Western Christian And Central Lyon Are Girls State Basketball Tournament Bound

western logoDefending State Champions and top ranked Western Christian is headed back to the Girls State Basketball Tournament 2A following an 86-48 win over Okoboji in the Region 1 finals at Sibley Monday night.

After the game KIWA Sports asked Wolfpack Head Coach Bill Harmsen about getting the opportunity to defend their title….

Western opened a 32-10 first quarter lead and rode that momentum the rest of the way. At halftime the lead was up to 53-28 and at the end of three the Wolfpack were in front 74-38 on route to the win 86-48. Harmsen talked about the game plan ….

Western put four players in double figures getting a game high 18 points from Brooke Wolterstorff, 14 from Jamie Geesink, 13 from Shae De Jager and 12 more from Alissa Pollema. Okoboji was led by Darby Jones who hit for a team high 15 points.

All told Western Christian had 11 players find a spot in the scorebook with everyone on the roster appearing in the ballgame.

We asked coach Harmsen what makes this year edition of the Wolfpack special ….

Western improves to 22-1 with the win while Okoboji ends the season at 17-7.

The team will leave on Monday for Des Moines and the coach told us post game that preparation for State begins with a day off Tuesday to savor the moment then it’s back to work.

In other girls tournament action Monday night Central Lyon earned their first State Basketball Tournament trip with a 62-42 win over West Sioux in the Class 1A Region 1 title game. That one was decided in Sioux Center on Monday night.

In boys 3A tournament play MOC Floyd Valley opened the District 2 semifinals with a 76-36 home win over Estherville Lincoln Central. They will meet Storm Lake on Thursday night in the District finals at Spencer. Storm Lake eliminated Spencer on the Tigers home floor 56-44.

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