’ll have all the action starting around 1:15pm with pregame coverage live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher and North Linn boys assistant coach Travis Griffith.

The 10am game features 22-3 Springville going up against 25-0 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton.