DES MOINES — The lead was gone. Iowa City West’s championship dream was slipping away, swirling the drain.
Then Tatum Klein provided a long-range plug.
Klein hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in regulation, then second-ranked West ruled overtime to defeat No. 4 Ankeny, 61-56, and capture the Class 4A girls’ state basketball title Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
“Time was winding down … I still don’t have any words for it,” said Klein, who led the Women of Troy (25-1) with 17 points.
Start with “swish.”
Klein drilled a 23-footer from the left wing to get West even at 52-all. After Ankeny’s Maddie Manning was called for traveling, West’s Shahana Williams missed on a drive in the waning seconds of regulation.
West scored the first eight points of overtime.
Shelly Stumpff broke the tie with a free throw, then Mckenzie Piper — who, frankly, had struggled most of the game — converted a key reverse layup to make it 55-52.
“I knew I had to do something to help us,” Piper said. “Whatever I could.”
Manning — who scored 12 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and was named captain of the all-tournament team — fouled out with 1:22 in overtime. Klein made a free throw to give West a 56-52 lead.
Piper drained two foul shots, then Ally Disterhoft hit two more to make it 60-52.
Klein and Disterhoft joined Manning on the all-tournament team, as did Ankeny’s Krista Pettepier, Southeast Polk’s Caitlin Ingle and Waukee’s Britney Boland.
Stumpff tallied 16 points and nine rebounds, Disterhoft scored 12.
Down 32-20 with 5:50 left in the third quarter, Ankeny — a 10-time state champion — charged back. The Hawkettes (22-4) were within 34-30 by the end of the period, then took a 44-43 lead when Maddie Muhlenbruck converted a steal into a layup with 2:30 to play in regulation.
A University of Oklahoma signee, Manning hit 3 of 4 free throws to give Ankeny a 47-45 lead. After Stumpff hit two foul shots to get West even, Manning converted on a three-point play to put the Hawkettes up 50-47 with 55 seconds left.
Disterhoft drove for a basket, then Manning made two more foul shots to make it 52-49.
Then Klein drained the shot of her life to extend the game and ultimately save West’s season.
“Tatum seems to like shooting about 5 feet behind (the arc), so when she shot it, I had confidence in her,” Disterhoft said.
“I can’t describe this. To see your dream come true, it’s an amazing feeling. (Before overtime), we looked at each other and said, ‘It’s our time. It’s our game.’ ”
West knocked on the door last year, but was denied by a Des Moines East squad that possessed four Division-I players.
This time, the Women of Troy barged through.
“I remember how awful last year felt,” said Stumpff, who led the Women of Troy to a state volleyball title in November. “This was such an up-and-down game. We just had to get it. When Manning fouled out, we knew we had it.”
Ankeny made the first charge of the game, jumping to a 12-5 lead. But West righted the ship, then scored eight straight points to close the half for a 25-20 lead.
Stumpff’s 3-pointer put West at its high-water mark, up 32-20, early in the third quarter. The drama was about to begin.
“There were huge highs and lows, but the kids kept playing and kept playing,” said West Coach B.J. Mayer. “Things didn’t look good, then Tatum hit that bomb.”
IOWA CITY WEST 61, ANKENY 56 (OT)
At Des Moines
IOWA CITY WEST (61): Ally Disterhoft 4-11 4-4 12, Brianna Sturtz 0-1 1-2 1, Shelly Stumpff 3-7 8-10 16, Jessica Shull 1-3 4-6 7, Mckenzie Piper 2-9 3-4 8, Shahana Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Kelley Fliehler 0-0 0-0 0, Tatum Klein 6-12 2-6 17. Totals 16-45 22-32 61.
ANKENY (56): Madi Robson 2-8 4-6 8, Maddie Manning 8-16 8-11 24, Shayla Starkenburg 5-15 1-2 11, Maddie Muhlenbruck 1-9 0-0 2, Krista Pettepier 1-5 2-4 4, Brittany Hedrick 3-4 0-0 7, Jaali Winters 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 15-23 56.
Halftime: West 25, Ankeny 20. Regulation: 52-52. 3-point goals: West 7-16 (Disterhoft 0-1, Stumpff 2-3, Shull 1-1, Piper 1-4, Klein 3-7), Ankeny 1-16 (Robson 0-3, Manning 0-5, Muhlenbruck 0-6, Hedrick 1-2). Team fouls: West 20, Ankeny 23. Fouled out: Manning. Rebounds: West 37 (Piper 10), Ankeny 40 (Manning 9). Assists: West 8 (Piper 3), Ankeny 6 (Robson 4). Steals: West 6 (Stumpff 2), Ankeny 5 (Robson 3). Turnovers: West 13, Ankeny 12.