Alexis Conaway's state tournament scoring record has produced an all-Orange City championship game Class 3A.
Conaway scored 46 points, two more than the previous five-player record, as top-ranked MOC-Floyd Valley beat No. 4 Mediapolis 64-51 to complete the semifinal round.
The Lady Dutch improved to 25-1 and will play No. 6 Orange City Unity Christian in the title game at 4 p.m. Saturday, a matchup of two schools a little more than a mile apart in the northwest Iowa city.
Conaway, who'll play volleyball at Iowa State next season, had 28 points by halftime and broke the single-game tournament record when she drove the length of a floor for a layup with 1:17 left. She finished 17 of 25 from the field and sank 12 of 13 free throws. She also grabbed 13 rebounds, made four steals and blocked two shots.
Conaway got most of her points on drives to the basket, often using her long strides and athleticism to get into the clear.
The old record was 44 points by Montezuma's Janel Grimm against Rockwell City-Lytton in 1994. Grimm went on to play at Iowa State.
Katie Landhuis and Emily McDonald each scored seven points for MOC-Floyd Valley, which came up with 11 steals and outscored Mediapolis 32-6 in points off turnovers.
Before this year, Orange City Unity Christian had never won a game at the state basketball tournament.
Now, the sixth-ranked Knights will play for a state championship.
Anna Kiel had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Kassidy DeJong scored 16 to lead Unity Christian past No. 2 Crestwood 50-41 in the Class 3A semifinals.
After going 0-for-3 in its first three state tournament trips, the Knights will take a 22-4 record into the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Kiel, a 6-foot sophomore, had 18 points and nine rebounds in the first half to help the Knights build a 29-24 lead. Then they fought off Crestwood during the second half to punch their ticket to the finals.
Crestwood pulled into a tie at 34 on Tessa Anderson's 3-pointer with 1:45 left in the third quarter and seemed to have some momentum.
But Chanda Zomermaand hit a 3-pointer and folowed that with a driving, double-pump layup for a 39-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Those were Zomermaand's only points of the game and they were critical.
Unity finally salted the game away after Crestwood drew to 41-38 early in the fourth quarter. DeJong got loose for her third 3-pointer of the game, starting a 9-0 run that stretched the lead to 50-38. Kiel followed the 3 with a bucket inside, then hit DeJong with a nice pass for a layup.
Kiel went 7-for-11 from the field and blocked four shots while DeJong handed out seven assists.
The 3A championship game is at 4:00 PM on Saturday. MOC-FV beat Unity 52-40 in the regular season.
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