West Lyon beat top-seeded Newell-Fonda, 72-57, at the Iowa boys state basketball tournament on Monday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -
Eighth-seeded West Lyon shocked top seed and unbeaten Newell Fonda 72-57 Monday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Iowa boys Class 1A State Basketball Tournament. With the win, the Wildcats advance to the semifinals Thursday morning at 10:30. West Lyon will meet fourth seed Keota who eliminated Easton Valley 56-47.
Newell Fonda appeared in control until the fourth quarter. The Mustangs took a 14-10 first quarter lead. They were up at the half 35-30 and held a 46-42 lead after the third quarter. West Lyon won the game in the fourth quarter as they outscored Newell Fonda 30-11 in the final eight minutes to get the win 72-57.
"They did some nice things in the fourth quarter, stopped some things we wanted to do with our penetration," Co-Newell-Fonda Head Coach Paul Loos said. "They made some adjustment there, and we missed some shots and some freethrows."
"All year long we play the best teams in the Siouxland Conference," West Lyon Senior Brandon Snyder said. "It's a tough schedule, a real tough schedule but it prepares us for days like this."
"I told them in the locker room before the game, we were going to dance with the girl that we brought and it took a while to dance with her," West Lyon Head Coach Assron Johnson said. "Fourth quarter wise, just all the little things we've been talking about all year I thought they executed real well on the defensive end."
The Wildcats put four players in double figures with Kyle Groeneweg leading a balanced attack with 18 points. Kacey Myrlie added 14, Bandon Snyder hit for a dozen and Kaleb Heyer pumped in 11.
Newell Fonda had three players in double figures. Brady Dicks led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Adam Mullen hit for 11 with Dillon Anderson pumping in 10 points.
With the win West Lyon improves to 22-5 with Newell Fonda ending the year at 25-1.
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