MASON CITY — The NIACC women’s basketball team won their opening round Region XI tournament game on Wednesday evening, cruising to a 105-40 win over Ellsworth at the campus gym, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. After jumping out to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter, the Lady Trojans scored 38 points in the second quarter to lead 60-16 at the half. NIACC coach Todd Ciochetto was pleased with another solid effort by his ballclub.
Mikayla Homola had 16 points, Taylor Laabs had 12, and Khalilah Holloway had 10, with nine of the 13 Lady Trojans who played scoring eight points or more. Next up for NIACC is the tournament’s third seed, Iowa Central, who came from behind to beat Iowa Lakes in overtime last night. Ciochetto talks about the matchup with Iowa Central.
The other side of the bracket has top-seed Kirkwood facing fourth-seed Southeastern as both semifinal games on Saturday will be played in Cedar Rapids. Ciochetto says it should be a good Region XI final four.
Ciochetto says he likes his team’s chances heading into this weekend.
The NIACC-Iowa Central game will be played at 3 o’clock on Saturday, a game you’ll heard on AM-1300 KGLO starting at about 2:45.
— other Region XI scores
Iowa Central 79, Iowa Lakes 74 (OT)
Kirkwood 95, Southwestern 31
Southeastern 58, DMACC 54
KANSAS CITY — Iowa State came up short, falling to Texas 68-64 in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament last night.
The Cyclones had three players in double figures on the night. Cameron Lard posted a 14 point performance, Zoran Talley Jr. cashed in 12 points and Lindell Wigginton led the Iowa State offense with 20 points.
Donovan Jackson was also a key contributor, accounting for eight assists on the night, which is a new career high.
At the half, the Cyclones trailed the Longhorns 34-31. Iowa State lead for most of the first stanza, but Texas ended the first half on a 16-3 run, holding ISU scoreless in the final two minutes.
The Cyclones held Texas to just one made field goal in the first 11 minutes of the second half, which allowed them to erase the lead that Texas had built. On the night, the ISU defense held Texas to just 25-62 shooting and a solid 8-31 from behind the arc.
Lindell Wigginton led all Iowa State scorers in the game. He poured in 20 points on 8-15 shooting. The true freshman churned out two assists. He was also active on the glass, hauling in eight boards. It was Wigginton’s 13th game with 20-plus points, which is the most for a Cyclone true freshman. He also became the second Iowa State true freshman with 500 or more points, joining Curtis Stinson.
DES MOINES — Boys state basketball tournament
== 4A quarterfinals Wednesday
West Des Moines Valley 52, North Scott 44
Cedar Falls 75, Sioux City East 47
== 4A semifinals tonight
6:30 — Iowa City West vs. Waukee
8:15 — West Des Moines Valley vs. Cedar Falls
== 1A semifinals Wednesday
North Linn 74, Don Bosco 51
Grand View Christian 59, Remsen St. Mary’s 53
== 2A semifinals Wednesday
Treynor 75, Aplington-Parkersburg 66
Cascade 65, Sheldon 43
== 3A semifinals this afternoon
2:00 — Cedar Rapids Xavier vs. Glenwood
3:45 — Waverly-Shell Rock vs. Oskaloosa
CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake multi-sport athlete Zach Lester signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play basketball at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone. The Lions all-time leading scorer averaged 30.2 points per game, which was third best in the state for all boys basketball players.. Lester says after exploring several options, DMACC seemed to be the best fit.
Lester says the track record of DMACC helping to place players at a higher level factored into his decision.
Lester looked at numerous opportunities in both basketball and football, included being offered walk-on spots on the Iowa and Iowa State football teams, but decided playing basketball at DMACC was the best option.
Lester this season also finished sixth in the state with 92 steals.
MASON CITY — Mason City High’s Danny Kamm has signed a letter of intent to play football at Loras College in Dubuque next fall. Kamm threw for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season, adding 537 yards on the ground with four touchdowns. Defensively Kamm had 77 tackles to lead the Mohawks, including three for a loss.
MASON CITY — A day after winning conference honors, NIACC sophomore right-hander Courtney Johannes was selected as the national Division II pitcher of the week for last week. Johannes tossed a five-inning no-hitter last Friday in a 27-0 win over Century College in Austin Minnesota. She had 13 strikeouts and improved her season record to 3-1. Johannes has 25 strikeouts with 10 walks in just under 19 innings pitched with a 4.13 ERA.