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Wolfpack Headed Back To 2A Girls Championship Game

western logoWith their teammates struggling, Brooke Wolterstorff and Erika Douma took over and led Western Christian back to the Class 2A championship game.

Wolterstorff scored 25 points and Douma added 15 on 5-for-9 3-point shooting as the top-ranked Wolfpack swept past No. 10 Aplington-Parkersburg 64-40 to open the 2A semifinal round. With the win Western Christian earned a meeting with Lawton Bronson who defeated Maquoketa Valley 65-57 in the other semifinal.

Western Christian won for the 25th time in 26 games and will go after its second consecutive championship at 6 p.m. Friday. Aplington-Parkersburg finished 21-4.

Wolterstorff made eight of 11 shots, including a couple of 3-pointers, grabbed 10 rebounds and made four steals. Jamie Gensink added six points and five rebounds, while Alissa Pollema had four points and six assists.

Haleigh Hempen led Aplington-Parkersburg with 11 points and six rebounds. Shelby Sandoval added 10 points for the Falcons, who made it to state for the first time since 2001.

Wolterstorff and Douma helped the Wolfpack overcome some subpar shooting. Going into the fourth quarter, they were a combined 13 of 19 from the field while the rest of the team was 4-for-21.

But Western Christian led 50-29 at that point and coach Bill Harmsen began replacing his starters with 4:50 left in the game.

Western Christian started the game with a flurry. Wolterstorff hit a 3, made a layup and sank two free throws and Douma followed with a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 10-2 lead. Another Wolterstorff 3 made it 13-4.

Aplington-Parkersburg twice got to within six points in the second quarter, but Elissa Jansma connected from long range and Douma added two more 3s in an 11-5 run that made it 31-19 at halftime. TheWolfpack started the second half with an 11-2 burst and were never threatened again.

Taylor King scored 21 points, Josie Kopal had 20 points and 17 rebounds as number 2 Lawton-Bronson pulled away late.  It will be the first title game for Lawton-Bronson, which is in the tournament for the fourth time and is now 26-1.

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