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Dakota Soenksen helped lead Camanche to a fourth-place finish in Iowa Class 2A in its first trip to the state tournament in 32 seasons.

Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times

DES MOINES -- Seniors Dakota Soenksen and Dylan Hundley tried to fight back tears coming out of the locker room Friday afternoon.

After a 23-win season for the Camanche boys basketball team, including the program's first state tournament berth in 32 seasons, this was not the way Soenksen and Hundley wanted it to conclude. 

Less than 24 hours after a 50-point loss to Western Christian, third-ranked Carroll Kuemper had too much size and length for Camanche in a 73-53 victory in the Class 2A consolation final at Wells Fargo Arena.

"Obviously, we came here to win a state championship but that didn't turn out," Hundley said. "Right now, we're not all that happy about fourth place. But after a couple days when we look back on it, we'll be happy about what we did."

Kuemper's Matt Dentlinger, a 6-foot-7 South Dakota State recruit, had 23 points and 16 rebounds. The Knights (24-3) gobbled up 47 rebounds and 22 second-chance points.

Camanche tried to attack the basket early in the game, but had several of its shots altered or blocked. The Indians hung around for a half, but the Knights used a 21-point third quarter to build an 18-point margin.

"The last two games, we saw a lot of length and a lot of strength at the rim," Camanche coach Josh Davis said. "That's not something we see in our league enough."

Freshman Cameron Soenksen had a team-high 16 points for Camanche. Dakota Soenksen finished with 12. 

Camanche was 8 of 28 from the 3-point line, finishing the three-game tournament 18 of 80 from beyond the arc.

"That's the story of the tournament for us," Dakota Soenksen said. "We were just off the whole tournament."

Davis said the larger issue wasn't getting the second chances like his team had done throughout the season.

"We miss shots, but we usually get 47 percent of our misses," Davis said. "With the length and strength we saw here, we didn't get those misses."

Still, it was a memorable season for Camanche. It established a program-record for regular-season wins and compiled four wins in the postseason.

"This is why I came back from Texas to do this with these guys," Dakota Soenksen said. "When it all settles in, we'll realize it was a good season."

Carroll Kuemper 73, Camanche 53

KUEMPER (24-3) -- Parker Badding 2-5 3-4 8, Sam Auen 4-12 0-0 12, Matt Dentlinger 8-14 4-4 23, Will Badding 4-7 1-1 9, Jacob Schaefer 1-3 6-6 8, Von Kraus 0-2 0-1 0, Max Heithoff 0-4 0-0 0, Jared Tigges 1-5 0-0 3, Ben Grote 0-1 0-0 0, John Hensel 0-1 0-0 0, Nate Mertz 2-3 0-0 4, Gage Gunnerson 2-4 2-3 6, Ryan Feauto 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 16-19 73. 

CAMANCHE (23-4) -- Dev Patel 2-10 0-0 4, Dakota Soenksen 4-15 1-2 12, Cameron Soenksen 6-14 1-3 16, Dylan Hundley 4-13 0-0 9, David Gonzalez 1-3 3-4 5, Cade Borrison 0-0 0-0 0, Evan Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Ethan Schaffer 0-0 0-0 0, Tre Austin 0-0 0-0 0, Jaxon White 0-1 0-0 0, Chase Grim 0-0 1-2 1, Carson Seeser 1-3 0-0 3, Caleb Delzell 0-0 0-0 0, Calvin Ottens 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 19-61 7-13 53. 

Kuemper;22;15;21;15;--;73

Camanche;14;17;9;13;--;53

3-point goals -- Kuemper 9-25 (Auen 4-11, Dentlinger 3-4, P. Badding 1-2, Tigges 1-2, Heithoff 0-3, Grote 0-1, Hensel 0-1, Gunnerson 0-1); Camanche 8-28 (D. Soenksen 3-10, C. Soenksen 3-8, Hundley 1-5, Seeser 1-3, Patel 0-1, White 0-1). Rebounds -- Kuemper 47 (Dentlinger 16, W. Badding 8); Camanche 35 (C. Soenksen 7, Ottens 6, Hundley 6). Assists -- Kuemper 18 (Auen 5); Camanche 12 (Patel 5). Steals -- Kuemper 11 (Tigges 6); Camanche 7 (C. Soenksen 3). Blocks -- Kuemper 5 (Dentlinger 4); Camanche 5 (Patel 3). Turnovers -- Kuemper 15, Camanche 14. Total fouls -- Kuemper 15, Camanche 16. Fouled out -- Gonzalez. 

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Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.