Class 3-A Girls State Basketball Semi-Finals
March 2nd, 2012 by Jim Field
MOC-Floyd Valley 63, Bishop Heelan 53 (OT)
A huge all-around performance by sophomore Alexis Conaway help put MOC-Floyd Valley in the Class 3A state championship game.
Conaway made plays with her shooting, passing and defense as the second-ranked Lady Dutch remained unbeaten with a 63-53 victory over No. 3 Sioux City Bishop Heelan in an overtime semifinal game.
In just the overtime alone, Conaway scored eight points, assisted on a basket and blocked two shots. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and five steals.
Lauren McDonald led the Lady Dutch with 18 points and Caitlyn Van Es scored 12. MOC-Floyd Valley hiked its record to 27-0 and will try to win its first state basketball title at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Davenport Assumption 70, Ballard 29
Davenport Assumption will end the season in a familiar setting.
Sharp-shooting guard Danielle Moore scored 25 points and center Hailey Schneden put up a triple double to lead the defending champions back to the Class 3A title game with a 70-29 victory over Ballard.
Fourth-ranked Assumption jumped to an 8-1 lead and was in control all the way. Moore scored 15 points in the second quarter alone to help the Knights build a 36-17 halftime lead and they continued to pull away in the second half.
Moore went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and shot 8-for-10 overall. Schneden totaled 12 points, 10 rebounds and a 3A record 13 blocks, breaking the old record of eight set in 1995 by Vinton-Shellsburg’s Monica Huelman, who’ll be inducted into the IGHSAU Hall of Fame Friday night.
The overall record for a state tournament game is 15 by Muscatine’s Jenny Noll in 1991.
It was the second big game at state for Moore, who scored 23 points in the opening round against Glenwood.
Assumption improved to 24-2 and will play second-ranked MOC-Floyd Valley in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday. Assumption beat Mount Vernon in last year’s championship game and won the Class 2A title in 2008.