MASON CITY — The Mason City High girls are headed back to the state basketball tournament after a 71-61 win over Gilbert in a 4A regional championship game in Mason City last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Mason City jumped out to a 7-0 lead but Gilbert never would go away in the game. Mohawk coach Curt Klaahsen says it was just a back and forth game that his team was able to control in the end.
Megan Meyer passed Erin Richards as Mason City High’s all-time leading scorer, with her 25 points putting her at 1842 for her career, 15 more than Richards.
Mason City will face Waverly-Shell Rock in a Class 4A state quarterfinal next Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Mohawks dealt the Go-Hawks one of their two losses on the season back on November 20th in a game played in Mason City, 70-43.
Listen back to Curt Klaahsen’s full post-game interview here
ALGONA — St. Edmond scored their most points in a game in ten years as they held off Newman 85-80 in a Class 1A District 3 semifinal game last night in Algona, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. Seniors Josh Fitzgerald and Brady Gatton led the Knights with 25 and 24 points as Newman ends their season with a 19-3 record. The last time St. Edmond scored 85 or more points was against Clarion-Goldfield on February 16th, 2009. The Gaels improve to 12-10 on the season and will face Bishop Garrigan in the district championship game on Thursday night in Garner. Garrigan beat West Hancock 76-38 in Tuesday’s other District 3 semifinal game.
== 1A District 4 at Rockford
Rockford 60, Turkey Valley 53
Janesville 61, St. Ansgar 28
== 2A District 2 championship game at Clarion
Pocahontas 70, Forest City 62
== 2A District 3 championship game at Webster City
South Hamilton 71, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 54
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Bruno Fernando scored 11 points, including the last two on a putback with 7.8 seconds left, to lift No. 24 Maryland to a 66-65 win over No. 21 Iowa on Tuesday night.
Maryland (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten) gave up an 11-point lead over the final four minutes, but held on against an Iowa team that had won its last two games via buzzer-beater and had two looks at the basket in the final seven seconds. The Terrapins got 17 points from Anthony Cowan, who shot 5 of 10 from 3-point range and had eight rebounds. Eric Ayala added 11 points and Fernando had 11 rebounds.
Iowa (20-6, 9-6) saw its four-game winning streak end. The Hawkeyes were led by Jordan Bohannon, who had 14 points, and Isaiah Moss, who added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Jared Butler scored 17 points, Freddie Gillespie had 14 and Baylor upset No. 19 Iowa State 73-69 on Tuesday night.
Makia Mason scored 14 points on 18 shots in his return from a toe injury for the Bears (17-9, 8-5 Big 12). They outrebounded Iowa State 44-28 and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds over the smaller Cyclones, who’ve dropped back-to-back games at Hilton Coliseum.
After trailing by 10 points midway through the first half, Iowa State went ahead 52-50 on Marial Shayok’s three-point play with 11:45 left. Baylor swapped the lead with the Cyclones (19-7, 8-5) seven times in the next eight minutes, but Butler followed a layup with a 3 to put the Bears ahead 69-65 with two minutes left.
Iowa State’s Cameron Lard then fumbled an entry pass from Shayok, and Mason hit two free throws to make it 71-65 with 35.3 seconds to go.
Shayok had 16 points for Iowa State, which went nearly six minutes without a field goal down the stretch.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brady Ellingson had 17 points to lead five Drake players in double figures as the Bulldogs topped Bradley 77-68 on Tuesday night. D.J. Wilkins added 14 points for the Bulldogs. Tremell Murphy chipped in 13, Nick McGlynn scored 13 and Anthony Murphy had 12. Murphy also had nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, while McGlynn posted nine rebounds and three blocks.
Elijah Childs scored a career-high 24 points and had nine rebounds for the Braves (15-13, 7-8 Missouri Valley Conference), whose four-game win streak was broken. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs improve to 2-0 against the Braves for the season. Drake defeated Bradley 69-52 on Jan. 16. Drake (21-7, 10-5) will pursue its fifth consecutive win on Sunday when the team visits Illinois State. Bradley matches up against Evansville at home on Saturday.
MASON CITY – For the second time this season, NIACC’s Jada Buford has been selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for the week of Feb. 11-17.
Buford, a freshman guard, scored a career-high 42 points in the No. 2 Lady Trojans’ 101-66 victory over Little Priest Tribal College on Feb. 13. It was the second time this season that Buford scored at least 40 points in a game.
Against Little Priest, Buford was 16 of 33 from the field and made three three-point field goals while going 7 of 9 from the line.
Buford is averaging 20.5 points per game heading into this week’s play.
It is the sixth time this season that a NIACC women’s player has earned the weekly Iowa Community College Athletic Conference honor.