Kiah Stokes scored 17 points and hauled down 13 rebounds as top ranked Linn-Mar beat Johnston 60-38 in a class 4A quarterfinal. Stokes scored 12 of her points in the second half. She says she was more relaxed in the second half and that opened up more things for everyone as she hit shots.
Johnston turned things around late in the season and finished 15-10. Dragon’s coach Rich Gradoville says getting to the state tournament was a great accomplishment for his team.
Fifth ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy outscored number four Ankeny 14-5 to close the game as the Cougars picked up a 46-44 win in a 4A quarterfinal round game.
Kennedy’s Jade Rogers who scored eight straight points after Ankeny built a 39-32 advantage. Rogers finished the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds, she says she had faith in her teammates.
Kennedy owned a 39-30 rebounding advantage and Ankeny coach Scott DeJong felt that was a major factor in the outcome.
Kennedy improves to 21-2. Ankeny closes the season with a record of 21-3.
Des Moine East downed Ames 49-37 as East won its first state tournament game since 1982. Sharnae Lamar scored 15 points to lead the Scarlets. Waukee ran out to an early lead and downed Pleasant Valley 53-27 in the final 4A quarterfinal of the night.