Posted On: 02/27/21 12:30 PM

SOLON -- It wasn’t always pretty, but Solon completed the three-game season sweep of Maquoketa on Thursday night, pulling away from the Cardinals late en route to a 63-50 win, sending the Spartans into Monday night’s substate final. They’ll face undefeated Monticello for a chance to advance to the state tournament.

Both teams got off to a slow start, with Solon leading just 9-8 after the first quarter. The conference rivals are very familiar with each other, and nothing came easy, especially early on. Maquoketa took a 20-17 lead with a little over two minutes left before halftime, but Solon closed the half on a 7-0 run to take a 24-20 lead into the break.

Maquoketa opened the second half with an 11-3 run to take a 31-27 lead with 5:00 left in the third quarter. After a Solon bucket, the next trip down the floor, Maquoketa senior guard Brady Digmann tumbled to the floor with an apparent knee injury. Solon went on a 10-0 run to nab a 37-31 lead, sparked by senior Ben Cusick Ben Cusick 6'3" | PF Solon | 2021 State IA , who had 9 points in the third quarter alone. The Spartans kept Maquoketa at arm’s length for the first part of the

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