Posted On: 02/23/21 9:16 AM
|St. Mary’s vs. Newell-Fonda||Sioux City East||St. Mary’s||Interesting contrast in styles with St. Mary’s leaning on a slower game and their strong defense, while Newell-Fonda likes to fly around. Postseason games generally slow down a bit, advantage Hawks.|
|Gehlen Catholic vs. Woodbury Central||Bishop Heelan||Gehlen Catholic||Like many of these games, this is a rematch from a regular-season game, handily won by Gehlen, 84-57. Jays advance behind dynamic one-two punch of Carter DeRocherCarterDeRocher6'2" | SFLeMars Gehlen Catholic | 2022StateIA and Keaten BondersonKeatenBonderson6'0" | PGGehlen Catholic | 2023StateIA.|
Game Location The Pick Reasoning St. Mary’s vs. Newell-Fonda Sioux City East St. Mary’s Interesting contrast in styles with St. Mary’s leaning on a slower game and their strong defense, while Newell-Fonda likes to fly around. Postseason games generally slow down a bit, advantage Hawks. Gehlen Catholic vs. Woodbury Central Bishop Heelan Gehlen Catholic Like many of these games, this is a rematch from a regular-season game, handily won by Gehlen, 84-57. Jays advance behind dynamic one-two punch of Carter DeRocherCarterDeRocher6'2" | SFLeMars Gehlen Catholic | 2022StateIA and Keaten BondersonKeatenBonderson6'0" | PGGehlen Catholic | 2023StateIA. Lake Mills vs. Bishop Garrigan Clear Lake Lake Mills Bishop Garrigan is hot and has the best individual player on the floor in Angelo WinkelAngeloWinkel6'9" | CBishop Garrigan | 2021StateIA (28.8), but Lake Mills dominated the regular-season meeting, 61-38, at the beginning of the month. Bulldogs have a much better 1-5 than the Golden Bears. West Fork vs. Janesville Charles City West Fork Janesville has a player in Wiley SherburneWileySherburne6'3" | PFJanesville | 2022StateIA (23.0) that West Fork may struggle to defend, but the Warhawks have more options, more experience in big games, and have played a significantly tougher schedule. Big games from Kayden AmesKaydenAmes6'1" | SGWest Fork | 2021StateIA and Jakob WashingtonJakobWashington6'2" | SFWest Fork | 2021StateIA carry West Fork to the substate final. Gladbrook-Reinbeck vs. Maquoketa Valley Independence Gladbrook-Reinbeck Maq Valley comes in off an upset over Dunkerton, Gladbrook-Reinbeck has won 12 of 13. Rebels get a big night from sophomore William Kiburis and escape a scare from the Wildcats. South Winneshiek vs. Edgewood-Colesburg Central Elkader South Winneshiek South Winn coming in off of upset of defending champion Wapsie Valley, looking to keep momentum going. Warriors have a tough matchup for Ed-Co in junior forward Trey Kriener (13.1, 10.0 rebounds). His size proves to be the difference-maker on both ends of the floor. Easton Valley vs. Wapello Clinton Easton Valley Should be one of the better games tonight. Wapello junior guard Maddox GriffinMaddoxGriffin6'3" | PGWapello | 2022StateIA is a handful, but do the Indians have an answer for the interior play of Kaleb CornilsenKalebCornilsen6'5" | PFEaston Valley | 2021StateIA? It doesn’t seem like it. Big Cornilsen game sends EV to the substate final in a great game. Springville vs. New London West Liberty Springville Arguably the game of the night. Springville’s experience will be key here. New London has the best player on the floor in sophomore guard Blaise PorterBlaisePorter5'11" | PGNew London | 2023StateIA (22.5), but Springville’s depth, balance, experience, and versatility are key here. Orioles survive and advance in a fantastic game. North Linn vs. Alburnett Vinton-Shellsburg North Linn The Lynx won the regular-season meeting handily, 59-37, on February 9, with their constant pressure forcing 22 Pirates turnovers. Expect more of the same as North Linn cruises into the substate final. Grundy Center vs. Meskwaki Settlement West Marshall Grundy Center Major edge in strength of schedule gives Spartans an edge here. Strong defensive team has the horses to slow down standout guard Taurice GrantTauriceGrant5'11" | PGMeskwaki Settlement School | 2021StateIA. Big shooting night from Brayden SawyerBraydenSawyer5'10" | SGGrundy Center | 2022StateIA (14.2, 48.2 3P%) sends Grundy Center to Saturday night. Montezuma vs. Keota Williamsburg Montezuma Montezuma has been rolling since big man Eddie BurgessEddieBurgess6'4" | PFMontezuma | 2022StateIA (13.7) re-joined the lineup following a football injury, including an 80-46 win over Keota. They’ve won all 13 games with him playing, by an average of 30.6 points a game. Senior guard Trey ShearerTreyShearer5'10" | PGMontezuma | 2021StateIA (26.8, 58-48-76 shooting splits) is the most dynamic player in 1A basketball. Mount Ayr vs. Moravia Central Decatur Mount Ayr Great backcourt matchup here between Mount Ayr’s Jaixen Frost (22.4) and Moravia’s Carson BrownCarsonBrown6'0" | SFMoravia | 2021StateIA (23.5). The supporting cast of Mount Ayr is better, giving them the edge here. Martensdale-St. Marys vs. Earlham Interstate 35 Martensdale-St. Marys Major strength of schedule edge for Earlham here, but Martensdale-St. Marys has a major experience advantage. All five Blue Devils starters played at State last year, giving them an edge here. Earlham needs a big game from senior guard TJ HarkinsTJHarkins6'0" | SGEarlham | 2021StateIA if they want to pull the upset. Tri-Center vs. Riverside Red Oak Tri-Center Tri-Center rolled in the regular-season meeting, 56-29, holding Riverside to 23.4% shooting. Trojans win comfortably here, advancing to Saturday night. Grand View Christian vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard Woodward-Granger Grand View Christian Coon Rapids-Bayard enters off of back-to-back upsets, but they’re running into a buzzsaw here. No answer for Manny HammondsMannyHammonds6'0" | SGGrand View Christian | 2022StateIA, Josh Baucum on the perimeter, or Daniel TobilobaDanielTobiloba6'10" | CGrand View Christian | 2023StateIA in the paint. This one could get ugly. St. Albert vs. West Harrison Lewis Central St. Albert West Harrison has no answer for St. Albert forward Sam RallisSamRallis6'1" | PFSt. Albert | 2021StateIA, an efficient scoring forward. Hawkeyes will need to make it rain from 3 if they want to pull off this upset.