Girls State BB: Cascade Wins 1st Round Game /Monticello Prepares for Semifinal

By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:

Day three of the 2018 Girls’ State Basketball in Des Moines began with the Cascade Cougars winning their Class 2A quarterfinal contest Wednesday morning 61-44 over Dike-New Hartford. The game saw 8 led changes and 4 ties as the Cougars led from the early part of the 2nd  quarter on after they trailed by 4 after the first. Cascade then went on a 16-5 run to take a 31-24 halftime advantage. The Cougars outscored the Wolverines 30-20 in the second half. Sophomore guard Nicole McDermott led the way with 20 points, 11 for Abbie Ruggeberg, Rachel Trumm had 10, 8 for Annie Ryan, 7 for Jordan Simon, Abby Welter had 3 and Madison Gehl added 2. The sophomore Simon talks about the mindset her team had coming in and has going forward:

Cascade, making its 7th state tournament appearance all since 2002, won for the seventh time in 13 games and advance to the semifinals for the 6th time and for the second season in a row. The 3rd-seeded Cougars will face the 7th-seed North Union who upset Panorama 47-46 yesterday afternoon.

Elsewhere yesterday at the tourney:

In 1A-

Springville 54 Algona Bishop Garrigan 36

Exira-EHK 57 AGWSR 47

Newell-Fonda 61 Lansing Kee 45

Central Decatur 52 Montezuma 48

Today the first semifinals will take place starting with Class 5A as Johnston takes on Iowa City High then Iowa City West battles Indianola. In Class 4A, two WaMaC West Conference Eastern Iowa teams faceoff when CP-U and Marion get together at 1:30pm. Grinnell faces LeMars before Class 3A takes over with Crestwood and North Polk.

The final game on Thursday evening starting at 6:45pm features 20-5 Monticello going up against 23-2 Sioux Center. The Panthers will be looking for their first championship game appearance in program history in their 3rd semifinal contest since 2008. Senior Lauren Ries talks about what a win would mean to the program and the Monticello community:

All the coverage live on KMCH and KMCH.com around 6:30pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Todd Lambert.