Two girls basketball teams were crowned as state champs last night. In the 1A game it was a lopsided game between Martensdale-St. Mary’s and Ar-We-Va. Ar-We-Va had a poor offensive night. At one point in the first half they missed 11 straight shots and were down 22-5 at halftime. Martensdale-St. Mary’s ended up winning 40-23. Ar-We-Va went 6-49 from the field and 0-12 from beyond the arc. For Martensdale-St. Mary’s it is their first girls basketball state championship. At halftime of that game, Washington’s Mary Berdo was inducted into the Iowa Girls Hall of Fame.
In the 2A title game, it was a little more competitive. OA-BCIG was facing Estherville-Lincoln Central. Heading in OA-BCIG was ranked number one, while unranked Estherville-Lincoln Central came in having just knocked off number two ranked Roland Story in the semifinals. OA-BCIG took a ten point lead in at halftime up 24-14, but in the third quarter Estherville rallied and pulled within three with it 25-22. It was a two point game with five minutes to play but OA-BCIG went on a 6-0 run and made key free throws down the stretch to win 46-35.
Tonight it will be the 3A and 4A championship games. In 3A, Davenport Assumption will face last year’s 2A champion Mount Vernon. In 4A, Iowa City West, who knocked off number one Linn-Mar winning in overtime, will face unbeaten Des Moines East. Demon fans might remember Mackenzie Piper who was a sophomore post player at Keokuk last year, she is transferred to Iowa City West and is a starter for the Women of Troy.