The class 4-A quarterfinal round continues today at the girls state basketball tournament. Second ranked Cedar Falls entered the tournament as the state’s highest scoring team and the opening round was no different. The Tigers outscored Sioux City East 21-11 in the third quarter to pull away in a 75-52 victory. Amy Swisher led the way for Cedar Falls with 28-points on 13 of 22 shooting.The Tigers will play 10th ranked Davenport West in the semifinal round. Tracy Paustin’s basket and free throw with 31-seconds remaining snapped a 40-all tie as the Falcons edged Cedar Rapids Jefferson 46-43. Paustin’s three point play came just seconds after Jefferson turned the ballover while attempting to hold for a final shot.Jefferson coach Larry Niemeyer says he was proud of the effort.Niemeyer says they were trying to hold for one shot because they did not want Paustin to get the ball again.In the class 3-A quarterfinal round opener 12th ranked Decorah handed 8th ranked Perry only its third loss of the season 48-40. Decorah coach Randy Iverson says the victory was sparked by their running game.Top ranked Union held off a second half rally by 11th ranked Norwalk and outscored the Warriors 18-1 to end the game in a 52-37 victory. Union coach Robert Driscol says combacks are nothing new for his team.Fourth ranked Central Lee pulled away from a two point halftime lead to down Western Christian 54-42. Angie Schinstock led Central Lee with 18-points on nine of 15 shooting.Western Christian made a late rally to cut the lead to a basket at the half and Schinstock says they made some changes on defense.Western Christian coach Craig Stiemsma says Schinstock was too difficult to stop.
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