It will be an all-Siouxland state championship game in Class 1A after Storm Lake St. Mary's and Boyden-Hull won their semifinal games on Thursday.
Second-ranked St. Mary's handed number-1 Danville their first loss after 26 straight wins, 61
-55. The Panthers (26-1) never trailed after the first quarter.
St. Mary's guard Luke Lenhart scored 31 points, making 8 of 12 shots from the field, including two three-pointers. Lenhart was also 13-for-15 at the free throw line. Kennedy Drey was the
only other Panther in double figures with 14 points. Drey also had 15 rebounds.
"It's everything we've been working towards since we were little," said Lenhart. "Me and Kennedy have been playing together since fourth grade, all of us seniors have. There's no
other way I'd rather end my career than tomorrow night on that floor."
St. Mary's led 30-23 at the half and built and 11 point lead in the third quarter, their largest of the game. The Panthers held Danville to 30% shooting, while making 44% of their shots.
Fourth-ranked Boyden-Hull trounced number-6 North Tama, 77-52, in the second semifinal of the day and will defend their 2012 title.
The Comets (24-3) only led 32-31 at halftime, but outscored North Tama 19-8 in the third
quarter and 26-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
"That was our goal all year was to get back to this point and to have an opportunity," said
Boyden-Hull head coach Bill Francis. "That's all you can ask for, is for the kids to play hard and have an opportunity to defend and we've got it."
Boyden-Hull again had a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures. Colin
Bolkema led the Comets with 18 points and Brandt Van Roekel had 17. Riley Francis had 16
points and Miguel Alvarado added 12 as the starters scored all but five of Boyden-Hull's points.
The Class 1A championship game is at 6:05 on Friday night.
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