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Posted February 22, 2010
Tuesday’s regional finals: A closer look



Site: Cedar Rapids Prairie H.S.

Time: 7 p.m.

Notable: Kennedy pursues its third straight win over the Warriors this season. The Cougars claimed regular-season victories of 77-56 and 64-50. University of Iowa recruit Jade Rogers leads the senior-laden Cougars at 18.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Tia Dawson averages 15.8 points and 12.1 boards per game for Washington, which rallied from an early 10-point deficit to oust Cedar Rapids Xavier, 54-47, in the regional semifinals Saturday. Washington outscored the Saints 18-2 to open the fourth quarter. Kennedy jumped on Davenport West early and won, 60-30.

Linder’s pick: Kennedy, 58-52.



#1 LINN-MAR (22-0) vs. #11 BETTENDORF (17-4)

Site: Tipton Middle School

Time: 7 p.m.

Notable: It’s been a month since anyone has stayed within single-digits of the Lions, and Bettendorf will be hard-pressed to do so tonight. Linn-Mar is seeking its third straight state trip and its fourth in five years. Six-foot-3 junior Kiah Stokes averages 19.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game and is shooting 66 percent from the floor. Kayla Klopfenstein adds 12.0 ppg. Melissa Dunlavy paces the Bulldogs at 13.1 ppg.

Linder’s pick: Linn-Mar, 65-37.



#10 IOWA CITY WEST (16-6) vs. #6 PLEASANT VALLEY (17-3)

Site: Wilton High School

Time: 7 p.m.

Notable: West pursues its first state-tournament appearance and has the firepower to get there. Eight different players are averaging at least 5 points per game, and the Women of Troy light up the scoreboard to the tune of 66.9 points per game, led by Mackenzie Reed (15.3 ppg). Stacy Clark paces Pleasant Valley at 13.5 points per game. The Spartans, who edged Davenport North 61-59 in the regional semifinals, are a team of the future; four of the top five scorers are juniors.

Linder’s pick: Iowa City West, 61-49.



#14 IOWA CITY HIGH (14-8) vs. #2 DES MOINES EAST (22-0)

Site: Grinnell High School

Time: 7 p.m.

Notable: City High comes into the game with some momentum, having won five of its last six games. Virginia Johnson, a junior who has committed to the University of Iowa, leads the show at 22.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. City High throttled Oskaloosa 75-23 in the regional semis while East handled Indianola, 44-31. The Scarlets’ top three scorers are juniors, led by Shondra Butts (14.2 ppg) and Markisha Wright (13.5 ppg). East has held 21 of its 22 opponents under 40 points.

Linder’s pick: Des Moines East, 40-34.



#2 WAUKON (22-1) vs. #9 DE WITT CENTRAL (21-3)

Site: West Delaware High School, Manchester

Time: 7 p.m.

Notable: Waukon is the Northeast Iowa Conference champion and is undefeated against Iowa competition. The Indians have won 16 in a row behind a veteran group that advanced to the state semifinals last year. Mary Halvorson leads the team at 17.3 points per game and shoots 81 percent from the line. Central captured the Wamac East title. Juniors Jen Keitel and Lindsay Smith pace the Sabers at 15.0 and 14.7 ppg, respectively. Central has pieced together a 15-game win streak.

Linder’s pick: Waukon, 51-49.



#8 MARION (22-1) vs. ANAMOSA (15-7)

Site: Cedar Rapids Washington H.S.

Time: 7 p.m.

Notable: These Wamac Conference rivals were in opposite divisions and did not play in the regular season. Marion has rattled off 16 wins in a row behind Miss Iowa Basketball candidate Morgan Paige, who averages 24.8 points per game. Brittany Fish adds 13.3 points per game, most of it from long range. Marion has been to state once (2008), which is once more than Anamosa. Kayla Sanborn leads the Raiders at 13.2 points per game. She’s a senior; the next three scorers are juniors.

Linder’s pick: Marion, 48-35.




Site: Muscatine High School

Time: 7 p.m.

Notable: Assumption survived a scare in the regional semifinals, eeking past Williamsburg, 52-50. The Knights have a gem of a post in Alyson Spinas-Valainis, who averages 20.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Assumption continues its dominance of the Mississippi Athletic Conference this year while Washington was the undefeated champion of the Southeast Conference. Six of the Demons’ top seven scorers are seniors, led by Cassey Sobaski at 14.2 ppg.

Linder’s pick: Assumption, 51-43.

4 Responses to Tuesday’s regional finals: A closer look

  1. if anamosa gets to play jackie Marion will loose…go blue all the way to DES MOINES

  2. Most of the other Class 4A regional picks I agree with, but I’d say Pleasant Valley is your upset special of the night. The Spartans break the ice amongst Class 4A MAC teams, who haven’t sent anyone to state in that class since (at least) 2005.

  3. Hypotheken? Heel veel hypotheek informatie: verschillende hypotheekvormen, hypotheekrentes, nationale hypotheek garantie, hoe een hypotheek te vergelijken.

  4. Lenen zonder BKR toetsing gaat vandaag heel gemakkelijk. Binnen een paar uur geld lenen zonder BKR toetsing doet u hier, lees snel verder

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