Sports, March 3rd

Girls’ Prep Basketball: Notre Dame’s Season Closes After Garrigan Avalanche

Algona Garrigan used a 20-7 first half run to lead 38-20 and then never looked back as the second-seeded Golden Bears rolled to a 77-42 win over Notre Dame yesterday in a Class 1A State Quarterfinal.

Garrigan junior Audi Crooks, arguably the state’s most sought after recruit, finished with a game-high 32 points and seven rebounds, while hitting 15-of-18 shots.

She scored 21 in the second half — including 14 of the Golden Bears’ 17 third quarter points — helping put away any late heroics by the Nikes.

Running mate Molly Joyce chipped in with 25 points, six assists, five rebounds and seven steals.

Abby Korschgen led Notre Dame with 11 points and five rebounds.

Megan Harrell had 10 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Lauren Krieger scored eight for the Nikes, who won the state title in 2014 and made it back to the tournament for the first time since 2017.

Bishop Garrigan has now won 20 straight to improve to 23-3. They’ll play sixth-seeded North Linn who took down Springville 58-56 last night.

That game will be played Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.

Girls’ Prep Basketball: State Basketball Scoreboard (Day 3)

Here’s the full scoreboard from Day 3 of the Iowa Girls’ State Basketball Tournament

Class 2A Quarterfinals

Denver 58, Underwood 51

Central Lyon 42, Cascade 40

Class 1A Quarterfinals

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 50, Exira-EHK 39

Newell-Fonda 77, North Mahaska 44

North Linn 58, Springville 56

Women’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Dominates Postseason Awards¬†

Iowa Wesleyan University junior Kyla Moore is the first-time recipient of two awards for her outstanding play during the Continental Athletic Conference’s inaugural 2021-22 season. The league’s all-conference team and signature award winners were announced on Wednesday.

Moore was named the CAC Player of the Year while sharing Defensive Player of the Year honors with Crowley’s Ridge College (AR.) Madison Sellars.

Iowa Wesleyan’s Brittany West earned the Newcomer of the Year award and Iowa Wesleyan’s Steve Williamson was named Coach of the Year.

Moore led the Tigers by scoring 17.8 points per game during the regular season.

West averaged 17 points and six rebounds per contest in her first season in Mount Pleasant.

Williamson, in his first year back roaming the Ruble Arena sidelines,¬† guided the Tigers to a 19-5 season and CAC championship in the program’s first season back at the NAIA level and first season as a league member.

Iowa Wesleyan will be a hosting a selection show watch party tonight at 6:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

Men’s College Basketball: CAC Announces Men’s Awards

Florida College senior Matt Simpson has taken men’s basketball Player of the Year honors in the Continental Athletic Conference after helping lead the Falcons to the 2021-22 championship and NAIA postseason tournament.

Iowa Wesleyan freshman Joey Brown was named to the All-CAC First Team.

Brown averaged 14.8 points per game this season and shot 49.4% from the field. He also chipped in with five boards and three assists per game.

Carver Locke and Marvin Bateman were named Honorable Mention All-CAC.

Locke recorded 12.2 points per game while Bateman finished just south of 10 points per game while connecting on 37% of his three point shots.

Iowa Wesleyan finished their season with a CAC semifinal loss to Simpson and Florida College.