Central Lyon is making the most of its first state tournament trip.
The top-ranked Lions are headed to the Class 1A championship game after racing to a 17-0 lead and cruising to a 76-53 victory over No. 8 Burlington Notre Dame to complete the semifinal round.
The Lions improved to 25-2 and will play No. 2 Newell-Fonda in the title game at 4 p.m. Friday. Newell-Fonda is in the finals for the fourth time and also is seeking its first championship.
Four players scored in double figures in an efficient Central Lyon offense. Kori Schulte led the way with 23 points. Sophomore Sarah Halse had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Lexi Ackerman had 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Sophomore Ivy Sieperda contributed 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Central Lyon led 28-7 after a near-perfect first quarter and was up 46-18 at halftime.
With their teammates struggling, Brooke Wolterstorff and Erika Douma took over and led Western Christian back to the Class 2A championship game.
Wolterstorff scored 25 points and Douma added 15 on 5-for-9 3-point shooting as the top-ranked Wolfpack swept past No. 10 Aplington-Parkersburg 64-40 to open the 2A semifinal round.
Western Christian won for the 25th time in 26 games and will go after its second consecutive championship at 6 p.m. Friday. Aplington-Parkersburg finished 21-4.
Wolterstorff and Douma helped the Wolfpack overcome some subpar shooting. Going into the fourth quarter, they were a combined 13 of 19 from the field while the rest of the team was 4-for-21.
Lawton-Bronson rode the state's highest scoring offense into the state tournament. The Eagles are going to the Class 2A championship game because of their defense.
Taylor King scored 21 points, Josie Kopal had 20 points and 17 rebounds and No. 2 Lawton-Bronson pulled away late to beat 14th-ranked Maquoketa Valley 59-44 in a game that was much tougher for the Eagles than that score indicates.
They led only 44-40 with under 4 minutes to play and were trying to fight off a Maquoketa Valley rally that brought the Wildcats back from an 11-point deficit.
Lawton-Bronson had 22 steals in all, which helped offset a subpar game offensively. The Eagles fell 22 points below their season average, but they still had enough to move into the championship game at 6 p.m. Friday against top-ranked and defending champion Western Christian.
It will be the first title game for Lawton-Bronson, which is in the tournament for the fourth time and is now 26-1.
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