By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The Cascade Cougars Girls’ Basketball team earned the Class 2A state championship at the 99th edition of the Iowa Girls’ State Basketball tournament Saturday night inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Cougars, who led for most of the contest that featured 4 ties and 4 lead changes, hung on to defeat Grundy Center 41-37. Fourteenth-year head coach Mike Sconsa shares his thoughts on the game and the play of his squad:
The title was the first in Basketball and Cascade major sports history joining multiple championships won in Cross Country and Track and Field. Coach Sconsa credits his 4 seniors for leading the way:
The Massachusetts native, coach Sconsa, gives credit to the coaches in the program before him and comments on the great community support:
It was only the second title appearance for Cougar Girls’ Basketball, first since 2009 when they fell to IKM-Manning by 19. Sophomore Skylar Dolphin talks about what a special occasion it was:
Sophomore Abby Welter stepped up with the loss of the senior Abbie Ruggeberg, she talks about the feeling of it and the fan support:
It was the 15th state tourney for the Cascade Girls, their record now sits at 9-6 as they improved their overall mark to 25-3, tying them for 2nd most wins in program history with the 2001-02 team behind the 2013-2014 squad that went 26-1. Sophomores Nicole McDermott and Jordan Simon were named to the Class 2A All-Tournamentfor their great play for 3 games.
The complete interviews with Coach Sconsa, Dolphin and Welter are listed below.
Three Monticello Panthers had 3 winners of awards handed out on Friday and Saturday after they fell in their 3A semifinal game Thursday night. Senior Lauren Ries received an Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-State Academic award Friday afternoon. Senior Meredith Melchert received the Iowa Bankers Association Scholarship Saturday before the 3A final. Senior Taylor McDonald was selected to the 3A All-tournament:
Coach Mike Sconsa: