Tuesday March 1st Local Sports

WATERLOO — Top-ranked Decorah held off Clear Lake 46-39 in a Class 3A substate final played at Waterloo East High School on Monday night, a game you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com, as the Vikings qualified for the boys state basketball tournament for the first time since 1977. Decorah jumped out to an 11-2 lead early and Clear Lake was able to cut the lead to four early in the third quarter, but the Vikings pushed the lead back up to seven at the end of the third and held off the Lions from there. Clear Lake coach Jeremey Ainley says Decorah was able to dominate both the offensive and defensive rebounding games, but it was the Lions’ missed opportunities that led to their season coming to an end.

Ainley says despite the loss, it was a good season for Clear Lake in getting to another substate final.

Carson Toebe led Clear Lake with 16 points as he and five other seniors have their basketball careers come to a close. Decorah later tonight will learn their state quarterfinal round opponent as they wait for Dubuque Wahlert and Davenport Assumption to play their 3A substate final tonight.



— Girls State Basketball Tournament:

== Class 5A
#1 Johnston 47. #8 Dowling Catholic 38
#4 Pleasant Valley 52, #5 Iowa City High 47
#7 West Des Moines Valley 49, #2 Des Moines Roosevelt 44
#6 Waterloo West 67, #3 Ankeny Centennial 59

== Class 3A
#1 Unity Christian 40, #8 Davenport Assumption 37
#4 Estherville-Lincoln Central 49, #5 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 34
#2 West Lyon 38 vs. #7 Roland-Story 23
Today at 10:00 a.m. – #3 Ballard (21-3) vs. #6 Center Point-Urbana (21-3)

== Class 4A today
11:45 p.m. – #1 Dallas Center-Grimes (20-3) vs. #8 Benton Community (19-5)
1:30 p.m. – #4 Cedar Rapids Xavier (17-6) vs. #5 Central DeWitt (19-4)
3:15 p.m. – #2 Glenwood (19-4) vs. #7 Bondurant-Farrar (16-7)
5:00 p.m. – #3 Bishop Heelan (21-2) vs. #6 Waverly-Shell Rock (18-5)

== Class 1A tonight
6:45 p.m. – #1 Dike-New Hartford (22-2) vs. #8 South Central Calhoun (19-5)
8:30 p.m. – #4 Panorama (24-1) vs. #5 Iowa City Regina (20-4)



IOWA CITY — The 24th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes built a 19 point halftime lead and beat Northwestern 82-61 on Monday night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. It was the Hawks seventh win in their last eight games as they improve to 11-7 in the Big Ten. The Hawks finish the month of February 7-1.

That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who talks about a key to the late season surge.

Keegan Murray scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Jordan Bohannon celebrated senior night by scoring 18 points. Bohannon says it was an emotional evening.

Iowa visits Michigan Thursday night.



CEDAR FALLS — UNI basketball coach Ben Jacobson says the Panthers have shifted their focus to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Panthers claimed their second Valley regular season title in three years on Saturday with a 102-96 overtime victory over Loyola.

The top-seeded Panthers open Friday afternoon in St. Louis against the winner of Thursday night’s game between Illinois State and Indiana State. Jacobson says a key in the regular season was winning close games and the tournament will be no different.

After finishing in a three-way tie for second, Drake is seeded third and will open Friday night against Southern Illinois



AMES — The 5th-ranked Baylor women outscored 8th-ranked Iowa State 22-11 in the second quarter and crushed the Cyclones 87-62 in a Big 12 first place showdown in Ames Monday night. Ashley Joens led the Cyclones with 19 points but ISU made just four of 20 from three point range and was outrebounded 43-26.

The Cyclones never recovered from the second quarter. The crowd of more than 13,900 was the second largest in Cyclone history.

Iowa State is 24-5 overall and closes the regular season at West Virginia Saturday night.