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Waterloo West and City High fall in 5A Semifinals

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Ninth-ranked Southeast Polk made 10 3-pointers on its way to a 54-46 victory over No. 3 Waterloo West that sends the defending champions back to the Class 5A title game. 

   Southeast Polk won it with a share-the-wealth offense and accurate free throw shooting at the end. Jessica Cole led the Rams with 16 points, Abby Penquite scored 15, Annie Penquite had 12 and Jacey Huinker finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. 

   Iowa State recruit Blaire Thomas led West with 18 points 11 rebounds and Haley Puk, who'll play at Bowling Green next year, scored 15. The Wahawks grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and Thomas converted five of them into baskets, but they couldn't overcome Southeast Polk's 10-for-23 shooting from long range. The Rams also made 14 of 17 free throws while West went 3-for-7 at the line.    

   Last years 5A State Champion, Southeast Polk will take an 18-6 record into the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday, when the Rams will go after their third state title.    West finishes 22-3 after its seventh appearance at state.

Get ready for a rematch in the Class 5A championship game.

 It will be Southeast Polk-Dowling Catholic, Part II, at 8 p.m. Saturday after both advanced with semifinal victories over higher ranked opponents. 

Dowling Catholic trailed 13-2 before turning up its defense and climbing back into it behind sophomore Becca Hittner and junior Aubrey Faber. Hittner finished with 19 points and seven rebounds while going against City High star Haley Lorenzen. Faber added 14 points, six rebounds and six assists and Marin Daniel chipped in with seven points. 

Kiera Washpun, who scored 31 points in a first-round victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy, led City High with 15 points and Courtney Joens scored 14 with eight steals.  Lorenzen, who'll play at Florida next season, finished an outstanding high school career with eight points and 11 rebounds. 

Dowling Catholic trailed by as many as 12 points before closing the first half with seven straight points to trail 23-18 at the break. City High stayed ahead well into the second half before the Maroons hit the Little Hawks with an 11-0 run to go up 41-36. Hittner finished that burst by taking a pass from Faber on a nice cut to the basket and banking in a layup. 

Dowling Catholic is now 22-3 and will be going for its fifth title. City High, the 2008 state champion, finishes 24-1.

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