Davenport Assumption beat Estherville-Lincoln Central 62-40 to win the Class 3A title the third straight year.
Make it a three-peat for Davenport Assumption.
Top-ranked Assumption led from the opening tip and rolled past No. 3 Estherville-Lincoln Central 62-40 to win the Class 3A championship for the third straight year.
Along the way, the Knights set a state tournament record by making 23 3-pointers in their three games, topping the old mark of 21 by Battle Creek-Ida Grove in 2007.
Assumption also played aggressive defense throughout the tournament, holding opponents to an average of 30.3 points a game while winning by an average of 35 points.
Only four other schools have won three consecutive titles. Ankeny won four in a row from 2002-05. Lynnville-Sully, Rock Valley and Washington have won three in a row.
Hailey Schneden, whose inside scoring complemented the Knights' outside shooting, led Assumption with 16 points. She went 7-for-9 from the field, pulled down four rebounds and blocked five shots.
Danielle Moore added 13 points and six assists for the Knights, while Maddie Irmen had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Emily Kirchner had 14 points and eight rebounds for Estherville-Lincoln Central. Allie Sievert added nine points and nine rebounds.
Toughened by a schedule of mostly Class 5A schools, Assumption finished 25-2, losing only to Rock Island, Illinois, and Southeast Polk, which will play in the 5A championship game Saturday night. Estherville-Lincoln Central, which finished as the state runner-up for the second time in three years, closed with a 23-4 record.
Moore was voted captain of the all-tournament team. She was joined on that unit by Schneden, Kirchner, Sievert, Assumption's Kate Fennelly and MOC-Floyd Valley's Alexis Conaway.
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