DES MOINES: Cascade, coming off an upset of #1 MFL-Marmac beat Denver Tuesday morning in a 2A quarterfinal, 49-34. The Cyclones were making their first state appearance in 10 years. In a 3A quarterfinal, Waukon moved past Keokuk 56-39.
CASCADE 49, DENVER 34
There was no letdown for Cascade after its big regional upset.
The unranked Cougars played solid defense throughout, got balanced scoring and beat Denver 49-34 Tuesday to advance to the Class 2A semifinals.
Cascade earned its trip to the state tournament by knocking off top-ranked MFL-Mar-Mac in its regional final. Now the Cougars are one victory from playing for the state championship.
Maggie Reiter led Cascade with 11 points and eight rebounds. Haylee Hoffman scored 10 points for the Cougars, Amber Meyer had nine and Holly Hosch eight.
Chanda Goedken, the team's leading scorer with a 10.4 average, finished with just two points. But Goedken contributed in other ways, grabbing 14 rebounds, handing out four assists and making three steals.
Amanda Frost led Denver with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Emily Schweer added 12 points and four assists.
Cascade scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 22-13 lead and maintained that cushion the rest of the way. Denver never got closer than eight points in the second half and Cascade led by as many as 16.
Cascade will take a 23-3 record against sixth-ranked Hinton in a semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Denver, which made its fifth trip to state under veteran coach Steve Moon, finished 21-4.
WAUKON 56, KEOKUK 39
Another game, another victory for the state's active career leader.
Waukon gave coach Gene Klinge victory No. 931 when the fourth-ranked Indians beat Keokuk 56-39 Tuesday in the opening game of the Class 3A tournament.
Mary Halvorson led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds and two teammates also scored in double figures as Waukon improved to 20-2. The Indians will play in a semifinal game at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Carissa Berger added 14 points and eight steals for Waukon, while Kristyna Herman had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Klinge is now 931-216 in 47 years of coaching. He spent most of his career at West Central, then guided Waukon to the 3A championship in 2004 -- his first season with the Indians. He needs only eight more victories to pass R.V. Mullen as the state's all-time leader.
Shelsey Stanley led Keokuk with 11 points and McKenzie Piper scored nine. The Chiefs lost to an Iowa team for the first time this season and finished 18-7.
Waukon often had a player heading toward the other end when Keokuk shot and that resulted in several layups for the Indians. They went on a 10-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters to open a 21-6 lead and were in control the rest of the way.
A 6-0 run early in the third quarter stretched the lead to 31-15 and Keokuk never got closer than 10 points after that.
Waukon overcame its 28 turnovers by shooting 48.6 percent and outrebounding Keokuk 39-32. The Indians held Keokuk to four field goals in the first half.