Posted On: 02/15/21 7:35 PM

 

Booth

The favorite: The potent offense of Carroll makes the Tigers a slight favorite in this talented substate. Kaleb BoothKalebBooth5'11" | SGCarroll | 2022StateIA (15.1) leads a strong attack that has six players averaging at least 6.9 points a game, making them difficult to defend. Booth is a great 3-point shooter (41.8%) as is fellow junior guard Nick MackeNickMacke5'10" | SGCarroll | 2022StateIA (11.1, 42.0 3P%). Seniors Tory Feldman (9.8), Colby ChristensenColbyChristensen6'1" | SGCarroll | 2021StateIA (9.7), Treyton Goins (8.1) and Kelin JonesKelinJones6'5" | PFCarroll | 2021StateIA (6.9) give this group a wealth of experience, which could prove vital late in these postseason games, and Booth is a nearly 87% free-throw shooter, which is also huge. The slightly wider array of scoring threats gives Carroll an edge over the teams at the bottom of the bracket. 

The biggest threat: Playing against largely 4A competition gives LeMars an edge in the strength of schedule department, but the Bulldogs won’t be intimidated by Carroll or any other team in this substate. They’re paced by a talented backcourt in seniors Spencer MackeySpencerMackey6'1" | SGLe Mars | 2021StateIA (14.9) and Booth[/caption] The favorite: The potent offense of Carroll makes the Tigers a slight favorite in this talented substate. Kaleb BoothKalebBooth5'11" | SGCarroll | 2022StateIA (15.1) leads a strong attack that has six players averaging at least 6.9 points a game, making them difficult to defend. Booth is a great 3-point shooter (41.8%) as is fellow junior guard Nick MackeNickMacke5'10" | SGCarroll | 2022StateIA (11.1, 42.0 3P%). Seniors Tory Feldman (9.8), Colby ChristensenColbyChristensen6'1" | SGCarroll | 2021StateIA (9.7), Treyton Goins (8.1) and Kelin JonesKelinJones6'5" | PFCarroll | 2021StateIA (6.9) give this group a wealth of experience, which could prove vital late in these postseason games, and Booth is a nearly 87% free-throw shooter, which is also huge. The slightly wider array of scoring threats gives Carroll an edge over the teams at the bottom of the bracket.  The biggest threat: Playing against largely 4A competition gives LeMars an edge in the strength of schedule department, but the Bulldogs won’t be intimidated by Carroll or any other team in this substate. They’re paced by a talented backcourt in seniors Spencer MackeySpencerMackey6'1" | SGLe Mars | 2021StateIA (14.9) and Alec DreckmanAlecDreckman6'0" | SGLe Mars | 2021StateIA (11.8), and junior Caleb Dreckman (10.5). They do an excellent job protecting the basketball, turning the ball over just 8.1 times a game, and, like Carroll, they’re a good free-throw shooting team, shooting 73.5% from the stripe as a team.  Majouk The dark horse: Coach Adam Vander Schaaf has led Sergeant Bluff-Luton to State four years in a row, and he has a tendency to get the best out of his teams late in the year. This year is no exception, as the Warriors have won five straight as of the time of this writing, and appear to be peaking late in the year again. Like LeMars, the Warriors play in the Missouri River Conference, so they play largely 4A competition all year, which certainly helps come postseason play. They’re led by seniors Jake LaymanJakeLayman6'7" | SFSergeant Bluff-Luton | 2021StateIA (12.1) and Majok MajoukMajokMajouk6'7" | SFSergeant Bluff-Luton | 2021StateIA (10.2), both of whom will play college ball at Southwest Minnesota State. This is a big, long and physical team that will lock teams down and create all sorts of issues with their versatility. They were swept in the regular season by LeMars, but this group is going to be very dangerous.  Players to watch 2022 Kaleb BoothKalebBooth5'11" | SGCarroll | 2022StateIA, Carroll 2022 Nick MackeNickMacke5'10" | SGCarroll | 2022StateIA, Carroll 2021 Alec DreckmanAlecDreckman6'0" | SGLe Mars | 2021StateIA, LeMars 2021 Spencer MackeySpencerMackey6'1" | SGLe Mars | 2021StateIA, LeMars 2021 Jake LaymanJakeLayman6'7" | SFSergeant Bluff-Luton | 2021StateIA, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2021 Majok MajoukMajokMajouk6'7" | SFSergeant Bluff-Luton | 2021StateIA, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2021 Jamuo GatwechJamuoGatwech5'11" | PGStorm Lake | 2021StateIA, Storm Lake 2021 Braiden Heiden, Denison-Schleswig 2022 Christian VietorChristianVietor6'1" | SGSioux Center | 2022StateIA, Sioux Center 2023 Ayden Klein, MOC-Floyd Valley   SUBSTATE FINAL PREDICTION Carroll vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton Sergeant Bluff-Luton always has a tendency to be peaking late in the season, and we think they'll beat LeMars in the third meeting, setting up a good matchup with the potent Carroll offensive attack. While the Warriors have a great defensive team, Carroll has too many scoring options, and the Tigers make their way to Des Moines for the first time since 2010.

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