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IOWA CITY \u2014 It wasn\u2019t the most picturesque performance of Peter Jok\u2019s career.

Iowa\u2019s 6-foot-6 senior made only one 3-point field goal and had only six field goals of any kind. It mostly was accomplished by doing what Jok does as well as anyone in the country: Making free throws.

But it might have been one of the most important performances of Jok\u2019s career because it kept alive Iowa\u2019s dwindling hopes for some sort of post-season berth.

\u201cRight now we just need to get on a roll, finish strong and get the best (Big Ten tournament) seed we can get,\u2019\u2019 Jok said after making 22 of 23 free throws and scoring 35 points in a 96-90 overtime victory over Indiana on Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

It\u2019s the most points Jok has scored in a Big Ten game, the most he\u2019s ever scored at home and the most he has scored in a victory. A majority of his big point totals have come in defeats. His only higher point total was a 42-point effort against Memphis in a Thanksgiving tournament in Florida.

The 22 free throws are the second most by any player in the country this season. South Carolina\u2019s Sindarius Thornwell sank 25 (in 33 attempts) in a four-overtime game against Alabama on Feb. 7.

It was enough to break Don Nelson\u2019s 55-year-old school record of 21, though.

\u201cI don\u2019t care about that,\u2019\u2019 Jok said after the game. \u201cI just care about winning.\u2019\u2019

Jok was 11 for 11 at the line in regulation, then 11 for 12 in overtime as Indiana\u2019s defenders seemed more inclined to reach and grab rather than move their feet on defense.

Jok was more than happy to take advantage of that. He said it\u2019s not the most physical an opposing team has been with him this season, but he said the game officials were just calling the bumps and hand-checks that sometimes go unnoticed or ignored.

\u201cI was trying to get fouled,\u2019\u2019 Jok said. \u201cI wasn\u2019t shooting well so I was just trying to get to the free throw line as much as I can.\u2019\u2019

He scored on Iowa\u2019s first six offensive possessions of the overtime period and had 15 points total in the extra period.

\u201cHe was really good. He was really strong,\u2019\u2019 Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. \u201cHe mixed it up. He posted a little bit. He came up top. He was on the wing. He gave it up a few times. He was really, really special tonight.\u2019\u2019

While Jok said he was determined to take matters into his own hands in overtime, McCaffery said that really wasn\u2019t the plan.

\u201cAll we were trying to do was move the ball and take what was there,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cHe's obviously a guy who wants the ball and we want to get him the ball. But we never really want to just lock into one guy. We want to be able to establish inside, outside, other people, especially when you're in the double bonus.\u2019\u2019

The 22-for-23 night raised Jok\u2019s season free throw percentage to 92.1 percent, which ranks fourth in the country.

\u201cI was surprised he missed the one, to be honest with you \u2026\u2019\u2019 McCaffery joked. \u201cUsually, not only does he make them, he usually doesn't hit anything but the net.\u2019\u2019

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After-thoughts from Iowa\u2019s 96-90 overtime win over Indiana:

--How big was this win? It means the Hawkeyes still have a very good chance of finishing the season above .500 and it leaves them alone in eighth place in the Big Ten standings. Had they lost, they would be part of a four-way tie for ninth with Illinois, Penn State and Indiana.

--The game included two of the most spectacular individual plays of Iowa\u2019s season. Both were only worth two points but they served to energize the crowd when the Hawkeyes were trying to rally in the second half. With 9:01 to go, Nicholas Baer soared in to snare an offensive rebound and dunked it, bringing the crowd to its feet and bringing the Hawkeyes to within a point at 51-50. With 2:46 remaining, Christian Williams came flying down the court and flipped a lob pass to Tyler Cook for a dunk that tied the score at 70-70.

--Peter Jok actually seemed a little bit off at times, making just 1 of 6 3-point field goal attempts, but he more than made up for it by making 22 of 23 free throws. He was at his best in overtime, scoring on the Hawkeyes\u2019 first six possessions in the extra period. The 22 made free throws are an Iowa record \u2014 Don Nelson was 21 for 25 against Indiana in 1962 \u2014 and the 23 attempts are a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record.

--One of the best Jok stats of the night: He did not have a turnover for only the third time this season. The other times he did it were against Stetson and Delaware State. This came against a slightly better opponent.

--Iowa coach Fran McCaffery made no secret of his disappointment with the way his team started the game. He pulled all his starters after only 2 minutes, 10 seconds, and used 12 different players in the first four minutes. Freshman Maishe Dailey was the only scholarship player who didn\u2019t get in before the first TV timeout.

--This will tell you who McCaffery was most unhappy with: Starting guard Isaiah Moss played five minutes, all in the first half. Dom Uhl also played a season-low five minutes.

--McCaffery even tried fifth-year senior Dale Jones, who had played only six minutes all season. Jones, whose bobblehead was given to the first 1,500 fans at the game, played five minutes, collected two fouls and one turnover and misfired on two 3-point field goals. Don\u2019t look for him to see increased playing time unless McCaffery gets really desperate again.

--Rebounding continued to be a bit of a problem for the Hawkeyes. They were only outboarded 39-34 but gave up 16 offensive rebounds. Cook had some good moments but still only grabbed five rebounds. He hasn\u2019t had more than that in a game since Jan. 19.

--Sophomore Christian Williams continued to make an impression on defense and had the best offensive game of his career. In addition to the pinpoint lob to Cook, he scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

--It took Indiana 10 minutes and 13 seconds before it was called for a foul in the game but once it started, it couldn\u2019t seem to stop. Iowa was in the bonus fewer than five minutes into the second half and the Hoosiers ended up committing 35 fouls. The most any team had against the Hawkeyes previously this season was 25.

--Indiana probably should have been called for at least one more foul. Replays showed that as Cook went up for a short jump shot as time ran out in regulation, the Hoosiers' Thomas Bryant had his left arm wrapped around the Iowa freshman. It was one of the rare occasions when no foul was called.

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EPWORTH, Iowa \u2014 Down one and having to go the length of the court with 6 seconds left Tuesday night, the decision was simple for North Scott girls basketball coach TJ Case.

\u201cI turned to my assistant coaches in the huddle and basically said, \u2018I want the ball in Karli (Rucker\u2019s) hands,\u201d Case said.

Rucker, a four-year starter, a Northern Iowa signee and among the fastest players around with the ball in her hands, took the inbounds pass from sister Rylie, raced down the court and drew a foul in the lane with 1.4 seconds remaining.

The 87-percent foul shooter knocked down both free throws to send Class 4A eighth-ranked North Scott to the state tournament with a 43-42 triumph over seventh-ranked Western Dubuque in an entertaining regional final.

The Lancers snapped a 43-game home winning streak for the Bobcats, who were seeking their fourth consecutive trip to Des Moines.

North Scott (18-5) will make its second appearance to Wells Fargo Arena in four seasons. The Lancers play second-ranked Nevada (22-1) at 6:45 p.m. next Tuesday in a quarterfinal tilt.

\u201cIt is one thing to win a big game, it is another thing to win a big game to go to state,\u201d Rucker said. \u201cWe have some young kids and the experience of being in Des Moines is just awesome.\u201d

It was a seesaw battle throughout. Neither team led by more than five points.

Rylie Rucker, who led North Scott with a dozen points, scored on a drive to the basket with 51 seconds left to even the game.

After milking some clock, Western Dubuque (21-2) countered. Senior Morgan Pitz, who led all scorers with 20 points, drove and was fouled by Karli Rucker with 7.2 ticks to go.

Pitz made the first foul shot, missed the second. Grace Boffeli snatched the rebound for North Scott and the Lancers called timeout.

Western Dubuque didn\u2019t pressure the inbound pass or attempt to deny Rucker the ball.

\u201cI was really shocked that they didn\u2019t,\u201d Case said. \u201cI just kept saying, \u2018Come on official, give her the ball, give her the ball.\u2019 Karli is smart enough to know what to do and she has great speed up and down the floor.\u201d

Rucker took it into the paint, put up a shot and a foul was called on Chloe Baugmartner.

\u201cI was very confident in Kar,\u201d Rylie Rucker said. \u201cThe refs were calling super touchy fouls. I was confident she could take it to the rack and they\u2019d call a foul.\u201d

Still, Karli Rucker had to convert at the line.

\u201cI never heard a gym this loud, to be honest,\u201d Karli Rucker said. \u201cIt is nerve racking, but I\u2019m confident in myself and our team.

\u201cI just thought in my head, I practiced this, I know how to do this. I just went through my routine like normal.\u201d

She drained the first. Western Dubuque called timeout to ice her before the second attempt.

Karli Rucker, who made just two baskets and finished with nine points, buried it to give North Scott the lead.

Western Dubuque tried a long baseball pass, but Rylie Rucker deflected it near midcourt and the clock expired.

The celebrated ensued. Rylie Rucker and Boffeli embraced. The team posed for pictures with the state-qualifying banner.

\u201cThis was our dream,\u201d said Boffeli, who had eight points and seven rebounds. \u201cThe beginning of season, every practice, every camp, we talked about going to Wells Fargo.\u201d

There was a couple rough patches along the way. North Scott lost to Davenport North by 29 points in early January and followed with a 37-point setback to Pleasant Valley on Jan. 20.

Since then, the Lancers have reeled off eight straight wins. They\u2019ve held seven of those opponents below 50 points.

\u201cWe struggled a little bit in the middle of the season,\u201d Rylie Rucker said. \u201cCoach brought us together and said, \u2018Where do we want to go at the end of the season? From there on, we worked our butts off in practice. It showed tonight.\u201d

And four seniors \u2014 Karli Rucker, Erica Loussaert, Savannah Bogner and Hannah Moeller \u2014 will get an opportunity to finish their careers in Des Moines.

\u201cThey\u2019ve put a lot of time and effort in,\u201d an emotional Case said. \u201cThey started with me when I took the job. It has been a fun ride and a great way to end this thing down there.\u201d

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IOWA CITY \u2014 The Iowa basketball team got off to another of those agonizingly awful starts Tuesday night.

But one thing was different this time: It recovered.

Peter Jok set an Iowa single-game free throw record and scored a Big Ten career-high 35 points, including 15 in overtime, as the Hawkeyes rebounded from a sluggish start to claim a 96-90 victory over Indiana, ending a three-game losing streak and keeping alive their hopes for some sort of postseason tournament berth.

They are now 15-13, 7-8 in the Big Ten, heading into the final three games of the regular season.

Jok made 22 of 23 free throw attempts in the game to set an all-time Iowa record. Don Nelson held the previous standard, making 21 in a game against the Hoosiers in 1962.

The two teams were tied at 75-75 at the end of regulation but Jok relentlessly scored on almost every possession in overtime. He scored inside twice early in the extra period, then added 11 free throws. Jordan Bohannon also connected on 4 of 4 foul shots in overtime.

\u201cI\u2019m just incredibly proud of them and I told them that after the game,\u2019\u2019 Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. \u201cThere were a number of times we could have packed it in but we never did.\u2019\u2019

Tyler Cook added 14 points for the Hawkeyes with Nicholas Baer and Christian Williams netting 10 apiece while making some of the biggest plays of the game.

\u201cWe needed this bad,\u2019\u2019 Williams said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been working hard lately and we haven\u2019t been rewarded. We needed this.\u2019\u2019

Indiana (15-13, 5-10 Big Ten), which suffered its fifth straight loss, got 19 points from Robert Johnson and 18 from James Blackmon, but they were two of four Hoosiers who fouled out of the game. The visitors committed 35 fouls in the game and also hurt themselves with 22 turnovers.

The Hawkeyes again dug themselves an early hole, spotting Indiana a 9-0 lead.

It\u2019s the fifth time in Big Ten play, the Hawkeyes allowed an opposing team to open a lead of 8-0 or better. They fell behind Purdue, Northwestern and Maryland 8-0 in games earlier in the conference season and trailed Illinois 10-0 in a Jan. 25 game. They lost all four games, two of them by more than 20 points.

So when Josh Newkirk scored seven quick points to give Indiana a 9-0 lead with little more than two minutes elapsed on Tuesday, McCaffery wasn\u2019t in a mood to be patient. He removed his entire starting lineup en masse with 17 minutes 50 seconds left in the half.

\u201cWe needed some energy,\u2019\u2019 McCaffery said. \u201cWe didn\u2019t have the necessary energy at the start of the game. That was disappointing \u2026 We didn\u2019t answer the bell.\u2019\u2019

When McCaffery didn\u2019t like the way Dom Uhl was playing, he inserted oft-injured Dale Jones, who had played only six minutes all season. When Cordell Pemsl messed up, he sent Ryan Kriener into the game. He used 12 different players within the game\u2019s first four minutes.

\u201cCoach made a statement. He pulled the whole starting five,\u2019\u2019 Bohannon said. \u201cWe kind of got the hint after that.\u2019\u2019

The Hoosiers built their lead to as much as 13 but the Hawkeyes, led by Baer, gradually began to get some defensive stops and Jok finally got rolling at the offensive end.

Thanks to a 12-0 run, the Hawkeyes trailed by only 33-32 at halftime.

The Hawkeyes spent most of the second half scrambling to stay close and they finally tied the score at 55-55 on a 3-pointer by Bohannon \u2014 his first points of the game \u2014 with 6:47 remaining. The Hoosiers knocked down three straight threes and got the lead back up to eight (66-58).

But the Hawkeyes again battled back, scoring a majority of their points at the foul line and finally tying the score at 70 on Williams\u2019 spectacular lob pass to Cook for a dunk with 2:46 remaining.

The was still tied, at 73-73, coming down the stretch. Jok gave Iowa the lead on two free throws with 1:26 to go but Newkirk tied it with two foul shots with 25.6 seconds left.

Iowa got the ball inside to Cook as time ran out in regulation but he missed, sending the game to overtime.

Once the game got to overtime, Jok made up his mind the Hawkeyes weren\u2019t going to lose.

\u201cThe last time we had a close game I didn\u2019t step up as a leader the way I should have,\u2019\u2019 Jok said. \u201cI told the guys I wanted the ball. I felt I had a mismatch the whole time and I wanted to take advantage of it.\u2019\u2019

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Boys basketball

Iowa districts

Class 1A District 8

Tuesday's scores

North Linn 60, Easton Valley 33

Clinton Prince of Peace 69, Calamus-Wheatland 58

Thursday's game

At Maquoketa -- North Linn vs. Clinton Prince of Peace, 7 p.m.

Class 2A District 7

Tuesday's score

Camanche 51, Northeast 42, OT

Class 2A District 8

Tuesday's score

West Branch 69, Tipton 56

Saturday's substate final

At Muscatine -- Camanche vs. West Branch, 7 p.m.

Class 3A District 7

Thursday's game

At Assumption -- Dubuque Wahlert (6-15) vs. Assumption (13-9), 7 p.m.

Class 3A District 8

Thursday's game

At Mount Vernon -- Cedar Rapids Xavier (11-11) vs. Mount Vernon (17-5), 7 p.m.

Class 4A Substate 5

Friday's games

Pleasant Valley (11-11) at Iowa City West (18-3), 7 p.m.

Linn-Mar (10-12) at Muscatine (14-6), 7 p.m.

Class 4A Substate 6

Friday's games

Davenport West (5-17) at Bettendorf (16-5), 7 p.m.

Davenport Central (17-4) at North Scott (15-6), 7 p.m.

Camanche 51, Northeast 41 (OT)

Northeast -- Zachary Parson 4 0-0 11, Lucas Empen 4 0-0 8, Braeden Hoyer 3 1-2 7, Tyson Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Kyle Dell 2 2-2 7, Axel Dondiego 2 3-3 7, Dawson Stoll 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-7 42.

Camanche -- Dylan Hundley 6 0-0 13, Dakota Soenksen 5 4-6 17, Dev Patel 2 0-0 4, Cameron Soenksen 2 2-2 8, David Gonalez 3 1-2 7, Calvin Ottens 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 7-10 51.

Northeast;11;8;14;9;0;--;42

Camanche;12;6;12;12;9;-;51

Three-point field goals: Northeast 4 (Parson 3, Dell). Camanche 6 (D. Soenksen 3, C. Soenksen 2, Hundley). Total Fouls: Northeast 15, Camanche 11. Fouled out: Empen (NE).

Kewanee 62, Bureau Valley 51

Kewanee -- Juan Contreras Jr. 10 3-5 2 23, Steven Earthely 6 4-4 2 17, Nick Sheets 0 0-0 3 0, David Younglove 0 0-0 0 0, Hector Morales 0 0-0 0 0, Bryce Nolan 0 0-0 2 0, TJ Jackson 0 0-0 0 0, Carson Prescott 8 0-0 4 16, Kavon Russell 2 0-0 0 4, Manny Damas 0 0-0 3 0, DeShawn Mabalcon 0 0-0 0 0, Carter Davis 0 0-0 0 0, Carlos Garcia 1 0-0 1 2, Jose Hernandez 0 0-0 1 0. Totals 27 7-9 18 62.\u00a0

Bureau Valley -- Kale Barnett 4 6-9 2 15, Nate Paup-Caudill 2 7-8 1 11, Tyler Gustafson 3 0-0 2 8, Spencer Marquez 1 0-0 2 3, Nathan Brown 0 0-0 0 0, Corbin Endress 2 0-0 4 5, Jay Edlefson 0 0-0 2 0, Andrew Petras 2 2-4 1 6, Matt Paup-Caudill 1 0-0 0 3. Totals 15 15-21 18 51.\u00a0

Kewanee;16;16;10;20;--;62

Bureau Valley;14;10;11;16;--;51

3-point goals -- Kewanee 1 (Earthely); Bureau Valley 6 (Gustafson 2, Marquez, Endress, Matt Paup-Caudill, Barnett).

Illinois regionals

Class 2A at Morrison

Today's semifinals

Sterling Newman vs. Morrison, 6 p.m.

Winnebago vs. Fulton, 7:30 p.m.

Friday's championship

Teams TBD, 7 p.m.

Class 2A at Kewanee

Tuesday's score

Kewanee 62, Bureau Valley 51

Today's semifinal

Monmouth-Roseville vs. Riverdale, 7 p.m.

Friday's championship

Kewanee vs. TBD, 7 p.m.

Class 2A at Mercer County

Tuesday's score

Rockridge 59, Mercer County 37

Today's semifinal

Alleman vs. Orion, 7 p.m.

Friday's championship

Rockridge vs. TBD, 7 p.m.

Class 1A at Henry

Tuesday's scores

Ridgewood 80, Lowpoint-Washburn 20

Galva 55, Midland 37

Today's semifinals

Annawan vs. Wethersfield, 6 p.m.

Galva/Midland vs. Ridgewood/Lowpoint-Washburn, 7:30 p.m.

Friday's championship

Teams TBD, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball\u00a0

Iowa regionals

Class 4A Region 5

Tuesday's score

North Scott 43, Western Dubuque 42

Class 5A Region 2

Tuesday's score

Cedar Falls 54, Bettendorf 35

Class 5A Region 6

Tuesday's score

Waukee 65, Pleasant Valley 45

Class 5A Region 7

Tuesday's score

Johnston 89, Davenport North 82

North Scott 43, Western Dubuque 42

NORTH SCOTT (18-5) \u2014 Presley Case 1-5 0-0 3, Karli Rucker 2-6 4-4 9, Erica Loussaert 2-8 0-2 5, Rylie Rucker 4-11 4-4 12, Grace Boffeli 1-6 6-6 8, Hannah Moeller 0-0 0-0 0, Savannah Bogner 2-4 1-1 6, Alyssa Perrin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-40 15-17 43.

WESTERN DUBUQUE (21-2) \u2014 Lindsey Eimers 4-8 2-2 11, Blair Burds 0-1 0-0 0, Morgan Pitz 5-13 9-12 20, Karlie Fagan 3-3 1-4 7, McKenzie Maahs 0-0 0-0 0 Ireland Hill 0-3 0-0 0, Chloe Baumgartner 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 14-33 12-18 42.

North Scott;8;16;8;11;\u2014;43

Western Dubuque;11;14;7;10;\u2014;42

3-point goals \u2014 North Scott 4-15 (K. Rucker 1-2, Case 1-3, Bogner 1-3, Loussaert 1-4, R. Rucker 0-3); Western Dubuque 2-8 (Pitz 1-2, Eimers 1-4, Burds 0-1, Baumgartner 0-1). Rebounds \u2014 North Scott 24 (Boffeli 7); Western Dubuque 20 (Fagan 8, Pitz 6). Turnovers \u2014 North Scott 13, Western Dubuque 13. Total fouls \u2014 North Scott 16, Western Dubuque 19. Fouled out \u2014 none.

Johnston 89, North 82 (OT)

NORTH (17-5) -- Jacionna Stowers 7-16 4-5 18, Jinaya Houston 9-13 12-12 31, Coral Dillie 0-2 0-0 0, Mckenzie O'Brien 3-4 0-0 6, Paige Bradford 7-10 0-0 17, Reece Ranum 0-1 0-0 0, Mariah Mayfield 3-8 4-4 10, Lindsey Broders 0-1 0-0 0, Lindsay Wardlow 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 20-21 82

JOHNSTON (19-4) -- Maya McDermott 6-11 6-8 21, Paige Sieren 0-5 0-0 0, Jennah Johnson 5-14 5-6 16, Regan Nesheim 4-5 3-6 11, Taryn Knuth 14-28 10-12 38, Maddie Mock 0-4 0-0 0, Brooke Wilmes 0-0 0-0 0, Macy Thompson 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 30-68 25-34 89

North;11;23;22;22;4;--;82

Johnston;17;16;14;31;11;--;89

Three-point goals -- North 4-13 (Bradford 3-3, Houston 1-2, Stowers 0-5, Mayfield 0-2, O'Brien 0-1); Johnston 4-16 (McDermott 3-6, Johnson 1-4, Sieren 0-4, Knuth 0-1, Mock 0-1). Rebounds -- North 31 (Bradford 12); Johnston 30 (Knuth 11). Turnovers -- North 25, Johnston 15. Team fouls -- North 25, Johnston 18. Fouled out -- North (Dillie, Bradford); Johnston (Nesheim, Mock).

Cedar Falls 54, Bettendorf 35

BETTENDORF (14-7) -- Emily Ivory 5-11 0-0 11, Grace Erpelding 1-4 2-2 4, Jordan Ratigan 0-8 3-4 3, Erin Hatch 2-5 2-2 7, Kylie Wroblewski 2-11 0-0 5, Ally Brownson 1-1 0-0 3, Taylor VanZuiden 1-1 0-0 3, Selena Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 12-44 7-8 35.

CEDAR FALLS (21-2) -- Reilly Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Calli Johnson 3-4 0-0 9, Ally Conrad 4-6 2-2 11, Kiana Barney 3-9 5-6 12, Cynthia Wolf 6-9 1-1 13, Olivia Remmert 0-2 0-0 0, Emerson Green 3-5 1-2 7, Hailey Paup 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-37 9-11 54.

Bettendorf;12;2;11;10;--;35

Cedar Falls;11;14;13;16;--;54

3-point goals - Bettendorf 4 (Ivory, Hatch, Wroblewski, VanZuiden), Cedar Falls 5 (C. Johnson 3, Conrad, Barney). Total fouls - Bettendorf 8, Cedar Falls 9. Fouled out - none.

Waukee 65, Pleasant Valley 45

PLEASANT VALLEY (19-4) \u2013 Grace Budde 1-7 1-2 3, Ellie Spelhaug 6-14 0-0 14, Rory Donahue 3-5 0-0 14, Adrea Arthofer 1-4 0-1 2, Carlie Spelhaug 8-11 0-0 19, Grace Necker 0-1 0-0 0, Cami Hunter 0-1 0-0 0, Mallory Lafever 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 1-3 45.

WAUKEE (18-4) \u2013 Carlie Littlefield 8-16 10-15 27, Callie Earney 2-2 2-4 6, Kylie Coleman 6-9 1-2 18, Rebecca Corbett 5-11 0-0 11, Jori Nieman 0-6 1-2 1, Brianna Hartman 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0, Mary Kate Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Kelli Fogt 0-0 0-0 0, Paityn Rau 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 21-45 16-25 65.

Pleasant Valley;9;7;15;14;--;45

Waukee;29;15;7;14;--;65

3-point goals \u2013 Pleasant Valley 6-19 (C. Spelhaug 3-5, E. Spelhaug 2-4, Donahue 1-2, Arthofer 0-1, Necker 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Budde 0-5); Waukee 6-13 (Coleman 4-6, Littlefield 1-1, Corbett 1-4, Nieman 0-2). Rebounds \u2013 Pleasant Valley 20 (Budde 5); Waukee 26 (Corbett 9). Total fouls \u2013 Pleasant Valley 21; Waukee 10. Fouled out \u2013 Donahue. Turnovers \u2013 Pleasant Valley 18; Waukee 13

Iowa state tournament

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Class 1A

Quarterfinals\u00a0

Monday's games

Springville (22-2) vs. Burlington Notre Dame (19-6), 10 a.m.

Bellevue Marquette (21-3) vs. Kingsley-Pierson (23-1), 11:45 a.m.

Turkey Valley (21-3) vs. Janesville (24-0), 1:30 p.m.

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (23-1) vs. Sidney (23-1), 3:15 p.m.\u00a0

Class 2A

Monday's games

Iowa City Regina (25-0) vs. Logan-Magnolia (21-3), 5 p.m.\u00a0

Western Christian (22-2) vs. North Linn (24-1), 6:45 p.m.\u00a0

Treynor (25-0) vs. Van Meter (21-3), 8:30 p.m.\u00a0

Tuesday's game

Central Decatur (24-0) vs. Cascade (22-2), 10 a.m.

Class 3A

Tuesday's games

Sioux Center (24-0) vs. PCM (20-4), 11:45 a.m.

Crestwood (22-1) vs. Cherokee (20-3), 1:30 p.m.

Center Point-Urbana (21-3) vs. Davenport Assumption (16-7), 3:15 p.m.

Pocahontas Area (24-1) vs. Clear Lake (21-3), 5 p.m.

Class 4A

Tuesday's games

Nevada (22-1) vs. North Scott (18-5) at 6:45 p.m.\u00a0

Grinnell (19-4) vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier (17-6) at 8:30 p.m.\u00a0

Wednesday's games

Marion (22-1) vs. Boone (19-5) at 10 a.m.\u00a0

Pella (19-4) vs. Lewis Central (22-1) at 11:45 a.m.\u00a0

Class 5A

Wednesday's games

Indianola (23-0) vs. Johnston (19-4) at 1:30 p.m.\u00a0

Iowa City High (22-1) vs. Cedar Falls (21-2) at 3:15 p.m.\u00a0

West Des Moines Valley (21-2) vs. Dowling Catholic at 5 p.m.\u00a0

Iowa City West (20-3) vs. Waukee (18-4) at 6:45 p.m.

Illinois state tournament

At Redbird Arena, Normal

Class 1A

Friday's semifinals

Annawan vs. Harvest Christian Academy, 11 a.m.

Mendon Unity vs. Calhoun, 12:45 p.m.

Saturday's games

Third-place game -- 11 a.m.

Championship -- 12:45 p.m.

Illinois sectionals

Class 4A

At Normal

Thursday's final

Rock Island vs. Edwardsville, 7 p.m.

Girls bowling

Iowa State bowling

at Plaza Lanes, Des Moines, IA

Class 2A

Team results -- 1. Ottumwa 3010; 2. Waterloo East 2989; 3. Urbandale 2836; 4. Keokuk 2705; 5. Waverly-Shell Rock 2660; 6. Fort Dodge 2595; 7. Pleasant Valley 2525; 8. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 2238

Individual results -- 1. Kaitlyn Moore (Keokuk) 235-235--470, 2. Jennifer Goodman (Ottumwa) 191-268--459, 3. Soleil Morgan (Waterloo East) 212-235--447, 4. Kaylie Yanda (Waverly-Shell Rock) 212-226--438, 5. Alyssa Hemann (Keokuk) 223-210--433, 6. Megan Hess (Urbandale) 223-197--420, 7. Mercedes Hendricks (Urbandale) 215-203--418, 8. Talia Drury (Urbandale) 215-201--416, 9. AshLee Snapp (Waterloo East) 225-181--406, 10. Takera Martinez (Pleasant Valley) 193-210--403

Pleasant Valley --\u00a0Takera Martinez 193-210--403, Alicia Staver 166-235--401, Lindzy Meyer 158-203--361, Emily Bruinsma 184-127--311, Paige Carter 122-155--277, Mariah Martinez 118-129--247

Boys bowling

State bowling results\u00a0

at Plaza Lanes, Des Moines, IA

Class 2A

Team results -- 1. Urbandale 3395; 2.\u00a0Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 3073; 3. Western Dubuque 3067; 4. Ottumwa 3056; 5. Pleasant Valley 2951; 6. Keokuk 2863; 7. Lewis Central 2854; 8. Fort Dodge 2780

Individual results -- 1. Alec Reseland (Keokuk) 279-256--535, 2. Jake Cook (Keokuk) 208-279--487, 3. Pat O'Brien (Western Dubuque) 256-210--466, 4. Dillon Kimberley (Urbandale) 217-246--463, 5. Carter Kramer 254-203--457, 6. Andrew Chavarria (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) 233-223--456, 7. Devon Moore (Urbandale) 202-236--438, 8. Jaxson Coble (Ottumwa) 208-229--437, 9. Tie, Brett Hiers\u00a0(Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) 205-225--430, Tyler Failla\u00a0(Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) 234-196--430, Tim Ngo\u00a0(Urbandale) 206-224--430

Pleasant Valley -- Mason Rosenboom 205-200--405, Scott Henrichs 202-199--401, Thomas Cassatt 179-221--400, Cory LaBarge 236-152--388, Devin Lentz 161-213--374, Joshua DelCorso 159-211--370

Clinton -- Brady Brunson 168-158--326

Wrestling

Dual team tournament

Rockridge sectional

Lena-Winslow 40, Mercer County 26

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It might be the most heartbreaking two seconds in the history of the Davenport North girls basketball program.

With the Wildcats clinging to a three-point lead, Johnston's Jennah Johnson inbounded the ball to Maya McDermott. She took one dribble, a couple steps, then threw up a prayer.

It banked in.

Video of Maya McDermott's 3 to send the game to OT. Johnston won 89-82 to go to state pic.twitter.com/DWeMQ0amPy

— Bobby Metcalf (@BobbyMetcalf88) February 22, 2017
\n

McDermott's buzzer-beating bank sent the game to overtime, where Class 5A No. 8 Johnston pulled away to an 89-82 win over 11th-ranked Davenport North, sending the Dragons to state for the third straight year.

\"I was like, that has to be a bank,\" said McDermott, who scored 21 points. \"If it's not a bank, it's not going in ... I was surprised but I've never had a better feeling in my life.\"

The play was defended well by North, but the shot was better.

With momentum solely with the Dragons (19-4), North struggled in overtime, especially with starters Paige Bradford and Coral Dillie out of the game with fouls. Johnston took advantage, and is now heading back to state after finishing second last year.

\"We're very hungry,\" senior Taryn Knuth said. \"This is my last season playing basketball forever and there's no way I'd rather end my career than going to state. We don't want to go to state, we want to win state.\"

Knuth was nearly unstoppable all night. The Florida State signee for volleyball scored 38 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and caused numerous problems for North in the post. At 6-foot-4, she drew fouls early and was a big reason why Bradford and Dillie weren't on the court for the extra period.

Still, even with Knuth's dominance, North (17-5) looked poised for a return trip to state well into the fourth quarter.

After Mariah Mayfield hit a shot in the final seconds to give North a 34-33 halftime lead, the Wildcats erupted midway in the third quarter, going on a 10-0 run to take a 50-39 lead with 3:42 left in the quarter.

That lead remained as large as seven points, 72-65, with two minutes remaining in the game.

\"They shot well, we were lucky. They didn't miss any free throws, they shot the ball well from outside and we just had to keep battling,\" Johnston coach Chad Jilek said. \"We knew this was going to be tough.\"

Where Johnston depended on Knuth and McDermott, North showcased much more balance.

Iowa signee Jinaya Houston led the Wildcats with 31 points \u2014\u00a0showing no ill effects of an ankle injury that sidelined her four games late in the season \u2014\u00a0while Jacionna Stowers added 18. Bradford scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while Mayfield added 10 points off the bench.

As a team, the Wildcats shot better than 50 percent from the field and only missed one free throw.

\"I think that was some of our best basketball,\" Houston said. \"Overall, we pushed ourselves and worked the hardest we could in this game. I've never seen us play like this.\"

But the Wildcats struggled with turnovers all night. They had 25 in the game and committed several unforced ones down the stretch to allow the Dragons to trim the lead in the final two minutes.

\"It's one we let slip away,\" North coach Ron O'Brien said. \"We had a lead and some unforced errors towards the end of the game that have hurt us in a couple games this year.\"

North graduates five seniors but does return Bradford\u00a0\u2014 who was the team's leading scorer this year\u00a0\u2014 as well as Dillie and several other key pieces.

The loss should fuel the hunger of the younger players for next year.

\"We have to keep our heads up and keep pushing for next year,\" Bradford said. \"We need to stay together and make sure we all stay in the gym together, keep working hard, keep our heads up from this loss, move on and hopefully win state next year.\"

Though it's earlier than hoped for a team ranked No. 1 to start the season, the senior class leaves with quite a list of accomplishments. When they joined the program, North had lost 42 straight MAC games and was coming off a winless season.

They leave with two conference titles and the first state berth in school history. Stowers and Houston finish their careers second and third all-time in school history with 1,606 and 1,570 points, respectively.

\"Me and (Stowers), freshman year I remember we were talking about how nervous we were to be on the team and play varsity basketball,\" Houston said. \"We told each other we were going to try and change the program.\"

They did exactly that.

Johnston 89, North 82 (OT)

NORTH (17-5) -- Jacionna Stowers 7-16 4-5 18, Jinaya Houston 9-13 12-12 31, Coral Dillie 0-2 0-0 0, Mckenzie O'Brien 3-4 0-0 6, Paige Bradford 7-10 0-0 17, Reece Ranum 0-1 0-0 0, Mariah Mayfield 3-8 4-4 10, Lindsey Broders 0-1 0-0 0, Lindsay Wardlow 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 20-21 82

JOHNSTON (19-4) -- Maya McDermott 6-11 6-8 21, Paige Sieren 0-5 0-0 0, Jennah Johnson 5-14 5-6 16, Regan Nesheim 4-5 3-6 11, Taryn Knuth 14-28 10-12 38, Maddie Mock 0-4 0-0 0, Brooke Wilmes 0-0 0-0 0, Macy Thompson 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 30-68 25-34 89

North;11;23;22;22;4;--;82

Johnston;17;16;14;31;11;--;89

Three-point goals -- North 4-13 (Bradford 3-3, Houston 1-2, Stowers 0-5, Mayfield 0-2, O'Brien 0-1); Johnston 4-16 (McDermott 3-6, Johnson 1-4, Sieren 0-4, Knuth 0-1, Mock 0-1). Rebounds -- North 31 (Bradford 12); Johnston 30 (Knuth 11). Turnovers -- North 25, Johnston 15. Team fouls -- North 25, Johnston 18. Fouled out -- North (Dillie, Bradford); Johnston (Nesheim, Mock).\u00a0

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BLOOMINGTON\u00a0\u2014 \"Bittersweet,\" Illinois Wesleyan basketball coach Ron Rose said with a weary smile equal parts happiness and frustration.

The sweet came in the form of a incredible firestorm of offensive basketball Tuesday at Shirk Center as the Titans dismantled No. 24-ranked Augustana by a shocking 107-77 margin.

The bitter stemmed from the fact IWU didn't reach that level of efficiency often enough over the course of a puzzling season.

\"If you're going to go out, that's how you want to go out. But yet it's hard to go out that way when you know what this team is capable of,\" Rose said. \"I'm really proud of the guys. I thought they wore that Titan jersey with a lot of pride.\"

While the IWU season will not officially come to a close until Monday's announcement of the NCAA Division III Tournament pairings, Titan players and coaches believe their season has ended at 17-8 overall and 9-7 in the CCIW.

The Titans tied North Central for fourth in the final league standings, but lost the tiebreaker for the last CCIW Tournament berth. IWU will not take part in that four-team event for the first time since 2009.

The loss cost Augustana (18-7, 11-5) an outright CCIW championship and the right to host the conference tournament. The CCIW Tournament will begin Friday in Kenosha, Wis., with Carthage the top seed, North Park No. 2 and the Vikings third.

\"I'm disappointed with our guys for sure. We came off two real heartbreaking losses and didn't respond to the third opportunity we had tonight,\" Augustana coach Grey Giovanine said. \"But I'm not sure if we played great we could have beat them the way they played.\"

Seven early Trevor Seibring points blasted IWU off the launching pad before the unleashing of a furious barrage of 3-pointers.

Two Brady Rose treys followed by one from Nick Coleman handed the Titans an 18-7 lead. Rose, Colin Bonnett and Alec Bausch tossed in 3-pointers as the IWU advantage ballooned to 39-17.

Brady Rose capped a 21-point first half with a jumper at the nine-second mark, bumping the scoreboard to an unlikely double up of 62-31.

\"Oh man, we shot the mess out of the ball,\" said the younger Rose, who was 5 of 5 from beyond the arc to spark a 9 of 13 team performance. \"The funny thing is we're capable of shooting like that on any given night. We had nothing to lose, and Augie is our rival so it was going to be competitive.\"

The Vikings shot 44 percent and hit four 3-pointers over the opening 20 minutes but committed 12 turnovers to just one by the Titans, who snapped a six-game losing streak to Augustana.

\"They played lights out and we weren't up to the task,\" said Giovanine. \"They were loose. That's one of the possibilities when you come into a situation where a team knows it's done. They played great basketball.\"

The Titans couldn't help but cool off a bit in the second half. Any more heat would have set off the smoke alarms.

Augustana sliced nine points off its sizable shortfall in the second half's first five minutes with Chrishawn Orange chipping in five points to a 13-4 surge.

The Titans responded with a Bonnett three-point play and a Jaylen Beasley rebound bucket before IWU bombed in five 3-pointers over a span of 3:18 to restore the halftime bulge plus one at 86-54.

\"There were a lot of reasons to be motivated,\" Ron Rose said. \"Ultimately, our guys showed their heart and their togetherness. At the same time, I hate we're not going to practice tomorrow.\"

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CLINTON\u00a0\u2014 Camanche senior Dakota Soenksen might get a new nickname after what he did Tuesday night to carry the Indians past rival Northeast in a Class 2A district final\u00a0\u2014 Mr. Overtime.

The Indians senior scored seven of Camanche\u2019s nine points in overtime to help the Indians knock off the Rebels, 51-42, at a packed Yourd Gym in Clinton.

Camanche (21-2) advances to face West Branch in a substate final at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Muscatine. The Indians will try to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1985. The Rebels finish their season with a record of 18-5.

Both teams had rough shooting nights which still led to an exciting finish. With the game tied at 42, Camanche held for the last shot but came up short in the final seconds.

It didn\u2019t take long for Soenksen for make an impact. The Indians got going with a jumper from Dylan Hundley to go up 44-42. After a Rebels\u2019 turnover, Soenksen drove hard to the basket and got fouled. He buried both free throws to give Camanche a 46-42 edge.

Northeast missed its next field goal attempt and Soenksen grabbed the rebound with 2 minutes left in the game. It was the next play that put things away. After an Indians\u2019 miss, David Gonzalez snagged one of his team-high nine rebounds and fired a pass to Soenksen on the wing.

Despite the difficult shooting night, Soenksen didn\u2019t hesitate. He swished a long 3-pointer from two feet behind the line. He pumped his fist and the Indians\u2019 crowed went crazy. The lead was 49-42 with just 1:34 left in the game.

\u201cI had been missing all night but somehow when I let that one go, it felt right,\u201d Soenksen said. \u201cI heard coach screaming at me \u2018Shoot it, Shoot it!\u2019 It\u2019s just a great feeling.\u201d

No one ever accused the Indians of being shy behind the 3-point arc. Camanche went just 6-for-29 from 3-point range but was able to make enough plays down the stretch. Northeast didn\u2019t help itself by missing all seven of its shots in overtime.

Soenksen grabbed three defensive rebounds in the extra time and later made 2-of-4 at the foul line to salt the game away. Soenksen finished with a game-high 17 points.

\u201cAgainst our rival, it means everything especially for the seniors,\u201d Soenksen said. \u201cAll the hard work we put in during the summer. It\u2019s paid off now.\u201d

While Soenksen played hero in the overtime, it was his younger brother Cameron who might of made the play of the game near the end of regulation.

Northeast\u2019s inside scoring threat and rebounder Lucas Empen had hurt the Indians with his tough play. But Empen was playing with four fouls with 1:41 left in regulation and the game close when he grabbed a rebound off a missed Camanche free throw.

But Cameron Soenksen was able to steal the outlet pass from Empen and drove to the basket. Cameron Soenksen missed his shot attempt but drew the fifth foul on Empen, disqualifying him from the game.

Knowing that they had one less battle to fight inside seemed to give the Indians a boost. Camanche only surrendered two rebounds and two points the rest of the game. Hundley contributed 13 points and eight rebounds for the winners while Cameron Soenksen finished with eight points.

\u201cI felt good about overtime once Empen was out of the game,\u201d Camanche coach Josh Davis said. \u201c(Empen) is a heck of a player so Cameron made a great play.\u201d

Empen finished with eight points and five rebounds while Zachary Parson led Northeast with 11 points. Braeden Hoyer, Kyle Dell and Axel Dondiego all had seven points for the Rebels.

It was tough ending for the Rebels who lost all three encounters to the Indians this season. But coach Travis Eversmeyer was proud of his team\u2019s season.

\u201cAn 18-5 record is nothing to be (ashamed of) and being in the rankings part of the season,\u201d Eversmeyer said. \u201cThe seven seniors put in a lot of time and they deserve to win but we just didn\u2019t get it.\u201d

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WAUKEE, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 Pleasant Valley found a way to fight to the finish Tuesday, but it came long after Waukee had delivered the knockout punch to the Spartans\u2019 state girls basketball hopes.

The Warriors grabbed a 29-9 lead after one quarter, extended it to 44-16 by halftime and withstood a gritty second-half effort by the Spartans before finishing off a 65-45 victory in an Iowa Class 5A regional final.

\u201cIt seemed like everything did in the first half, every shot they took, it worked for them,\u2019\u2019 Pleasant Valley sophomore Carli Spelhaug said. \u201cIt was their night.\u2019\u2019

Waukee hit the Spartans from every angle early, with Kylie Coleman, Rebecca Corbett and Carlie Littlefield knocking down a string of 3-point baskets which left Pleasant Valley with an 11-2 deficit midway through the first quarter.

The Warriors hit 11 of the first 15 shots they attempted, finding an early flow on offense, creating havoc with plenty of pressure on defense and denying the Spartans a single offensive rebound while building a lead which reached 33-9 less than a minute into the second quarter.

\u201cNothing went right in the first half,\u2019\u2019 PV coach Jennifer Goetz said. \u201cWe prepared well. We understood what we needed to do, but we couldn\u2019t get a shot to drop and it felt like they were shooting 80 percent.\u2019\u2019

Littlefield, one of four seniors in the Waukee lineup, scored 18 of her game-high 27 points in the opening two quarters while three of the five consecutive shots Coleman hit in the first half came from beyond the arc as part of an 18-point performance.

\u201cInside and out, they were hitting everything and we were struggling with parts of the game that we hadn\u2019t struggled with in a long time,\u2019\u2019 Goetz said.

The Spartans (19-4) turned the ball over 18 times, including 14 in the opening two quarters which helped lead Waukee to a lead which grew as large as 47-16 when Coleman hit a three to open the second half.

Pleasant Valley didn\u2019t go away quietly.

\u201cWe talked at halftime about winning the second half and we did that,\u2019\u2019 said Spelhaug, who scored all but two of her team-high 19 points in the second half. \u201cWe never gave up. We didn\u2019t play the full game we wanted to play, but we kept working.\u2019\u2019

The Spartans held Waukee to seven points in the third quarter, pulling within 50-31 on a basket by Spelhaug with 1 minute, 34 seconds left.

Rory Donahue and Ellie Spelhaug hit 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter and when Carli Spelhaug buried one with 3:28 remaining, Waukee (18-4) saw its lead cut to 57-40.

The Warriors ended any doubt with a run of six unanswered points over the next 40 seconds, leaving Pleasant Valley with its fifth regional final loss in as many years including three straight setbacks on an opponent\u2019s home court.

\u201cIt\u2019s a tough way to end, but it\u2019s something we still have to get figured out,\u2019\u2019 Goetz said. \u201cIt\u2019s hard right now, but 19-4, if you would told me at the beginning of the year that\u2019s what our record would be, we would have taken it. We have a lot to build on.\u2019\u2019

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Boys basketball

Prince of Peace 69, Cal-Wheat 58: Clinton Prince of Peace edged Calamus-Wheatland to win a Class 1A district semifinal and advance to face North Linn, which defeated Easton Valley 60-33.

West Branch 69, Tipton 56: West Branch jumped out to a 43-27 halftime lead and held on to end Tipton's season at 13-11 in a Class 2A district final at West Liberty.

Rockridge 59, Mercer County 37: The Rockets led 26 -15 at the half and continued to build on that lead to advance to Friday's Aledo Class 2A regional championship against the winner of today's semifinal between Alleman and Orion.

Kewanee 62, Bureau Valley 51: Juan Contreras Jr. scored 23 poits and Steven Earthely added 17 as Kewanee won an Illinois Class 2A regional semifinal. They'll face the winner of today's semifinal between Riverdale and Monmouth-Roseville.

Iowa state bowling

PV's Martinez 10th at state: Pleasant Valley's Takera Martinez placed 10th at the Class 2A state girls bowling tournament in Des Moines on Tuesday with a 403 to earn a medal for the Spartans.

Alicia Staver was two pins behind with a 401 to finish 11th for PV, which finished seventh out of eight teams with a score of 2,525. Ottumwa won the girls title with a 3,010 total.

The Pleasant Valley boys team finished fifth in the boys event with 2,951 pins. State champion Urbandale won with 3,395.

Mason Rosenboom led PV with a 405 to finish 18th overall.

\u2014 Staff report

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa \u2014 Some basketball programs can spend years trying to unlock the type of balance this year's Cedar Falls team has displayed on a regular basis.

Encouraged by the way his team played without a single senior in its starting lineup, Bettendorf coach Brian Tritt knows his program is close to where it wants to be.

Class 5A's No. 5-ranked Cedar Falls outscored No. 14 Bettendorf 14-2 in the second quarter to take control of Tuesday night's Region 2 final and secured its third consecutive trip to the state tournament, 54-35.

Cedar Falls (21-2) had four players finish with at least nine points, led by 6-foot-3 junior center Cynthia Wolf's 13. All seven of the Tigers' second-quarter field goals came inside the paint as Bettendorf (15-7) was unable to build on its 12-11 first-quarter advantage.

The hosts then drained all three of their attempts from 3-point range in the third quarter and hit enough fourth-quarter free throws to prevent a comeback.

Emily Ivory led Bettendorf with 11 points and Erin Hatch added seven for a Bulldogs team that was held to 12 of 44 shooting with Cedar Falls contesting attempts on a frequent basis. Sophomore center Kylie Wroblewski scored inside to give the Bulldogs their final lead, but finished with just five points on 11 attempts with one of the made field goals coming from 3-point range.

\"We were getting a lot of shots around the basket, but their height bothered us a little bit,\" Tritt said after his team was held to 1 of 12 shooting in a second quarter that swung momentum the opposite direction. \"We were getting high-percentage shots, they just didn't fall. In a game like this you've got to keep on grinding, keep on finding ways to get baskets, and they were getting baskets and we weren't.

\"It's tough when they're athletic and tall. If they're tall and not athletic, we can do some things with that.\"

Cedar Falls coach Gregg Groen assigned his top defender in senior Ally Conrad to guard Ivory, who was a focal point of the Tigers' game plan.

\"She's a player,\" Groen said of the Bulldog junior averaging 16.3 points a game. \"She can shoot from all over the place. I watched a game she scored 34 points. I put a challenge in front of them, especially Ally, and they answered that challenge and contained her pretty well.\"

Bettendorf trailed by as many as 20 midway through the third quarter before Ivory hit a deep 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run, but the Bulldogs were unable to get any closer than 11 from that point forward.

While Cedar Falls has established itself as a perennial state qualifier, Tritt knows the bar has been elevated in Bettendorf with all but two players from the varsity roster returning next season.

\"I think it's an expectation now,\" Tritt said of the regional final run. \"It's something we can do year-in and year-out, but it's got to be the norm. We've got to believe that every season. We should have the athletes to do it. We've just got to get our basketball skills up and have that mindset.\"

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Athletes of the week

Isaac Andersen

School: Maquoketa

Sport: Boys bowling

Year: Senior

Rolled games of 226 and 226 for a 452 series to place third at the Iowa Class 1A state bowling tournament on Monday at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Andersen, who had a 278 high game for the season, was among state's best during the regular season with a 209.6 average per game.

State wrestling champions

The Quad-City area crowned seven state champions last Saturday. In Iowa, Davenport Assumption's Matt Robertson (132 pounds) and Julien Broderson (160), North Scott's Wyatt Wriedt (220) and West Liberty's Bryce Esmoil won titles. In Illinois, Fulton's Tyler Fleetwood (120), Morrison's Joe Eads (138) and Orion's Logan Lee (220) won gold. It was the second straight title for Wriedt and Fleetwood.

Eddie Sierra-Lee

School: United Township

Sport: Diving

Year: Senior

Sierra-Lee bounced back from a second-place finish at the Western Big Six meet to record a personal best at the United Township Sectional last Saturday with a 356.40 to take first place and quality for the first time for this weekend\u2019s Illinois state meet in Winnetka.

Teams of the week

Assumption girls basketball

Last week:\u00a0qualified for state basketball tournament

After Bailey Brown's jumper at the buzzer powered Assumption past Camanche in the regional semifinal, the Knights knocked off sixth-ranked Union, LaPorte City in a Class 3A regional final 59-49 to qualify for the state tournament. It is Assumption's first state trip since 2014. Brown had 21 points in the victory against Union.

Bettendorf boys basketball

Last week: defeated Assumption and Davenport West

The Bulldogs (16-5, 14-2 MAC) secured their third Mississippi Athletic Conference title in the past five seasons with wins over Assumption (62-45) and Davenport West (69-54). Bettendorf had four players tally double figures in the win against West with Suni Lane, Joe Martens, D.J. Carton and Cole Grothusen.

Louisa-Muscatine girls bowling

Last week: won Class 1A state tournament

For the second time in program history, the Louisa-Muscatine girls bowling team won a state championship. Led by three players in the top 10, the Falcons compiled a 2,955 pin total. Freshman Shadyn Bishop was the state runner-up with a two-game series of 439 while Whitney Morse and Randyn Carter were sixth and eighth, respectively.

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The next month-and-a-half becomes a busy time in the ECHL.

With 46 days left in the regular season, teams are preparing for a final playoff push and will face a backloaded schedule to do so. The Quad-City Mallards are no exception.

The Mallards have to fit their final 21 games in, resulting in a tough final stretch. It begins tonight against Fort Wayne, the start of four games in five nights.

With nearly a game every other night from here on out and only three lines to share the load, head coach Phil Axtell has to balance preparation with making sure his team is rested for the long grind ahead.

\"Short practices, days off, working on things we need to work on,\" Axtell said. \"Keeping them rested and sharp, mentally and physically prepared.\"

The Mallards are facing their first bit of adversity under head coach Phil Axtell. They've followed a season-long eight-game winning streak with two straight losses, the first time they've lost consecutive games this season under Axtell.

\"We've got to know we're not going to win every game from here on out,\" forward Grant Arnold said. \"To go on an eight-game winning streak was awesome but with the parity in this league, really in any league, it's hard to win that many games in a row and we're ready for a new test come Wednesday with Fort Wayne.\"

There have been plenty of factors for why the Mallards have suddenly stalled. There were a pair of questionable calls in the losses, each impacting the scoreboard. The Mallards are once again banged up, without full lineups for their last two games. And the scoring pop is suddenly gone. In their first 12 games under Axtell the Mallards averaged 4.17 goals per game. They scored just one goal in each of their last two losses.

The Mallards feel they played well enough to put up more goals in the last two games, but hit a few too many posts and fell victim to two solid goaltender performances. They feel they just need to stick with it.

\"We're not really doing anything different, just trying to get pucks to the net and try to get some of those bounces and hopefully they come our way soon,\" forward Sam Warning said. \"You just can't get frustrated. Both those goalies are great and I think one of the biggest keys to scoring goals is getting guys in front.\"

If the Mallards are going to get out of this mini-slide and make that final playoff push, health is of the utmost importance. It's another lesson for a team full of young players, learning all the aspects of the professional game, even the things that aren't seen on the ice.

\"If you're playing in the Mallards' organization you've got to have some pride in your own game and your own health,\" Arnold said. \"You've got to realize hockey is your job, it's not that bad. Even on the grind days you've got to take a step back and realize this is pretty awesome.\"

Gilmour joins Mallards: Forward Adam Gilmour was reassigned to the Mallards from the Iowa Wild on Tuesday.

Gilmour, 23, has scored four goals and added six assists for 10 points in 49 games in his rookie season. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound Hanover, Massachusetts native played two games for the Wild last season after finishing his junior year at Boston College.

Gilmour was chosen by the Wild in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Botched banner:\u00a0The Fort Wayne Komets held a banner raising for longtime player and current Brampton Beast head coach Colin Chaulk on Saturday, but the ceremony didn't go quite as planned.

When the banner was unveiled, fans and management were surprised to see the banner was prepared to be raised upside down.

According to a story from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum took full responsibility for the gaffe, which couldn't be corrected until the first intermission of Saturday's game, which the Komets won 4-3 in overtime.

\"It's unfortunate,\" Chaulk told the News-Sentinel. \"I would think you would double-check that before you put it out there. I've learned that it's how I respond to things and it's definitely out of my control. It was a great night, I enjoyed myself and I was happy for my family to be here.\"

Chaulk played 10 years in Fort Wayne and led the team to five playoff championships in his tenure.

Costello reaches rare air: Allen American forward Chad Costello reached the 100-point mark for the third straight season Sunday against Rapid City. The two-time defending league scoring champion and last year's MVP leads the league this season with 100 points\u00a0\u2014 28 goals, 72 assists\u00a0\u2014 in 56 games.

Costello is the third player in the ECHL's 29-year history to post three consecutive seasons of at least 100 points, joining Louisiana IceGators center John Spoltore and Trevor Jobe, who reached the century mark with the Hampton Roads Admirals and splitting time with the Nasville Knights and Richmond Renegades.

Mallards in the AHL: Forward Alex Petan scored one goal in four games with the Cleveland Monsters last week. Petan has scored two goals and added an assist in nine games split between the Monsters and the Iowa Wild. Defenseman Alex Gudbranson played three games with the Toronto Marlies, posting a plus-2 rating.

Players of the week:\u00a0Colorado Eagles forward Jackson Houck was named the Sher-Wood Hockey player of the week after scoring four goals and adding an assist last week, helping the Eagles extend their winning streak to 12 games.

Rapid City Rush goaltender Adam Morrison was named the CCM goaltender of the week for the second time this season and fourth time in his career. Morrison went 3-0-0 with a 2.64 goals against average and a .926 save percentage last week.

This week: The Mallards travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana to take on the Fort Wayne Komets at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum today at 6:30 p.m. The Mallards are 2-6-0 this year against the Komets.

The Mallards then play a home and home series against the Kalamazoo Wings, Friday at the iWireless Center at 7:05 p.m. Along with $2 Dogs/$2 Beers presented by 97X, the Mallards are giving away drink koozies to the first 1,000 fans to arrive courtesy of WHBF Local 4 News.

Saturday, the Mallards travel to the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to take on the Wings at 6 p.m. The Mallards are 3-0-1 this season against the Wings.

Sunday, the Mallards return home to host the Wichita Thunder at 4 p.m. The first 1,000 fans 12 and under will receive Mallards replica youth jerseys courtesy of WQAD News 8 and Scott County Family YMCA. This is the first meeting of the year between the Mallards and Thunder.

All games except Sunday's can be heard on WFXN 1230 AM.

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Austin Morris is the kind of athlete who puts a unique pressure on his coach.

The Moline sophomore swimmer is equally talented and dedicated. He trains year-round, twice a day, swimming about 3,600 yards each practice.

\u201cHe makes it challenging,\u201d Moline coach Craig Frederiksen said of his workhorse. \u201cHe puts a little bit of pressure on the coach, someone working that hard in the offseason. You only have 14 weeks with him. With that level of attention on his stroke technique and his training in the offseason, if you\u2019re not doing the right thing as a coach, you might not get much of an improvement out of him.\u201d

Frederiksen must be doing something right.

Morris will swim in two events at this weekend's Illinois state meet in Winnetka. He is seeded 13th in the 100 backstroke with his time of 52.13 seconds at Saturday's sectional meet at United Township, which was a second faster than his conference record time (53.26) the week before at the Western Big Six meet.

Morris also leads off the 200 medley relay which qualified for state along with teammates Ethan Luong, Peter Son and Avery Fowler.

Only a sophomore, Morris' potential is not lost on Frederiksen, a former Division I swimmer at Western Illinois University.

Morris, who also won a conference championship in the 100 butterfly, will be making his second trip to state.

\u201cHe\u2019s demolishing anything I ever achieved in high school,\u201d said Frederiksen, himself a former Moline swimmer. \u201cHis runway is a lot longer, a lot longer (than mine).\u201d

Morris, an excellent student who loves to swim, has his eyes on some marks this weekend and in the future. After finishing 23rd at state in the backstroke as a freshman, Morris indicated he thinks medaling (top-12 finish) is certainly possible this year.

To place in the upper-half would be huge for the 5-foot-7, 135-pound sophomore whose father was a state championship wrestler at Sherrard.

\u201cThat would honestly mean the world to me,\u201d Morris said. \u201cGoing from (13th) where I am seeded now to third. That\u2019s what college scouts want to see. The colleges want to see those top-five finishers.\u201d

Morris and his coach believe his time could drop with some additional fine-tuning. Frederiksen has watched his sectional video many times over.

\u201cI still think he\u2019s got a little more performance-wise in the tank,\u201d Frederiksen said. \u201cThere\u2019s some low-hanging fruit. I think he can get something out of that. Bottom line, with how tight it is between him and the next six positions, a little bit of time can make a huge difference in place there.\u201d

It also helps that Morris has been here before. Frederiksen said Morris was a big \"big-eyed\" going into state a year ago.

\u201cLiterally, it\u2019s overwhelming just by the sheer amount of people standing on the deck,\" the coach said. \"That gives me anxiety just walking through there as a coach.

\u201cThe warmup is virtually non-productive,\u201d Fredericksen added, noting there\u2019s about 30 qualifiers for each event. \u201cYou got that whole population in the pool at once.\u201c

But this year at the New Trier High School pool, it won\u2019t be a new experience.

\u201cIt was obviously a very new thing to deal with last year,\u201d Morris said. \u201cAnd going in with experience this year will take away from the nerves aspect and just pump me up. I know what\u2019s coming. I know what kind of swimmers are there, so it\u2019s just an all-around kind of motivation type thing.\u201d

Morris will begin with the 200 medley relay at Friday's preliminaries, which the coach thinks could set a school record at state.

Long term, Morris has his goals set far beyond this weekend.

\u201cMy goal really is Olympic Trials,\u201d he said. \u201cIf I can make it to Trials (in Omaha), and know that I raced hard and gave it everything I had and if it\u2019s just not there, that\u2019s enough for me. I know that I have gotten where I want to be.\u201d

But first things first. Getting a medal at state is his main goal right now.

\u201cHonestly, getting a medal at state,\u201d Morris said, \u201cis amazing.\u201d

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