North Scott vs Nevada state basketball

North Scott's Presley Case tries to pull the ball away from Nevada's Holly Coogler during Tuesday's state quarterfinal in Des Moines. The Lancers face sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier in a Class 4A semifinal at 10 a.m. Friday. 

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

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.)

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


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.