Two champions will be crowned tonight at the Girls’ State Basketball Tournament. It’s a one versus two showdown in class 1A as top rated English Valleys plays number two Rockwell City-Lytton. Jill Johnson and her Wildcat teammates have been here before. Rockwell City-Lytton lost in last year’s championship game to Rock Valley. She says they have to look at it that not every team gets the chance to come back two years in a row, and they know what they want and just have to go and do it. Johnson wants to end her career with a state title. she says “that would be an awesome way to go out.”Underwood bids for a second straight title in 2A tonight against seventh rated Grundy Center. The top ranked Eagles got off to a shaky start but took command in the second quarter in a semifinal round win over Maquoketa Valley. Underwood center Jamie Boyd says they came out a little too timid. Boyd had 19 points and ten rebounds in Thursday’s win. The Eagles play seventh ranked Grundy Center in the title game. The Lady Spartans beat second ranked Sioux Center in the semifinal round.Saturday night’s 3A title game will be an all Northeast Iowa Conference affair. Kristyn Ferris made five free throws in the final 41-seconds as sixth rated Charles City edged number eight Dubuque Wahlert 52-48. She says they were just trying to draw some fouls and play cat and mouse and hit the free throws.Wahlert coach Jim Kuhl says it was a disappointing end to a season full of accomplishments. He says they have never made it past the first round, they had a school record 20 victories, so while it’s hard to take, he says they had an awesome year.Charles City will play top ranked Waukon in the championship. The Indians roared back from an eight point fourth quarter deficit to edge number-four Atlantic 44-42.
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