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Two Siouxland teams advance in 1A girls tourney

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Second-ranked Newell-Fonda beat Villisca, 75-28, at the girls state tournament on Monday. Second-ranked Newell-Fonda beat Villisca, 75-28, at the girls state tournament on Monday.

Newell-Fonda began the first five-class state tournament with an impressive victory. 

Five players scored at least eight points in an efficient, balanced effort as the second-ranked Mustangs rolled past Villisca 75-28 in Class 1A play.

Renee Maneman, a slick 5-foot-5 junior, led the way with 15 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals. Andrea Christensen, the only senior who starts, added 14 points and freshman Jordan Wilken scored 11.

Newell-Fonda also got nine points from Brianna Wells and eight points, seven assists and six rebounds from Claudia Larsen. The Mustangs, in the state tournament for the third time in the last four years, move on to Wednesday night's semifinal round with a 23-2 record.

Newell-Fonda's full-court press then began taking a toll and the Mustangs closed out the first half on a 31-4 run to open a 40-14 lead.

They started the third quarter with a 16-2 burst, setting the continuous clock into play. Newell-Fonda shot 53 percent in the second half and finished with 15 steals.

It was the final girls basketball game for Villisca, which will join with Corning next fall to become Southwest Valley.

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Central Lyon is extending its record-setting season for at least one more game.

The top-ranked Lions recovered from a slow start to beat Earlham 67-43 and advance to the Class 1A semifinals.

Lexi Ackerman, one of the state's most versatile players, scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead West Lyon, which made the state tournament for the first time and hiked its school-record victory total to 24 against only two losses. Ackerman had a double-double by halftime, when she had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Ackerman's twin sister Kelsey added 12 points, while Ivy Sieperda and Angel Rasmussen each scored six.

Central Lyon trailed 19-10 in the first quarter before turning things around. The Lions trimmed the lead to 19-17 by the end of the quarter, then outscored the unranked Cardinals 20-5 in the second quarter to build a 37-24 halftime lead.

Earlham's Abbey Murphy scored on a follow shot to open the second half, but Central Lyon answered with six points in 27 seconds to stifle any Earlham comeback hopes.

Murphy led Earlham with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Morgan Johnson added nine points for the Cardinals and Kristen Weber scored eight. 

Four different players scored in helping Earlham take its early lead. But Central Lyon held the Cardinals to just two baskets in the second quarter and took control behind Lexi Ackerman, who scored 12 points in the quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, a spinning drive into the lane and a putback.

Earlham, which made it to state for the first time since 1981, finished 16-10.

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Danielle Bender's double-double set the tone for an upset in Class 1A play.

Bender scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Bellevue Marquette Catholic to a 65-57 overtime victory over fourth-ranked Ar-We-Va. Bender scored seven points in the overtime to finish off a strong performance and a well-played game by both sides.

Ar-We-Va rallied from a 16-point deficit to take a 52-50 lead on Megan Ehlers' 3-pointer with 31 seconds and appeared to have the momentum. But Marquette Catholic turned three offensive rebounds into a basket by Blake Banowetz with 5 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Banowetz had missed two free throws after being fouled on a putback attempt, then got the rebound and scored after Lampe missed a follow shot. She finished with seven points and seven rebounds, five on the offensive end.

Bender then took over in the overtime, scoring twice on turnarounds in the lane and adding a layup to put the Mohawks ahead to stay. After missing six of nine free throws down the stretch in regulation, Marquette Catholic sank seven of eight in the overtime to protect the lead.

Marquette Catholic, in the tournament for the second time in three years, takes a 17-6 record into a semifinal game against No. 2 Newell-Fonda at 8:30 Wednesday night.

Paige Danner scored 22 points and Ehlers had 11 for Ar-We-Va, which made its third straight trip to state. The Rockets made it this year under former assistant Larry Siebert, who took over after head coach Davey Kock died on September 26. The Rockets finished 21-4.

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