Posted On: 03/7/21 10:00 AM


#1 seed: Ballard (23-1)

About the Bombers: The Bombers entered the season as our top-ranked team in 3A, and they’ve done nothing to change that opinion. The top scoring offense in 3A (72.4) and second-best scoring defense (42.9), they’ve lost just once this year, an overtime loss to Carroll. A veteran team, they’re led by senior forward Connor Drew Connor Drew 6'6" | PF Ballard | 2021 State IA (15.6, 9.0 rebounds), a versatile big who can score inside and out and dominate the glass. Junior guard Ashton Hermann Ashton Hermann 6'4" | SG Ballard | 2022 State IA (15.7) leads the team in scoring and is a major disruptor on the defensive end, swiping 3.5 steals a game. Senior lead guard Mason Murphy Mason Murphy 5'9" | PG Ballard | 2021 State IA (11.9, 4.8 assists) is a veteran presence in the backcourt, while senior wing Isaiah Peasley (6.4, 44.1 3P%) gives them some shooting. Finally, junior big man Kale Krogh Kale Krogh 6'6" | C Ballard | 2022 State IA (7.4, 1.7 blocks) is a big, physical force in the paint who makes life difficult for opposing forwards. This group is big, long, athletic, experienced and skilled.

Why they can win it all: They’ve been excellent on both ends of the floor this year, entered the year

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