(3A) 2020 IGHSAU Girls State Basketball Championships

(3A) 2020 IGHSAU Girls State Basketball Championships


>>>FUNDING PROVIDED BY — FAIRWAY MEAT AND GROCERY IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE IOWA STATE GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPS. FAIRWAY BELIEVES IN SUPPORTING THE PLACES WHERE IOWANS LEARN, LIVE, WORK AND PLAY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STUDENT ATHLETES IN THESE GAMES. BY MOSCO LIGHTING, PROVIDING SYSTEMS FOR YOU, YOUR PROJECT AND YOUR COMMUNITY. ♪♪ UNTOWN DES MOINES, AS NIGHT SETTLES IN THE CAPITAL CITY, THE BASKETBALL IS GETTING GOING. WE HAD AN INSTANT CLASSIC IN ONE. WE’LL GET TO A SECOND NIGHT CAP. WE GET IN WELLS FARGO ARENA. IT’S OUR NIGHT CAP, AS WE CALL IT HERE. BROADCAST, FREE OF CHARGE TO ALL OF IOWA’S 99 COUNTIES. I’LL CALL YEAGER. BRINGS YOU HIGHLIGHTS, ANALYSIS AND FEATURES, ON OUR ON-SIGHT SPORTS DESK. WE’LL SHOWCASE ALL OF THE DAMAGEN’TRY OF THE STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. LET’S HEAD COURTSIDE, WITH BRETT WELLS AND JACKIE CAELAN FOR THE CALL OF THE 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.>>THIS GAME WILL BE PRESEASON, NUMBER ONE, PRESEASON NUMBER TWO. BISHOP HEELAN AND NORTH POLK. NORTH POLK, THE STATE RUNNER-UP THREE YEARS AGO. THIS IS GOING TO BE A FUN ONE. NUMBER ONE, NUMBER TWO, PRESEASON. WE GET A FINISH TONIGHT.>>THESE ARE TWO TEAMS WITH A HIGH ON THE START OF THE SEASON. THEY’RE PLAYING GOOD BASKETBALL AT THE RIGHT TIME.>>WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT NORTH POLK, 21-5, ON THE SEASON. THE COMETS, THE FIVE SEED HERE. THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF STUDS IN MAGY PHIPPS AND RILEY MURPHY.>>SHE HAS FOR THE FIRST HALF, BUT REALLY TURNED I’D ON IN THE SECOND. I LOVE HOW MURPHY PLAYS. SHE IS SO ASSIST TENT. AVERAGES A DOUBLE-DOUBLE.>>BISHOP HEELAN, THE THREE SEED. THEY COME IN 21-4. THE 4-5 FINALISTS, A SEASON AGO, DROPPING DOWN TO 3A, THIS SEASON. THEY’RE READY TO DO IT TONIGHT.>>WE SEND IT TO THE PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER.>>THE IOWAS BANKERS SHOULDN’T ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, WHO EXCELS ON THE COURT, THE CLASSROOM AND IN THE COMMUNITY. THE RECIPIENT RECEIVES A $1,000 CLIP TO HER CHOICE. THE 2020 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER, IS JULIA MURFELD, FROM FAIR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FROM MBT BANK AND THE IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION, FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP. AND CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE IGHSAU.>>THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, GETTING SET TO GET UNDER WAY. BISHOP HEELAN AND NORTH POLK. FINAL GAME OF THE YEAR. BOTH TEAMS WITH EXCITING TRIPS TO THIS. A COMEBACK IN THE SEMIS. NOW, IT’S TIMT TIME TO INTRODUCE THE PLAYERS. FIRST, THE STARTERS FOR THE NORTH POLK COMETS. NUMBER 3, AALIYAH SPRINGER. NUMBER FOUR, MAKAYLA BOATMAN. NUMBER 5, BROOK JOHNSON. NUMBER 11, LIZA SCHAFFER. NUMBER 14, ASHLEY OWEN. NUMBER 20, TIFFANY ANDERSON. NUMBER 24, CAGE JOHNSON. NUMBER 4, ABBE HILL. AND NUMBER 50, MORGAN GRAY. THE ASSISTANT COACHES FOR NORTH POLK, MARK MUEHLENTHALER AND ALEX BOLLMEYER. LET’S MEET THE BISHOP CRUSADERS. NUMBER 3, JADA NEW BERG. LAUREN PECK. NUMBER 11, KILA McLECH. NUMBER 25, MARY-KATE FITZSIMMONS. NUMBER 31, KENLY MEESE. NUMBER 33, LEA PETERSON. NUMBER 41, PAYTON SHURMERHORN. NUMBER 43, ADDISON KEEL. AND NUMBER 53, LAUREN LAFLEUR. THE ASSIST TONIGHT COACHES, FOR BISHOP HEELAN, ARE JEFF DONALDSON, JESSICA CARSON, AND AND TRISTAN BEAULIEU. NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ARE YOU READY FOR TONIGHT’S STARTING LINEUPS? FOR NORTH POLK, A 5’7″, SOPHOMORE, LUCY SCHAFFER. FOR BISHOP HEELAN, NUMBER 1, KATIE COOK. FOR NORTH POLK, THE 5’7″, JUNIOR, ABBIE ZIMMER. AND FOR BISHOP HEELAN, THE 5’10” SENIOR, AMBER ASOP. FOR NORTH POLK, A 5’11”, SENIOR, JADEN MURPHY. AND FOR BISHOP HEELAN, A 5’10” SENIOR, KATEN STANDLY. FOR NORTH POLK, THE 5’3″ JUNIOR, HANNAH FOSTER. AND FOR BISHOP HEELAN, A 5’9″ SENIOR, NUMBER 23, SYDNEY PROPERTY. FOR NORTH POLK, A 5’11” JUNIOR, NUMBER 32, MAGY PHIPPS. AND FOR BISHOP HEELAN, ELLA SKINNER. THE HEAD COACH FOR NORTH POLK IS CLINT ALBERTSEN, AND THE HEAD COACH FISH BISHOP HEELAN IS DARRON KOOLSTRA. THE BENCH OFFICIAL IS TODD RAMIE. WELCOME NORTH POLK AND BISHOP HEELAN TO THE 2020 CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>YOU SEE THE STATE MAP, TWO TEAMS, NORTH POLK UP THE ROAD. AT CLASS EARLIER TODAY, BISHOP HEELAN STAYING IN DES MOINES MOST OF THIS WEEK. WE GET READY TO TIP IT UP. LET’S LOOK AT OUR KEYS TO THE GAME FOR CLASS 3A. NORTH POLK, THE FIVE SEED. WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE COMETS HERE?>>THEY HAVE TO FIRST ATTACK THE ZONE. HEELAN PLAYS TWO DIFFERENT HALF-COURT ZONE DEFENSES THEY’VE USED ALL SEASON LONG. THEY FORCE A LOT OF TURNOVERS. SO, QUICK PASSES. ATTACKING GAPS. THEY CAN’T BE TENTATIVE AGAINST THE ZONE. AND TRANSITION DEFENSE. HEELAN’S MOTOR GETS GOING, THROUGH TRANSITION BUCKETS. NORTH POLK NEEDS TO FORCE HEELAN TO PLAY IN THE HALF-COURT.>>HOW ABOUT THE CRUSADERS AT THE OTHER SIDE?>>THEY’RE SENIOR-STRONG. FIVE STARTING SENIORS HAVE HAD THEIR EYE ON THIS PRIZE. AND IT WILL TAKE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALL FIVE OF THEM FOR THEM TO SEE THIS THROUGH. SECOND ONE WOULD BE ONE AND DONE. THEY NEED TO LIMIT NORTH POLK TO ONE SHOT, GRAB THE REBOUND AND LOOK TO SCORE IN TRANSITION, THIS IS WHAT THEY DO BEST.>>ALL RIGHT. WE ARE UNDER WAY. NORTH POLK, CONTROLS THE UNCONTESTED TIP. AND BISHOP HEELAN, INTO SOME PRESSURE DEFENSE RIGHT OUT OF THE GATES. SCHAFFER ON THE DRIVE. A PRETTY GOOD CRACK ON HER NOSE IN THE SEMIFINAL GAME. PHIPPS CAN’T HANDLE THE PASS. AND BISHOP HEELAN GETS IT BACK.>>THAT’S WHAT HEELAN’S DEFENSE HAS DONE TO TEAMS ALL SEASON LONG. MAKE THEM RUSH. THROW PASSES THAT ARE JUST A LITTLE BIT OFF.>>CRUSADERS ON OFFENSE. ELLIS SKINNER INSIDE. LEADS THEM IN SCORING. NORTH POLK TAKES IT AWAY. NOT ALLOWING SKINNER A TOUCH ON THE FIRST POSSESSION.>>THAT’S A GREAT JOB OF KNOWING WHAT HEELAN WANTS TO DO. PLAYING TO THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AND BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE.>>BOTH OFFENSES TRYING TO SETTLE IN HERE IN THE FINAL MINUTE IN THIS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. KATIE COOK, A THREE-YEAR STARTER GETS FOULED ON HER WAY TO THE RIM.>>SHE IS JUST A PLAYER I LOVE TO WATCH. SHE GOT IN FOUL TROUBLE IN THE SEMIFINAL GAME. I TALKED TO HER AFTER AND SHE SAID, IF WE’RE GOING TO LOSE, I HAVE TO BE OUT ON THE COURT WITH MY BEST FRIEND. SHE WAS THANKFUL THEY GOT THROUGH THAT ONE. HAD A HUGE CHARGE IN THE SEMIFINAL GAME, THAT WAS A BIG PART OF GETTING THEM TO THE FINAL.>>A MINUTE TO GO. A COUPLE OF BIG FREE THROWS AT THE END OF THE GAME, AS WELL. JUST ONE OF TWO. PUT HEELAN ON THE BOARD FIRST. THE FEED, OVER TO MURPHY. SCHAFFER FINDING THE OPEN COMET. AND NORTH POLK IN FRONT.>>BEAUTIFULLY DONE HAVING YOUR EYES UP TO SEE THE OPEN PLAYER. ON THE OTHER END, WHO BUT ELLIS SKINNER KNOCKING IT DOWN. THE BANK IS OPEN.>>NOTHING BUT SMILES ON THAT ONE. 30 THREES ON THE SEASON, THOUGH. NOT A RARE THING FOR SKINNER TO PULL UP FROM OUTSIDE. THIS IS MAGGIE PHIPPS WITH THE BASKETBALL. A SENIOR. EXCUSE ME, A JUNIOR. THAT’S VERBALED, NEAR STEAL. AND GETS IT BACK IN THE LANE. OFFENSIVE FOUL, WAIVED THE BASKET OFF.>>I THINK THAT’S GOT TO BE HER THIRD OR FOURTH CHARGE IN THIS TOURNAMENT. I KNOW HER COACHES TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD OF A JOB SHE DOES IN GETTING HER FEET SET AND MAKING THAT READ. THEY’VE TALKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAN SCORE ZERO POINTS AND THEY’RE OKAY WITH THAT.>>CONSISTENTLY, HER ASSIST-TO-TURNOVER RATIO IS IMPRESSIVE, AT A 3/1 RATIO. SKINNER MISSES IT INSIDE. HERE’S FASTER. SITS FOR THREE. GOOD. PHIPPS CAN LIGHT IT UP FROM ANYWHERE.>>SHE CAN. AND FROM NORTH POLK, THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE, EARLY IN THE GAME, GETTING UNDER WAY IN THE FIRST HALF.>>SHOT INSIDE BY COOK. REBOUNDED BY ZIMMER.>>SCHAFFER KICKS. MURPHY CAN’T CONNECT.>>THAT WASN’T A BUCKET FOR NORTH POLK. I THOUGHT A OFFENSIVE POSSESSION. GETTING THEMSELVES IN THE OPEN GAP.>>AROUND THE PERIMETER. COOK, DRIVES. WIDE-OPEN LANE, ONCE SHE GOT BY HER DEFENDER. A BACK-AND-FORTH FIRST QUARTER HERE IN THE 3A TITLE GAME. SKINNER WITH A TIPPED PASS. GOING TO TAKE IT ALL THE WAY. AND FINISH. ELLIS SKINNER, THE SENIOR.>>HOW ABOUT ELLIS SKINNER, BRAD? SHE’S NOT JUST A SCORER. SHE GOT THE TIP AND THE STEAL. BEAT A COUPLE GUARDS UP THE FLOOR. VERY IMPRESSIVE PLAYER.>>FIVE POINTS FOR THE SIX-FOOT SENIOR. ONE OF TWO 1,000-POINT SCORERS ON THE TEAM. BOTH SKINNER AND STANLEY HAVE REACHED THE 1,000-POINT MARK. COOK WAS TOO STRONG ON THE RUNNER. ZIMMER. AND ANOTHER OFFENSIVE CHARGE, TAKEN BY BISHOP HEELAN.>>LOOKING AT KATIE COOK MOVING HER FEET. GETTING THEM SET. FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO KNOW HOW TO TAKE A GOOD CHARGE, KATIE COOK IS THE ONE TO WATCH. BOATMAN IN THE GAME, APPLYING THE DEFENSE, ON THE WING. ANOTHER BUCKET BY BISHOP HEELAN, AS STANLEY GETS IT ROLLING. THAT’S A FOUR-YEAR STARTER FOR HEAD COACH DARRON KOOLSTRA.>>YOU KNOW, BRAD, WE TALKED ABOUT A KEY TO THE GAME FOR HEELAN, BEING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALL FIVE STARTERS. ALREADY IN THIS FIRST QUARTER, WE’VE SEEN ELLIS SKINNER. WE’VE SEEN KATIE COOK. NOW, KATELYN STANLEY.>>BISHOP HEELAN, A FIVE-POINT LEAD. LET’S LISTEN TO COACH ALBERTSEN.>>MAGGIE, YOU’RE THE POINT. JADEN, YOU’RE IN. LUCY, YOU’RE IN. IF IT’S ON YOUR SIDE, YOU’RE HIGH. ON YOUR SIDE, MEET IT. WE HAVE TO TURN AND ATTACK. WE’RE JUST STANDING WITH THE BALL. LET’S GO.>>THAT’S GREAT TALK, BRAD. AGAINST THE HEELAN ZONE DEFENSES, THEY HAVE TO TURN AND ATTACK. IF THEY ALLOW THE DEFENSE TO COME TO THEM AND PLAY HESITANT AT ALL, THERE’S GOING TO BE TIPPED PASSES, DEFLECTIONS AND TURNOVERS.>>NORTH POLK IS FACING ADVERSITY. THEY WERE 7-4, AFTER A JANUARY LOSS TO GRENELL. SHOT BY MURPHY. TAKEN BY COOKE. SCHAFFER COMES UP WITH THE LOOSE BASKETBALL.>>TIP PASS BY STANLEY. THE SENIOR, AESOPH, WILL RUN TRACK AT IOWA NEXT SEASON. SEVEN-POINT CRUSADERS LEAD. PHIPPS HAS IT RIPPED AWAY.>>RIGHT NOW HEELAN GETTING WHAT THEY WANT OUT OF THEIR DEFENSES. NORTH POLK HAS MAN-TO-MAN ALL SEASON LONG. THEY STRUGGLED YESTERDAY. I’M SURE THAT WAS PART OF THEIR TALK BEFORE THIS GAME.>>OPEN THREE, BANKS HOME FOR KENLEY MIES. IT’S A TEN-POINT LEAD FOR BISHOP HEELAN.>>WE TALK ABOUT THE SENIORS FOR HEELAN AND THEIR FIVE STUDS. THEY HAVE TWO FRESHMEN THAT’S BEEN BIG FOR THEM THIS YEAR.>>STANLEY, JUST THREW IT UP FOR GRABS. SKINNER WENT AFTER IT. LAYS IT IN. ANOTHER TIMEOUT TAKE BIN NORTH POLK, AS BISHOP HEELAN IS ROLLING.>>THE EXTRA PASS GETS THE FRESHMAN GOING. WHAT DOES HEELAN LIKE TO DO BEST? TRANSITION BASKETBALL. THEY DON’T WANT TO SCORE THE GAME DOWN. THEY WANT TO CONTROL THE TEMPO. THEY’RE DOING THAT RIGHT NOW.>>LISTEN IN TO COACH KOOLSTRA.>>ONE POSSESSION.>>OKAY, JOSLYN, MAKE 25’S IN THE GAME. KEEP HER ON THIS SIDE. OKAY? YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB ON 32. YOU HAVE TO RUN A BLOCK. YOU’RE COVERING HER WELL.>>YOU’RE GOING TO PLAY THE FOUR SPOT ON THE ELBOW. YOU’RE GOING TO BE ON THE END. WE’RE GOING TO RUN 45, OKAY? SHE IS OPEN IN THE CORNER. RIGHT WHERE SHE JUST HIT ONE. OKAY? YEAH. SHE’S GOING TO PLAY AMBER’S SPOT. YOU COME OFF OF THE SCREEN.>>TIP AND DEFLECTIONS. LET’S GO.>>ONE, TWO, THREE.>>BRAD, LISTENING IN TO THEIR HUDDLE, IT WON’T BE UNCOMMON TO HEAR FROM DARRON KOOLSTRA AND JEFF DONALDSON. JEFF DONALDSON HAS BEEN KOOLSTRA’S ASSISTANT, COACH KOOLSTRA. AND HE DOES AN INCREDIBLE JOB. HE RUNS THE DEFENSE. COACH KOOLSTRA RUNS THE OFFENSE. THEY HAVE A GREAT PARTNERSHIP.>>IT’S FUNNY TO HEAR, THE FIRST YEAR IT WAS FLIPPED, THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE DUTIES. KOOLSTRA SAID, I WAS OVERRIDING HIM TOO MUCH ON THE OFFENSE. WE FLIPPED IT. DONALDSON, NOW, ENJOYING TAKING CARE OF THE DEFENSE. AND THE DEFENSE HAS BEEN GETTING IT DONE, FOR BISHOP HEELAN THIS FIRST QUARTER.>>IT HAS BEEN. AND I WONDERED NOW NORTH POLK WAS GOING TO HANDLE IT, WHEN THEY HAVEN’T REALLY FACED MUCH OF A DEFENSE LIKE THIS ALL SEASON LONG. AND REALLY SOMETHING THAT HEELAN TAKES PRIDE IN, THEY HAVE FACED ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT DEFENSES. THEY HAVE FELT PREPARED TO FACE ANYONE IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT.>>THAT WAS MEIS, TRYING TO KNOCK IN ANOTHER THREE. INSIDE. MURPHY DRAWS THE FOUL. THAT’S THE FIRST ON ELS BY SKINNER INSIDE.>>I THINK NORTH POLK IS PASSING TOO LONG. THEY HAD A GREAT POSSESSION WHERE IT WAS QUICK, QUICK PASS. FOUND SOMEONE UP THE COURT. ON THE ZONE FOR THE QUICK LAYUP. THEY’RE HOLDING IT A LITTLE TOO LONG RIGHT NOW.>>SYDNEY PRATT, BACK IN THE GAME. MURPHY, BY THE DEFENDER. IN AND OUT. COOKE WITH THE REBOUND. 30 SECONDS TO PLAY IN THE OPENING QUARTER. THE 3A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. BISHOP HEELAN, THEIR DEFENSE HAS HELPED THEM GET TO A DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD. STANLEY, FOR THREE. OFF THE IRON, THE SHOT ON THE REBOUND BY AESOPH IS OFF THE MARK. AND BISHOP HEELAN, A 12-POINT LEAD. LET’S SEND IT UP TO PAUL TO SEE HOW THESE TEAMS GOT TO THIS TITLE GAME.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. WELLS, HEY. THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTH OF THESE TEAMS TO GET HERE, BY WINNING THE SEMIFINAL. THAT’S THE WAY IT WORKS IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT. MURPHY GOT THAT FROM SCHAFFER. THEN, MAGGIE PHIPPS, WHO WAITED A COUPLE OF QUARTERS AND HAD DRAMA TO SCORE. NORTH POLK WENT ON TO WIN BY TWO. THE OTHER GAME WAS BISHOP HEELAN OF SIOUX CITY AGAINST CLAIRE LAKE. WE HEARD ELLA SKINNER A LOT IN THE GAME. SHE WAS TALKED ABOUT A LOT IN THE SEMIFINAL. THE TURNAROUND OFF OF THE GLASS. CLAIRE LAKE WAS UP AT THE HALF. HEELAN HAD TO COME FROM BEHIND. GREAT DEFENSE THERE. KATELYN STANLEY. TURNS THE “D” INTO “O.” AND HEELAN WITH THE FINAL, 61-57 WIN OVER CLAIRE LAKE. QUARTER NUMBER TWO, WITH BRAD AND JACKIE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PAUL. WE TALKED ABOUT PRESEASON. BISHOP HEELAN WAS NUMBER ONE. NORTH POLK WAS NUMBER TWO. THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH THE TOP TWO SEEDS IN THAT SEMIFINAL GAME TO GET HERE. THEY’RE PLAYING REALLY GOOD BASKETBALL HERE IN THE STATE CAPITAL.>>THEY ARE. AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER, IT WASN’T ALWAYS SMOOTH SAILING THROUGHOUT THE SEASON TO GET THIS POINT. BOTH TEAMS HAVE FACED IF ADVERSITY, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, YOU WANT TO BE PLAYING YOUR BEST BASKETBALL RIGHT NOW.>>IMAGINE THIS, JACKIE. YOU’RE PRESEASON NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER TWO. YOU LOSE YOUR FIRST TWO GAMES OF THE YEAR. THAT’S WHAT BOTH OF THESE TEAMS DID. BISHOP HEELAN LOST IN LEWIS CENTRAL AND SIOUX CITY EAST. AND NORTH POLK LOST THEIR FIRST TWO GAMES OF THE YEAR, TO JOHNSTON AND DALLAS CENTER.>>BOTH TEAMS DOING A GREAT JOB OF NOT PUTTING THEIR HEADS DOWN. BUT JUST GETTING BACK TO WORK. KNOWING THAT THE SEASON ISN’T OVER IN JUST TWO GAMES. IT’S NOT FOOTBALL.>>HERE’S LUCY SCHAFFER ON THE DRIVE. THE COMETS GET IT BACK.>>BRAD, THAT’S ALREADY THE TENTH TURNOVER FOR NORTH POLK. NUMBER 11, AS AESOPH COMES UP WITH THE STEAL. COOKE, AND THE FINISH.>>THAT’S THE CHEMISTRY YOU SEE FROM THIS BISHOP TEAM. AND KATIE COOKE’S ABILITY, KNOWING THE DEFENSE WAS COMING TO CATCH AND TOUCH SHOT IT INTO THE BASKET.>>OFFENSIVE FOUL. THIS ONE GOES ON SCHAFFER. THAT’S NUMBER TWO ON HER.>>YOU TAKE A LOOK HERE. GREAT COURT VISION. YOU SEE HER TOUCH, SCORE, DOESN’T ALLOW THE DEFENSE TO HAVE TIME TO TAKE HER OUT OF HER SHOT.>>BISHOP HEELAN, A 14-POINT LEAD. HERE’S STANLEY ON THE DRIVE. AND PHIPPS TAKES THE CHARGE. TURNS THE TABLES ON BISHOP HEELAN.>>A GREAT JOB THERE BY MAGGIE PHIPPS. ABSORBING THE CONTACT. HER FEET WERE SET. SHE HAD GREAT-LOOKING CHARGES ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR.>>MAGGIE PHIPPS, WITH THE BASKETBALL. THREE YEARS A STARTER. AND JUST A JUNIOR. AS VERBALED TO PLAY BASKETBALL AT DRAKE. BUT SUCH A VERSATILE PLAYER. COACH ALBERTSEN TALKS ABOUT HOW SHE CAN PLAY THE ONE THROUGH THE FOUR. AND IF WE HAVE A LINEUP ON THE FLOOR, SOMEBODY’S NOT COMFORTABLE PLAYING THE ONE, SHE CAN GO PLAY THAT. IF SOMEBODY NOT COMFORTABLE PLAYING THE FOUR, SHE CAN DO THAT. OR ANYWHERE BETWEEN.>>THAT MAKES HER SPECIAL. DRAKE WAS A FAN OF HER. SHE’S GOING TO FIT IN WELL WITH HER SYSTEM. AS FAR AS WHAT SHE DOES ON THE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM, THEY CALL HER THE TEAM MOM. THAT’S PROBABLY MORE OFF THE COURT, OR ON THE COURT. THE FACT SHE CAN STEP INTO ANY SPOT AND DIRECT THE SHOW.>>THAT CHEMISTRY CARRIES BACK AND FORTH, DOESN’T IT?>>IT DOES.>>PART OF THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM IN 2019, WHEN NORTH POLK WAS THE 3A STATE RUNNER-UP. LOSING THEIR TITLE GAME TO CENTER POINT URBANA.>>I DON’T SUSPECT THAT NORTH POLK IS GOING ANYWHERE. THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP WORKING THEIR BUTTS OFF. MURPHY AND MAGGIE PHIPPS TASTED THE CHAMPIONSHIP A YEAR AGO. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO LET THIS SLIP AWAY TOO EASILY.>>ELLA SKINNER, HEADING TO THE BENCH. TWO PERSONAL FOULS FOR HER. WE’LL SEE IF COACH KOOLSTRA KEEPS HER ON THE BENCH FOR THE REST OF THIS FIRST HALF OR BRINGS HER BACK IN. THE PASS FOR MURPHY, DEFLECTED OUT OF BOUNDS. STANLEY HAD SUCH AN AWARENESS DEFENSIVELY.>>SHE DOES, BRAD. SHE HAS A HIGH BASKETBALL I.Q. THAT’S SOMETHING HER COACHES TALK A LOT ABOUT, HER ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE, JUST THROUGH THE INTELLIGENCE SHE BRINGS TO THE COURT.>>THREE-POINT TRY BY SCHAFFER. OFF THE MARK. PHIPPS, COLLECTS THE OFFENSIVE REBOUND. AND THE BALL IS TIPPED OUT OF BOUNDS BY AESOPH.>>TWICE ON THIS POSSESSION, IT HASN’T TURNED OVER TO HEELAN. BUT THEY GET THE DEFLECTIONS ON THE PASS. AND EVERY TIME THAT HAPPENS, A LITTLE MORE AND MORE FRUSTRATING TO THE OFFENSE AND TAKES THEM OUT OF WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO.>>TALKING TO NORTH POLK YESTERDAY, AFTER THEY WON THE SEMIFINAL GAME, JACKIE. THE KIDS SAID IN 2019, WHEN WE LAST THAT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AND SAID, WE NEED TO SETTLE THE NERVES DOWN. NEED TO WORK THOSE OUT. NOW, YOU’RE IN ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, DOWN 14. HOW DO YOU CLAW BACK INTO IT? MURPHY GETS THE BUCKET TO GO, AND ENDING A 15-0 RUN FOR BISHOP HEELAN.>>GET MURPHY THE BALL. SHE’S THE SENIOR THAT KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE HERE. SHE WANTS TO FINISH IT. I DON’T THINK THIS HAS BEEN NERVES FOR NORTH POLK, AS MUCH AS IT IS NOT BEING AGGRESSIVE OFFENSIVELY AND ALLOWING THE DEFENSE TO MAKE THEM HESITATE.>>PRATT, THE THREE-POINT ATTEMPT. REBOUNDED BY MURPHY.>>THE OTHER DIFFICULT PART ABOUT THIS HEELAN DEFENSE, IS THEY SWITCH IT UP BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT ZONE DEFENSES. RIGHT THERE WAS A POSSESSION OF THEIR 1-3-1. THEY GOT IT FROM DENNIS FELTON AT MICHIGAN. COACH JEFF DANDSON IS A GOOD FAN OF THAT DEFENSE. SPENT SOME TIME, LEARNING IT, PUTTING IT IN. AND THEY COMPLEMENT THAT WITH THE BUZZ WE TALKED ABOUT IN THE SEMIFINAL GAME.>>AESOPH, THE DRIVE. REBOUNDED BY SCHAFFER. BISHOP HEELAN, BRINGING NORTH POLK AWAY FROM THE BASKET, A LONG WAYS.>>THEY GET OUT AND PRESSURE. THEY ALSO PLAY PASSING LANES THAT MAKE PASSES DIFFICULT. BUT SOMETIMES, IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD UP AND GET AROUND IT, YOU CAN FIND A WIDE-OPEN PLAYER DOWN LOW LIKE THEY DID THERE WITH MURPHY.>>THE SHOT BY PECK. BLACK GETS IT BACK. MEIS, ON THE DRIVE. AND A BLOCKING FOUL ON NORTH POLK. MEIS, TAKING IT TO THE RIM. SCHAFFER CALLED FOR THE FOUL, HER FIRST. AND TWO THREE THROWS FOR KENLEY MEIS.>>WE SAW PECK TAKE IT IN STRONG. PECK AND MEIS ARE A BIG REASON WHY THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE AT STATE. MADE THREE THREES AMONG THE TWO OF THEM IN THE LAST TWO MINUTES OF THAT GAME, TO HELP THEM COME OUT WITH THE WIN.>>AN 11-POINT LEAD FOR BISHOP HEELAN. THREE MINUTES TO PLAY IN THIS FIRST HALF.>>AS YOU WATCH HEELAN CLOSE OUT, THEY’RE IN THE PASSING LANES.>>TIPPED. OFFENSIVE REBOUND. THE PUTBACK FOR MURPHY. AS MURPHY HAS BASKETBALL IN HER FAMILY. IT’S THE AND ONE FOUL ON PECK. HER FIRST. AND TO THE FREE-THROW LINE, THE SENIOR. A FOUR-YEAR STARTER. STARTED BASKETBALL GAMES FOR NORTH POLK, THE END OF THE FRESHMAN SEASON. WILL PLAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL AT WARFORD.>>WARFORD IS GETTING A GOOD PLAYER. THEY KNOW WHAT SHE IS SIMILAR TO, HAVING THREE OLDER SISTERS BEFORE HER.>>THE TWIN SISTER THAT PLAYED THERE. MURPHY, RIGHT ON CUE, AS IT TIPS AWAY FROM THE TRACK STAR, AESOPH. YOU SEE MURPHY.>>THE MURPHY FAMILY HAD SUCH AN INCREDIBLE IMPACT ON THE PROGRAM.>>WE ASKED THE FAMILY ABOUT PICKUP GAMES. WE RECENTLY PLAYED THIS SUMMER. AND WE ASKED WHO THE BEST SHOT WAS. SHE DIDN’T SEEM LIKE SHE WANTED TO ANSWER. SEEMED LIKE SHE WAS BEING HUMBLED.>>SHE WAS BEING HUMBLE.>>I LOVED THAT ABOUT HER GAME. VERY, VERY EFFICIENT PLAYER, GETTING THE JOB DONE.>>SHE IS TAKING ON A LARGER LEADERSHIP. LOOKING FOR ANOTHER STEAL. ROLLING BACK THE COMETS’ DIRECTION. AND THERE’S A TAKEAWAY. THIS COULD TAKE THE ROLL.>>KATIE COOKE HAS BEEN A PARK OF ENERGY, DEFENSIVELY, FOR THIS HEELAN TEAM.>>THREE FROM THE CORNER, FROM BOATMAN. BOATMAN PHI POINTS IN THE QUARTERFINAL. 0 FOR 2 IN THE SEMIS. DID NOT SCORE A BIG THREE THERE. MAKES IT A SEVEN-POINT GAME. AND THE TRAVEL BY MEIS GIVES IT BACK TO THE DOCK ETS.>>TAKE A LOOK AT THE LAST THREE-POINT SHOT BY NORTH POLK. THAT IS OPEN, IN THE GAPS. IF THEY GET PASSES THROUGH, THE WAY HEELAN PLAYS THE PASSING LANES, THEY WILL GET BOTH SHOTS. THAT’S A GREAT WAY OF KNOCKING IT DOWN.>>OPENING IN THE CORNER. BOATMAN, THE DRIVE. THE RUNNER OFF THE MARK. OFFENSIVE REBOUND BY GUESS WHO? THAT’S MURPHY. NOW, ON THE DRIVE. ZIMMER, KNOCKED OUT OF BOUNDS. IT WILL STAY WITH NORTH POLK.>>NORTH POLK HAS DONE A NICE JOB OF KEEPING THIS GAME MANAGEABLE. IT STARTED TO FEEL LIKE IT WAS GETTING AWAY FROM THEM THERE. AND THEY DID WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO TO MAKE SURE IT DIDN’T GET OUT OF HAND.>>OUT OF BOUNDS IS AESOPH. THE COMETS REGAIN POSSESSION. FINAL MINUTE OF THE SECOND QUARTER. THERE’S THE STEAL BY BISHOP HEELAN. THROW AHEAD. TAKEN AWAY. COLLISION. AND NORTH POLK TIPS PASSES ALL OVER. SCRAPPY DEFENSE. AND A TRAVEL CALLED ON BISHOP HEELAN.>>WOW. I KNOW THAT ENDED UP IN A TRAVEL, BUT HOW COOL TO SEE SUCH HUSTLE FROM BOTH TEAMS. STANLEY DOING AN UNBELIEVABLE JOB ON THE BALL. BOTH TEAMS SHOWING THEY WANT THIS.>>BISHOP HEELAN HAD A 14-POINT LEAD. NORTH POLK HAS TRIMMED IT DOWN TO SEVEN. HERE’S THE FEED INSIDE. MURPHY, OVER TO PHIPPS. LOOKING TO GET IT BACK INSIDE. NOW, THE DRIVE. AND OFFENSIVE FOUL CALLED ON ZIMMER. THAT WILL BE NUMBER TWO ON ZIMMER, THE JUNIOR.>>NORTH POLK HAS TO MAKE THAT IN-GAME ADJUSTMENT. THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE SEEN A PLAYER LIKE KATIE COOKE ALL SEASON LONG. AFTER HER FIRST COUPLE, AND I’M SURE NORTH POLK WILL TALK ABOUT THAT AT HALFTIME.>>FINAL SECONDS. STANLEY, TAKES IT UP TOP. THREE, AT THE HORN. MEIS BANKS IT HOME.>>HUGE, HUGE THREES OFF OF THE BANK BOARD. FOR BISHOP HEELAN, WANTING TO GET THEM GOING IN THE FIRST QUARTER. AND ONE TO FINISH THIS FIRST HALF.>>MEIS, A BIG SHOT AT THE HORN, TO FINISH THE SECOND QUARTER.>>JUST A GREAT JOB OF A FRESHMAN KNOWING TIME AND SCORE. THAT’S USUALLY FROM MATURITY OF YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TO PAY ATTENTION TO.>>BISHOP HEELAN, TEN-POINT LEAD. WE SEND IT UP TO PAUL YEAGER.>>BRAD, COACH DARRON KOOLSTRA JOINS US NOW. YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT OFFENSE THERE. DID SHE CALL BANK?>>TWO BANKS FOR THREES. I DON’T THINK THEY CALLED EITHER ONE OF THEM.>>THEY’RE TAKING THOSE OFF THE BOARD. YOUR ZONE DEFENSE IS WORKING GREAT. WHY IS IT BEING EFFECTIVE?>>WE’RE GETTING A LOT OF HANDS AND DEFLECTIONS ON THE BALLS AND GETTING IN PASSING LANES. THAT’S WHAT OUR INTENTIONS ARE. THEY’RE DOING A GREAT JOB. A LOT OF PRESSURE UP TOP, WITH AMBER. AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE BOARDS. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT KATIE COOKE TAKING FOUR CHARGES IN THE FIRST HALF?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COACH. APPRECIATE THE TIME, AS ALWAYS.>>YOU BET. THANK YOU.>>DARRON KOOLSTRA. HAPPIER TO BE TALKING TO ME IN THERE, AS OPPOSED TO UP HERE. WE’LL GO BACK DOWN TO THE FLOOR. WE CONTINUE MORE PAGEANTRY OF THE IOWA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC UNION.>>THE TOP SENIOR, WHO RECEIVES THE MOST TOURNAMENT VOTES. PRESENTING THE AWARD, WHICH IS NAMED IN THE LATE HONOR GIRLS ATHLETIC UNION DIRECTOR, STEENBERGER, DIRECTOR OF THE ICHAS. THE REKIP YENT OF THE COOLEY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD, ELIE TWEET. THE JACK WARD RECIPIENT IS ZOE YOUNG. ZOE, A MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BASKETBALL TEAM, LED VALLEY TO THE CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP. IN THREE GAMES, SHE AVERAGED 30 POINTS A CONTEST AND WAS CAPTAIN OF THE 5A ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE JACK NORTH BASKETBALL AWARD WINNER, ZOE YOUNG. ACCEPTING THE AWARD IS BEST DES MOINES VALLEY HEAD GIRL BASKETBALL COACH, JOE SEAGRIST. CONGRATULATIONS. THE CHARACTER COUNTS COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD, EMBODIES THE SIX ELEMENTS OF CHARACTER. RATHER THAN SPOTLIGHT WINNING RECORDS, ISOLATED ACTS OF HEROISM AND GENEROSITY, THE AWARD WAS RECEIVED FOR COACHING LIVES AND ACHIEVEMENTS DEMONSTRATED AN ENDURING COMMITMENT. THE 2020 RECIPIENT OF THE CHARACTER COUNTS COACH OF THE YEAR IS CURT JOHNSON OF AKRON WESTFIELD. AND RECOGNITION OF THIS HONOR, A $1,000 CASH AWARD WILL BE MADE IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT TO FURTHER ENHANCE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES. HE HAS BEEN A SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AND COACH SINCE 1988. HIS COACHING DUTIES KEEP HIM BUSY YEAR-LONG. HE’S THE GIRL BASKETBALL COACH AND BOYS HEAD TRACK AND FIELD COACH. HE’S BEEN AN ASSISTANT SOFTBALL COACH FOR 13 YEARS. HIS DAUGHTER IS ALSO IN EDUCATION. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 CHARACTER COUNTS COACH OF THE YEAR, FROM AKRON WESTFIELD, CURT JOHNSON. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS AWARD IS AN INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION THAT HAS MADE ADVANCEMENT FOR IOWA GIRLS IN HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. THIS YEAR’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS AWARD IS THE MARSHALLTOWN YMCA/YWCA. THEY HAVE BEEN THE HOST OF THE GIRLS STATE SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE THE FACILITY OPENED IN 2004. THE STAFF MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS HAVE DEDICATED COUNTLESS HOURS OVER THE YEARS. THE MARSHALLTOWN YMCA/YWCA STAFF IS LED BY CAROL, WHO HAS BEEN THERE SINCE 1996, AND HAS BEEN THE ORGANIZATION’S CEO SINCE 2007. GARY SERVED WITH THE “Y” FOR 33 YEARS AND PROPERTY MANAGER FOR THE LAST 15. SHELLY HAS BEEN THE AQUATICS DIRECTOR FOR 10 YEARS AND HAS BEEN WITH THE “Y” FOR 14. THE THREE SERVICES THAT THE IHSAU FOR THE STATE SWIMMING AND DIVING MEET. THANK YOU FOR THE YMCA/YWCA FOR YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GIRLS. THE JACK NORTH AWARD IS THE HIGHEST HONOR THE ISCHA AWARDS. 2020 IS THE 19th TIME IN THE 93-YEAR HISTORY THAT THE AWARD HAS BEEN GIVEN OUT. THE RECIPIENTS OF THE JACK NORTH AWARD, ARE JERRY KINDER, LORI SMITH AND JERRY HUISHER. BETWEEN THE FOUR OF THEM, THEY HAVE A COMBINED 85 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. JERRY, A NATIVE OF GILMAN, HAS SERVED ON THE CREW FOR 20 YEARS. HE SPENT 33 YEARS AT DAYTON UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2017. JERRY HAS ALSO SPENT 44 YEARS OFFICIATING FOOTBALL, ALONG WITH GIRLS AND BOYS BASKETBALL, WORKING MANY POSTSEASON CONTESTS. KEVIN HAS THE LONGEST TENURE OF AN IGHSAU STATISTICIAN. HE’S BEEN A MEMBER OF THE STAT CREW FOR 30 YEARS AND WORKED IN THE SAME CAPACITY FOR DRAKE UNIVERSITY FOR OVER 30 SEASONS. KEVIN HAS WORKED FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AND THE NEW JERSEY NETS. HE’S BEEN WORKING FOR HY-VEE FOR 22 YEARS. HE HAS ONE SON, FINN. LORI’S BEEN PART OF THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR 17 YEARS. SHE’S AN IOWA GIRL THAT PLAYED VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL AND TRACK AT GREEN HIGH SCHOOL. IN ADDITION TO WORKING STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS, SHE’S BEEN A STATISTICIAN AT THE IGHSAU STATE TOURNAMENT AND THE COED TRACK AND FIELD MEET. LORI RESIDES IN URBANDALE WITH HER HUSBAND, STERLING. CORY HAS BEEN A PART OF 25 YEARS OF WORKING BOYS AND GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENTS. A GRADUATE OF GREEN HIGH SCHOOL AND LUTHER COLLEGE, HE’S WORKED IN THE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICES OF IOWA STATE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. CORY HAS BEEN A HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL IN BASKETBALL, BASEBALL AND BASKETBALL AND HAS OFFICIATED IN TWO STATE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS. A RESIDENT OF POLK CITY, HE WORKS AT WELLMARK BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD IN DES MOINES. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 RECIPIENTS OF THE JACK NORTH AWARD. THE GOLDEN PLAQUE OF DISTINCTION AWARD, AWARDS THE IOWA COACH THAT HAS A SUCCESSFUL CAREER WHILE MAKING NOTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOOL, COMMUNITY AND THE COACHING PROFESSION. PRESENTING THE AWARD IS GENE BERGER AND GARY ROSS. THE RECIPIENT IS WEST MARSHAL’S FRED ZELLER. FRED BEGAN HIS COACHING CAREER AS A JUNIOR HIGH COACH IN 1971 BEFORE BECOMING THE HEAD COACH OF LA PORTE CITY IN 1974. HE MOVED TO SOUTHEAST POLK FOR 2 YEARS AND FINISHED HIS 30th YEAR AT WEST MARSHAL. HIS TEAMS HAVE CAPTURED 14 CONFERENCE TITLES. HE IS THE WINNINGEST ACTIVE GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH IN THE STATE. AND HIS CAREER MARK OF 629 RANKS NINTH ON THE ALL-TIME LIST. HE WAS A MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACH AND COACHED GIRLS TRACK FOR 30 YEARS. AS A HEAD BASKETBALL COACH, NEARLY 300 WIN AND COACHED 5 STATE TOURNAMENT WINS. HE WAS NAMED DISTRICT AND REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR SEVERAL TIMES. IN 2003, HE WAS INDUCTED IN THE COACHES HALL OF FAME AND HONORED AS THE 2016-’17 IOWA GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH OF THE YEAR. FRED HAS 4 CHILDREN AND 11 GRANDCHILDREN. HIS WIFE SERVES AS A VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 GOLDEN PLAQUE OF DISTINCTION WINNER FROM WEST MARSHAL HIGH SCHOOL, FRED ZELLER. THE COOLEY SCHOLARSHIP HONORING THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY IS A $15,000 SCHOLARSHIP GIVEN ANNUALLY TO WHO REPRESENTS THE BEST IDEAL OF THE IOWA GIRL. ELLIE TWEET IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD. SHE WAS SELECTED FROM 92 APPLICANTS. SHE IS A FOUR-TIME STATE QUALIFIER AT THE STATE CROSS COUNTRY MEET. SHE IS ALSO A TWO-TIME STATE QUALIFIER IN THE COED TRACK AND FIELD MEET. SHE HAS BEEN A TWO-TIME ALL-STATE SELECTION IN CROSS COUNTRY AND A FOUR-TIME CONFERENCE HONOREE. AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT, WITH A 4.1 GPA, SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE HONOR SOCIETY, CHRISTIAN ATHLETES, AND HAS PARTICIPATED IN SPEECH, BAND AND FRESHMAN MENTORING AND SCHOOL PLAYS. SHE IS THE TREASURER OF THE SCHOOL PROGRAM. SHE IS THE PRESIDENT OF HER 4H CLUB. AND HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN VARIOUS SERVICE PROJECTS THROUGH SCHOOL, 4H AND CHURCH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 RECIPIENT OF THE COOLEY SCHOLARSHIP, FROM BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL, ELLIE TWEET.>>CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS TONIGHT. WEST BURLINGTON SENIOR, SAMANTHA DENAU IS EXCELLING IN THE CLASSROOM AND FINDING SUCCESS ON THE BASKETBALL COURT. AS TRAVIS GRAVEN DISCOVERED, HER JOURNEY FROM ZIMBABWE TO IOWA, HELPED HER TO DEVELOP A LOVE OF THE GAME, WHILE SHOWING OTHERS THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST SPORTS.>>GET DOWN. DIVE DOWN.>>THE GIRLS BASKETBALL PROGRAM AT WEST BURLINGTON IS ON THE RISE. THREE YEARS AGO, THEY WON TWO GAMES ALL SEASON. THEN, THE COACH ARRIVED AND MOLDED THE GIRLS TO TALENT. THEY WENT FROM 2 TO 13 WINS THE NEXT YEAR. THEY’VE WON 18 THIS YEAR.>>WE HAVE GREAT SPEED. AGGRESSIVE DEFENSIVELY AND OFFENSIVELY. WE THREW UP 30 SHOTS IN THE PAINT. THAT GOES A LONG WAY IN GIRLS BASKETBALL.>>THIS YEAR’S CAPTAIN AND SENIOR, SAMANTHA ZAU.>>IT’S NOT AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT. YOU PLAY WITH YOUR TEAMMATES, EVERYBODY WORKING AS ONE. ME, DOING MY BEST IN GAMES AND IN PRACTICE, HELPS OTHERS SEE, WE CAN DO THIS.>>SAM’S JOURNEY HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY. SHE WAS BORN IN ZIMBABWE. THE FAMILY LIVED IN THE CAPITAL CITY. BUT WHEN SAM WAS 9 YEARS OLD, EVERYTHING CHANGED.>>WE MOVED HERE BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. MY DAD WAS PERSECUTED. HE WAS A YOUTH LEADER. HE WOULD TAKE THEM ON YOUTH TRIPS. AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THOUGHT HE WAS PLANNING TO BUILD AN ARMY TO TAKE OVER.>>AROUND 2012, WE’RE LEADING UP TO AN ELECTION YEAR. AND THE GOVERNMENT FELT, WHAT WE WERE DOING, WITH THE LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND FELT AND THOUGHT IT WAS, MILITARY TRAINING FOR THE OPPOSITION PARTY.>>THEY PULLED THEM ASIDE AND ARE, LIKE, HEY, WHAT YOU’RE DOING DOESN’T LOOK RIGHT. THEY INTERROGATED HIM AND BEAT HIM, WHEN THEY DIDN’T THINK HIS ANSWERS WERE RIGHT. EVEN THOUGH HE IS TELLING THE TRUTH.>>LOTS OF STUFF WENT ON. WE FELT LIKE, IT WASN’T SAFE FOR US TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY ANYMORE. SO, WE PACKED UP AND WITH JUST THE SUITCASES WE HAD, WE MADE THE TRIP OUT TO DENVER.>>WHEN WE FIRST CAME HERE, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK OF IT. I MEAN, YOU SEE MOVIES ABOUT AMERICAN LIFE. GLAMOUR, SUPERFUN.>>SHE DIDN’T PLAY ORGANIZED BASKETBALL UNTIL THE FAMILY MOVED TO BURLINGTON AND SAM WAS IN EIGHTH GRADE. SHE DIDN’T KNOW A LOT OF THE RULES AND WAS BEHIND ON FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS.>>I ACTUALLY HATED BASKETBALL. GROWING UP, THE SCHOOL THAT WE WENT TO, WE HAD BASKETBALL AND P.E., GYM CLASS. DIDN’T LIKE IT. HATED IT.>>INITIALLY, SAM WAS A GUARD. SHE WAS UNCOMFORTABLE. THE PRESSURES OF HANDLING THE BALL AND BEING THE OFFENSIVE CATALYST GOT TO HER.>>A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. SHE WOULD COME HOME. SHE HAS A PERFECTIONIST STREAK TO HER. SHE SET HER MIND ON SOMETHING THAT SHE WANTS TO DO IT AND DO IT WELL. SHE BECAME FRUSTRATED WITH HERSELF, THAT SHE COULDN’T GET IT.>>SOPHOMORE YEAR AND JUNIOR YEAR, SHE WAS THINKING OF GIVING IT UP. IT WASN’T WORKING OUT FOR HER. AND IT WAS PART HER FAULT, THE COACHING STAFF, WE HAD HER IN THE STRONG SPOT. SHE WASN’T A GUARD BUT SHE WAS SO ATHLETIC. WE SAW THAT. IT DIDN’T WORK OUT. AS SOON AS IT MOVED HER INTO THE POST, LIGHTS WENT ON FOR HER. IT TOOK SOME OF THE PRESSURE OFF HER. HER MOVEMENTS WERE LESS. THE MOVEMENT SHE WAS MAKING WAS STRONGER. IT WAS A PERFECT FIT FOR HER.>>YEAH. THIS YEAR, THE WAY SHE’S BLOSSOMED IS INCREDIBLE.>>I THINK SHE REALLY CAME IN HER OWN WITH THE GAME. THEY WERE RANKED. THEY WERE A VERY GOOD 2A TEAM. THEY ALWAYS ARE. AT THE END OF THE GAME, WE PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IS REVERSE LAYUPS UNDER THE BASKET. SHE WEPT FOR IT. AND I’M LOOKING AT MY SISTER. SHE NAILED IT. SHE ENDED UP WINNING THE GAME AT HER PLACE. I THINK SHE HAS THE EXTRA BOOST OF CONFIDENCE.>>I PLAY BETTER WHEN I DON’T HAVE TO THINK A LOT. I OVERTHINK A LOT.>>WE WILL HAVE TEAM MEALS AT MY HOUSE. WE’LL ALL EAT IN THE KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM AREA. AND THE KIDS WATCH MOVIES AND HANG OUT AND HAVE FUN. SHE STAYS AT THE TABLE AND FINISHES HER HOMEWORK. WHEN SHE’S DONE, THEN, SHE WILL HANG OUT WITH THE KIDS. THAT’S HER NATURE. SHE WILL GET THAT HOMEWORK DONE BECAUSE THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. I LOVE THAT MY DAUGHTER PLAYS WITH HER BECAUSE SHE SEES THAT. IT’S A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR ALL OF MY KIDS.>>SHE’S INVOLVED IN A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES. BUT FAITH, FAMILY AND SCHOOL, TAKE PRIORITY OVER EVERYTHING ELSE. A YOUNGER TEAMMATE RECENTLY TOLD SAM, SHE WANTS TO BE MORE LIKE HER.>>WELL, YOU’LL BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL. SHE SEES SOMETHING SHE LIKES IN YOU THAT SHE LIKES TO EMULATE. YOU SHOULD TAKE THAT AS A COMPLEMENT.>>IF YOU WERE TO GO AROUND AND ASK PEOPLE AT SCHOOL, WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS SAM? SOMEONE WOULD TELL YOU THAT, I’M QUIET. KIND OF SHY. BUT I THINK MOST OF THEM KNOW THAT I HOPE MY ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN MY WORDS. I HOPE THAT I CAN SHOW PEOPLE THAT DOING GOOD IS GOOD.>>ONE OF THE TIME-HONORED TRADITIONS. WE HAVE TO SWEEP THE FLOOR IN TUXEDOS, AS BISHOP HEELAN HAS A TEN-POINT HALFTIME ADVANTAGE HERE, IN THE CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. A REMINDER THAT COVERAGE OF THE IOWA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HALFTIME FEATURES LIKE THE ONE WE JUST SAW, WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF IOWA PBS FANS LIKE YOU. MAKE A PLEDGE AT IOWA PBS.ORG. THANK YOU. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE HALFTIME HIGHLIGHTS, FIRST HALF. IT WAS NORTH POLK, TRYING TO GET THINGS INSIDE. JANE MURPHY WAS BIG IN THE QUARTER AND SEMIFINALS. TRYING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IN THE FINAL. SHE GETS THE JUMP PASS TO PHIPPS. NINE FIRST HALF POINTS. HITTING FROM ALL CORNERS. ELLA SKINNER. NOW, SHE IS RUNNING THE BREAK. SKINNER HAS BEEN A HANDFUL FOR DEFENSES, LIKE CLEAR LAKE. ALL RIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO GO DOWN FIRST AND TALK WITH CLINT ALBERTSEN. THEN, WE WILL GET TO OUR HALFTIME COACHES. COACH, YOU HAVE A 1-3-1 THAT YOU’RE HAVING A HARD TIME WORKING THROUGH. IT’S HARD TO BREAK THINGS DOWN IN A SHORT TURNAROUND. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE IN THE SECOND HALF?>>WE HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ATTACKING GAPS AND JUST MOVING TO PASS. NOT THROWING THE BALL THROUGH HANDS. AND WE’VE GOT TO PUT SOME PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT SPOTS AND TRY SOME OTHER THINGS, TO GET SOME BETTER LOOKS. WE TURN THE BALL OVER WAY TOO MUCH.>>AND, MAGGIE PHIPPS. TRYING TO GET HER BACK IN THE GAME. HOW DO YOU DO THAT?>>A MATTER OF MOVING THE BALL AND EXECUTING BETTER. THAT WILL GET EVERYBODY BACK IN THE GAME. EVERYBODY MOVING THE BALL BETTER. THAT OPENS UP THE SHOT FOR EVERYBODY.>>THANK YOU, COACH.>>THAT WAS COACH CLINT ALBERTSEN OF NORTH POLK. LET’S TALK TO THE COACHES THAT KNOW THESE TWO TEAMS REALLY WELL. COACH SMITH, YOU HAD TO PLAY HEELAN. AND YOU HEARD WHAT CLINT SAID. YOU MENTIONED IT. YOU SAID THE EXACT SAME THING WHEN YOU CAME UP HERE, THAT ZONE. WHAT’S SO HARD ABOUT THAT ZONE?>>THEY HAVE A LOT OF ATHLETES THAT CAN COVER A LOT OF GROUND, THAT HAS GOOD PRESENCE INSIDE. YOU KNOW, IN THE FIRST GAME, CHRISTIAN HAD SEVEN STEALS. THEY — WHEN YOU GET THE STEALS, THEY GET TRANSITION POINTS. A GIRL UP TOP THAT UNDERSTANDS IS GOING TO IOWA, TO BE A CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER. THEY HAVE ATHLETES ON THE COURT THAT RUN REALLY WELL.>>A VETERAN GROUP AND A FRESHMAN POPS OFF FOR FIVE POINTS. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENS.>>YOU HAVE TO COME OUT HERE.>>COACH, IF YOU’RE IN THAT NORTH POLK, YOU KNOW THAT MURPHY HAS THE ABILITY TO POP OFF. AND YOU KNOW PHIPPS HAS THAT ABILITY TO POP OFF. HOW DO YOU GET THEM INVOLVED EVEN MORE? COACH SIDE, YOU HAVE TO PASS IT MORE.>>THE 1-3-1, THEY ARE IN THE PASSING LANES, AS WELL. THEY’RE DISRUPTING THE OFFENSE. AND THE TIMING IS OFF. THIS TEAM, NORTH POLK, IS MADE ON PENETRATING AND KICKING OUT. THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO PENETRATE. ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS, YOU RUN THE TOP GIRL AND THE SECOND GIRL. HOW MANY CHARGES HAVE THEY TAKEN TONIGHT.>>AT LEAST TWO. THEY HAVE TO GET A BASELINE RUNNER OR A PRO DIAGONAL. AND LOOK AT THE PASSING TO GET THEM IN A RHYTHM.>>YOU’VE BEEN IN THE LOCKER ROOM, WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AT HALF. WHAT DO YOU DO TO TRY TO GET THAT BAD TASTE, FLUSH IT AND MOVE ON?>>THEY HAVE TO BE WHO THEY ARE.>>PRECIOUS YOUR TIME. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. CONGRATS ON A GREAT SEASON.>>THANK YOU.>>LET’S GO BACK ON THE FLOOR FOR OUR SECOND HALF AVERAGE. COVERAGE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PAUL. WE LOOK AT TEAM STATISTICS HERE FROM THIS — NOT MANY FREE THROWS. THE DEFENSE HAS BEEN MAKING GOOD FOOTWORK OUT OF THE CHARGES.>>THAT’S WHAT IT IS. THEY’RE TAKING CHARGES AND NOT ALLOWING THEM TO DRAW FOULS TO GET TO THE FREE-THROW LINE. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING AGGRESSIVE AND OUT OF CONTROL. 18 TURNOVERS. A LOT OF THE TURNOVERS WERE THE CHARGES. AND SO, IN ORDER FOR NORTH POLK TO GET BACK IN THIS BALL GAME, THEY HAVE TO ATTACK UNDER CONTROL.>>BISHOP HEELAN, THREE PLAYERS SCORING SEVEN. NORTH POLK, ONLY THREE PLAYERS SCORED IN THE OPENING HALF. BUT THIS IS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL GAME. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. WE TALKED ABOUT BOTH TEAMS, SEMIFINAL CONTESTS. JACKIE, HAVING TO DO WITH RUNS. YOU HAD BISHOP HEELAN. THEY ONLY LED 1:30. TRAILED BY 12 AGAINST CLEAR LAKE. THEY CAME BACK. RIGHT NOW, THEY HAVE THE LEAD. NORTH POLK HELD OFF A FURIOUS RALLY TO GET IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>THEY’RE IN FLIP-FLOP POSITIONS HERE. HEELAN IN THIS TOURNAMENT, BEING THE TEAM THAT’S COME FROM BEHIND. AND NORTH POLK, YESTERDAY, THE ONE THAT HAD TO FEND THEM OFF. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW EACH TEAM COMES OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM.>>HEELAN IN WHITE, BEGINNING WITH A TEN-POINT LEAD TO START THE THIRD QUARTER.>>STANLEY, AVERAGES 12 1/2 PER GAME. NORTH POLK, THE QUICK BASKET BY BOATMAN. HIT A THREE IN THAT FIRST HALF. STARTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER.>>THAT DIFFERENTIAL CAN GO QUICKLY ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.>>TIMEOUT TAKEN BY BISHOP HEELAN. DARRON KOOLSTRA, IN HIS 11th SEASON. SEVEN STATE TOURNAMENT TRIPS. LET’S LISTEN IN.>>WHEN YOU GET IN TROUBLE, GET A HANDOFF IF YOU HAVE TO.>>HEY, LET’S RUN JOJO. OKAY? YOU COME OFF OF THE SCREEN, YOU CAN TAKE HIM WITH HIS RIGHT HAND. OR KICK OUT TO KATIE IN THE CORNER. ONE, TWO, THREE.>>THE FIRST THING WE HEARD THE TWO COACHES SAY, WE’RE OKAY. WE HAVE TO LOVE THAT CALMNESS COMING FROM YOUR HEAD, IN AN ASSISTANT COACH. WHEN YOU’RE CALM, THEY WILL FEEL COME AS A PLAYER. THE IFFY START FOR HEELAN OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM. THEY WILL TRY TO GET SOMETHING GOING HERE.>>BOTH TEAMS WITH STATE TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE. THIS IS SKINNER WORKING HARD INSIDE.>>NOT GIVING SKINNER ANYTHING EASY. BUT THE HUSTLE PLAY BY STANLEY.>>WOW.>>SKINNER, THE SHOT. OFF THE MARK. THIS IS ZIMMER GETTING FOULED. AESOPH WILL GET WHISTLED FOR HER FIRST PERSONAL. SECOND.>>THE 1-3-1 HAS BEEN GOOD FOR THEM ALL SEASON LONG.>>FOR EACH KOOLSTRA, FOR HEELAN, UNTIL NORTH POLK PROVES THEY CAN BEAT THE 1-3-1, YOU HAVE TO STICK WITH IT, RIGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY. AND TO BE HONEST, HEELAN WILL STICK WITH IT FOR A LONG TIME, EVEN IF IT’S NOT GOING WELL. HE JOKED YESTERDAY, SOMETIMES HIS ASSISTANT, JEFF DONALDSON, WILL STAY IN IT A COUPLE OF EXTRA POSSESSION. JUST SO WHEN HE WATCHES FILM AFTER THE GAME, HE CAN SEE WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHY IT’S NOT WORKING.>>OFFENSIVE REBOUND, BY COOKE. FLIPS IT TO STANLEY. STANLEY WITH A BIG BASKET IN THE THIRD QUARTER. CRUSADERS BACK UP BY TEN. COACH DONALDSON HAS EXPERIENCE AS FAMILY COACHES GO. HE HANDLES THE DEFENSE. THAT BASKET BY LUCY SCHAFFER, THE SOPHOMORE. A 1983 GRAD, PLAYED SIOUX CITY NORTH. HE IS IN THE HALL OF FAME. MENTIONED, THE 1-3-1. HE’S FAMOUS RIGHT NOW, JACKIE, BECAUSE HE’S THE DAD OF AN IOWA GIRL. BRITTANY DONALDSON, AN ASSISTANT COACH WITH THE TORONTO RAPTORS. THIS LAST SUMMER, WHEN SHE WAS NAMED ASSISTANT COACH, YOUNGEST COACH IN THE NBA. YOUNGEST ASSISTANT COACH, MALE OR FEMALE.>>IT GIVES ME THE GOOSEBUMPS EVERY TIME WE TALK ABOUT IT. AND IT’S NEAT TO SEE HOW THE TWO OF THEM WORK TOGETHER. BRIT IS SO INTO ANALYTICS AND TALKS ABOUT HOW HER DAD IS INTO ANALYTICS. AND DARRON KOOLSTRA HAS APPRECIATED WHAT HE HAS BROUGHT TO THE PROGRAM AND THE WORK HE PUTS IN. I TALKED TO BRITTANY DONALDSON YESTERDAY. DOES HE GET IT FROM YOU OR DO YOU GET IT FROM HIM? HE SAID, I THINK IT’S A LITTLE OF BOTH.>>THE INTERESTING PART OF THAT PHOTO, ON THE BOSTON CELTICS HOME COURT. HE IS WEARING A RAPTORS SHIRT. FIVE YEARS AGO, THAT WOULD HAVE HURT HIM REAL BAD. GREW UP A CELTICS FAN. BRITTANY WAS A DIE-HARD CELTICS FAN. WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER IS COACHING THE TORONTO RAPTORS, IT’S EASY TO SWITCH ALLIANCES. SKINNER SWATS THE SHOT ATTEMPT BY SCHAFFER. SCHAFFER, ONE FOR THREE, IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. TWO POINTS, ONE OF FOUR NORTH POLK PLAYERS, NOW THAT HAVE SCORED. THE FEED IN FOR MURPHY. MURPHY LEFT IT SHORT, GETS IT BACK. PUTBACK, IS GOOD. MURPHY, CLOSING IN ON A DOUBLE-DOUBLE. 11 POINTS AND 9 REBOUNDS. AND OFFENSIVE CHARGE TAKEN BY MAGGIE PHIPPS.>>YOU CAN SEE THE EMOTION COMING FROM MAGGIE PHIPPS TAKING THAT CHARGE. THAT IS MAGGIE PHIPPS’ SECOND CHARGE SHE’S TAKEN, THIS TIME, ON KATIE COOKE, FOR HEELAN. SHE HAS GOT A MOTOR — PHIPPS HAS HER MOTOR GOING AFTER THAT ONE.>>PHIPPS, WITH THREE-POINTS, SO FAR IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, SITTING OUT ON THE CORNER. THAT’S A GOOD LOOK FROM THREE. KNOCKS IT IN.>>HE HASN’T GONE IN A TON OF OPEN, CLEAN LOOKS. WHEN SHE HAS, SHE HAS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THOSE AND KNOCKED THEM DOWN.>>HER SECOND TRIPLE OF THE GAME. SKINNER, OFF THE MARK. NORTH POLK, LOOKING TO ATTACK. HERE’S MURPHY INSIDE. GETS TIED UP BY COOKE. POSSESSION ERROR. WILL GIVE IT BACK TO THE CRUSADERS.>>AS WE GET TO LOOK HERE AT THE PHIPPS BUCKET. THAT OPENED UP BECAUSE OF THE AGGRESSIVE PLAY OFFENSIVELY, ENGAGING A COUPLE OF DEFENDERS WHICH OPENED UP THE CLEAR, QUICK PASS TO PHIPPS.>>THIS IS COOKE, FROM THE CORNER. RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BISHOP HEELAN BENCH. SHE KNOCKS IT IN.>>IT’S A PHIPPS/COOK BACK AND FORTH CHALLENGE HERE GOING ON. COOKE, WITH 18 POINTS. SKINNER LOST IT OUT OF BOUNDS.>>THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN FOR ELLA SKINNER. SHE DOES HAVE THE ABILITY TO CATCH IN THE HIGH POST, ELBOW, FREE-THROW LINE AREA AND TAKE IT STRONG, JUST LIKE YOU WOULD SEE A GUARD DO. JUST LOST THE HANDLE ON IT THAT TIME.>>PHIPPS ATTACKS THE ZONE. THREE-POINT TRY IS GOOD. THAT’S SCHAFFER FROM THE WING. NORTH POLK STARTING TO HEAT UP FROM OUTSIDE. PHIPPS, FOR COOKE. THE PUTBACK FOR SKINNER IS GOOD.>>HOW ABOUT SKINNER, CATCHING IT NOT IN POSITION. SHE USED HER STRENGTH TO GET EXACTLY WHERE SHE WANTED TO BE FOR THE EASY LAYUP. MURPHY THREADS THE NEEDLE. SCHAFFER GETS BLOCKED. STANLEY COMES UP WITH A BIG DEFENSIVE PLAY. BUT SCHAFFER STAYS WITH IT, AND GETS THE JUMP BALL.>>WE’RE CONTINUING TO SEE GREAT HUSTLE PLAYS FROM BOTH TEAMS. I WOULD EXPECT NOTHING LESS THAN THAT, BRAD, IN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>THREE-POINT SHOT FROM FOSTER. STRONG. NEARLY A STEAL FOR BOATMAN. AESOPH OFF THE MARK, AND PHIPPS WITH THE REBOUND. NOW, DRAWS A DOUBLE-TEAM. THE PRESSURE DEFENSE FROM THE CRUSADERS. IF THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRACK, THEY WILL TRACK ANYWHERE ON THE FLOOR.>>THEY WILL. AND THAT IS LED BY AMBER AESOPH, WE MENTIONED IS GOING TO RUN TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY. THAT’S WHY SHE IS ABLE TO DEFEND THAT WAY ALL GAME. HERE ON THE OTHER END, BRAD, SOMETHING HERE AND THE BANK SHOT.>>THIS NORTH END, IN WELLS FARGO ARENA, THE GLASS IS FRIENDLY. SKINNER FIGHTS INSIDE.>>SHE DIDN’T CALL BANK HERE, I DON’T THINK. LET’S WATCH. I’M NOT SURE. SHE GOT IT ANYWAY, BRAD.>>IT’S ALL-SMILES. BISHOP HEELAN GOT TWO IN THE FIRST HALF. PHIPPS AND POLK, GET ONE HERE, IN THE THIRD QUARTER. WE MAY HAVE ONE MORE, JACKIE.>>I THINK SO. THE JUNIOR, PLAYING IN HER THIRD STATE TOURNAMENT. SECOND YEAR AS A STARTER FOR ZIMMER. SIX-POINT LEAD. BISHOP HEELAN. HERE’S SCHAFFER. LOSES IT. MURPHY, SAVING THE POSSESSION. 20 SECONDS TO PLAY, THIRD QUARTER. PHIPPS, SWINGS IT TO THE CORNER. THAT’S BLOCKED BY COOKE. GETS IT TO STANLEY. TO SKINNER. NOW AHEAD, TO SESOPH. AMBER AESOPH.>>THAT’S THE TYPE OF BASKETBALL THAT HEELAN WANTS TO PLAY. I THOUGHT NORTH POLK DIDN’T DO AS GOOD OF A JOB AS THEY SHOULD HAVE, ON THAT TURNOVER. AND THEY HUNG AROUND THE BALL, INSTEAD OF SPRINTING BACK ON DEFENSE. AND THEY ALLOWED A HEELAN PLAYER TO GET BEHIND THEIR HEAD.>>LET’S CHECK IN WITH LINT ALBERTSEN.>>THE OFFENSE IS BETTER, DEFENSIVELY. STAY IN MAN. WE ARE GOING 33 WHEN WE MAKE. 33 WHEN WE SCORE. YOU ARE IN THE FRONT. YOU ARE IN THE BACK. YOU ARE IN THE BACK. OKAY? YOU HAVE TO GET THE BASKET PROTECTED. GETTING THE TEMPO. SOME MISSES, THAT’S GOOD. YOU STAY LOW, IN OFFENSE. YOU RUN THE BASELINE. YOU GUYS ARE THREE-OUT HIGH. CYCLE THROUGH. KEEP DRIVING AND CREATING. HERE WE GO. LEADING THE NORTH POLK COMMENTS. HIS THIRD TRIP TO STATE. HE WAS POINTING AT MURPHY. THAT’S YOUR AGGRESSIVE DEFENSIVE PLAYER.>>YOU BET, BRAD. COACH ALBERTSEN FEELS THE MOMENTUM ON FOR HIS SQUAD. THEY WANT THE PRESSURE DEFENSE ON MAKE.>>HAS IT RIPPED AWAY. BOXER HAS A HAND ON IT. AND NOW, TIED UP BY MEIS AND SCHAFFER. AND SCHAFFER IS JUST ON THE FLOOR ALL THE TIME FOR NORTH POLK. POPPED IN THE NOSE YESTERDAY. AND SOMEONE ASKED HER, WHAT OTHER BROKEN BONES HAVE YOU HAD? SHE WENT THROUGH THE LIST. A BROKEN FINGER. COLLARBONE, A BROKEN FOOT.>>JUST A KID THAT’S WILLING TO PUT HER BODY ON THE FLOOR. NOT LOOKING AT SCRATCHES AND NICKS HERE.>>TALKING ABOUT LAST YEAR’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. REALLY GOOD MINUTES. MURPHY CAN’T GET IT TO FALL. BISHOP HEELAN, TEN YEARS AGO, WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. TRYING TO DO IT AGAIN. IN 2020. SKINNER WILL GO TO THE FREE-THROW LINE. 2010, THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. TEN YEARS AGO, TO THE DAY, MARCH 6th –>>NO WAY.>>COACH KOOLSTRA, HIS FIRST STATE TITLE. COLLECTED HIS 200th CAREER WIN THIS YEAR. GOT IT STARTED IN 2010.>>THEY CAN KEEP DOING WHAT THEY’RE DOING HERE DEFENSIVELY. CAN GET ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT WILL BE A SPECIAL DAY FOR COACH DARRON KOOLSTRA.>>THE FEED INSIDE FOR MURPHY. STANLEY, A FOUR-YEAR STARTER FOR BISHOP HEELAN. ONE OF TWO 1,000-POINT CAREER SCORERS. SKINNER JUST PICKED UP ANOTHER FOUL.>>SKINNER, ON ONE END, GETTING REBOUNDS. MURPHY ON THE OTHER END, THEY HAVE TO BOX EACH OTHER OUT.>>PICKS UP HER THIRD FOUL. MURPHY HAS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE. 11 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS. 6:30 TO PLAY. SEASON AVERAGE IS 13 POINTS, 7 REBOUNDS PER GAME. PLAYING PHYSICAL INSIDE. GETS ONE OF TWO. DEFICIT, BACK TO EIGHT.>>SEEING NORTH POLK’S DEFENSE AFTER MADE SHOTS. TRYING TO TURN UP THE PRESSURE. SEE IF THEY CAN GET SOME TURNOVERS OF THEIR OWN. HAD NOWHERE TO GO WITH IT.>>GREAT HEADS-UP PLAY THERE.>>TURNS THE CORNER, ON MURPHY. THE KICKOUT. MEIS, NOT THIS TIME. SEVEN POINTS IN THAT FIRST HALF. TIPPED AWAY TO AESOPH. SCHAFFER WILL TAKE THE SHOT. SKINNER, A STRONG REBOUND. TIES HER UP AND GETS THROWN TO THE FLOOR. THEY HAVE A JUMP BALL CALLED. POSSESSION AR ROW. FAVORS BISHOP HEELAN.>>LET’S LOOK AT THE LAST POSSESSION. TYING UP, REBOUNDS. THEY ARE DOING A GOOD, CLEAN JOB OF GETTING THEIR HANDS ON THE BALL FOR THE TIE-UPS.>>STANLEY GETS IT TO SKINNER. STANLEY, DRIVING, ALL THE WAY TO THE RIM. REBOUNDED BY ZIMMER. SCHAFFER, THE DRIVE, HAS PHIPPS IN THE CORNER. BUT A THREE-SECOND VIOLATION, CALLED ON NORTH POLK. UNDER FIVE MINUTES TO PLAY. IT’S AN EIGHT-POINT LEAD FOR BISHOP HEELAN, 2019. THEY MADE IT TO THE SEMIFINALS OF THE 4A TOURNAMENT. AUSTIN NORTH SCOTT. NOW, IN THE 3A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. AND A TIMEOUT TAKEN BY COACH KOOLSTRA. AND LET’S LISTEN IN TO THE CRUSADERS’ HUDDLE, AS THEY HAVE AN EIGHT-POINT LEAD, OVER NORTH POLK.>>WHAT PLAY DO YOU WANT ON HERE?>>WE’RE THROWING AMERICA WITH A FLIP.>>OKAY. WE GOT OTHER THINGS. WE GOT TO — GET A GOOD LEAD. LET’S GET A GOOD LEAD.>>I UNDERSTAND.>>RUN BELOW.>>IT WILL BE ONE-ON-ONE. YOU GET IT, IF NOT, GET IT IN THE BACKCOURT.>>DON’T FORCE IT. WE’RE GOING TO RUN — WE’RE GOING TO RUN AMERICA. BUT I WANT YOU TO FLIP. UNDERSTAND? YOU’RE GOING TO BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE. YOU’RE GOING TO DRIBBLE AT KATIE. KATIE IS GOING TO COME AROUND, AND FLIP. HERE WE GO. IF IT’S NOT, JUST POST UP. HERE WE GO. ONE, TWO, THREE.>>BRAD, I THINK THERE, COACH KOOLSTRA IS FEELING — PRESSURE HAS PICKED UP FROM NORTH POLK. ALL FIVE DEFENDERS PLAYING MAN-TO-MAN, HAVE EXTENDED OUT. SO, HE FEELS LIKE HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET THE SLIP. ALTHOUGH, THEY HAD ANOTHER SHOT OPEN. AND YOU GOT TO MAKE READS AND GO WITH IT.>>NORTH POLK, CHIPPING INTO THAT EIGHT-POINT LEAD. SCHAFFER FIRES THE THREE. MURPHY, ANOTHER REBOUND. SCHAFFER, DRIVES, AND DRAWS THE BLOCKING FOUL, AS COOK, TRIED TO TAKE ANOTHER CHARGE.>>THAT’S A NICE JOB BY LUCY SCHAFFER, OF BEING AGGRESSIVE AND SHIFTING HER BODY TO AVOID THE DIRECT CONTACT TO COOKE.>>BOTH TEAMS WITH JUST THREE TEAM FOULS IN THIS SECOND HALF. AND SCHAFFER MISSES THEM BOTH. SKINNER CLEARS THE REBOUND. COOKE, TO SKINNER. SKINNER WITH ANOTHER BUCKET. SHE HAS 13.>>THAT’S A BIG ONE, BRAD. UNDER FOUR MINUTES TO GO, TO EXTEND THAT LEAD UP TO TEN.>>SKINNER WITH 24 POINTS IN THE SEMIFINALS, AND 19 IN THE QUARTERFINALS. EACH BASKET IS SO BIG, DOWN THE STRETCH.>>KATIE COOKE DRIVES BASELINE. DROVE FAR ENOUGH TO ENGAGE MURPHY TO SKINNER AND OPENS UP SKINNER WITH THE LAYUP.>>LET’S SEE HOW NORTH POLK COUNTERS.>>GO LOW. WE HAVE TO GO 14, FULL-COURT MAN. FULL-COURT MAN. WE HAVE TO GET A TRAP. ALL RIGHT? SAME THING. WHEN YOUR KID HAS IT, GIVE ONE SO WE GET OUR TOTAL UP A LITTLE BIT. OKAY? WHEN THEY SHOOT IT, THEY GOT TO REBOUND IT. IT’S ABOUT GETTING THE REBOUND. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE BEST SHOT WE CAN, IN A QUICK MANNER. OKAY? PRETTY QUICKLY. WE NEED TO GET SOMETHING — WE NEED TO GET SOMETHING AS QUICK AS WE CAN GOOD. LET’S GO.>>DOWN TEN.>>EARLIER IN THE GAME, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE CALM, COOL, COLLECTED COACHES ON THE BENCH. THAT WAS A GREAT JOB BY COACH ALBERTSEN. STAY CALM. THEY CAN’T GET IT BACK IN ONE POSSESSION. JUST GOING THROUGH THE LITTLE THINGS THEY NEED TO DO TO CUT DOWN THIS LEAD IN THE FINAL 3:30. ALBERTSEN, IN HIS SEVENTH YEAR. HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER. ALSO TEACHES BOYS’ GOLF AND MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL. TRYING TO BRING A STATE BASKETBALL TITLE TO NORTH POLK. COOKE TAKES ANOTHER CHARGE.>>THAT’S CHARGE NUMBER FIVE, BRAD. WE’LL GET ANOTHER LOOK AT A SCHOOL BOOK CHARGE HERE. STAND STRAIGHT UP. SETS THE FEET. WHAT’S INTERESTING, THIS HAS GOT TO BE RARE. A YEAR AGO IN THE SEMIFINALS, KATIE COOKE TOOK FIVE CHARGES. NOW, A YEAR LATER, THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, ANOTHER FIVE CHARGES.>>STANDING IN THERE, AND TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM. FIVE TIMES OVER. STANLEY GETS FOULED BY PHIPPS. HER FIRST.>>HEELAN IS GOING TO DO ANYTHING THEY CAN RIGHT NOW, TO STAY PATIENT, MAKE CLEAN PASSES.>>STANLEY OFF OF A SKINNER SCREEN. AND THE TRIPLE TEAM COMES. AND THE FOUL BELIEVES THEY WILL GET SCHAFFER HERE. AND THEY DO. GOES ON SCHAFFER. AND THAT’S NUMBER FOUR ON LUCY SCHAFFER.>>YOU ASKED A COUPLE MINUTES AGO, BRAD, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS AMOUNT OF TIME LEFT. AND IT’S NOT NECESSARILY COME DOWN AND CHUCK THREES. YOU HAVE TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND GET EASY BUCKETS. MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, TEAMS UP THIS LATE IN THE GAME DON’T WANT TO FOUL.>>AND PHIPPS MISSED THE TWO. HUSTLED BACK DEFENSIVELY. AND FORCED A MISS BY COOKE.>>MAGGIE PHIPPS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE PLAYERS YOU’LL EVER MEET. THAT’S JUST A JOB RIGHT THERE, SHOWING THAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE HEELAN EARN EVERY BASKET THEY GET THE REST OF THE WAY.>>THE DEFENDER FIRES A THREE. SCHAFFER GOES TO THE BENCH. LUCY OUT. LUCY SCHAFFER IN. THE FRESHMAN. CHASING STANLEY. NORTH POLK, TRYING TO CONTINUE TO SPEED THIS GAME UP HERE.>>THEY ARE, BRAD.>>THEY SURE ARE. AND THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IT WITH THE FULL-COURT PRESSURE. CREDIT HEELAN WHO, CALM AND COLLECTIVELY, HAVE MADE THE PASSES THEY NEEDED TO MAKE, TO GET IT ACROSS HALF-COURT, TO TAKE MORE TIME OFF OF THE CLOCK AND TURN THE BALL OVER AGAINST THAT PRESSURE DEFENSE.>>STANLEY UP TO THE FREE-THROW LINE. 5 1/2 REBOUNDS. SHE’S DONE IT ON THE BOARDS TONIGHT. 4.7 REBOUNDS. IN THE GAME FOR PRATT, THE SENIOR. SECOND FREE THROW, GOOD FOR STANLEY. SCHAFFER FIRES THE THREE. IT’S GOOD. THE LEAD BACK TO NINE. AND A TIMEOUT TAKEN BY BISHOP HEELAN HEAD COACH, DARRON KOOLSTRA. NORTH POLK, THE THREE-POINTER DOESN’T HURT, IF YOU GET A GOOD LOOK. SCHAFFER GOT A GOOD LOOK. GETTING IN NOW. HEAD COACH, DARRON KOOLSTRA, WITH HEELAN.>>I WANT TO GET THE BALL TO YOU, ON — YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE HER SPOT. CLEAR OUT OF THERE. OKAY? GOT IT? ONE, TWO, THREE.>>COACH IS REFERRING TO THE PRESS BREAK AND CHANGING UP THE POSITIONS. HE WANTS THE BALL IN STANLEY’S HANDS.>>ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTERS, SKINNER AND STANLEY. EXCELLENT AT THE FREE-THROW LINE, AS IS AESOPH.>>STANLEY HERE, ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN, WILL USE ALL OF THE SPACE SHE NEEDS TO GET THAT OPEN PASS.>>HAS THE DRIBBLE TO REACH-IN. BY LUCY SCHAFFER, WILL BE NUMBER FIVE, ON LUCY SCHAFFER, THE SOPHOMORE, WHO HIT THE FREE THROWS TO SEAL THE WIN IN THE SEMIFINALS, FINISHED WITH 12 POINTS. SCHAFFER EXITS THE TOUGH DEFENDER.>>IT IS, BRAD. I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING. SHE’S SUCH A FIGHTER AND BRINGS SO MUCH ENERGY TO THIS TEAM.>>ANNA FASTER CHECKS IN. PHIPPS WITH THE DRIBBLE. MURPHY FOR THREE. BANKS IT IN. I TOLD YOU, WE WOULD GET A SECOND ONE.>>ALL FOUR BANK SHOTS ON THIS HOOP. YOU CALLED IT, BRAD.>>I CALLED IT. WE HAVE A SIX-POINT GAME, THOUGH.>>PLENTY OF TIME.>>PUSH TO A SIDE. GET A TRAP, ALL RIGHT? AND GETS TO THE FRONT PART. YOU HAVE HAVE TO GIVE THEM. HAVE TO REBOUND. YOU GOT THE BALL. DID. LET’S GO.>>NORTH POLK, DOWN SIX. BISHOP HEELAN, TRYING TO HOLD ON. THEY LED BY AS MANY AS 14. THE BASKETBALL PASS TO SKINNER. SKINNER, ABLE TO FINISH.>>GREAT PLAY CALL, BRAD. WHAT A PHENOMENAL JOB BY ELLIS SKINNER OF STAYING UNDER CONTROL. NOT RUSHING THE LAYUP. USING HER PIVOT AND STAYING CALM.>>SKINNER WITH 15 POINTS. PHIPPS DRAWS THE DOUBLE-TEAM. A FOUL IN THE CORNER. GOING TO GO ON COOKE.>>TAKE A LOOK HERE. SUCH A GREAT JOB. SHE’S A POST PLAYER BUT HAS THE ABILITY TO GET THE BALL IN TRANSITION, TAKE IT TO THE RIM, STAY UNDER CONTROL, JUMP STOP AND NICELY FINISH.>>POETMAN, THE RUNNER. MURPHY, REBOUND. PUTBACK OFF THE RIM. FIGHTING FOR IT IS STANLEY, WHO COMES AWAY WITH THE BASKETBALL. FINAL MINUTE. AND A FOUL OUT BY THE FREE-THROW LINE. AS STANLEY HAS BEEN SO GOOD WITH THE BASKETBALL THIS SECOND HALF.>>SHE HAS. WE’VE SEEN WHAT A HIGH BASKETBALL I.Q. STANLEY HAS. DARRON KOOLSTRA HAS TALKED ABOUT HER ALL FOUR YEARS SHE WAS A STARTER. AS A FRESHMAN. DOESN’T ALWAYS DO IT FROM A SCORING COLUMN. SHE IS CONTRIBUTING IN OTHER WAYS. SHE’S A FLOOR GENERAL OUT THERE.>>COMING UP WITH A NUMBER OF STEALS. LEADING THAT HEELAN DEFENSE. THIS IS A DEFENSE, FORCED 22 TURNOVERS IN THE QUARTERFINALS. 21 TURNOVERS IN THE SEMIFINALS. THEY HAVE TURNED NORTH POLK OVER 23 TIMES. THEY HAVE FORCED A GIVEAWAY.>>THAT’S PHENOMENAL, BRAD. THEY FORCED 30 TURNOVERS IN THIS GAME. THEY SAY DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. STANLEY, ON THE BLOCK ATTEMPT.>>AFTER THE QUARTERFINAL GAME, COACH KOOLSTRA WAS GETTING INTERVIEWED. WELL, DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. BISHOP HEELAN, STATE CHAMPIONS, 2009. STATE RUNNERS-UP, 2010. STATE CHMPS AND LOOKING TO ADD ANOTHER TITLE TO THEIR LIST. REACHED THE SEMIS A SEASON AGO. AND JUST MOTIVATED TO GET BACK. THE SENIORS ON THIS YEAR’S TEAM, INCLUDED A SENIOR THAT TURNED HERSELF INTO A MANAGER. SECOND AND THIRD GRADE THROUGH THE JUNIOR SEASON. AND STARTED TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM. BUT I WASN’T ANY GOOD AND I KNEW IT. SHE’S A MANAGER. HAS AN iPAD ON THE END OF THE BENCH. TRACKING STATS THROUGH THE ENTIRE GAME. SHE KNOWS THE ROTATION. SHE KNOWS WHO IS DOING WELL. AND THIS YEAR’S SENIORS, THEY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I’M PART OF THE TEAM. IT FEELS JUST AS MUCH AS A STATE TITLE FOR HER, AS IT DOES, THE PLAYERS ON THE COURT.>>HOW COOL IS THAT? I LOVE THAT STORY, BRAD.>>TIMEOUT TAKEN. SEVEN-POINT LEAD FOR BISHOP HEELAN. NORTH POLK, OUT OF TIMEOUTS. LET’S LISTEN TO DARRON KOOLSTRA.>>WE’RE NOT GOING LONG.>>WANTING IT TO GO STRAIGHT DOWN.>>WE WENT THE OPPOSITE WAY.>>30 SECONDS.>>ONE, TWO, THREE.>>GO.>>THE COACHES, ABLE TO TELL THEM WHAT THEY SEE. THE COACHES ABLE TO MAKE THE DECISION. SUCH A GOOD DYNAMIC BETWEEN THE PLAYERS AND COACHES.>>HERE’S A STEAL BY NORTH POLK. AND ONE OPPORTUNITY. THE BASKET BY ABI ZIMMER.>>A GREAT READ DEFENSIVELY.>>A FREE THROW TO MAKE IT FOUR OFF THE MARK. SKINNER, WITH THE REBOUND AND THE FOUL ON MURPHY. THAT WILL BE NUMBER FOUR ON MURPHY.>>THE MOMENTUM IN THIS ARENA SHIFTED AFTER THAT PLAY. THAT’S A BIG REBOUND FOR ELLA SKINNER TO TAKE DOWN.>>SKINNER STEPS UP TO THE FREE-THROW LINE. 15 POINTS, SEVEN REBOUNDS. HER SKATE TOURNAMENT HAS INCLUDED A 24-POINT SEMIFINAL PERFORMANCE. SEVEN STEALS, FOUR REBOUNDS IN THE QUARTERFINAL WIN OVER DES MOINES CHRISTIAN. AND THE FREE THROWS PUSHED THE LEAD TO SEVEN. BACK TO THREE POSSESSIONS. PHIPPS, WITH URGENCY. LAYUP WON’T GO. SKINNER, ANOTHER REBOUND. AND WANTS TO GO BACK TO THE FREE-THROW LINE HERSELF.>>I THOUGHT PHIPPS DID A GREAT JOB. FOR HEELAN, THEY CAN TASTE IT NOW. THEY ARE TALKING TO EACH OTHER. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO STOP PLAYING UNTIL THE FINAL BUZZER SOUNDS.>>WILL PLAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL AT WAYNE STATE. SHE LOVES THE TEACHING PROGRAM SHE SAW THERE. DIDN’T GET TO THE FINALS UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL. THE STATE TITLE.>>WE TALKED BEFORE THE PREGAME SHOW, ABOUT THE FIVE SENIORS FOR HEELAN, FOUR OF THEM, WHO PLAYED TOGETHER, SINCE AS LONG AS THEY CAN REMEMBER. A HUGE IMPACT ON THE TEAM. AND THE FIVE OF THEM TOGETHER. HAVE GOTTEN THEM TO THIS POINT.>>SHE HAS BATTLED SOME INJURIES OVER THE YEARS. MISSED TWO YEARS OF TRAVEL BALL DUE TO INJURIES OVER THE SUMMER.>>BETWEEN HER FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE YEAR, HAVE APPENDIX ISSUES. HAD TO SIT OUT THE WHOLE SUMMER. BETWEEN SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR YEAR, TORE HER ACL IN THE SUMMER AND SPRING. YOU TALK ABOUT SUMMERS, WHERE BASKETBALL PLAYERS ARE MADE. WE LOOK AT STANLEY. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EXAMPLE OF PERSEVERANCE AND STICKING WITH IT, AND SHOWING THAT SHE’S NOT A STEP BEHIND ANYONE. UNREAL, BRAD.>>THE SHOT INSIDE BY ABI HILL.>>IT’S GOOD. FINAL SECONDS FOR BISHOP HEELAN. A CHAMPIONSHIP EFFORT TEN YEARS LATER. 2020, YOUR 3A CHAMPION, BISHOP HEELAN.>>A 53-46 WIN. AND BISHOP HEELAN, JACKIE, AFTER REACHING THE 4A SEMIS A YEAR AGO, THEY SAID, WE WANT A PINK SHIRT. AND THEY’RE GOING TO GET ONE THIS YEAR.>>YOU’RE RIGHT. OF COURSE, IT WAS ABOUT WINNING THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. I TELL YOU WHAT. YESTERDAY, WHEN I TALKED TO THEM ABOUT BEING IN THIS GAME, THEY WERE LIKE, WE WANT THE PINK T-SHIRT. HOW COOL IS THAT? THIS IS A BIG MOMENT FOR THEM. THEY’RE ABOUT TO RECEIVE THOSE AND, BOY, ARE THEY WELL-DESERVED.>>CONGRATULATIONS TO DARRON KOOLSTRA, HIS SEVENTH STATE TOURNAMENT. AND NOW, ANOTHER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEN YEARS LATER.>>JOINING THEM ARE MEMBERS OF THE IGHSAU BOARD OF DIRECTORS. HERE IS YOUR ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM. FROM BISHOP HEELAN, KATELYN STANLEY. FROM NORTH POLK, JAEDON MURPHY. FROM NEW HARTFORD, ELLIE FOSTER. FROM CLEAR LAKE, SARAH FAVOR. FROM NORTH POLK, MAGGIE PHIPPS. AND THE CAPTAIN OF THE 2020 CLASS 3A ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM, FROM BISHOP HEELAN, ELLA SKINNER.>>SKINNER, 19 POINTS, 9 REBOUNDS, THE FINAL TOTALS FOR HER IN THIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AS SHE HELPS BISHOP HEELAN TO A 3A STATE TITLE. YOU SEE YOUR ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM THERE. FANTASTIC ATHLETES ON-HAND HERE IN THIS 3A FIELD. TWO FOR BOTH NORTH POLK AND BISHOP HEELAN HERE. AND THIS SEASON STARTED, PRESEASON NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO. BISHOP HEELAN, NUMBER ONE. NORTH POLK, NUMBER TWO. THAT’S HOW WE FINISH 2020.>>HEELAN WILL BE THE FIRST TO SAY, NOT ABOUT HOW YOU START. COMETS OF NORTH POLK AND CLINT ALBERTSEN.>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE 2020 CLASS 3A CHAMPION, THE CRUSADERS OF BISHOP HEELAN AND HEAD COACH DARRON KOOLSTRA.>>JACKIE, YOU TIP YOUR CAPS TO JAEDON MURPHY AND MAGGIE PHIPPS AND NORTH POLK. BUT BISHOP HEELAN, THAT DEFENSE, REALLY WON THIS GAME TONIGHT.>>THEY DID. AND THAT HAS BEEN THEIR THING ALL SEASON LONG. THEIR DEFENSE, FORCING TURNOVERS. THEY KNOW THEY GET OUT-REBOUNDED. THEY KNOW THEY GIVE UP SOME THINGS. BUT WHAT THEY GET IN RETURN IS PRESSURE, PRESSURE, PRESSURE, INTO TURNOVERS AND TRANSITION BUCKETS. AND CONGRATULATIONS FOR BISHOP HEELAN.>>WE SEND IT UP TOP. PAUL IS READY TO BREAK DOWN THE SECOND GAME OF THIS 2020 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT. PAUL?>>GREAT JOB. WE’LL SEE YOU TWO TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THE SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS THERE. WE HAVE CROWNED TWO CHAMPIONS HERE TONIGHT. JOHNSON, WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP. AND NOW NOW, BISHOP HEELAN. TOMORROW, LET’S DO IT AGAIN. THIS TIME, WE WILL DO IT FOR THREE. WE WANT TO THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US ON OUR FIRST NIGHT OF COVERAGE HERE AT THE 2020 GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ON IOWA PBS. TOMORROW, OUR PREGAME SHOW STARTS AT 2:30. THEN, WE HAVE CLASS 4A, 2A, AND 1A CHAMPIONSHIP. TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES WHERE WE WILL HAVE DEFENDING CHAMPS GOING FOR TITLES. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN US FOR COVERAGE HERE ON STATEWIDE IOWA PBS. THAT’S GOING TO DO IT FOR US FROM WELLS FARGO ARENA. FOR ALL OF US ON AND BEHIND THE CAMERA, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR WATCHING. WE WILL SEE YOU HERE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. ♪♪ ♪♪>>FUNDING PROVIDED BY — FAIRWAY MEAT AND GROCERY IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.>>CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE SCHOOLS AND STUDENT ATHLETES IN THIS YEAR’S GAME.

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