Class 4A state semifinal

Who: No. 6 Cedar Rapids Xavier (18-6) vs. No. 8 North Scott (19-5)

When: Friday, 10 a.m.

Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Twitter: @mattcoss78

At stake: Winner advances to championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday against winner of top-ranked Marion and fourth-ranked Pella. 

How they got here: Xavier beat Clear Creek Amana (55-33) and Waverly-Shell Rock (42-38) in the regional tournament before outlasting Grinnell 60-55 in Tuesday night's quarterfinal. North Scott clobbered Clinton (58-19) and clipped Western Dubuque (43-42) before rolling past Nevada (57-27). 

Xavier's probable starters: Kiana Stanek, 5-2, sr. (7.6 ppg., 52 made 3s); Caitlynn Daniels, 5-7, fr. (6.9 ppg., 4.7 apg.); Kylie Brown, 5-11, sr. (7.7 ppg., 5.0 rpg.); Lexi Noonan, 5-10, sr. (14.3 ppg., 6.0 rpg.); Amelia Ivester, 6-2, jr. (7.0 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)

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North Scott's probable starters: Presley Case, 5-2, fr. (5.9 ppg., 21 made 3s); Karli Rucker, 5-6, sr. (13.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg.); Erica Loussaert, 5-7, sr. (7.1 ppg., 2.1 rpg.); Rylie Rucker, 5-7, so. (8.5 ppg., 3.5 rpg.); Grace Boffeli, 6-1, fr. (6.5 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)

Quick fact: Among the 11 losses these two schools have had this season, 10 have been to Class 5A programs (nine to teams state-ranked at some point). The lone exception was North Scott's 78-70 setback to Assumption.

— Matt Coss

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