No. 1 Cadet girls bounce North Polk to advance to title game; bus tickets on sale
DES MOINES - The No. 1 Crestwood girls' basketball team held off a second half rally by North Polk to beat the Comets, 72-48, on Thursday, March 1 in the semifinals of the Class 3A State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The win allows the No. 1 Cadets (25-0) to advance to the championship game against No. 2 Sioux Center (24-2) on Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. Saturday's championship game will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television.
Saturday will mark the first time a Cresco girls' basketball team has played in a State Championship game since 1922 when the Cresco High School Spartans lost to Audubon, 10-3.
In the game against North Polk on March 1, Crestwood took a 41-24 halftime lead. North Polk opened the third period on a 12-6 run to cut the Cadets' lead to 47-36, but Crestwood answered with a 10-4 run to take a 57-40 lead into the fourth. North Polk was unable to get any closer than 14 point in the final period as Crestwood pulled away for the win.
Crestwood senior Ellie Friesen set a new State Tournament single-game record with 18 assists, which shattered the previous mark of 13 assists by Gabbi Binion of Davenport Assumption in 2008. Cadet sophomore Sharon Goodman led the team with 33 points, which is the second-highest individual point total for a Class 3A State Tournament game. Shannon Pisney poured in 22 points for the Cadets.
Crestwood students and fans interested in taking a pep bus to the championship game on March 3 can sign up at the Crestwood High School Business office from now until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 3. The cost is $25, which includes a ticket to the game. The buses will be leaving from Crestwood High School at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Crestwood parking lot.