DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Kori Schulte scored 15 points and hit five key free throws late in the game to help Central Lyon beat Newell-Fonda 63-61 on Friday to win the Class 1A state championship.
Lexi Ackerman added 12 points and her twin sister, Kelsey, scored 11 for the top-ranked Lions (26-2), who claimed the title in their first appearance in the state tournament. But it wasn't easy.
Central Lyon built a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then had to hold off a furious charge by No. 2 Newell-Fonda (24-3), which lost in the state finals for the fourth time and is still looking for its first championship.
Newell-Fonda three times cut the lead to a single point, but the team couldn't make the shot it needed to get the lead.
Renee Maneman led Newell-Fonda with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Claudia Larsen and Andrea Christensen each scored 12 points and Tailer Schrank added 11.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Brooke Wolterstorff scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Western Christian past Lawton-Bronson 75-58 on Friday night for its second consecutive Iowa Class 2A girls championship.
Top-ranked Western Christian (26-1) led from the start and built a 16-point lead in the third quarter before holding off a courageous comeback by the second-ranked Eagles (26-2). Lawton-Bronson played the second half without star Josie Kopal, had two players foul out and lost two others briefly after they collided with each other.
The Wolfpack finally put it away by running off 13 straight points after the fourth-quarter collision took the steam out of Lawton-Bronson's rally.
Kopal had 17 points and six rebounds when she smacked her head against the shoulder of a Western Christian player in a scramble for the ball late in the first half. She was helped off the floor and watched the second half from the bench.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No. 1-ranked Davenport Assumption has cruised to its third straight Iowa Class 3A girls basketball championship.
Assumption got 16 points from Hailey Schneden in its 62-40 victory over third-ranked Estherville-Lincoln Central on Friday night.
Assumption (25-2) led from the opening tip and was never challenged in becoming the fifth school to win three consecutive titles. Along the way, the Knights set a state tournament record by making 23 3-pointers in their three games, topping the old mark of 21 by Battle Creek-Ida Grove in 2007.
All-tournament captain Danielle Moore added 13 points and six assists for the Knights, while Maddie Irmen had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Emily Kirchner led Estherville-Lincoln Central (23-4) with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Allie Sievert added nine points and nine rebounds.
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