Seth Tuttle and Payton Plagge combined for 38 points and 23 rebounds as second rated West Fork edged sixth ranked Fort Dodge St. Edmond 48-45 in a class 2A quarterfinal. Tuttle made all five of his free throw attempts, including two crucial ones with ten seconds remaining and the Warhawks clinging to a one point lead.
Tuttle says he air-balled a free-throw last year and was worried about that, but the ball caught the rim and rolled in and he says after that he knew he would make the next one. Nick Clark led St. Edmond with 21 points and came up short on his bid to tie the with a three pointer with four seconds remaining.
Tuttle says Clark is a tough ballplayer and they all knew he was going to get the final shot, and they were lucky to play good defense and he missed the shot.
The Gaels led by as many as four in the final quarter but West Fork took the lead for good on a Plagge layup with four-29 remaining.
St. Edmond coach Adolph Kochendorfer says they couldn’t hold on to the lead with two minutes left and he says he told the team he was proud of the way they represented the community. The Gaels finish the season 21-4 while the Warhawks improve to 25-0.
Ninth ranked North Cedar jumped out to a 19-6 lead at the end of one in a 63-53 win over tenth ranked Cascade in another 2A quarterfinal. The Knights made seven of their nine three pointers in the opening half as the built a 15 point advantage at the break.
North Cedar coach Scott Jackson says this is the first time for the kids to be here and he says they told them to come out and have fun and relax and enjoy the moment. Jackson says they got momentum early and when you get that, good things happen. Kyle Jackson led the Knights with 23 points, including five of seven from three point range.
Coach Jackson says he was happy for him as he says Kyle is capable of doing that and did it when they needed him.
Cascade coach Al Marshall says his team was not ready to go at the start of the game. Marshall says he’s not sure if it was the layoff of the stage they were on. He says they didn’t get after the shooters like they should have and they were able to make shots.
Nate McMullen led the Cougars with 17 points as they close out the season with a record of 24-2. North Cedar will take a 24-2 record into Thursday’s 2A semifinals.