Last year's postseason clash between Assumption and Camanche came down to the wire, a buzzer-beating shot needed to decide the outcome.
Saturday, the Knights shot down any potential of similar drama.
Assumption held a 15-point lead at halftime and rolled to a 64-45 regional final win over Class 3A No. 12 Camanche, sending the seventh-ranked Knights back to the state tournament for the second straight year, 15th overall.
The Knights will play eighth-ranked North Polk (21-3) at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
"We have a lot of leadership on this team and this squad," Assumption head coach Katelyn McNamara said. "We talked about how there was one thing in their way of getting to Des Moines, and that was Camanche. They stuck to the game plan and came out here, and they were hitting shots and everybody was feeding off each other."
Carlye Brown scored a game-high 22 points, 16 in the first half as the Knights led 37-22. The Knights were aggressive defensively, committing nine fouls in the half but also making life tough for the Indians (17-7). Camanche committed 11 turnovers in the first half and Assumption (16-8) capitalized on the other end, making seven of their eight 3-pointers in the first 16 minutes.
"They dug us a big hole, and we couldn't get over the screen," Camanche head coach Brett DeNeve said. "They screened a lot better than what they showed on film so they worked on things and executed them really well. A lot of credit goes to Assumption; they played well. When we got ready for (a regional semifinal against) Central Lee, we went under more screens because they weren't shooters, but these girls are flat-out shooters."
All three Brown triplets made a 3-pointer in the game. Bailey Brown finished with 11 points, and Delaney Brown had five points. That outside shooting opened up the inside in the second half, where Hannah Wislander scored all seven of her points in the third quarter.
"It was all or nothing really," Wislander said. "You come out in a championship game and you want to give it all you got. I play with a lot of passion so I just try to go my hardest."
Camanche kept playing hard throughout and cut the lead to 54-40 with four minutes, 40 seconds remaining. But Assumption, despite not making a field goal in the fourth quarter, scored 13 points from the free throw line in the final frame to close the game out.
The Indians see a successful season end at the hands of Assumption for the second straight year. Camanche finished with its most wins since 2011 and graduates five seniors, though only two starters.
Sami Puckett led the Indians with 14 points while Madi Parson added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
"One of the best groups that you could have," DeNeve said. "They had a great year, we set all kinds of school records. ... It's a great group."
Last year's state trip was a short one for Assumption, falling to Center Point-Urbana by six points in the first round.
The Knights feel ready for a deeper trip this time around.
"I'm really excited. We all really wanted this goal, and I'm proud of our team for winning it tonight," Carlye Brown said. "I think we know what to expect a lot more this year. We'll all be ready because we all experienced it last year."