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MVC Rivals Linn-Mar and I.C. West to meet in 4A Girls Semifinal

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- When Linn-Mar absolutely needed a basket, the Lions turned to their star and Kiah Stokes delivered.

Stokes dribbled the length of the floor, spun on the block and banked in a lay up for the winning basket with 21 seconds left, giving the defending state champions a 48-47 victory over Ankeny in a first-round Class 4A game.

Ankeny had taken a 47-46 lead when its own star, Maddie Manning, converted a three-point play with 30.3 seconds remaining. Manning drove into the lane and made an underhanded lay up while drawing a foul from Stokes.

Stokes, who has signed with No. 1-ranked Connecticut, had to work hard against Ankeny's tough defense and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The second-ranked Lions also got solid games from Jenna Eels and Shanice Cheatham, who scored nine points each.

Linn-Mar takes a 21-2 record into a semifinal game at noon Friday against third-ranked Iowa City. Linn-Mar beat West 63-49 midway through the regular season.

Third-ranked Iowa City West rode a sizzling start to the fourth quarter into the Class 4A semifinals.

West got 19 points from sophomore Ally Disterhoft and 16 from junior Jessica Shull in beating sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington 67-58. The Women of Troy did it with a two-minute burst that built a lead the Warriors couldn't overcome.

Trailing 45-39 heading into the fourth quarter, West hit Washington with a 14-2 run that included 3-pointers by Disterhoft, Shull and McKenzie Piper. Disterhoft followed Piper's 3 with a driving lineup and Shahana Williams made a free throw, giving West a 53-47 lead.

Tia Dawson, who had an outstanding game for Washington, stopped West's momentum with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but the Warriors couldn't string together a run of their own to retake the lead.

They got it down to 59-58 when Ashley Piper sank two free throws after grabbing an offensive rebound. But Shull swished two free throws and Disterhoft made six in a row from the line to nail down West's second victory of the season over Washington. The Women of Troy beat the Warriors 65-50 midway through the regular season.

 

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