Tuesday March 5th Local Sports

DES MOINES — Lake Mills survived a comeback attempt by North Union in the fourth quarter but advanced in the Class 1A quarterfinals of the boys state basketball tournament on Monday afternoon with a 58-50 win, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. The Bulldogs led by 15 with 7:26 to go, but the Warriors took advantage of turnovers to cut the lead to one with 2:25 left before Lake Mills closed out the game on a 9-2 run. Lake Mills coach Kyle Menke says he’s proud of his team holding their composure in the final minutes.

The game was the rubber match of the season for the two Top of Iowa Conference West Division rivals as each team won on the road during the regular season. Menke credits North Union for not giving up early in the fourth quarter.

Lake Mills was 7-of-14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and ended the game 12-of-24 from the stripe, getting nine points more off of free throws compared to their opponent. Menke says free throw shooting was critical in picking up the win.

Lance Helming had 10 of his team-leading 15 points after halftime, Logan Bacon added 13, while Aiden Stensrud had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Stensrud says his team had mental toughness down the stretch.

Stensrud talks about his team overcoming a tough start to the fourth quarter.

Lake Mills is 25-1 on the season and will face 2nd-seed Bellevue Marquette in Wednesday night’s semifinals starting at 7:15, a game you can also hear on KGLO. Marquette survived a quarterfinal round scare, pulling away from a tie after three quarters to beat seventh-seed Gladbrook-Reinbeck 45-36. North Union with the loss ends their season with a 22-4 record.



— other 1A quarterfinals
North Linn 75, Woodbine 59
Winfield-Mount Union 54, Lynnville-Sully 37



— 2A quarterfinals Monday and today
Western Christian of Hull 56, Iowa City Regina 34
Treynor 73, West Burlington 63
10:30—#2 Hudson vs. #7 Grundy Center
12:15—#3 Underwood vs. #6 Unity Christian, Orange City



— 3A quarterfinals today
2:00—#1 Decorah vs. #8 Williamsburg
3:45—#4 Davenport Assumption vs. #5 Ballard
5:30—#3 MOC-Floyd Valley vs. #6 Bondurant-Farrar
7:15—#2 Waverly-Shell Rock vs. #7 Pella




DES MOINES — Girls basketball all-state teams were announced on Monday by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Looking at area athletes making the teams:

== Class 1A
Second team — Mallory Leerar, West Hancock

== Class 3A
Second team — Hayden Brown, Forest City

== Class 4A
Third team — Reggi Spotts, Mason City High




COUNCIL BLUFFS — The NIACC women had their season come to a close last night with a 111-89 loss at Iowa Western in the Region 11-B championship game, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. NIACC ends their season with a 23-7 record. Iowa Western improves to 30-2 and moves into the North Central District B title game where they will travel to Bismarck North Dakota on Saturday to face United Tribes Tech with the winner heading to the national tournament. In the Region 11-A championship game last night, Kirkwood beat Iowa Central 86-63. Clear Lake alums Emily Theiss had 11 and Jordan Mayland had 10 as Iowa Central ends their season with a record of 21-9. Kirkwood is now 30-2 and will host Southeast Nebraska in the North Central District A title game on Saturday.




IOWA CITY — After their win over Ohio State to close the regular season on Sunday, the Iowa women’s basketball team has bounced up to third in the new Associated Press women’s basketball poll. Iowa is up three spots after their 93-83 win over the previously second-ranked Buckeyes, who fell to fourth in the new poll. South Carolina remains on top of the rankings, receiving all 35 first-place votes. Stanford is second, followed by Iowa, Ohio State and USC in the top five. Iowa as the second-seed in the Big Ten Tournament has a double-bye into Friday’s quarterfinal round, where they will face the winner of Thursday’s Penn State and Wisconsin contest.





AMES — Iowa State is ranked 6th in the new Associated Press men’s basketball poll heading into the final week of the regular season. The Cyclones are 12-4 and a game behind top-ranked and Big 12 leader Houston heading into Wednesday night’s game at home against BYU. With a win, the Cyclones would finish the season unbeaten in Hilton Coliseum.

That’s coach T.J. Otzelberger. ISU has won three straight games, but in the last two, the Cyclones have made only eight of 38 from three point range.

Otzelberger is confident the Cyclones will find their range from beyond the arc.

UConn is ranked second, followed by Purdue, Tennessee and Arizona in the top five of the AP men’s poll.





ST. LOUIS — The Drake and Northern Iowa men prepare for this week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis. The Bulldogs are 25-6 and will be the two seed in the tournament. The Bulldogs won it last year as the two seed and the regular season Valley champ has won the tournament only three times in the last nine years.

That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries. The Bulldogs play Friday night against the winner of Thursday’s game between Illinois State and Evansville

UNI is 19-13 and the fourth seed in the tournament. The Panthers closed the regular season on a three game win streak.

That’s Panther coach Ben Jacobson who says his team is playing with a lot of confidence.

UNI opens Friday afternoon against the winner of Thursday’s game between Valparaiso and Belmont.