Girls State Basketball: Mason City Shoots Down Disterhoft, Women Of Troy
By Jeff Linder and Josh Christensen, Reporters
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa City West's championship reign ended in an avalanche of 3-pointers.
Third-ranked Mason City set a state-tournament record with 14 triples, and the Mohawks downed No. 10 West, 72-53, in a Class 5A quarterfinal Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
"I knew we were hitting a lot, but I didn't know it was a record," said Iowa State recruit Jadda Buckley, who made 4 of 5 from long range. "Good for us."
The Mohawks (21-3) made 14 of 22 from deep and advance to face No. 8 West Des Moines Dowling in the semifinals at 11:45 a.m. Friday. Dowling (20-4) outlasted No. 4 Des Moines East in overtime, 47-41.
"We did what we've done all season," said Mason City's Myah Mellman, who hit 5 of 8 from distance and scored a team-high 25 points. "Drive, kick, and knock down 3s."
Last year's 4A champion (before the state's shift to five classes), West retired at 18-7.
And thus ended the brilliant high school career of Ally Disterhoft. The University of Iowa signee scored 31 points Wednesday, finishing the season with a state-high 631 and her career with 1,590.
When she came out of the game in the final seconds, she received a high-five from Mohawks Coach Curt Klaahsen and a hug from West Coach B.J. Mayer before retreating to the West bench.
"It's been an amazing experience," she said. "I wouldn't want to play for anyone else. I've had the opportunity to play with some amazing girls and coaches.
"We didn't get outplayed tonight. We got outshot."
West scored the first four points of the game, then the Mohawks' long range barrage commenced.
Mellman hit a trey, and Mason City was off and gunning. Six triples in the first quarter on the way to a 22-13 lead. Four more in the second period, and it was 40-27.
The first-half distance damage: 10 of 13. Already, they Mohawks were bearing down on the state record of 12, set in 1998 by Cedar Falls against Denison-Schleswig.
"The gameplan was to keep them out of the lane," said Mayer, whose team stayed in a zone through much of the game. "I was hoping the odds would catch up with them. To their credit, they kept hitting."
Six different Mohawks connected from long range, including all five starters.
Despite the barrage, West wasn't out of it until late. The Women of Troy cut a 17-point deficit to 55-44 entering the fourth quarter.
But when the Mohawks opened the final period with five straight points (including their final trey, by Mellman), the cat was pretty much out of the bag.
Dani Craig added 10 points and six assists for West.