Teams responsible for 75 percent of the Carroll boys basketball losses this season have made the most out of their State tournament runs.
Both Ballard and Sergeant Bluff-Luton advanced following Tuesday’s class 3A first round of the class 3A State basketball tournament held at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The other tournament team that shared a schedule with both Carroll and Kuemper Catholic, did not experience the same success.
Carroll and Kuemper Catholic both played Harlan this season, but the Cyclones fell in the first round of the tournament to No. 1 seeded Norwalk.
Ballard 54, Center Point-Urbana 48
To say the start of Ballard’s State tournament wasn’t good, would be quite the understatement.
Ballard scored just two points in the first eight minutes as their offense was non-existent for most of the first quarter. The only good news for the Bombers was that Center Point-Urbana’s offense didn’t set records either. After one quarter CP-U led 10-2.
By halftime the Bombers had cut the lead down to six points. They trailed heading into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter Ballard turned on their offense as they scored 19 points and held Center Point-Urbana to just six.
The win for Ballard at the State tournament was reported on Twitter to be their first State tournament win since 1989. It is also the second straight year that a team from the Raccoon River Conference will send a team to the class 3A semifinals.
Ballard was led by Kade Reinertson who had 13 points. Also scoring 13 points was Connor Drew. Ashton Hermann scored 11 points in the game. Both Mason Murphy and Kale Krogh finished with six points.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 58, Pella 43
Unlike Ballard, Sergenat Bluff-Luton may have won their game with their first quarter effort.
The Warriors out paced Pella 16-5 after the first eight minutes.
The Dutch closed up the game through the second and third quarters, but the Warriors were able to fight off the growing threat from the Dutch.
Although the Dutch made it a contest early in the fourth, the Warriors pulled away late and were able to secure the 15-point win and a berth in the semifinals.
Daniel Wright of SB-L led the Warriors with 18 points. Nick Muller added 12 points. Deric Fitzgerald finished with eight points.
Norwalk easily handles Harlan, sets semifinal date with Ballard
The usually high-scoring Cyclones were held to just 19 first half points and 18 points in the second half. Norwalk scored 21 points in the second and 20 points in the third quarter as they were able to hold onto a 72-37 victory. Harlan did lead the game 13-12 after the first quarter though.
Norwalk was led by a 26-point effort from Bowen Born.
Clear Creek-Amana uses third quarter to advance to semifinals
Both teams were separated by three points after the first half, but that deficit grew as Clear Creek-Amana scored 21 points in the third quarter to extend their lead. That advantage led to Clear Creek-Amana scoring a 59-45 victory over Mount Vernon in the first round.
Tyler Schrepfer led Clear Creek-Amana with 16 points. Nick O’Connor added 11.
In the semi-finals Clear Creek-Amana played Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Class 1A: Wapsie Valley, Bishop Garrigan to meet in class 1A Championship game
Wapsie Valley, a team that entered their district tournament as the No. 4 seed first took down Lake Mills 49-45 in the quarterfinals on Monday morning. In their next game Wapsie Valley held off Montezuma for a 57-42 victory. The pair of victories has sent Wapsie Valley to the class 1A championship game.
Joining them will be Bishop Garrigan. The Golden Bears were able to start their tournament with a 55-52 victory in the first round.
For the Golden Bears the tournament continued as they won on Wednesday against West Fork, 66-52.
Both Bishop Garrigan and Wapsie Valley (the No. 8 seed in the tournament) have over 20 wins on the season.
Class 2A: Boyden-Hull, North Linn to play for 2A crown
Boyden-Hull hasn’t come to the class 2A State tournament expecting to give teams an easy ride. Instead, they have made their first two opponents look like junior varsity squads.
In the first round Boyden-Hull defeated Woodward-Granger 57-26. For Boyden-Hull they moved into the 2A semifinals against a Camanche team that has been successful at the State tournament in recent years.
However Boyden-Hull downed Camanche 64-49 in the semifinals to move onto the championship round.
North Linn is still undefeated as they head into the championship round.
North Linn started their class 2A run wit h a narrow win over West Sioux in the quarterfinals. North Linn won 56-51 as West Sioux (the team that eliminated South Central Calhoun) had two of their top three players score double digits.
The road to the championship game didn’t get easier for North Linn as they faced a one-loss Treynor team in the semifinals. However North Linn wasn’t slowed by the Cardinals as North Linn won the game 79-58, to advance to the championship game.
Boyden-Hull and North Linn have 49 wins combined between them, all three losses belong to No. 1 seeded Boyden-Hull.