(4A) 2020 IGHSAU Girls State Basketball Championships

(4A) 2020 IGHSAU Girls State Basketball Championships


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Iowa bankers, allow you to enjoy the difference of Iowa banks. ♪♪ ♪♪>>Welcome to downtown Des Moines, the golden dome of our city and state, sits on a hill high above the eastern side of the Des Moines river as we kick off a triple header of Iowa girls hoops from inside the confines of Wells Fargo arena. we crowned two championships last night, and there are three titles yet to be decided here on Iowa PBS. hello, everybody, I’ll Paul Jager. that you can’t for joining us on our second night of live girls basketball tournament coverage. our broadcast here on statewide Iowa PBS are available to all Iowans on air and online throughout our state’s 99 counties. Iowa PBS sports will continue to bring you highlights, analysis, and features from right here on our on-site sports desk overlooking all the action. stay tuned for all of the pageantry of the state basketball championships. but first, let’s head court side with jay shaver and Laura Leonard.>>Thank you. it is time for state championship basketball. it’s the 4A title game as the titans of Lewis Central take on the defending champion, North Scott Lancers. what a game.>>It’s going to a great game. North Scott comes into this ball game wanting repeat. Lewis Central going for their third upset in three games. they want to take that title away from them.>>Let’s take a look at these two teams more in-depth. with Lewis Central, eighth strip to the state tournament, four of the last five years. avenged the last two losses to reach this game and look out, Delaney Esterling has been electric here in Des Moines. and for North Scott, the lady Lancers at 25-0, defending champs on a 33-game winning streak and senior Grace Boffeli, a northern Iowa signEE, she’s just as advertised. let’s go to public address announcer Tim Fitzpatrick.>>and the North Scott Lancers. fans, each year at the basketball tournament the Iowa bankers association presents the student athlete achievement award to a student athlete who excels in the court, in the classroom, and in her community. The recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. the 2020 student athlete winner is Rachel wog mouth. congratulations to Rachel and thank you to bob KRAUZ, and the Iowa bankers association for their sponsorship of this award and continued support of the IGHSAU.>>Laura, the anticipation is building for this one. what a nice crowd here on Saturday afternoon.>>A very good crowd. we saw a great crowd last night as well, so I think it’s going to get loud in here.>>Lewis Central fans. let’s hear it for your titans!>>North Scott fans, let’s hear it for the lady Lancers! ♪♪>>Fans, it’s now time to introduce the players in today’s 4A championship. First of all, your nonstarters and assistant coaches for the Lewis Central titans. Number 0, Kirstyn Smith. Number 3, Keely Diercks. Number 5, Taylor Elam. Number 10, Rylee Shaw. Number 12, Jayden Cross. Number 13, Isabella Smith. Number 24, Jordan Petersen. Number 33, Megan Elam. And number 34, Adrian Okerbloom. Your assistant coaches, Chris Denmark, and Tom Hutchinson. And now let’s meet your nonstarters for the North Scott Lancers. Number 4, Reagan Schoening. Number 10, Rachel Anderson. Number 14, Cortaja Seales. Number 20, Avery Woods. Number 22, Sydney Happel. Number 24, Hattie Hagedorn. Number 30, Tarynn Kuehl. Number 34, Maddy Bender. Number 44, Alissa Bockenfeld. And number 50, Lexi Ward. Your assistant coaches, Devinralston. Colin woods. And Todd satterly. ♪♪ ♪♪>>And now let’s meet your starters for this 4A championship. From Louis central, a senior, number 1, Hadley Hill. From North Scott A senior number 2, Presley Case. For the titans, a senior, number 4, McKenna Paulsen. For the Lancers, a senior, number 12, Brooke Kilburg. For Lewis Central, a junior, number 21, McKenna Pettepier. For knot Scott, number 32, Samantha Scott. For the titans, a senior, number 23, Megan Witte. For the Lancers, a senior, number 40, Adriane Latham. And for Lewis Central, a senior, number 25, Delaney Esterling. For North Scott A senior, number 42, Grace Boffeli. Your head coaches, for Lewis Central, Derek Archer. And for North Scott, TJ Case. Now, ladies and gentlemen, turn your attention to the scorers bench as I introduce your officials for the 4A championship. Blake Reinke. Brett Johnson. Curt Strouth. And your bench official, Brianne Byerly. All right. Who’s ready for state championship basketball? [ Cheers ]>>Well, let’s look at where these two are from. If you like a true border battle, we’ve got one for you. North Scott from eastern Iowa, 168 miles from Des Moines. And Lewis Central from Council Bluffs, 129 miles away along interstate 80. How about the keys to the game, Laura?>>What they need to do is limit the touches. That’s easier said than done because Boffeli does a good job getting available in the post and working the paint area. They’re going to have to come up with unique ways to slow things down and not allow her the touches on the inside. They need to go to the glass and clean the boards. They need to win the battle of the boards. And then for North Scott, they’ve got to look at it at one quarter at a time. Don’t let this atmosphere get to you. Don’t get ahead of what the prize is at the end of this ball game. Don’t get stagnant. Move the ball around. Don’t let the ball get stuck on offense. They’ve done a great job moving the offense ran around and making great passes to get Boffeli open.>>Witte and Boffeli jump it up. The Lancers control it, wearing their home white uniforms. Council Bluffs, Lewis Central wearing their away blues with baby blue mixed with white. Case shoots and scores to start the game as we look at the starting five for the Lancers. Brooke Kilburg, Adriane Latham and Boffeli. Witte, the one to keep an eye on. Electric scorer as the Lancers show zone here early on.>>They’re going to have to see if they can move the ball around. You already saw a little bit of a skip pass over the top. But a nice lob pass inside. Esterling gets on the board for Lewis Central.>>Lewis Central facing a team in North Scott that is terrific defensively. Kilburg in the paint.>>I thought she was thinking about it. She has that kind of range. She certainly can knock that shot down. Case can from that distance. But she was looking to lob it over the top to Boffeli.>>So back on this end, Lewis Central going to eye this defense that has only allowed their opponents all season to average 25% from the field. They’re very good. They clog up the lane, and the steal by Kilburg.>>Maybe telegraph that pass.>>Boffeli got open, 0 for 2, but gets her third shot to fall. And North Scott takes an early 4-2 lead.>>Esterling is in there. You can see that she has the ability to jump. She’s a volleyball player. Going to go on and play volleyball after high school. But she’s going to give Boffeli some problems on the inside just because of that ability to get up, get her hand on top of the basketball.>>North Scott has replaced three seniors off of last year’s team, but they have eight seniors on this year’s roster. We’re going to see a walk in the park. Turnovers by the Lancers coming in at 25-0 and have won 33 straight games. The pressure.>>Lewis Central has done a really good job with the initial part of this pressure. They have passed through it, they’ve been able to get into the front court and get set up.>>Good ball movement. Skip pass up top. Now the three. Off the mark. And it’s going to be tied up. Possession arrow with the titans. This is the first of three state championships here on Iowa PBS. 2A title game to follow, then the 1A championship for the night cap around 7:00. Hill works the baseline.>>They’ve had a couple good looks from long range. They’re doing a great job getting inside that zone and then kicking it out to the shooters.>>This one is going to be knocked away. Loose ball picked up by Paulsen. Witte to the corner. Now the three. A cold start for Lewis Central. Who came up big time in the quarterfinals, upsetting the third seed balance lard bombers in over time. Knocked down by Presley Case.>>She is a three-point shooter extraordinary. That showed her range there. So you do have to come out and you have to get a hand in the face, but we also saw that she has great ball handling ability and can drive right by.>>Down on this end, Esterling with her second bucket of the game. 7-4, Lancers with the lead.>>Ball knocked free and it’s a steal by Paulsen. To the rack.>>They just overwork that left side of the floor. Lewis Central inched it in, kept pinching in and finally able to get into the lane to steal it.>>Case, going to reset the offense here for the Lancers.>>Looks like they’re switching on some strings.>>Kilburg on the perimeter. Knocked away by Witte.>>Witte doing a great job coming over on that left side of Boffeli. Boffeli started fading towards the basket as that pass was coming. That allowed Witte to get into the passing lane.>>First quarter winding down. Lewis Central down by one, looking for their first lead here. Just measuring this North Scott defense.>>Just being patient, just trying to find the opening, the angle that can give them the best look at the hoop.>>Now the three. In and out for Paulsen. Boffeli with the rebound.>>With that zone, Lewis Central playing five out, running some cutters through. But the defense is not really coming out to contest those shots.>>This three wide. Boffeli saves it. Boffeli having to work against the double team. The officials say it will go to Lewis Central. Now each team going to their bench. A lot of minutes there for the Lancers coming in is going to be Reagan Schoening and Hattie Hagedorn. For the titans, Jayden Cross, Isabella Smith, and also Grace Ruzicka.>>It’s not the high-tempo game we’ve seen turnover last couple games here at the state tournament, but you get some players in there, keep fresh legs in, get your starters a little bit of a rest, and make sure that they’re going to be ready for the stretch run that’s going to come in a little bit.>>Case for three. A little too strong, rebound to the titans. She’s got that type of range. Her dad, the head coach, will look over at the bench and he’ll say go for it. A travel going to be called against Lewis Central. Still a one-point game in favor of North Scott. Look at this, Laura. Some pressure here by the titans.>>They did that a little bit in the semifinal game. They came out and gave pressure and were able to create turnovers.>>Case, that’s a two. Can’t get it to fall, and Boffeli will lose it out of bounds. Lewis Central will get it back. What a battle here early on.>>I know three people that are going to be very tired after this ball game. One of them’s Boffeli, the other is Megan Witte and Delaney Esterling. They are battling down low in the block.>>And a going to be called as when I tell you was going to bring it ahead. McKenna Paulsen just checked back into the game. That’s going to be foul on Presley Case, her first. 1:00 to play, opening quarter.>>They’re starting to extend the 2-3 zone. That’s going to leave players open just like that. They have not been able to hit those shots here in the first quarter.>>Missing the bunny. Happel had a great look, but here come the Titans. Witte in the paint. Lost it in traffic. And a travel is going to be called against Lewis Central. Oh, my.>>Really tried to be a little bit too fine with that pass. It was a no-look pass in between two defenders, and you can hear the coach saying take it to the basket. Being an unselfish player, she tried to get the assist when she could have gone to the rim on her own.>>Latham will come back into the game here for North Scott. Case will get a screen high. They are trying to work to get Boffeli open.>>They’re just banging down low, and then they’ve got somebody sagging in the middle on the backside.>>And a steal. Witte with another one in backcourt here. Now the shot at the quarter. That’s going to be wide of the mark. And it’s a 7-6 ball game after one quarter of play. Let’s go to Paul Jager who’s standing by.>>All right. Thank you very much, PJ and Laura. The tempo, we’ll see everybody tries to play their own game. Let’s find out how they played those games to get to the state title game. A battle of two teams that were defending champions, North Scott. Grace Boffeli, once, and twice. She’s trying to find the touch in that first quarter, but kind of struggling. We’ll see if they can get her in there as Latham finds Boffeli there. North Scott won their semifinal by eight. In the other half of the bracket, it’s Lewis Central against glenwood. And Hadley Hill, Titans 0 of 6 from the first quarter from three. They were not that against glenwood as Pettepier finds Megan Witte. And then cross gets it to Witte again. There’s Witte scoring. Lewis Central won 62-51. That’s your road to the title game. Let’s go down the path to mid-court with BJ and Laura.>>Thanks a lot, Paul, as we take a look at the tournament pairings. North Scott A winner over clear creek, and then Center Point-Urbana.>>It’s what everybody says, it’s always hard to beat a team three times. And glenwood couldn’t do it. And Lewis Central able to pull the upset. They come into this tournament as a six seed, so they’re making one of those magical runs that you see in March.>>Lewis Central, they were a team that battles the flu much of February. But since they turned it on, they’ve come together and their head coach Derek Archer says it brought the team closer together with that virus that was going around.>>Yeah, they said they had to play games without two and three starters and had to have players come in off the bench and play a lot of minutes. But it certainly galvanized this team and he said I know it sounds funny that we think we’re crediting the flu with us taking off mid-season, but he said that really brought everybody together.>>Loose ball. It belonged to the Lancers. They go to Boffeli. Can’t get the shot and is fouled on the floor. Let’s see who this is against. Against Megan Witte, her first.>>You have got Witte and you got Esterling in the middle, bodying up against Boffeli. The two of them, as I mentioned, played volleyball. They do a great job of timing their leap and they’re giving her a lot of problems. But what do you do when you have three or four players draped on you? You kick it outside for the three-pointer.>>Kilburg with the three. Had just four points in the semifinals, but that was a huge shot right there for the Lancers out of the Mississippi athletic conference. Lewis Central out of the hawk eye 10. Boffeli with the steal.>>They switched up. They were playing a box in one and they had Latham face guarding Witte and the rest of them were playing zone. They were able to get the steal out of it.>>This is where the Lancers are so dangerous, Laura. They can go on a run, and right now the four-point advantage. Case to Boffeli. It will stay with North Scott.>>I think North Scott wants to call a time-out. I’m not sure the official is looking at him.>>Time-out, yeah. Time-out taken here by North Scott. Let’s go to their huddle and hear from their head coach, TJ Case.>>You got to cut, all right? And get the thing going. You’re fine. Okay? Just keep moving, see what’s going to happen when you stretch the floor, set your feet. Same thing with her.>>You got to be in position to get an extra shot. Your catch and shoot is wide.>>Good ball movement on the perimeter allows her to get her seal. You’re not playing one pass into their girls tonight. It’s not happening. Keep moving the thing and she will get it. All right? Here’s your deal. If your three’s not going, what you do you do? Attack the rim or get yourself to the free-throw line. Together on three, one, two, three.>>Together.>>Let’s go.>>That was one of the keys we talked about, don’t let the ball get stagnant. They’re trying to force things inside to Boffeli, and coach said, you know what, keep moving the ball, she will eventually work her way open. So they need to be patient on the offensive end.>>North Scott with their starting five on the floor. Here’s case in the paint. Boffeli with the rebound and an and-one.>>Yes, Esterling just tipped the hands, but Boffeli goes to the offensive glass, goes up strong. Esterling’s leaning in. Boffeli gets the contact and the and-one.>>It’s on Witte, her second. A big foul as Boffeli connects on the free-throw. And now they’ve opened up a 13-6 lead. Lewis Central here to work. It’s been a while since they last scored, since the 3:56 mark. Now they turn it over. Case up into the front court. Buried by Kilburg. Time-out going to be taken here by Council Bluffs Lewis Central. 15-6, North Scott with the advantage.>>Good job. That’s the second time that they have been able to get the steal.>>Let’s hear from the Lewis Central bench.>>Yes, make buckets, out of bounds, dead balls, we’re going to press. Two on two, all right? Back to man. Okay? Now look, when the shot goes up, you guys got to do your best and box her out. You said call a 30.>>No, I called a full time-out.>>Settle down, let’s go.>>Look, offensively, girls, you’re going to be in. You’re going to be in. We’ll run Chicago. But you got to get to the high post. Slide up and hit a shot. Let’s go, Titans on three, one, two, three.>>Titans.>>I want to correct something here. They went to the scorer’s table and changed it. Witte only has one foul. Esterling picked up that last foul on Boffeli on that and-one. 15-6, the score. Derek Archer and in his eighth season as head coach of Lewis Central, prior to that becoming an educator, he was a banker, so he knows numbers. And the numbers aren’t on his team’s favor.>>They need to put numbers up on the board and this might be the ticket.>>Still can’t get a three. Titans come down with a rebound. And a near steal, stolen by case. And count it. Presley Case will go to the line.>>Presley Case leads this team in steals, quick hands, getting the hand out in the passing lane, takes it strong, able to finish through contact. Isabella Smith is going to pick up that foul.>>The Lancers just grind on you. Here’s her free-throw. 18-6, largest lead here for North Scott. Right now they’re on an 11-0 run.>>It’s going to be a key point in this ball game where Lewis Central really needs a bucket, whether it’s of the two kind or the three kind or maybe the old-fashioned and-one kind. They just need some points.>>Inside. And it’s knocked down by Esterling. She’s got six.>>Good job going to the offense glass. They’re still getting looks from the outside, and you have to know that those shots, if they’re coming off, you got to position yourself. That’s what Esterling did to get that offensive board.>>Case with the deep three. Can’t get it to fall. And a foul is going to be called on the floor. And I believe this one will be — let’s see. And it will be on Witte. That’ll be her second. And the Titans go back to their bench. Grace Ruzicka will come back in. Struggles from the perimeter for Lewis Central, 0 for 8. And the rebound by Boffeli. So strong. Will go to the line to shoot two. That’s going to be on Esterling.>>Slowly but surely North Scott is starting to impose their will on this Lewis Central team in the paint.>>Boffeli already with ten rebounds, knocks down the free-throw. On the season, 77% shooter. 33 rebounds here for the state tournament for grace.>>Now they’re going to start to extend this defense as case comes out on the point They’ve taken a good amount of shots from the outside, majority of them are from three-point range due to the zone. A lot of times they say if you’re playing against a zone, you have to shoot them out of the zone. They’ve not been able to connect to get the Lancers out of the zone.>>Into the paint, the quick shot, short by cross.>>Jayden Cross is a player that really has given Lewis Central some good minutes. Had a career-high 14 points in a region win against Dallas. Knocked down big free throws in that ball game. They need her to get the hot hand again here in this ball game.>>Now the three. And the rebound to Jayden Cross. The 5’8″ senior will bring it ahead. Now to the corner. Ruzicka will knock it down. Big three, making it a>>Coach Archer said she’s a knockdown shooter, and that was evidence of it right there. They got her open in the corner. Good form on that and got nothing but net.>>What a run it’s been for Lewis Central over the last few years, 82-12. In their third state tournament appearance. And now a foul called away from the ball. This is against Witte.>>Those interior players for Lewis Central are starting to struggle a little bit with foul trouble and trying to guard the interior game of the Lancers.>>That’ll be Witte’s third. She’s going to have to grab some bench. It’s been a chore trying to keep up with Boffeli. Also coming into the game is Hattie Hagedorn, the freshman for North Scott. Here’s Boffeli on the block. And she’ll go to the line to shoot free throws here.>>Go back to that time-out that coach Case took and said be patient, move the ball. Eventually Grace Boffeli will become open down low, and that’s exactly what’s happened. She’s been able to work herself open as the ball is worked around the perimeter. And they’ve been doing a good job of getting into her when they see the front of her jersey, they’re getting her the basketball.>>McKenna Paulsen will come back into the game for Lewis Central. It’s a smaller lineup on the floor. That foul was on Esterling, so the two bigs, if you will, on the bench for Lewis Central. Both in foul trouble. Esterling with two, Witte with three.>>Now, this group on the floor needs to keep it close. You got your two primary scorers on the bench with foul trouble. This group needs to start knocking down some shots.>>Ruzicka can’t get it to fall, but the rebound to Paulsen. And the steal. Case up with it. Active hands in the passing zone. Inside of 2:00 to play. Now three by Kilburg.>>Good look, just a little too short on the rim.>>And a foul and an and-one! Make it a four-point opportunity here for Lewis Central.>>Those are the plays that are going to spark you. How about Pettepier, just grabs it. She said I’m going to get this, I’m going to take the shot. Knew she had to do something to spark this team, and she did it in a big way with the four-point play. That’s a huge moment in this first half.>>Case picked up a foul, her second. It’s a seven-point game here. Again, the top two scorers for Lewis Central on the bench with foul trouble. The freshman gives it a whirl. Kilburg will come up with the rebound.>>Coach Archer over there.>>Yes, Case for three. The answer here on this end for Presley Case.>>Coach Archer was shaking his head because they did not get that first rebound. That gave them the second opportunity to get reset and then they knocked down a big three.>>Smith picked up by Boffeli, being harassed. Has to get rid of it, throws it into traffic, thrown away by Case. Out ahead trying to find Boffeli. It will be knocked out of bounds. It will stay with North Scott.>>North Scott getting a little momentum, starting to get that running game going, getting in the passing lanes, turning the defense into offense. When that gets going for the Lancers, they are very tough to stop.>>Coming up at the halftime, stay tuned, the all-Iowa dance team will be performing. Plus we have an inside look on this North Scott team. And the rebound comes down to Lewis Central. See if they hold for one.>>I think you hold for one and then see if you can get a bucket right at the buzzer or you shoot it.>>Ruzicka can’t get it to fall. Here comes Case. Presley to work. She’ll take the long three. Got it!>>That was a deep, deep three. That’s what you want to avoid if you’re Lewis Central, giving them a big shot right before halftime.>>The three, the answer on this end, is short. The shot at the horn is not there. Presley Case, though, 14 points in the first half. That’s by her counterpart, Grace Boffeli, nine points, 11 rebounds for the first 16 minutes of play. North Scott with a 28-15 lead at intermission. Let’s go to Paul Jager who’s standing by.>>Thank you very much, BJ. Taking a look at quit stats. North Scott shooting 33% from the field, 4 of 12 from three, 5 of 13 as Presley Case has been huge. She has three big>>I think she actually shoots it better, farther away from the stripe. She’s feeling it right now. We’re letting her go, but we’re going to talk about continuing to move it, keep getting touches. So we’ll see how it goes.>>Exactly what we heard in one of your time-outs. You said you have to move the ball and attack. Why is that important?>>The more our guards put the thing on the floor, the more it opens up grace. We want to continue to put pressure on their guards. It also shifts a girl off grace to help and then we get open grace. If they don’t help, we’re going to score out of it.>>Thank you, coach.>>Thanks, Paul, appreciate it.>>That’s head coach TJ Case headed to the locker room. We go back down to the court for a wonderful tradition and performance.>>Ladies and gentlemen, the all-Iowa honor dance team is making its 39th appearance at the girls state basketball tournament. This year 92 high school dance teams are represented. Over 550 dancers auditioned at Ames high school last fall for the 238 positions. All schools are members of the Iowa state dance team association. Choreographers are beta baker, Andrea Dana, Jackie Morris, and Stacy Horton. The director of the all-Iowa honor dance team is Kathy inyard. Sit back and enjoy the greatest show in Iowa. Ladies and gentlemen, the 2020 all-Iowa honor dance team. 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New York Vegas to Africa ♪ ♪ Dance the night away ♪ ♪ Live your life on the floor ♪ ♪ La la la la la la la la ♪ ♪ Tonight wegon be on the floor ♪ ♪ La la la la la la la la ♪ ♪ Tonight we gone bit on the floor ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ hey, check it out ♪ ♪ Baby even if I have to scream and shout ♪ ♪ I know it now I don’t want to stop ♪ ♪ Sing it ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>Ladies and gentlemen, the 2020 all-Iowa honor dance team!>>Another stellar performance. The North Scott Lady Lancers no stranger to title games, having won 2 of the last three 4 action championships. The North Scott community knew it needed the right environment to foster success. Iowa PBS sports producer Patrick bo Burke ventured to Eldridge, Iowa, for this profile. ♪♪>>I need it from you guys down here tonight too! Everybody is locked in on this thing tonight! When your name is called you’re ready to rip roar, get in there and go to work, all right? ♪♪>>We definitely love transition and fast and getting ahead really quick.>>We’re a very unselfish team. Everybody can do what they can do. ♪♪>>We focus on defense, which will lead into offense, and we just focus on the defensive stops. ♪♪>>For the last four years, the North Scott Lady Lancers have been the dominating force of 4A Mississippi girls basketball. Fueled by a crew of one junior and eight seniors who have been playing together since grade school, the team took down state championships in 2017 and 2019. With the potential for success discovered early, North Scott cultivated that greatness by following the lead of other standout programs.>>I watched Assumption, I watched Harlan, Waverly Shell-Rock and I was like, what are they doing? And every one of them had a solid youth program. So my goal was to basically start from third grade and start having two or three teams from third grade all the way to eighth. ♪♪>>When I got the job this group was in fifth grade. So, I mean, we’ve worked really, really hard. This group has had some talent to start with and they have just built on that. But we know when this group is going to walk across the stage that there’s another group going to come and that is the whole point of having a solid youth program.>>And the hard work the Lady nine years has paid off on the Lancers put in over the last nine years has paid off on the best way.>>The big stage is set and the 4A title game is underway. Here’s Boffeli inside. Case for 3. Got it!>>Here’s Boffeli!>>At the beginning of every year we all have a team goal and of course that is to win state.>>Now the 3. Good!>>It was just very surreal so it was something just very unexplainably amazing and I just really appreciated it and I was very humbled when it happened.>>They dump it into Boffeli. Now the kick out. And the 3!>>It was definitely the best feeling in the world and it made it even better that I did it with some of my closest friends.>>North Scott, your class 4A state champion!>>It just shows the hard work that we put into the whole season and that we were really determined.>>We got this! All right! Everyone, remember, no regrets. Together on three. One, two, three. Together!>>Keeping teenagers focused on a long-term goal is never an easy task. Now consider guiding a crew of nine playing break-neck basketball over the course of four years and you’ve really carved out a challenge. For Coach Case, he decided early on if his team was going to rise to its potential, they would only get there if each player realized the work had to be done together.>>The word together to me means that everybody is a piece of the puzzle. For them I think together means they’re just a really good group of friends and they’re doing something that they love and they’re doing it at a high level.>>When I think of the word together I think of playing as one and being one. So the closer we are, the more success we’re going to have.>>Trust each other, love each other. Together on three. One, two, three. Together!>>To push one another no matter when or where, even if it’s on the court, don’t take it personally, just push yourself.>>One, two, three. Together!>>I think it just means we’re so cohesive and as a family on and off the court. And it just means that we are together no matter what, no matter what we go through and however hard our lives may get that we’ll always have each other as our support systems.>>We can’t play the whole game right here.>>It’s everybody, it’s all the coaches, the managers, everyone on the bench, everyone who comes in, everyone who starts. We’re all in it.>>On three. One, two, three. Together!>>I think it’s just pushing each other through every game even in practice and it also means to me that North Scott and even the gym will always be home to us. ♪♪>>With one final season together as Lancers, the team has the comfort of a supportive community and a unique home court. Known as The Pit, when the North Scott 9 gains a healthy lead, this special atmosphere almost guarantees a victory.>>Good, she likes it, good. [ Cheers ]>>I think it creates a lot of momentum for us to get really hype and especially if we have a big game or something it gets really loud in there. (whistle blows) (crowd cheering) I like The Pit. You’re lower than everyone else, the fans when it is a packed house surround you and it’s just a super cool atmosphere to play in.>>It’s something that when you go onto college you’re not going to always have that same atmosphere that you get in The Pit so it’s really cool. ♪♪>>As the season comes to a close and the coming years fill The Pit with new players and fans, the North Scott 9 will always be the bar to reach for, an undefeated regular season, the first girls basketball state championships in school history, and a childhood-long bond that made them something special.>>It’s more than being a Lady Lancer. When we were younger we were all really close, and then I think we were all very excited to get up and play together at the high school level. These are my best friends. So ending the games and memories with them is going to be very hard and the bonds that I’ve made with all these girls will go on.>>It has been fun to see these guys grow up. I can remember the first night that I took my daughter to their first practice at the elementary school and it’s just been like that and now they’re seniors. So it has been special and I’m sure going to miss it. But they have accomplished a ton of things, a lot of things that a lot of girls playing high school basketball never get a chance to do.>>Together on three. One, two, three. Together! [ Cheers ]>>As it was said in the piece, if you ever get a chance to see a game at the pit, absolutely do so. Coverage of the halftime and features like the one we just saw would not be possible without it support of Iowa PBS fans like you. Take moment to support this statewide network and become part of our team by making a pledge at Iowa PBS.org. And it also helps when you support us to allow you to bring great highlights like this. Let’s show you what happened in the first half. Early on Lewis Central was moving the basketball and they found Delaney Esterling inside. She was held in check, and Lewis Central trying to figure out a way to get the basketball back to her. Cold shooting, but it’s been anything but hot in shooting for North Scott. Boffeli has struggled a couple times in this, but only because she wants the Republican. Here’s Case driving. Boffeli cleaning. And two more. Grace Boffeli, nine first half points.>>But she’s got 11 rebounds. She’s doing an incredible job, anything that’s needed. Brian Rasmussen is the coach of glenwood. Congratulations on your season.>>Thanks, PREEBT it.>>Lewis Central, you had to play them twice. You played him here that third time. Esterling, you have to know where she’s at at all times, why?>>She’s probably one of the most underrated players in our conference of hard to believe she’s underrated. We had a lot of players in the hot 10 this year and she’s come a long ways since last year. She was a force for Lewis Central this year. That’s really what made them such a great team this year.>>Lewis Central flipped to man. What kind of defense do you do to stop hot shooting?>>Well, I think you got to give pressure. As long as you’re out there giving pressure, I think, you know, that’s what’s needed.>>All right. North Scott, again, took them a little while to get going, but they’re finding hot shots. How hard is it to stop confidence for another team?>>Well, it appearance Presley can shoot from anywhere, so they better keep pressure, keeping her away from open looks. I think Lewis Central has done a pretty good job on Boffeli down low, even though she’s still getting her points. They’re making it difficult for her.>>Early on they collapsed around her, get four jersey front and back, but sometimes those post players love it. Do you keep doing that strategy?>>I think you have to. She’s a pretty tough player. Maybe make somebody else too beat you.>>All right. Tell me about your team. Great squad this year. Who was on your team that was someone we might see again next year?>>I hope so. Our team is going to stick around for a while, I hope. But yeah, we’re pretty young. We have quite a few sophomores on our squad, we have four juniors, and a couple freshmen that played pivotal roles this year at the varsity level.>>The experience here, you’ve been here for a few days. It’s been quite a year in your community dealing with the flooding and that’s been a distraction. Basketball’s been one of those happy distractions.>>Absolutely. I don’t know if anyone would have guessed an undefeated regular season, but we’ll take it. We certainly thought we kept continuing to get better, and I think it was a great thing for the community for our program. There’s a lot of smiles in glenwood and a lot of good things going on.>>We appreciate your time, coach. Thank you so much.>>Thanks, Pete.>>That’s Brian as mus sen, head coach at glenwood high school. We now go back to the court. Let’s bring in Derek Archer, head coach for Lewis Central. Coach, you go zone early, man early, trying to keep Boffeli, but she’s hard to handle. Is it the same looking on tape and seeing in reality for your girls?>>Our initial defense was probably really good most of the time, we just couldn’t keep her off the glass. One of the things I told the girls is we got to get all five girls in there boxing out. Some of our guards have to help. She’s a strong player in there, but I think most of our foul trouble is stemming from her offensive rebounds.>>I know you saw the stats, don’t want to hear them, 2 of 13 from three, 6 of 20 from the floor. You’re going to keep shooting it, right? You just got to tell them to keep shooting it?>>Oh, absolutely. That’s one of the reasons why we’re here is our ability to shoot the outside shot. We didn’t shoot it well in the first half, but we’ve done that a couple times during the year. Come back out in the second half and we shot really well. These girls aren’t going to lose confidence and they’re going to keep shooting.>>Appreciate your time, coach, thank you so much.>>Thank you. Appreciate it.>>That’s Derek Archer, head coach at Lewis Central. They’ll be playing North Scott in the second half, same as the first. Let’s go down to BJ and Laura for the second half now.>>Thank you very much, Paul as we take a look at the first half statistics here. You see Lewis Central struggling a little bit from three-point range. But I tell you what, it’s been the Boffeli/case show.>>It’s the 1-2 punch, the outside presence on the perimeter of Case and then Boffeli down low whether she scores or whether she cleans the glass. She’s been dominant and really became dominant in the second quarter.>>Here we go, second half ready to get under way from Wells Fargo arena. The class 4A state championship game, North Scott breaking their huddle with their starting five. Case, Kilburg, Scott, Latham, and Boffeli. For the Titans of Lewis Central, their big guns, Esterling, Witte out on the floor with three fouls each. They’re joined by hill, Paulsen, and Pettepier.>>I think you’re going to see Lewis Central come out and continue to shoot the basketball. That’s something they’re comfortable doing. They’ve done it all season long. As we all know, percentages catch up with you. If you’re not hot in one half, you might be hot in the second half.>>From the foul line, and just like that, Delaney Esterling gets it going again. She’s got eight.>>That gives them a chance to set up the pressure coming with 1-2-2, but North Scott breaks it easily.>>Case to the interior. And it’s turned over.>>So a couple good possessions for Lewis Central. They were able to score and put the pressure on, get the turnover, and looking for back-to-back buckets.>>Another three, this one is in and out, but the putback is there by Megan Witte.>>Witte out of nowhere to come get the rebound and the putback.>>Witte with her first bucket of the game. Boffeli, and it’s turned over. Kilburg hesitated. Here come the Titans. And it’ll be a two-shot opportunity for Hadley Hill. Case is going to pick up her third.>>They get off to a quick start. They get the shot right from the middle at the free-throw line. Witte coming in to grab the rebound, two quick buckets and then another steal and the opportunity to get into this lead at the free-throw line.>>Hadley Hill at the line, making it an eight-point game, 55% free-throw shooter on the year. The going to be on to wartberg to play soccer. She knocks them both down. Each team good at the line here. The Lancers. Reagan Schoening just checking into the game. Kilburg to the corner. That’s Scott. That’s a three-ball. Making it a ten-point lead again.>>Nice screen so the defense couldn’t come out and contest that shot. And Scott was able to load it up and knock it down.>>The answer, hill.>>Even though hill misses the shot, turns around and starts playing defense. They’ve had a nice little run of it with their pressure defense, been able to create some turnovers.>>Boffeli with the rebound. And putback. She’s in double figures for not only scoring, but now rebounding with 12. Laura, she’s nearing some history. We’ll have to keep track of this.>>She’s piling up the rebounds and is close to maybe breaking a tournament record for total rebounds in the tournament.>>There’s another one, 13th rebound of this game. For class 4A, 12-point lead here for North Scott. Titans came out, got it down to eight. And now North Scott playing without their star guard, Presley Case on the bench with three fouls. And a foul on the rebound as Esterling drew contact.>>Good job of moving the ball, though, around this defense of Lewis Central. They skip the ball over the top and Scott got a really nice screen from Latham so she could get the good, clean look at the three.>>Reagan Schoening will pick up the foul, that’s her first. Hill for three, got it!>>Nobody came out and rotated defensively. That left hill wide open.>>And a steal. And finish. Pettepier allows Lewis Central to climb a little bit closer. It’s a seven-point game.>>This is one athletic move. They get the trap, out of nowhere Witte one-hands it and dishes it off to Pettepier.>>Look, if we’re going to go 1-2-1, Delaney has two back there. So you guys got to have ball pressure up top, otherwise they’re going to be throw that over the pass. If we do that, all right, up front you can’t back up and let them dribble around, okay? It’s got to force pressure. Right. So she’s not going to go until you trap. But start in the middle of the floor, especially if you’re on 40. Just drop off her a little bit. Look, if they happen to break it, everybody scramble back. Everybody scramble back.>>They’re pinning the screen on the backside.>>You still have to go out. You have to go out deep corner. Titans on three, one, two, three.>>Titans!>>It all begins with this pressure up top. That’s what they were talking about in the huddle. You have to be aggressive on that first line of the defense of this pressure. You can see it’s a 1-2-1-1 they’re setting up in. So they’re relying on the three guards up front to really pressure. ZBLARNSZ able to break it. Presley Case back out onto the court, playing with three fouls. There’s three players out there for both teams with three personal fouls.>>They’re staying in that zone, that 2-3 zone.>>Here’s Kilburg. And the rebound to Scott. She’s going to be fouled as she came down with it. That’s going to go against McKenna Paulsen, her first. This one is starting to get interesting.>>Nice adjustments at halftime for Lewis Central to come out and they seem a little bit more relaxed as well on the offensive end.>>Case, the deep three. Off the mark. And the rebound comes down to Latham. Now Case, a runner. And Witte with the rebound.>>Dodge a bullet there. You gave them a couple opportunities, they couldn’t convert. North Scott really get out in the passing lean, making these passes go a little bit higher, a little bit wider than where they wanted to go. You make those connections with the passes right in rhythm, those shooters can catch it and shoot.>>Lancers able to break it. And a steal by Witte. She’s been all over this court here in the second half. Here’s hill in the paint. Will go to the line to shoot two.>>Megan Witte had spent time on the bench in the first half and has come out here with a renewed sense of energy, making a lot of key plays, especially on the defensive end.>>Samantha Scott with the foul. Hadley Hill’s first free-throw does go through. She now has six points. Lewis Central also back to their bench. As McKenna Paulsen will come back in. Checking out is Pettepier. I beg your pardon, Jayden Cross now into the game. Kilburg will break the on the dribble. Boy, down on the court right now is McKenna Paulsen. She took a shot. And the rebound will come down to Lewis Central. Boy, she is in some pain.>>She went down right away. There was a really hard screen set.>>She’s grabbing her ribs. Let’s take a look.>>I believe it was Latham that set the screen. And you can see it’s just some contact. I think she just got it in the midsection is what it looks like. Knocked the wind out of her.>>Paulsen, 1 of 4 today with a couple of points. But in the second half it’s been the energy of Lewis Central keeping them going here in this game, especially with Witte and Esterling. Let’s take a look at a different angle.>>Latham sees that Kilburg needs some help, and she just turns around, runs interference for her. And that was a solid screen. And you can see, there’s pretty good impact there.>>Paulsen, a four-year starter. As coach Archer told us, has had a tremendous impact on their basketball program.>>She’s that player that does a lot of the little things that kind of go unnoticed. She does the dirty work. She goes and gets the steals. She’s playing hard-nose defense and she just ran into a very, very solid screen. Hopefully she’s going to catch her breath and be back into this ball game.>>Adriane Latham really held her ground too on that screen and that allowed Kilburg to be free. Lewis Central will have the basketball here, down by five with 2:56 remaining. 13-point lead at one point for North Scott. The skip pass. The three by cross. And Boffeli with the rebound which now ties a total rebound accumulation at a state tournament in 4A. She has 37, tying jess shaven of harLON. The Lancers will go to work here. Five-point lead, trying to show some poise after having that large lead evaporate. Here’s Case for three. Off the mark. And the rebound comes down to Esterling.>>That was one of the things they talked about in the huddle during the time-out on that 2-3 zone. They’re getting that back pick to get that shooter open on the wing. They set it again, North Scott couldn’t connect. Paulsen is on the bench.>>Esterling for three from the corner. Off the mark. And the rebound to the Lancers. Foul here on Jayden Cross. It’s going to be the second team foul on Lewis Central, the first called on cross as Grace Ruzicka will come back into the game. She’ll check in for Hadley Hill.>>Hadley Hill’s been putting in some hard minutes, playing some strong defense. Need to give her a little bit of a breathe. But Ruzicka came into the ball game in the first half and knocked down a big three-pointer. They’re hoping that she can do that here again against this zone.>>Into the frontcourt, here come the Lancers. Now the skip pass up top. Scott for three, got a chance to set her feet and she knocks it down.>>You were frontside, backside of Boffeli, and then you got the back screen and the skip pass. That’s why she was so wide open.>>The answer on this, not there for Lewis Central. Here’s Scott again. Got it!>>Scott starting to feel it. 76% of her shots come from beyond the arc. That’s a place that she’s very comfortable. She’s showing us how comfortable she is with the last two possessions.>>Ruzicka’s shot not there. Lewis Central has now gone cold. Hasn’t made a shot in over 4:00 from the field. Lancers are going to hold for one here.>>Looked over at the North Scott fans and Scott was wide open, nobody was on her and they were yelling at her to shoot the basketball.>>Here she is again. And that will be the end of the third quarter. While the threes are falling for North Scott, and Samantha Scott, as they take a 39-28 advantage VOOT fourth quarter.>>That’s a good look at the skip pass. They got the back screen from Case. This time the defense just couldn’t recover quickly.>>Yes, let’s hear what the Lancers are saying.>>We can, okay? Here’s the deal. They’re in the 23. Time is on our side, all right? So get a quality one. Make sure you guys are filling up and no tough passes, okay? Dribble in the gap, dribble in the gap into the kick to reverse the ball. It’s okay too. Okay? All right.>>One more, let’s go.>>We’re good on this, okay? Hey, just get a good, solid possession. Right now let’s start 5-0. We’ll go 5-0. Look to pin the inside to the corner. If she lifters, we duck into you. You got me? We’re looking for that. If not, we fill to the top. Okay? One more.>>One more.>>One more. Together on three, one, two, three –>>39-28, North Scott with the lead through three-quarters of play. You see the field goal numbers, just three treys so far compared to the seven for North Scott. Of course the six-rebound advantage for the Lancers.>>One of the things that North Scott really prides themselves on is the fact that they like to hold teams to single-digital quarters. They have done that in the quarterfinals. They only gave up two quarters where they gave up single digits, clear creek in the semis. They have two here in this ball game. Lewis Central only gave up six points in the first, nine in the second.>>Boffeli, great feed from Latham.>>They went with the five out and then they rolled Boffeli down the lane. Got her the basketball.>>Just like that, back to a 13-point lead. McKenna Paulsen back into the game for the Titans. Left with an injury a moment ago, went to the locker room, got checked out, and cleared to play with the ball right now.>>Lewis Central needs to be a little quicker with the ball reversal.>>Rebound, putback for McKenna Pettepier.>>That allows them to get this full-court pressure and the opportunity to get a turnover. They almost were very close to getting a turnover as Case had that ball over her head and hill almost stripped her of the basketball.>>Here’s Boffeli. Grace will bring it ahead. And the panther goes strong to the basket.>>Came to the jump stop, allowed the defense to go by, was able to get a good angle to get it off the glass.>>The three.>>That’s the way it was happening for Lewis Central in the first half as those shots were rimming and falling out. They couldn’t connect and knock knows long-range jumpers down. They are in need of some of those to fall.>>Boffeli. 15 points, 15 rebounds here in the state title game. Look at that. The spin. But Boffeli, that’s a pass. Case will take the assist. Boffeli now with 17.>>Pass or a shot, either way it results in two points. You’re right. Presley Case will take the assist on that one and Boffeli drops in another two.>>Witte’s shot not there. And the rebound will go out of bounds. It will belong to North Scott.>>Boffeli starting to get very strong here in the fourth quarter. Leading the break on her own. Waits for the defense to fly by, gets it off the glass, and then a little up over the top. Boffeli right there for the putback.>>Grace Boffeli. No question going to be a strong candidate to be the 4A player of the year. The Gatorade player of the year just announced yesterday, Caitlyn Clarke winning that award. This one is tied up. Possession arrow will keep it with Lewis Central.>>Boffeli was the 4A tournament captain a year ago and could be a repeat captain again this year.>>Paulsen. And the rebound to Kilburg. Case, feed to Boffeli. And the rebound swatted out by Witte.>>We saw that all day in the semifinal game for North Scott where they were able to go up over the top of the defense and get the ball to Boffeli. She has the ability to get up in the air. She’s got great hands. She can go up and go after it and pull that ball in and then rim.>>Megan Witte picking up the foul, that’s her fourth. 15-point game. The Lancers have loved playing at Wells Fargo Anna here in Des Moines as they go for their fourth state championship in the last four years. Only setback a couple years ago against Marion in a narrow loss. And, of course, everybody likes playing basketball here at Wells Fargo Arena, and it’s going to be be here, the state tournament, for some time as the union signed a new lease on life for the state tournament. Going to be played here until 2030. That arrangement announced yesterday. What a sight and a tournament it has been this year.>>Well, Wells Fargo Arena does such a great job. The girls union has really done a fantastic job over the years. Gene berger adding festivities to this tournament and making it very fun and something that these athletes would like to aspire to get to. That’s why all these teams set that goal of getting to Wells Fargo at the beginning of the year.>>The largest lead of the game for North Scott. 47-30. Boffeli with the feed from Case.>>That’s just a situation of Boffeli getting out and running the floor and Case seeing the floor very well. Gives her a pinpoint pass. Lewis Central doing all they can do to get back defensively.>>And a block now for Boffeli. She’s got 21 points along with 16 rebounds and will control the ball for a moment.>>They get into the fourth quarter and they were able to turn it up a notch both defensively and then some of the things that they’re doing offensively, able to run the floor, able to get out ahead of the defense and get some easy buckets.>>This was a five-point game. And this is going to be lost out of bounds. It’s going to stay with North Scott. The officials are going to talk it over. Let’s see if they reversed it, and they do.>>I think Case just lost the handle on that as she turned the corner, lost control of it. Went out of bounds.>>Coming up later, it’ll be the class 2A state championship game, Jackie, brad will have the call. Here’s Witte. She’ll use the glass.>>Good job by Witte, flashing into the middle of defense, going after that pass.>>Boffeli, so strong. And now is going to be fouled by Grace Ruzicka.>>So Lewis Central has been bringing the pressure, getting it closer to the end line. How do you beat it? You throw over the top of it and that’s exactly what Case did and allowed Boffeli to go up and get it.>>Think about the run. TJ Case and his daughter, Presley Case, and these seven other seniors have had here at North Scott.>>It has been very impressive. If you hung around and listened to the halftime story on North Scott, something that they did was put in a feeder program and started when the players were in the third grade. Get those kids playing and get them coming up through the system. It’s very much like a team that we’re going to see later on, Fonda has done the same thing where you have a system in place and you have the kids play it as they come up through ranks. That has shown very well for itself for North Scott as these players have come up, know the system, know what they need to do, there’s not a lot of teaching that happens when they get to the high school level. They already know it.>>Time-out taken here by North Scott, a full time-out. Grace Boffeli, it’s been her day today, a big double-double, 21 points, 17 rebounds.>>Quite a day for Boffeli, and showing us how she can do it in multiple ways. She gets out and runs the floor. You can see the great hands there and the great control of being able to pull that ball in, make the dribble, getting to the glass. And then just her work on the rebounding side of things, offensive and defensive. She just knows how to move to give herself the opportunity to go after the rebound.>>Tonya Warren is going to get a great player in Boffeli.>>She’s going to get a bunch of good players that we’ve seen down here at the state tournament. We saw one of them in the 5A game, Maya McDermott is heading to northern Iowa. This is going to be a pretty strong class that will be fun to watch as they grow and gain experience at the college level.>>Think about this trying to cap off an unbeaten year at 26-0. Closest game was a two-point win against davenport assumption back on February 7th. The pit has been rocking all year. As they close this out, another celebration coming up at North Scott high school.>>They’re just going to continue to play keepaway. Lewis Central going to try for the steals. That’s great hustle.>>Paulsen. Time-out going to be taken here by Lewis Central.>>Paulsen not giving up on things, and neither is this Lewis Central team.>>Let’s hear what the Titans are saying.>>Take it to the corner, get in quick. Remember, as soon as we score, everything’s got to be face guard. Everything’s got phone number face guard. You’re playing center field, everybody else is face guarding the basketball. Let’s go. Play hard. Titans on three, one, two, three.>>Titans.>>Well, they are looking to score off this turnover and then turn around, play some defense. Witte is going to be their center fielder. She’s the one that has gotten and created several steals here in the second half since they’ve been playing this full-court pressure.>>So much strength, though, out of North Scott. Starting five still out on the floor. How about the three here?>>What a great look by Witte. What great form on that jump shot. They just haven’t been able to get her loose for many of those here today.>>Time-out taken here by North Scott. 1:04 to play to cap off back-to-back championships for the Lancers. Let’s go to the huddle and hear from their head coach, TJ Case. I want it to go into “P.” Sam will take it out. We got one time-out left. Don’t use it if you don’t have to. Set the thing strong and then come on and you come back to it. Let’s go. We’re fine here. Okay?>>One minute.>>They got to foul you.>>Every pass, shoot the throw. Let’s go. Together on three, one, two, three.>>Together.>>Don’t second guess.>>14-point game with 1:04. Coach Case not taking anything for granted here.>>No. He wants to make sure he’s telling them to step to every pass, knock down free throws. Those are the things that you have to do to win championships. Do the little things, do the fundamentals, understand the time on the clock and what the situation is on the court.>>Lancers are going to hold on to it.>>Presley Case not happy with herself that she dribbled right into a double team. A little frustration showing in her face. Grace Boffeli came right up to her and said we’re fine, we’re fine.>>Scott will be fouled. That’ll be the sixth team foul on Lewis Central.>>Lewis Central going to give their bench an opportunity to get into this ball game.>>A whole slew of Titans are coming in. Checking in will be Keely Diercks along with Taylor Elam, Rylee Shaw, and also Kirstyn Smith. And now the final time-out here.>>Just to get the subs in, I believe. Coach Case calls it a time-out to get the subs in and allow the seniors to go out to a nice standing ovation.>>What a moment. Avery Woods will come into the game for the Lancers. And also in, Rachel Anderson. You’ve got Tarynn Kuehl. You see Boffeli checking out one last time. Sydney Happel also back into the game here for North Scott. North Scott on their way to winning their second straight state championship, their third in the last four years. What a run for the Lancers. They’re going to do it, a 14-point win. North Scott, your class 4A state champions. Great win here by North Scott. They were down by 13. Lewis Central made ate five-point game, but, Laura, the North Scott, Boffeli and Case really carried them through.>>That’s what the experience does for you. You have an experienced tournament team. Yes, you have Lewis Central coming out of the locker room and throwing a few punches and getting the game within striking distance. And then the experience takes over for North Scott, the seniors take over. They were able to get some buckets over the top. They were able to get some rebounds and putbacks. They got turnovers. That’s what you expect an experienced team to do that’s been in this position quite often that, yes, you understand a team is going to make a run at you, but you have to have the patience and understanding and the calmness to be able to come back and get that and extend that lead again.>>What a game for Grace Boffeli, 21 points, 17 rebounds in her final game in a North Scott uniform. Case finishes with 14. What a run.>>Those two players certainly have been the nucleus of this North Scott Lancers team. And they showed it again here tonight.>>The T-shirts are out. The net about ready to go down. Let’s turn it over to Tim Fitzpatrick.>>From North Scott, Presley Case. [ Cheers ] From Lewis Central, Delaney Esterling. [ Cheers ] From glenwood, Ellie Scarborough. From Gilbert, Eva Hawthorne. From Lewis Central, Megan Witte. And your class 4A all-tournament team captain, from North Scott, Grace Boffeli. [ Cheers ]>>What an all-tournament team. As you see them there, Presley Case, Esterling, Witte, and also joined by Eva Hawthorne of Gilbert, the star of a movie coming out soon for 6 on 6 basketball. Here’s the complete list. And Ellie Scarborough of glenwood. That’s your class 4A all-tournament team.>>As we mentioned, Boffeli was the alternate captain last year, again this year.>>Runner-up, the head coach, Derek Archer. [ Cheers ] Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear it for your 2020 class 4A champion, the North Scott Lancers and head coach TJ Case. [ Cheers ]>>North Scott, your class 4A state champion. What a legacy they’re going to leave in eastern Iowa.>>Third in the last four years, that’s pretty impressive. They’re going to lose some very talented seniors, but they have up. Look for North Scott to be back again in the coming years.>>Let’s go to Paul Jager.>>Thank you very much. Congratulations there. Not that we heard anything, but the eighth grade girls at North Scott are apparently pretty good and there’s another Case on that squad, so I don’t think we’re done hearing about North Scott. Congratulations. Grace Boffeli, by the way, finished the game on a 10-5 run herself. She scored the last ten points if the Lancers, 21 points, 17 rebounds, again, the captain of the all-tournament team. Congratulations, North Scott. Back to back. We’re going back to back to back. We’re a third of the way there. Thank you for joining us on the first game of our triple head her on Iowa PBS sports. We’ll be back with more interviews, features, and basketball. Three trophies down, widow more to go. Tip-off of the two-way championship coming up on statewide Iowa PBS.>>FUNDING PROVIDED BY — FAIRWAY MEAT AND GROCERY STORE IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE IOWA STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS. FAIRWAY BELIEVES IN SUPPORTING THE PLACES IOWANS LEARN, LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY. 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