Top Ranked IC Regina advances to face Western Christian at Girls - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Top Ranked IC Regina advances to face Western Christian at Girls State

Posted: Updated:

Even when its leading scorer isn't putting up big numbers, Iowa City Regina still has enough talent to handle whatever comes its way.

   The top-ranked and unbeaten Regals got double-figure scoring from three players and pulled away late for a 67-54 victory over Logan-Magnolia in the opening game of the Class 2A tournament.

   Regina's top scorer, junior guard Mary Crompton, didn't get her second basket of the game until hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:13 left in the third quarter. But that wasn't a problem for the Regals.

   They led by eight before Crompton's shot, which started a 15-4 run that put it out of reach.

   Crompton took only seven shots and finished with 15 points. Sophomore Alex Wiese led Regina with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Sarah Lehman, the only senior who starts, scored 14 on 5-for-8 shooting.

   Regina shot 61.5 percent, which offset Logan-Magnolia's 25-15 rebounding advantage. The Regals also came up with 11 steals, four by Crompton.

   Logan-Magnolia reached the state tournament for the first team and finishes with a 21-4 record. The Panthers did it with a starting lineup of four juniors and a freshman, so they'll have everyone back next season.

   Kylan Straight led Logan-Magnolia with 22 points and eight rebounds. Kenzie Cunard added 13 points for the Panthers, who stayed within striking distance until that late Regina run.

   Regina is headed to the semifinals for the second straight year. They'll take a 26-0 record into a game at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

No matter who's on the floor,  Western Christian always seems to thrive at state tournament time.

The Wolfpack had to work to get their latest victory, however, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat North Linn 58-48.

   Western got another big game from 6-foot-2 junior Ashtyn Veerbeek, who went 14-for-18 on free throws in scoring 25 points and pulled down 19 rebounds. Erika Feenstra added 18 points for Western on 7-for-11 shooting and Jessi DeJager scored 10.

   Veerbeek, who has committed to Nebraska, is more than just an inside player. She handles the ball well, too, and in one sequence she blocked a shot, grabbed the ball, dribbled the length of the court and made a reverse layup.

Guard Karsyn Winterfeld had only one basket for the fourth-ranked Wolfpack, but it was a big one. She hit a 3-pointer with just over three minutes to play to give Western a 50-44 lead, starting a game-ending 11-4 run that wrapped up the Wolfpack's 23rd victory in 25 outings.

   A young North Linn team was impressive in losing for just the second time in 26 games. The Lynx started two freshman and three juniors and did not have a senior on the roster.

   Freshman Grace Flanagan, who plays with the poise of someone much older, led North Linn with 15 points. Anna LeGrand scored 10 for the Lynx, while Ashley Tull had seven points and 10 rebounds.

   In a back-and-forth game that would have been worthy of a state final, North Linn edged ahead 40-37 late in the third quarter. But Western Christian opened the final quarter with a bucket from Verbeek inside and a 3-pointer from Erica Bousema. That put the Wolfpack up 42-40 and they never trailed again.

   Western Christian will play top-ranked Iowa City Regina in a semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Western finished second in last year's state tournament after winning titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Powered by Frankly