Tuesday March 3rd Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — Region XI quarterfinals — NIACC men vs. Southwestern — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00
AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 2A girls state quarterfinal — Osage vs. West Branch — pre-game 8:15, tipoff 8:30 (broadcast on KRIB in its entirety, KGLO joins in progress after NIACC basketball)
DES MOINES — Clear Lake won their first-ever girls state tournament basketball game last night, utilizing a 16-1 run over the last five minutes of the third quarter to beat Assumption of Davenport 60-46 in a Class 3A state quarterfinal, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. The Lions led at the half 24-19, but Assumption took the lead 27-25 with 5:06 to go in the third quarter. The Knights took a time out, but the Lions were able to go on what turned out to be the game-deciding run over the final five minutes of the quarter. Sara Faber scored 19 of her 27 points in the second half to lead Clear Lake. She says the players talked all week last week about getting the program’s first win down at the state tournament.
Clear Lake shot 20% in the first quarter but shot 50% for the final three quarters. Darby Dodd, who had 10 points and eight rebounds , says the team knew if they kept shooting their shots would eventually fall.
Clear Lake coach Bart Smith says his bench played a key role in the victory.
Clear Lake improves to 23-2 on the season and advance to Thursday afternoon’s semifinal round where they’ll face the winner of this morning’s final Class 3A quarterfinal round game between Bishop Heelan of Sioux City and Des Moines Christian. Thursday’s game tips off at 3:15, with the pre-game starting at 2:45 on KRIB.
=== Monday’s other 3A quarterfinals
Dike-New Hartford 56, Jesup 43
North Polk 68, Red Oak 40
=== 5A quarterfinals Monday
Iowa City High 59, Cedar Rapids Prairie 40
Johnston 75, Southeast Polk 71
Waukee 76, Sioux City East 36
Waterloo West 51, Cedar Falls 49
DES MOINES — Osage makes their fourth appearance in girls state tournament history as they face West Branch in a Class 2A state quarterfinal later tonight. The Green Devils are the fourth seed in the 2A tournament, coming in with a 22-2 record. Three Osage players come into the game scoring in double figures, with senior Sidney Brandau scoring 17.7 points per game, junior Dani Johnson at 14.5, and junior Ellie Bobinet at 10.3. West Branch is the fifth seed, coming in at 21-3, and are led by junior Sasha Koenig, who averages 15.7 points per contest. You can hear the Osage-West Branch game starting at 8:15 with the pre-game show and the tipoff scheduled for 8:30 on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB, with coverage also on AM-1300 KGLO joining in progress after NIACC men’s Region XI tournament basketball. The other 2A quarterfinal to be played tonight has top-seed Cascade facing eighth-seed Denver.
== 4A quarterfinals today
11:45 — North Scott (23-0) vs. Clear Creek-Amana (19-4)
1:30 — Center Point-Urbana (21-2) vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (20-2)
3:15 — Glenwood (24-0) vs. Gilbert (19-3)
5:00 — Ballard (22-1) vs. Lewis Central (19-5)
DES MOINES — The Lake Mills and West Fork boys basketball teams learned their state quarterfinal opponents after Monday’s seeding meeting by the coaches. Lake Mills will be the top seed of the Class 1A tournament and will face Wapsie Valley at 11:15 next Monday morning. West Fork will be the sixth seed and will face third-seed St. Mary’s of Remsen at 2:45 next Monday afternoon. Both those games can be heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com
MASON CITY — The 12th-ranked NIACC men’s basketball team opens up Region XI tournament play tonight hosting the same team they faced at home back on Saturday, Southwestern. NIACC beat Southwestern 94-76 back on Saturday, and also beat them in Creston back on December 4th, 98-68. You can hear the NIACC-Southwestern game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:45 with the tipoff at 7 o’clock.
=== other Region XI quarterfinals (listed by seed)
#8 Little Priest at #1 Kirkwood
#6 Ellsworth at #3 Iowa Lakes
#7 Iowa Central at #2 DMACC
IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery believes junior center Luka Garza is the national player of the year in college basketball. Garza is averaging more than 23 and a half points and nearly 10 rebounds per game for an Iowa team that is 20-9 and ranked 18th in the A-P Poll despite losing two starters to season ending injuries.
Garza broke a 49-year-old Iowa record by scoring 20 or more points in 14 straight Big Ten games.
Iowa returns to action Tuesday night at home against Purdue. The Boilers hammered the Hawkeyes by 36 points in their first meeting back on February fifth.