HS GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL: Panthers Fall in Semi’s/Cougars Ready for North Union

By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:

The season came to close for the Monticello girls in their Class 3A Semifinal against Sioux Center last night in Des Moines. The Panthers fell in the game they never led in after the early part of the first quarter, 65-57 to wrap up an outstanding season at 20-6. The contest consisted of 4 lead changes early before the Warriors took the lead for good and led by one at the end of the first quarter, seven at halftime and five heading into the fourth. Sioux Center, who advances back to their 2nd championship game in a row, heated up from 3-point land, hitting 11 on the night, 7 in the first half and 3 of them came in the final quarter. Taylor McDonald led the way for the Panthers with 26 points, 11 for Jordan Kuper, Lauren Ries had 8, 4 a piece for Maddie Fellinger and Maddie Lambert and 2 a piece for Carly Hayen and Gabrielle Steiner. Monticello ended an outstanding run and says goodbye to 6 seniors, McDonald, Ries, Lambert, Caitlyn Cruise, Savanah Kremer and Meredith Melchert.

Also at the tourney yesterday:

In 3A- Crestwood is the team that Sioux Center will face. The Cadets beat up on North Polk 72-48.

In Class 5A-

Iowa City High held off Johnston 73-48.

Iowa City West took down Indianola 58-45.

So it’ll be an all Iowa City match-up for the 5A title game tonight at 6pm.

In 4A-

Marion beat CP-U for the third time this season with a 56-46 victory. The Indians will face Grinnell in the championship at 8pm tonight against Grinnell. The Tigers beat LeMars 68-47.

During the day today, Class 1A and 2A semifinals will take the court.

In 2A-

Treynor faces Grundy Center at 10am. In our featured game starting with pregame around 11:30am, #3  23-3 Cascade faces 7th-seeded 22-2 North Union at 11:45. It’ll be the 14th tourney game for the Cougars in 7 appearances and their 6th semifinal contest where they have a 1-4 mark. Cascade looks to get back to the championship for the first time since 2009 as they are still in search of the first basketball state title ever in Cascade history. All the coverage with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Linn-Mar head coach Nate Sanderson.

1A has 2-time defending champion Springville against Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton at 1:30pm and Newell-Fonda facing Central Decatur.