Friday’s Class 1A championship game matchup is set at the girls state basketball tournament. Newell-Fonda does not have a senior but with one more victory it will earn a state championship. The Mustangs used superior quickness to down top ranked Dunkerton 81-62 in a class 1A semifinal round game that featured a combined 146 shots and 52 turnovers.
Both teams employed pressing, up tempo styles. Mustangs coach Dick Jungers says that is their type of game, as they love to play up and down and play tight defense. It was the first loss of the season for the Raiders who were making their first ever trip to the state tournament.
Dunkerton coach Virgil Hovden says it has been a remarkable season and he says he told them the sun will come up tomorrow. Hovden says the team is a bunch of great people, along with being basketball players, and that’s the toughest part of seeing the season end.
Defense and rebounding lifted Springville into the 1A title game. The Orioles limited Lawton-Bronson to 32 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 46-26 in a 60-45 victory. Springville’s Katie Eiben says they were more excited than stunned as the Orioles made it to the title game in their first trip to state.