IOWA CITY, Iowa. (KCRG) - The Montezuma Bravettes defeated the Springville Orioles 77-57 on Wednesday night to clinch a berth in the 1A state tournament. With the win, Montezuma improves to 23-1 on the season while the Orioles retire at 20-5.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter that ended with Springville holding a 20-19 lead. Montezuma then went on a tear in the sercond quarter to take a 16 point lead at halftime.
Whatever the message was at halftime for Springville worked as the Orioles came out firing and took a one point lead with two minutes left in the third quarter. Springville's Morgan Nachazel had a game-high 24 points.
Montezuma then responded with a flurry of points in the fourth quarter and went on to win by 20, Hawkeye commit Shateah Wetering led the team with 20 points while Maddy McKeag added 18.
Montezuma will face off with Saint Ansgar in the 1A quarterfinal round on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.