State b-ball moves to finals

DES MOINES - Just eight teams remain in contention for state championships at the Iowa High School basketball tournament in Des Moines. The Well saw four more semifinals on Thursday, which set up the Class 3A and 4A championships for tonight (Thursday).

In Class 3A, No. 1 Norwalk scored a comeback victory over No. 4 Clear Lake, ending Clear Lake’s undefeated season. Norwalk star guard Bowen Born dropped 32 points in the win.

No. 3 Oskaloosa took down No. 7 Winterset in another tight game. Norhtern Iowa commit Cole Henry had 16 points to lead the way. Five-star recruit Xavier Foster had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

In Class 4A, No. 3 Cedar Falls outlasted No. 2 North Scott in an extremely low-scoring game. Cedar Falls took the contest 35-27, the lowest scoring game of the tournament.

In the other 4A semifinal, No. 5 Dubuque Senior moved on to the championship with a 57-55 overtime win over No. 1 Waukee. Dubuque Senior’s Landon Hermsen scored 14 points in the win.

That sets the stage for championship Friday. All four state championships will be played today.

The Class 1A championship will feature No. 1 Grand View Christian against No. 7 Alburnett, the team that narrowly escaped WACO in overtime at substate. North Linn star Jake Hilmer, the grandson of former WACO head coach Bob Hilmer, will lead his top-ranked team against No. 3 Boyden-Hull in the 2A championship.

The Class 3A championship with No. 1 Norwalk and No. 3 Oskaloosa will follow. Those teams are both from the Little Hawkeye conference. The night will conclude with No. 3 Cedar Falls playing No. 5 Dubuque Senior.