Mediapolis Tops Williamsburg in State Quarterfinal

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

DES MOINES — They're good anyway.

But the Mediapolis Bullettes were very good and highly motivated Tuesday afternoon, and that was a combination too tall to tackle.

The fourth-ranked Bullettes avenged a regional-semifinal loss from last year, taking control midway through the first quarter and maintaining it throughout a 61-43 victory over No. 5 Williamsburg in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the girls' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

"We just came out focused," said Mediapolis' Rachel Holsteen. "We were so happy we got to play them. When we knew we had (qualified), we were thinking, we want to play Williamsburg."

Last year, Williamsburg came back from an 18-point deficit to break the Bullettes' hearts. Not this time.

Holsteen and Andrea Larson both made 9 of 10 shots from the floor, and the Bullettes (24-1) hit 56 percent.

"We didn't play the same defense that we had played all year," said Williamsburg point guard Paige Greiner, a four-year starter who will continue her career at Drake University. "This is definitely tough to take. We can play a lot better than we did today."

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